parents and doctors at odds. the amish parents of a girl are stopping chemo treatments. it's her choice, their choice. it's too painful for her daughter. doctors say she won't survive without the treatment. a court stepped in. we are this. justin timberlake reuniting with the group. why is everyone talking about miley cyrus this morning? we will have much more on the performance that left a lot of people shocked. a race against the clock as crews battle a mammoth wildfire. the rim fire has devoured acres. the blaze is the size of chicago. thousands of firefighters are
franticly trying to get it under control. >> reporter: this massive wildfire has reshaped the lives and landscape of the community. each day it has been a challenge to keep it growing. thousands of firefighters are battling this massive blaze raging out of control. tens of thousands of acres scorched, none more iconic than the yosemite national park. >> it was astounding to see the power of what i witnessed earlier. we are making sure we keep everyone safe and protect the park at all costs. >> reporter: because of the steep terrain parts of the fire are only accessible by air. on the ground firefighters like harold cook get little shifts. >> this is probably one of the worst ones that i have been on
if not one of the more extreme fires. >> reporter: the fire has threatened small communities including groveland. susan loge and kevin evans wait for news about their vacation home. >> i have never been in an area where they have bad fires. i wanted to get out. when we came up here yesterday morning it was thick coming up through the valley. we are hoping. >> reporter: more than 200 miles away san francisco impacted. power generators threatened by the wildfire that shows no signs of stopping soon. and fire officials say they have made some progress. with just seven percent containment they are at the mercy of the dry conditions fuelling this fire. let's get to jennifer
delgado for the latest on the forecast on this wildfire. they need good news this morning. >> we have good news to report. we don't have red flag warnings across the region. we have a temperature of 43 degrees and winds out of the north at five miles per hour. we like keep the winds on the light side. that helps contain that fire. as we go through today the wind conditions are going to be out of the south. we see winds from ten to 15 miles per hour. overall weather conditions are looking good today. tomorrow, however, things get a little more tricky. we are talking about a 30% chance for storms to pop there. some of the storms could have lightning and of course that could spread more wild fires across the region. the u.s. is now considering action against the syrian government as u.n. weapons inspectors look at the site of a
suspected chemical weapons aattack. all evidence indicates only the assad regime was using chemical weapons. >> reporter: there has been a nuisance of urgency and a definite change in tone coming from the white house. this morning new revelations into the insight of why the white house no longer seems interested in waiting. the bombs are falling, accusations flying. >> we cannot sit still. we have to move and we have to move quickly. >> reporter: u.s. and british officials claim british officials showed the site so much it corrupted any evidence
the u.n. might find this week. a u.s. official says behind the scenes multipresidele sources collected evidence from the site. evidence is being analyzed in secure locations. that's why the white house's tone changed so quickly from friday's get the inspectors in to sunday's it's too late to be credible. it is why an administration official sounded so confident in saying there is little doubt that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime civilians. >> now, we are prepared to exercise whatever option if he decides to employ one of those
options. >> reporter: in doing so the president and the pentagon will have to weigh a number of factors inkpludicluding collate damage. if syrian officials were to shoot it down what impact would it have on civilians on the ground? >> many experts think it will be a turning point in the battle. u.n. weapons inspectors are being allowed to access the site of the suspected chemical attack. our team coverage is continuing now live in damascus. what is the latest on the u.n. inexpespekcto inspectors? are they on site yet? >> reporter: they should be on site now. there was a mortar attack on the hotel where they were staying. what they have to do is go through the government controlled part of damascus.
