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Bleacher Report; Great White Shark Sightings; Impact Your World; A Look at America's German-born Soccer Coach

Aired June 24, 2014 - 08:30   ET



MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Time now for the five things that you need to know for your new day.

At number one, new accusations in the V.A. scandal. Whistleblowers saying the Phoenix V.A. hospital altered records to hide the number of veterans who died while awaiting medical treatment.

The crisis in Iraq intensifying as ISIS militants and Iraqi forces battle for control of the country's main oil refinery. Secretary of State John Kerry has been working with leaders there in Iraq to find a long-term solution to this growing crisis.

The House Oversight Committee will question a top White House lawyer over lost e-mails at the IRS. Those e-mails were from the account of a key player in the IRS targeting scandal.

Primaries being held today in seven states. In Mississippi, longtime incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran trying to fend off Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff. In New York, Charles Rangel is vying for a 23rd term in Congress.

And check this out, Pope Francis caught on video pulling over on the side of the road in Italy to visit a family that had pleaded with him to do so with signs and banners, asking him to pray for a young disabled member of their family. And the pope complied.

We're always updating those five things to know, so be sure to go to for the very latest.

John, over to you to talk about the World Cup.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: I just can't get over that picture from the pope.

PEREIRA: Isn't that lovely?

BERMAN: More amazing pictures from that pope.

All right, while we all wait for Team USA's big game against Germany on Thursday, Mexico came through with a huge win to move on to the round of 16. A big day for El Tree (ph). Andy Scholes has more in this morning's "Bleacher Report."


ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: And good morning guys. You know, Mexico accomplished what Team USA hopes to do on Thursday, that's advance out of their group. Now, yesterday, like Team USA, Mexico, all they needed to do was come away with a draw with Croatia to make it through. And, guys, if you haven't seen Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera work the sidelines, you are missing out.

In the 64th minute, Andres Guardado's shot right here is blocked by a Croatian defender. Looked like a hand ball. The ref missed it. Herrera, he was outraged. The game was still scoreless in the 72nd minute when Rafael Marquez comes through with a header to get Mexico on the bored. Mexico would go on to score two more goals in the game and Herrera was so happy he starts tackling his players on the sideline. Mexico, they would win the game 3-1 to advance out of Group A.

Also advancing out of Group A yesterday was the host country and favorite to win it all, Brazil. Their superstar, Neymar, he had two more goals. He now has four in the World Cup. And Brazil beat Cameroon 4-1.

Trending on this morning, 17-year-old Chelsea Baker made history last night, becoming the youngest female to ever throw batting practice at a big league game. Baker, who just had a nasty knuckleball, she threw to some of the Rays' top hitters and she even got some of them to whiff a few times.

And Baker, she's already had an incredible baseball career at just 17 years old. She once went five and a half years without losing a game. She says she hopes to play college baseball, maybe even take a shot at the pros. And, guys, ironically, she has the same nickname that Berman had when he was in high school, "knuckleball princess."

PEREIRA: I knew it. You saw that coming.

BERMAN: I saw that coming a mile away.

PEREIRA: You hung your head. You hung your head.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: A joke, including a dirty one in there that we're not going to get to, Andy Scholes.

PEREIRA: Oh, knuckleball princess.

BOLDUAN: Man, she can show 50 Cent a few things, huh?

SCHOLES: Oh, yes. And, ironically, that was in Tampa, the same exact place where 50 threw (INAUDIBLE) wide left (ph).

PEREIRA: She's got an arm on her, my goodness.

BOLDUAN: That is so funny.

BERMAN: There - a knuckleball is not easy to throw. Not easy to throw at all. Very, very impressive.

PEREIRA: So, we understand, princess.

BERMAN: Yes. Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Andy Scholes, you better watch out, Berman's coming after you. Thanks, Andy.

BERMAN: Got to give him credit for that, you know.

BOLDUAN: That was good.

BERMAN: (INAUDIBLE) for that just leaving (ph).

BOLDUAN: Your knuckleball.

BERMAN: Hit my - I supposed it would be my tiara if I'm the knuckleball princess. (INAUDIBLE) hit my tiara, Andy Scholes.

PEREIRA: Exactly.

BOLDUAN: There you go. Stay -- please stay within the theme.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, on the Jersey shore, catching a great white shark on video. Hello, beautiful. It's the largest shark encounter in U.S. waters. Why are we seeing, or at least it seems that we're seeing, more sharks off American shores?