they go across the front line. what has happened is both the rebels and the government have said they are going to cease all hostility and stop shooting as long as weapons inspectors are on the ground. they are going to do their work and come back. it is not clear whether or not we are going to hear anything of what they found at any point today as chris was just saying. of course, america has now upped the ante and said there is little doubt the assad regime is behind this chemical attack. the regime went forward today. and bashar al assad denied the claims and warned the united states about intervening here in syria saying, quote, it would be a big mistake. there has been growing pressure on washington since the president struck a cautious tone against syria last thursday. >> we don't expect cooperation
given their past history. and, you know, what i do believe is that although the situation in syria is very difficult and the notion that the u.s. could somehow solve what is a secreta secretaryian complex problem. there is no doubt when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale that is very troublesome. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> the red line comment you made was about a year ago this week. we know there are things that qualify for crossing that red line. >> i have to say this. when we take action -- let's take the example of syria. there are rules of international law. if the u.s. goes in and attacks
another country without a u.n. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it. do we have the coalition to make it work? and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account. >> do you believe this is enough? >> this latest event is something we have to take a look at. keep in mind, also, chris, because i know the american people keep this in mind. we have a war still going on in afghanistan. >> is there a shorter time frame now? >> yes. >> more abbreviated time frame now. >> at that time the president anticipated that the syrian government would not be cooperative. they have not been. the u.s. has to take a step is
what the international community is saying. it will have to be a group effort. >> you are seeing conversations that the president has had with france over the weekend. he is suggesting the path ahead. >> it has to be more than a suggestion. there are steps to take to make a coalition. now to a horrifying scene in louisiana. an 8-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing his 87-year-old caregiver after reportedly playing a video game. the case is renewing a fierce debate as to whether the violent games are to claim. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this case really has the potential to steer up a couple of debates, the gun debate as well as how media and particularly video games really effect children. a neighborhood is stunned after investigators say an 8 year old
shot and killed his 87-year-old caregiver maurice mothers. >> it is a shock to me as much as everything else. >> reporter: the little boy told sheriff's deputies it was an accident. the sheriff's department said their evidence has led investigators to believe the 8-year-old juvenile intention mrs. smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television. the boy was playing the popular video game grand theft auto 4. >> playing during the shooting and still on the television when police arrived cannot be overlooked. can you say it caused him to shoot? we don't know. >> reporter: video game makers say it is unfair and unjustified
to blame this tragedy on a game, a statement sent to cnn said this is about access to guns and not video games and explaining a connection to entertainment, a theory disproven repeatedly both minimizes the moment and side steps the real issues at hand. this little boy has been handed back to his parents. in louisiana children under the age of 10 are exempted from criminal responsibility and therefore this child will not be charged. however, he could end up in the juvenile courts. this is an 8 year old. there are a lot of questions and police can't find a motive. the only thing they mentioned was he was playing a very violent video game before he shot and killed his caregiver. >> it is a big question, what
makes a culture violent. we deal with this with the school shootings all the time. just as compelling is what sarah was referring to. what do you do when kids commit violent acts. in new mexico there is a kid who is is o10 years old when his killed his father. >> the debate between is there a link between watching violence and committing violence is the debate we have been talking about for years ever since the surge in the huge popularity of the video games. supreme court cases have been studying this. at the moment there is no one conclusion about what is behind it all. >> sometimes you can't let the courts decide culture. it is a bigger debate and a more difficult one to have. >> a lot of news going on right
now. happy monday. good morning to you at home. the sentencing phase about to begin for convicted fort hood shooter major nidal hasan. early on he admitted to being the shooter and indicated he wanted to die a martyr. jodi arias will be back in the courtroom this morning. right now she is a killer. today a judge could set a date for the new sentencing phase. we'll speak with jane velez-mitchell about the case. the family of a missing pennsylvania high school teacher wants answers. investigators are stumped. they say 39-year-old matthew green arrived to hike and climb with friends. he stayed behind at a camp
ground after having car trouble. he was last heard from on july 16. a hiker found a pair of glasses that green's sister say might be his. today president obama will present the highest military honor to staff sergeant ty carter. the army says carter killed enemy fighters, risked his own life to save a wounded surgery. carter will be the fifth living recipient of the award for service in iraq or afghanistan. check out a cat getting in trouble. he manages to use his paws. this, i didn't see you there. i'm sorry. let me put that back where it was. cats have so much personality. they often don't get credit for
their smartness. >> you should get credit for your cat voice. >> maybe i should look into doing voice overs. >> you don't have enough to do in your day? >> i have free time. when we come back the donald now the defendant in a $40 million lawsuit over his real estate school. is it a scam? we have the details ahead. forget the winners at the mtv music awards. the buzz is all about miley, gaga. everything you need to know about the big show. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on. multi-layered security solutions keep your information safe, and secure. and responsive dedicated support meets your needs, and eases your mind.
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a $40 million lawsuit has been filed against donald trump. it says trump's real estate school made false promises and billed thousands of money to students they didn't have. >> reporter: he is america's most famous billionaire. from his reality show to his almost run for the white house to his demand that president obama hand over his birth certificate now donald trump is grabbing headlines again in a lawsuit accusing him of fraud. >> at trump university we teach success. that is what it is all about. success. >> reporter: new york state's attorney general says that promise was empty for students at the real estate mogul's investment school. the state wants $40 million.
>> we are going to teach you about business. >> reporter: it alleges trump misled students with a bait and switch. if they wanted to get rich they had to pay $1,500 for a three-day work shop and then came the push for a year round course at $30,000. they urged students to call credit card companies to increase limits. trump defended saying there was a 98% approval rating. >> they wanted to be near donald trump. that was the biggest problem in terms of people being disappointed. >> reporter: a trump certain says the lawsuit has no merit.
>> so we will go behind the legal papers to the men who are driving this situation. we will hear from new york attorney general and then hear from donald trump himself both coming up in the show. >> knew he was going to get into a fight taking on donald trump. one republican senator says he is close to that line. is there anything to the talk. the mtv video music awards. everybody is talking about miley cyrus' performance and probably what she had on. i liked what robin thicke had on.
james earl jones says it you know it is true. welcome back to "new day." coming up in the show amanda knox is supposed to go on trial again in italy next month for murder. her lawyer says she won't be there. a big night for justin timberlake. he took home several of the much desir desired. he reunited with nsync. everybody is buzzing about something else, miley cyrus and her performance. >> we are following this
wildfire out west that is getting worse and worse. >> the fire fight continues and the fire keeps raging in central california. it is burning so hot in some areas there are concerns it could spark new hot spots. check out this satellite view of the fire. 144,000 acres have burned. syria cooperating with u.n. weapons inspectors giving them access to the site of an alleged chemical attack today. u.s. says the access is too late to be credible. the assad regime denying it used poisonous gas on its own people. a florida boy has died after he came in contact with a parasite in a ditch.
nearly everyone who gets that infection dies. zack's family is donating his organs. looking for the body of a man who they believe was killed by a crocodile. investigators say the man jumped into the river. on lookers saw the victim in the jaws of the crocodile before disappearing in the river. dramatic video of a life saving rescue in beijing. firefighters trying to save a 2-year-old girl who was trapped after falling into a deep well. the firefighters used a rope to lasso the little girl's body and pulled her to safety. what is remarkable is that the little girl suffered no serious injuries in this accident. terrifying for the on lookers and firefighters themselves. of course, the parents were so relieved, i'm sure. let's turn now to our
political gut check. all the stories you need to know. for decades the presidential campaign has kicked off with the iowa caucuses. can some contenders ignore the state all together this time. you have spent many an election cycle in this state. why are republicans so worried that iowa isn't what it used to be? >> when a party loses you look at everything. some mainstream republicans say iowa is too conservative. to compete in iowa you have to stress your opinion on rights. governor chris christie would probably say iowa is not our best state. this happens every four years.
you have a republican governor who goes way back. i met him in 1988 when he was for bob dole trying to say how can i save my state and make my process more attractive. it is a calculation for the candidates. social conservatives will compete in iowa. >> let's talk about why these states are always so critical. it is not about predicting the eventual winner. it is about momentum. >> somebody always emerges. that is why some candidates say they are going to skip it. you heard mitt romney's people saying maybe we won't compete. late they went in. you don't want to give somebody a sling shot out of there. jimmy carter was jimmy who until he won the iowa caucuses. you have iowa, new hampshire, south carolina and then it gets bigger.
another big criticism is it is a pretty lilly white state. that is not the whole country at large. every four years we go through this. some candidates make the calculation it is not good for me. it is political quick sand if i start to lose. others say that is the place for the fundraising. >> for iowa purposes that brings in a lot of attention and a lot of money for the state. there is also talk now, again, of possible impeachment. this is not a lot of people, a few, but still loud voices. three republicans in congress this month during town halls have floated the idea of impeachment for one reason or another. what is going on here? >> coburn is the interesting one because he is a conservative from oklahoma. he says he is going to sit down with the president on tax and spend issues for example. he has been open to
negotiations. the other two are very conservative house republicans from safe districts. republican leaders get flat foreheads from banging heads against the wall. what is the crime? what is the crime? the republicans have a long list of legitimate complaints against the president. they don't like his health care plan. we can go on and on about certain things republicans don't like but what is the crime? the reagan administration had warnings about lennonbanon. democratics say this is part of the polarization. the republican leadership thinks it hurts them because you have guyed talking impeachment and most americans think why. >> governor bobby jindal said let's stop being the stupid party and this is not the kind of talk we need to be having.
kind of falls into the category of this is a distraction. >> it can be a distraction. if you look at the last two national elections president obama won and won pretty big. that leads you to believe that even some of his own voters are disappointed in him for whatever reason. impeachment is the ultimate. when the republican party is trying to get its act together, find its position on issues like immigration, find its core, find its leader and juice if you will in the mid term election, most, an overwhelming number of leaders say talking impeachment is foolish. >> great to see you. >> there you go. so the phone rings the other day and it was the pope again.
it didn't happen. it could have happened. we are going to tell you how pope francis is reaching out to the faithful. this is not related to the pope if i need to make that transition. if you missed the video music awards and the big n sync reunion. cross fire is weeks from the debut. time to hit the vault and look back at some of the show's finest moments. cross fire has played host to a number of gun control debates over the years. what is astonishing to me is how little has changed since then. >> all you guys can think of is more regulations on honest
people that a million times a year honest people use a gun in the country. there is absolutely no gun control law that would have stopped this guy in new york city. >> we had a ban on this type of weapon. >> you say you are going to ban all guns. >> ban the guns and allow this guy to walk through and shoot one after another 22 people in a few seconds. [ female announcer ] a classic macaroni & cheese from stouffer's starts with freshly-made pasta, and 100% real cheddar cheese. but what makes stouffer's mac n' cheese best of all. that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care for you or your family.