BERMAN: And the U.S. soccer team's controversial head coach getting ready to take on Germany. Why Jurgen Klinsmann is now claiming some teams are getting an unfair advantage.


PEREIRA: Yes, the chum bag is the least of your worries. That is heart-stopping video of a group of fisherman. They recently kind of had this "Jaws" moment off the coast of New Jersey when a great white shark swam right up to their boat and stole their chum bag. Just the latest incident involving great white sharks along U.S. (ph) shores. What exactly is behind the increase in these great white sightings? We have a man who can answer these questions for us. Christopher Wojcik is a marine scientist and adjunct professor at Monmouth University. He joins us here live in studio at the magic wall to explain.

Good morning to you, first of all.


PEREIRA: I want to go to this video right off the bat.


PEREIRA: When you see this, you probably see it a little differently than I do. This gives - I tell my producer, it gives me a little ice in my belly when I see a shark that close to the boat. WOJCIK: Well, you know, I spent a lot of time in the water, so this

actually gives me a little bit of ice in my belly as well.


WOJCIK: And the first thing I noticed was really just how big this shark was. I mean that - that is a serious shark.

PEREIRA: It's a big one.


PEREIRA: Fifteen feet-ish, you think?

WOJCIK: I don't know. That's probably a little bit big. More like 14 feet or so, but -

PEREIRA: Fourteen, 15, 16, that's big enough for me.

WOJCIK: Right. When they start to get this big, though, they start to get, like, really big.


WOJCIK: Exactly. So the difference between a 12-foot shark and a 14- foot shark is really more than 2 feet.


WOJCIK: It's because they start to just get bigger and bigger.

PEREIRA: Let me ask you, when you see this, what are you seeing about this? Are these naturally curious creatures?

WOJCIK: They really are.

PEREIRA: They really are?


PEREIRA: So they're -- it's not just there for the fish that they're chumming off the side of the boat?

WOJCIK: Exactly.

PEREIRA: But they're also taking a look - is it taking a look at the fishermen?

WOJCIK: Absolutely. You have to think about where this animal lives, and that's out in the middle of the ocean.

PEREIRA: Not a lot of people?

WOJCIK: Yes, not a lot of anything really. I mean they don't run into anything to eat very often. So they would be a bad shark or not doing their job if they didn't go up to investigate pretty much anything that they came in contact with.

PEREIRA: Well, I think it is phenomenal. We want to take a look at this because we've been talking a lot about shark sightings on our show here.

WOJCIK: Right.

PEREIRA: We know the media has seen a few. Up 42 percent since 1997. And I was surprised to see how many great whites are off the coast of North America, at least along the eastern seaboard, 3,000 to 5,000 is the estimate.

WOJCIK: Yes. I mean, when I was a kid, shark fishing or shark hunting was very popular. People still do it now. But if you got a white shark, that was sort of like the ultimate prize. And they were generally doing it just for the trophy of either the jaws or to get a drawer full of great white shark teeth. But since the late '90s, they really started to see the population go through the floor, so they became federally protected.


WOJCIK: Federal waters start anywhere between three miles off the coast and they go out 200 miles. So it is illegal to kill a great white shark anywhere around the United States farther out than three miles from the shoreline and then out past or before 200 miles.

PEREIRA: So not only the ban is increasing the numbers, but also there's an increase in seals, ergo their snacks, so that's why we're also seeing more. But then the idea of changing the image. Kate Bolduan is a big proponent of sharks.

WOJCIK: Right.

PEREIRA: She's fascinated by them. And there's a lot of people that are as well. The image has changed a little bit about the shark, correct?

WOJCIK: It definitely has. With, you know, public aquariums allow people to get up close and personal with sharks and they realize that --

PEREIRA: Safely.

WOJCIK: Exactly. And they see divers inside the tanks spending time with them and the sharks are not actively hunting them when they're in the aquariums.

PEREIRA: We've had numerous reports along the eastern seaboard and all the way down the coast. But one specifically recently, this one that was named Catherine.

WOJCIK: Right.

PEREIRA: And, in fact, they tagged her down here in the Gulf of Mexico and tracked her all the way up here to Cape Cod. WOJCIK: Right. Now, this actually makes a lot of sense if you know

what these guys are eating, because the Bluefin tuna follow this same exact track.

PEREIRA: Oh, yes, that makes sense.