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trial in egypt. >> hosni mubarak was back in court over the weekend for his retrial on charges of conspiracy to kill protesters. he was enclosed in a metal cage wearing his trademark metal sunglasses. cross cairo the army relaxed its nighttime curfew, perhaps a sign against the military coup and now under control. now, if you write a note to pope francis you might want to be ready for him to call you back. the pontiff is working the phones. >> reporter: when 19-year-old stepheno wrote a letter to the pope he never expected what would come next, a personal phone call from the pope
himself. it lasted around eight minutes. this isn't the first surprise phone call from the leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. in june he dialled up an italian man who just lost his brother to offer sympathies. to new zealand where a dog became a dying cat's best friend. >> reporter: a cat in new zealand has a pair of unlikely saviors, a cat and a dog. he needed a blood transfusion and there was no time for lab tests. even a small amount of the wrong type could be fatal. the vet urged her to have a transfusion with the dog. the cat and the dog are fully recovered and his owner says rory hasn't started barking or fetching the newspaper yet.
talk about entertaining. it was a night of unforgettable performances during last night's mtv video music awards. lady gaga and miley cyrus getting plenty of attention. justin timberlake, michelle turner is here to tell us all about it. >> i'm just rolling in. i'm here. i know that someone declared "new day" a free zone. i'm putting this all on miley cyrus. because the mtv vma's motto is expect the unexpected. it seems like none of us are ready for hannah montana to die and miley cyrus to twerk her way
in. a beloved boy band got a good welcome back. >> might be a little excited about n sync. >> reporter: it was a night full of memorable moments for justin timberlake. the singer kicked off a near 20-minute medley after receiving the vanguard award. the show famous for surprises had a few more to offer. lady gaga returning to live performing after hip surgery in april opened the broadcast with four costume changes after performing. somehow it seemed tame compared to miley cyrus. a stripped down cyrus got r rated with a foam finger.
the night's top winners taking on top hip hop video for "ceiling can't hold us". taylor swift lit up twitter after appearing to utter an ex pletive. the more than two hour show wrapped with a live concert after the iconic brooklyn bridge. ♪ >> here is my take this morning. gaga definitely deserves applause after that performance just back from hip surgery. miley probably needs hip
surgery. not enough n sync for me. it was over too quick. i think i became more of a fan. >> that miley moment. >> chris cuomo is here as a dad like i need to lock her in the room. >> it is more to it than the shock effect. >> we see her as hannah montana. she is grown. miley is grown. she is an adult. >> we get it. come on. >> i don't need to see anyone's tongue out that much in one performance. >> the tongue quotient. >> my favorite line is the same.
>> he is making music with a message and we love that and he is doing it from seattle. >> i'll be back with more. >> a little espresso. coming up next on "new day." an amish girl fighting leukemia, the fight of her life. she is fighting the hospital to stop her chemotherapy treatments. the chief medical officer says she will likely die without the treatment. take a little creative license. it is a must hear moment. a voice teacher gets her chance on the big stage. we'll tell you this great story when we come back. you need a girls' weekend and you need it now. ladies, let's go to vegas. cute! waiter! girls' weekend here! priceline savings without the bidding.
>> hannahing her montana. la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the buses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution into the air. so i feel good. i feel like i'm doing my part to help out the environment.
♪ i don't think kristin chenoweth was expected that. she apparently teaches voice at a local university. she apparently had been counting down the month. she is a huge fan of this song in particular and knew all the lyrics. what is amazing is she moved seats three or four times because there was a ticket confusion so it almost did not happen. this was one of the golden moments. >> frozen there like what? >> she is wearing all green and had dark hair and glasses. >> i love that chenoweth let her keep going. >> big voice and little body. >> she is the best and better
now because she allowed this woman to have the stage. the battle is on at california's yosemite park. a wildfire consumed enough acres to fit the entire area of chicago. u.n. weapons inspectors are working at the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in syria as the u.s. plans its response to the syrian government. details at the top of the hour. ♪
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tiger woods with quite a show despite crumbling in pain. he gutted it out all day and almost forced a playoff. happy monday my friend. what do we know? >> tiger was fighting through back spasms while trying to chase down adam scott yesterday. tiger was in bad shape on hole number 13. he drops to his knees in pain. ball going for a bogey. on 18 he needed this putt to go in to force a playoff. it comes up just short. tiger finishes tied for second. scott wins the tournament. turning right now a freshman at colorado state had three chances to make a half court shot to win a year of tuition. he only needed one.
the crowd goes nuts. he hits the first shot. he was selected in a random drawing at the freshman rally to make the shot. his tuition paid for by a group of colorado state head coaches. larry sanders got a couple of sweet tattoos that he proudly posted pictures of over the weekend. see any problems with this one? receive is misspelled. >> i before e except after c. >> he got a brand new $44 million contract so he can afford to have it redone but i'm guessing that is going to hurt. >> that is going to hurt in more ways than one. that kid making the half court shot was the best story. the only person cheering louder than him, his parents. a little tribute to n sync.
it is time for a round up of the stories you'll be talking about today. >> begin with usa today convincing kids and teens to stay away from smoking may come down to their doctor. new recommendations suggest they were less likely to smoke if they receive counseling from a dock. most earn well below living wage for public service. hit making producer will join keith urban and jennifer lopez as judges. dr. luke has seen success. time for christine romans. >> the dow industrial saw three straight weeks of declines. the dow is down 647 points or four percent over three weeks. the dow is still up 14.6% for the year. that is a very good return.
a $10 billion deal aimed at beating cancer. amgenis buying onyx pharmaceuticals. we already know who is going to the super bowl this year. gm says it is back in the game for 2014. it has 12 new products coming out by the end of next year. good morning everyone. get ready for a heat wave. temperatures are going to be soaring once again today across parts of the upper midwest as well as the plains. we are going to feel temperatures like 110 degrees for areas including des moines, st. louis and into chicago. you see a lot of 90s out there. certainly not expected for this late in the summer. while it is warm in the midwest, we will see fewer clouds in the northeast and showers there and more storms for parts of the desert southwest.
we could see flooding there. we're now at the top of the hour which means time for the top news. firefighters in a deadly fight. >> the u.s. says there is little doubt syria used chemical weapons. now there are growing calls for president obama to fight back. we are live inside syria. justin timberlake and n sync reunited. it was miley cyrus's r rated dance moves that really had jaws dropping. >> your "new day" starts right now. >> what you need to know.
>> i am totally convinced that not for the first time bashar al assad has used chemical weapons. >> what you have to see. ♪ >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo. >> it's monday, august 26th. a lot going on this morning. donald trump sued to the tune of $40 million by the state of new york. we are going to talk to eric snyderman about the case. later donald trump will respond live. >> amanda knox revealing she is not going back to italy for her new murder trial over the death of her british room mate. she wasn't sure what she was
going to do. she may not be in the clear. could she be forced to go back? are you ready for five ounces of cuteness? we have it coming your way. washington's baby panda makes its debut. find out why this guy gave a scare this weekend. first up breaking news from california. the rim fire has burned through an area the size of chicago. 144,000 acres. the fire is burning one of our most famous and important natural wonders, yellowstone national park. officials say they will do whatever they can to protect yosemi yosemite. nick is tracking developments from california. >> good morning, chris. this massive fire has changed
the lives and landscape of this community and every day has been a challenge for these firefighters to keep it from growing. >> it was astounding to see the power of what i witnessed earlier. >> reporter: it threatened more than 4,500 homes and structures. >> our main objectives, structure protection and making sure we keep everyone safe. >> reporter: over 3,000 firefighters are battling the fire. the massive blaze is threatening to destroy parts of the yosemite national park. >> how does this compare to others you fought? >> this is probably one of the worst ones that i have been on if not one of the more extreme fires. >> reporter: the fire has threatened the trees that grow in the park believed to be 2,000
years old. government officials say containing this fire is the highest priority. >> it was nerve wracking when they came knocking on my door. this is new to us. i have never been in an area where they have bad fires. i wanted to get out. when we came up here yesterday morning it was thick coming up through the valley. we are hoping. >> reporter: more than 200 miles away san francisco is also at risk. power generators threatened by the wildfire that shows no signs of stopping soon. and fire officials say they have made some progress. with just seven percent containment we are at the mercy of these extremely dry conditions fuelling the fire. let's get to jennifer
delgado tracking the forecast. >> we aretrally looking at better conditions for today. we are expecting winds to remain relatively calm. we are not seeing red flag warnings out there today. as we look at the conditions for today we are expecting a high of 77 today and 82 on tuesday. notice for yourself zero percent chance of rainfall today. as we move into tuesday we are going to have an increased chance of thunderstorm activity up to about 30%. that means we could see lightning out there. that could lead to more of the wild fires spreading. we'll send it back over to you. >> thanks for that update. we have breaking news out of syria. the u.n. says the car was hit by weapons this morning. we are covering all angles of this story. chris lawrence at the pentagon,
let's start with you. >> reporter: the tone coming out of the white house changed so dramatically almost overnight. this morning we are getting new information from our sources and it is going a long way to explain how the u.s. could go from demanding access to basically saying it doesn't matter what they find. the bombs are falling. the accusations flying. now the pressure is on president obama to defend his red line on chemical weapons which rebels claim killed more than 1,000 people in syria. >> we cannot sit still. we have to move quickly. >> reporter: u.s. officials claim syrian forces corrupted any evidence the u.n. might find this week. a u.s. official tells cnn behind the scenes multiple international sources have already collected evidence from