WOJCIK: And they come in to breed in the Gulf of Mexico, the tuna do, not the shark.

PEREIRA: They breed, they eat. They breed, they eat.

WOJCIK: That's exactly right. And pretty much all these sharks do is they swim, they eat and they make little sharks. I mean that's all they do.

PEREIRA: Baby sharks.

WOJCIK: Exactly.

PEREIRA: And then there's more.

And then last but not least, you know, we're heading into summer season. People are going to be fishing, boating, having fun times at the water, the sea side with their families.

WOJCIK: Right.

PEREIRA: Give us some tips on how to avoid an encounter, if you will, or worse, an attack, because we've seen reports of attacks.

WOJCIK: Right. Well the best thing to do is what not to do, which was what these guys were actively doing.

PEREIRA: Put your arm over the side of the boat?

WOJCIK: Well, to use chum.

PEREIRA: Well, there's that too.

WOJCIK: I mean that's basically what you're doing is laying a little bread crumb, you know, trail -

PEREIRA: Trail, sure.

WOJCIK: Behind you for the sharks when they cross it they can follow the chum slick right back to the boat.


WOJCIK: These animals have a tendency to hunt either early in the morning or right before the sun goes down. So to not swim around those times could -

PEREIRA: Good idea.

WOJCIK: Yes, could help you out. PEREIRA: And if you actually do find yourself getting attacked, hit the nose, grab the gills, poke the eyes. That's assuming you have your wits about you.

WOJCIK: That's exactly right. I mean I think that if you were grabbed around the midsection and you could do something, you would just be fighting any way that you could.

PEREIRA: You would be flailing anyway.

WOJCIK: And I think those are the things that are closest to you.

PEREIRA: Oh, God forbid, especially when I see that big shark over your shoulder right there.


PEREIRA: I kind of wants to reach out and grab you.

Chris Wojcik, really appreciate it. We learned a lot today.

WOJCIK: Of course. Any time.

PEREIRA: Kate, I kept in mind that sharks are your friend, not so much mine, but your friend. So I was gentle. Did I do all right?

BOLDUAN: Sharks are our friends. We just keep your respectable distance when we're in their territory. Word to the wise. Thanks, Michaela, very much.

Let's turn to this week's Impact Your World. At just 4 years old, Alexandra Scott started selling lemonade to help kids fighting cancer. She lost her own battle at the age of 8, but one decade and millions of dollars later, her legacy is living on. Chris Cuomo has more.


BAILEY MADISON, ACTRESS: Hi! do you want some lemonade?

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Actress Bailey Madison is handing out more than just lemonade, she's serving up hope.

MADISON: Pink, of course, because it will match your outfit.

CUOMO: Madison works with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which encourages kids to raise money for childhood cancer research by selling lemonade.

MADISON: You're never too young to make a difference, and your voice can be so powerful, no matter if you're a singer or a dancer, you're an actress, you go to school. No matter what you do in this world, you have a voice and you can make such an impact. I always say just go for it.

CUOMO: That's certainly true for bone cancer survivor Kayla Cruz.


CUOMO: At 5 years old, she had her left leg amputated above the knee. Today, there's nothing this middle schooler can't do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's involved in tae kwon do and swimming. She doesn't consider herself handicapped in any way. She's differently abled.

CUOMO: Cruz teamed one Alex's Lemonade Stand to share her story, raising pediatric cancer awareness and inspiring other kids to never give up.

CRUZ: If you fall down, get back up, get back up, keep trying and believe in yourself. And no matter what, if you can do one thing, you can do everything.


BOLDUAN She continues to inspire. Pretty amazing. Coming up next on NEW DAY, a car stolen with an 8-month-old baby inside.


BOLDUAN: The way she was found is really being called a miracle. How a frantic search ended when a jogger took a turn down an empty road.

BERMAN: And the outspoken head coach of the U.S. World Cup soccer team getting ready for Thursday's showdown against Germany -- the team he played on through three World Cups, coached another. So, who is Jurgen Klinsmann?


BERMAN: Try saying that in German. Welcome back, everyone. Team USA resting up before Thursday's battle with the powerhouse German team in the World Cup, and America's German-born coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, no stranger to controversy. Neither is CNN's Miguel Marquez, who joins us now.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The most controversial reporter at the network, yes.