that site. the official says the sources took tissue samples and other evidence shortly after the attack and it was being analyzed in secure locations. that's why the white house tone changed so quickly from friday's get the inspectors in to sunday's it's too late to be credible. and it's why an administration official sounded so confident in saying there is little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime against civilians. the president's newly updated options include cruise missiles launched or jets firing weapons from outside syrian air space. >> we are prepared to exercise whatever option if he decides to employ one of those options. >> reporter: some of the potential targets include command bunkers in the actual
delivery systems for weapons. the president would have to weigh any risk of collateral damage including the possibility that a missile could get shot down by syrian air defenses and how that might effect some of the civilians below. >> a lot of option before then. when will they make the decision is the question now. there are reports that snipers have fired on a u.n. vehicle in damascus. let's get straight to fred who is there. what are you hearing about this? >> we are trying to get the details of that incident. we heard it from a u.n. spokesperson who said there are six vehicles in total. judging from when they left from the hotel that they are staying at this must have happened in rebel controlled territory. it is absolutely unclear who might have fired. is this some rogue person trying
to derail all of this. shortly before they left the area it was hit by a mortar. that held them back for a while. the u.n. says apparently the inspectors are going to replace that vehicle and head back into the area that means they will head back on the ground and try to conduct the investigation where, of course, they are going to try and find out what exactly that chemical agent might have been used and what sort of delivery system might have been used, an artillery shell or something else. the assad regime saying it had nothing to do with all of this and if america intervenes it would be quote a mistake. >> no question the situation on the ground is moving quickly and pressure is mounting. remember, the president took a very measured tone when we spoke with him last week. even then he hinted change would be coming. >> we don't expect cooperation
given their past history. and, you know, what i do believe is that although the situation in syria is very difficult and the notion that the u.s. could somehow solve what is a sectarian complex problem is somehow overstated. there is no doubt when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale that is very troublesome. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> the red line comment you made was about a year ago this week. we know there are things that qualify for crossing that red line. >> i have to say this. when we take action -- let's take the example of syria. there are rules of international law. if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without a u.n.
mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented then there are questions in law supports it. international do we have the coalition to make it work? and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account. >> do you believe this is enough? >> this latest event is something we have to take a look at. keep in mind, also, chris, because i know the american people keep this in mind. we have a war still going on in afghanistan. >> is there a shorter time frame now? in terms of what the u.s. can use in syria? >> yes. >> more abbreviated time frame now. >> it sounded like a strategy. what we see in syria is the steps outlined in the interview
seem to be taking place. you have the u.n. going on and the coalition forming. >> what position will russia take i think is also an interesting point to find out which we don't know. they have consistently been on the side of most of our allies. very troubling story out of louisiana. an 8-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing his 87-year-old caregiver after reportedly playing a video game. the case is renewing a fierce debate as to whether the violent games are to claim. good morning. >> reporter: we are talking about an 8-year-old kid accused of killing his 87-year-old caregiver. this is bringing up a lot of hot button issues including gun control and police say the little boy was playing a very violent video game minutes
before the shooting. a neighborhood is stunned after investigators say an 8 year old shot and killed his 87-year-old g gar -- caregiver, maurice smothers. >> it is a shock to me as much as everything else. >> reporter: the little boy told sheriff's deputies it was an accident. the sheriff's department said their evidence has led investigators to believe the 8-year-old juvenile intentionally shot mrs. smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television. the boy was playing the popular video game grand theft auto 4. which awards points for killing people. >> in this particular incidence the direct correlation of the video game playing during the shooting cannot be overlooked. can you conclusively say it caused him to shoot? we don't know.
there are too many variables that work in a child's mind. >> reporter: video game makers say it is unfair and unjustified to blame this tragedy on a game, a statement sent to cnn said this is about access to guns and not video games and explaining a connection to entertainment, a theory disproven repeatedly both minimizes the moment and side steps the real issues at hand. the one big thing we don't know, police say they don't know what the motive is. this child had what they feel like was a loving and normal relationship with his caregiver. in louisiana any child under the age of 10 is not deemed criminally responsible but the child could end up in some sort of juvenile court. >> thanks for that update. with an 8-year-old boy you may never know the motive. a lot of news this morning.
>> making news a military jury about to start deciding if convicted fort hood shooter major nidal hasan should be given the death sentence. officers expected to hear two or three days of testimony in open court. engine trouble forcing an american airlines plane to make an emergency landing. headed from charlotte to dallas sunday. the jet landed safely with 135 people on board. pilots on a delta flight reported smoke and fumes in their cockpit forcing an emergency landing in montgomery, alabama. fire officials on the ground determined there was no danger. good to be a supreme court justice. an 80-year-old ruth ginsburg saying she has no plans to retire. she is in good health after
surviving two bouts with cancer. ginsburg describes the current court as one of the most activists in history. a new biography and film due out next week. instructed his estate to begin releasing them in 2015. one focused on protagonist and the other featuring the glass family. and finally sometimes bra r bravery comes in small packages. these children had the courage to dial 911 as intruders were ransacking their homes. >> what is your emergency? >> there are some people in our house. >> reporter: inside a bathroom this terrified 13-year-old girl manages to stay calm while burglars ransack her home. >> are you in the home by
yourself? >> no. i'm with my sister. >> reporter: she hid with her 11-year-old sister while the burglars made off with a cell phone and laptop. she was relieved to hear her dad's voice. >> i am very proud of them both. she was super for thinking real quick. >> i didn't feel brave. i felt like scared because what if they busted down the door. >> reporter: she gave the dispatcher vital information that led to the arrest of two suspects. listen to this chilling 911 call from a brave 12-year-old boy in texas also home alone during a break in. >> somebody is trying to break into my house. >> reporter: you can hear the fear in his voice as he hides terrified in a closet. i'm going to have to whisper now.
>> stay there. the officers think they will catch the guy. >> when officers arrived they saw two men running out of the house and into the woods. >> you're a very smart young man. you did a good thing. >> deon's mother was trying to find their family a new place to live. she said she thought her son would be safe while she was gone and thanks to his quick thinking he was safe. how terrifying to think they are huddled there in darkness hoping help comes quickly and it did. >> teach your kids get to a safe place and call 911 and they did that. coming up next on "new day" an ohio hospital is in court. they want a 10-year-old amish girl to stay on chemotherapy, receiving chemotherapy as she is battling leukemia. her parents want to try other
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so, what are you waiting for? go call now! we'll finish up here. welcome back to "new day." an ohio hospital is fighting in court to force a 14-year-old girl to continue treatments. in her view the horrible side effects, her parents are looking into natural herbal medicines instead. the hospital wants an attorney to get limited medical
guardianship over the child in order to resume her chemotherapy. joining me now is dr. robert mcgregor to talk more about this. this is a tough case for everyone involved. first off, what is the little girl facing? >> this little girl with treatment that would be continuous from the time she presented she has an 85% chance of five-year survival. it is an excellent prognosis for a tough disease. >> without treatment, though, how much time does she have? >> that is tough to say because she only started her initial therapy and then had a break for two months. at this point we don't know to what extend the disease has become more aggressive. >> i think this leaves a lot of people scratching their heads. everyone involved wants the best
for this little girl. this has put the hospital and her parents at odds and led to court now. the court has ruled once in favor of the family saying they have power over herrer medical decisions. now the hospital will be appealing. how did it get to this point? >> i think we started therapy and the child did have some side effects which would be certainly expected. and then the decision initially was they wanted to have additional complimentary medicine. and then the decision shifted that it would be only using the alternative medicine or the herbal medicine which has no evidence to support success. >> i assume that the hospital laid this out to the family? >> absolutely. we take this very seriously. we think the family has the best interest of their child. we met with our ethics committee on three different occasions and had members of the committee
meet with the family to make sure we were communicating adequately and we understood what their barriers were and we did realize we agreed to disagree. that is why we decided at this point we really needed to have a case. we felt there was a moral and legal obligation to advocate for this child who has an 85% kmache of a great outcome. >> there is a large amish community in ohio. what role if any do you think religion plays into the family's decision? >> early on that wasn't mentioned. recently it was mentioned. we have at least ten or 11 other children from the community now in chemotherapy. we have a very nice relationship with the amish community and we really do respect their culture
and have open dialogue. i think it certainly is a fact in the case. i don't think it was a major role at least not early on. >> time means everything to this little girl and anyone suffering from a life threatening disease. where do things go from here? i understand there is a court meeting at least this week. but how is this likely to turn out? >> i wish i could tell you that. i would like to say it will have a positive outcome and this little girl will resume chemotherapy and five years from now will have a celebration that she is doing great. i do have concerns. the court-appointed guardianship is not somebody from our institution. this is an outside person with a medical background and is an attorney who has advocated for families and children before. our goal was not to remove this child ever. that was never part of our
agenda to ever involve removing the child. we think the family is very loving and caring. we wanted to have a neutral or second opinion to help the family understand and navigate the medical decision that came. it is a limited guardianship is what we were asking for. and that is what the appeals court as we have gone back to them has said that we should resume chemotherapy until this decision has returned in august, at the end of august. >> we will sit and wait hopefully in time to see what the decision is in court. hopefully everyone will be continuing to look out for the best interest of this little girl. >> absolutely. >> great to meet you. thank you. when we come back here on "new day" italy putting amanda knox on trial again. her lawyer says she is not going. can italy force her to? and the state of new york going after donald trump with a
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that has haunted her. you are going to hear what she had to say coming up. donald trump being sued for tens of millions of dollars. we are going to tell you why the state of new york is taking him to court over his real estate school. eric snyderman is talking to us in a live exclusive. a lot of news this morning. let's get to the top stories. top story is the fire we are watching. only seven percent containment. 3,400 firefighters battling the wildfire which has charred 12,000 acres inside yosemite national park. check out the video posted by the california air national guard providing a unique perspective for what it is like for the crews fighting this massive wildfire from above. u.n. inspectors in syria investigate a possible chemical attack when snipers fired at their vehicle.