Look, there are many ways for the U.S. to move forward in the World Cup. One is a tie, and that has the internet blowing up with the possibilities.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): Is the fix in? could a U.S./Germany tie be in the works so that both teams safely advance to the next round? That suspicion ripping through the soccer world as Team USA preps to face off against Germany, two teams with lots of ties.

JURGEN KLINSMANN, TEAM USA HEAD COACH: Facing Germany always for me personally is a very emotional situation. But once the game starts, I'm down to work and to compete. MARQUEZ: Leading Team USA, Jurgen Klinsmann, German born but longtime

California resident. He played for Germany in three World Cups, coached the German national team in 2006, and Germany's current coach, Joachim Low, was his number two. They are friends. The cozy history, for some, has raised eyebrows.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's denied it vehemently. He says we want to win the game, we want win this group. It they win the game, the win the group, they get a better seeding. He's saying that's not the American thing to do.

MARQUEZ: It has happened before, though. 1982, the World Cup in Gijon, Spain, where Germany and Austria played safe so both teams would advance. In the soccer world, it's remembered as the Nichtangriffspakt, or nonaggression pact, of Gijon.

Adding to suspicion, before the U.S. men's soccer team win versus Ghana and their tie with Portugal, an unlikely person thought they might lose the World Cup. Their outspoken coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.

KLINSMANN: For us now, talking about winning a World Cup, you know, it's just not realistic.

MARQUEZ: And it wasn't the first time this German-born soccer legend has shaken up the American soccer world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see him on the sidelines going nuts after every goal or missed goal. He's a German born son of a pretzel-maker, superstar for the West German team on the 1990 World Cup winning team. In 1998, he moved to southern California, kind of mixed in and kind of became an American.

KLINSMANN: I think my background hopefully helps me to prepare the American team in the best way possible for a very extreme tournament.

MARQUEZ: He has made a number of controversial moves since he was named the head coach of the U.S. men's team in 2011, like leaving out the most beloved star of previous World Cups, Landon Donovan, while the rest of the team, including five German-American players traveled to Brazil.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's been very open about wanting to change the American soccer system. And the way America has been doing it hasn't won World Cups. I think he feels like he can play around, take some risks. And so far, again, they've mostly paid off.

MARQUEZ: This Thursday, his now American team goes up against his former team, Germany, a team he knows too well.


MARQUEZ (on-camera): Klinsmann, in his defense, has said, you know, if all this is true, Mexico wouldn't be here because the U.S. scored two goals in a game against Panama that put Mexico where they are today in the World Cup during the qualifying round.

BERMAN: No secret deal.

MARQUEZ: No secret deal, my friend. All business.

BOLDUAN: All business. All attention. All eyes on Thursday. Can't wait. Thanks, Miguel.

MARQUEZ: You got it.

BOLDUAN: Coming up, a car is stolen. An 8-month-old baby is kidnapped. Miraculously, the frantic search ends when a jogger is just simply at the right place at the right time. That amazing story, ahead.


PEREIRA: All right, we have a baby-sized miracle full of good stuff. A jogger in Houston visiting from Vietnam heard the cries from a baby, so she followed those cries, found they were coming from a baby who was still strapped in her car seat by the side of the road where a car-jacker had left her after stealing her mom's car. So, the jogger notified police, who had been searching for hours.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just come here and see and took a picture and called 911, so stayed there until the policeman come to keep the baby safe.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were very, very worried, but I'm very glad that that jogger just happened to just turn around and see her in her car seat.


PEREIRA: As heartbreaking as that photo might be, the image of little Genesis Haley (ph) right there being held by a police officer, blanketed in his Houston police uniform, it trumps it all.


POLICE OFFICER: As a father, I'm just at a loss for words, because I love my kids, and I just don't understand how somebody could do that.


PEREIRA: Officer Pizana, and to that jogger visiting from Vietnam, we thank you. That photo has gone viral. We're told the baby is back with a grateful and relieved family. The suspect they're still looking for.

BERMAN: Yes, the cop, the jogger and that baby will have a bond.

PEREIRA: They will have a bond. I hope they can meet again one day.

BOLDUAN: Can you imagine how terrified they must have been.

PEREIRA: A parent's worst nightmare.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely, but a good ending. And the good stuff.

PEREIRA: Glad to report it.

BOLDUAN: Have a good day, everybody. A lot of news happening this morning, so let's get you straight over to NEWSROOM with Carol Costello.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: I appreciate it. Have a great day. NEWSROOM starts now.