they will return to their task. the assad regime promised a cease fire in cooperation for the inspection. jerry sandusky's adoptive son and six is other victims settled lawsuits. the university's former assistant football coach is serving at least 30 years for child sex abuse. ten state fact some 30 lawsuits related to the case and set aside $60 million for payouts. a new jersey man claiming the last share of the powerball jackpot chose the cash option and will get about $62 million after taxes. 16 new jersey vehicle maintenance workers and a minnesota man had the other two winning tickets. these texas ladies are noodlers. they get into the water and grab
huge catfish with their bare hands. one of them is 19-year-old millsap. the sport was illegal in texas until a couple of years ago. and then they came to their question mark senses? >> there is a show about this. >> hand fishing is a different thing. they go into a mud bank. >> the only reason i knew about noodling is paul ryan is into it. >> i think it is hard core. the intro to the show is something like sitting in a boat with a rod and catching fish, where is sport in that? what have i been doing my entire life? >> are you going to come up with
a different way of doing it? >> way too much of a woos. >> i don't know. i don't understand it. why was it illegal? >> we'll continue to contemplate that. a big announcement from amanda knox. her lawyer says she will not go back to italy to stand trial yet again for murder. knox was convicted and then acquitted. now the case is being examined once more specifically the discredited theory that knox killed her room mate during a sex game gone wrong. the possibility of another trial has haunted amanda knox since we spoke to her in may. >> will you go back? >> i don't know yet. it is a really complicated question. >> reporter: the answer turned out to be simple. no. amanda knox will not return to italy for a new appeals trial over the murder of her room mate. in may knox revealed her worries
about what might happen in the country where she spent four years behind bars. >> i'm afraid to go back there. i don't want them to do a court order when i'm there just respecting the court and going there and the prosecution asks that i be put in preventive detention again. i was there for four years. >> could you handle it? >> i'm having to handle things. i am not really being given a choice. and i think people sort of under estimate what that means and what effect that has had on me in my life. i'm afraid. i'm so afraid. >> reporter: a fear born when knox at just 22 years old was convicted of brutally killing her room mate. the ruling was overturned in 2011 due to lack of evidence. knox returned home to seattle.
>> thank you to everyone who has believed in me. >> reporter: italian law doesn't recognize double jeopardy is in the u.s. the case made world headlines in large part because of the prosecutor's unorthodoxed there that knox and her then boyfriend kill kill killed her in a sex game gone wrong. >> no one has claimed i was taking part in deviant sexual activity, none of my room mates and friends. no witnesses have ever come out saying anything like that. they created this idea about me
because it would legitimize their accusations against me. >> that means in your mind you spent four years of your life in jail because of a perverted prosecutor? >> that's what i think. >> imagine living with that. this has been years for this young woman since she beat this case. italy is different than the united states. they could order in italy that you come back for a retrial. there is an extradition treaty i have in my hands. united states law does not avail its citizens to threats of double jeopardy. once you acquitted or convicted the case is over. so the u.s. in all likelihood would not send her back to do this. it is one of the reasons we criticize the u.s. legal system until you compare it to any other. this is haunting for her. when we did the interview all amanda knox wanted was to deal
with the harshest a ammunition that the prosecutor had. she said let me answer the questions because this is all the case was about. you see where amanda knox is coming from that this theory which is dominated discussion of the case in the absence of real proof of it. now we have to see what happens. >> the saga continues. it has been years for her that she has been dealing with it. >> really going on with your life when you never know if the system will let you go. she doesn't know if she will ever be able to go back to italy. coming up next on "new day" life or death? wi convicted murderer jodi arias headed back to court today. the donald is big and brash is he a fraud? that is what new york attorney general says he is. we will have an exclusive live
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welcome back to "new day." a $40 million lawsuit filed against donald trump by the state of new york. it charges trump's real estate school was making false promises and building thousands of students out of money. first here is alison kosik with the background. >> reporter: he is america's most famous billionaire, never one to shy away from the spot light. from his reality show to his almost run for the white house to his demand that president obama hand over his birth certificate now donald trump is grabbing headlines again in a bomb shell lawsuit accusing him of fraud.
>> at trump university we teach success. that is what it is all about. success. it is going to happen to you. >> reporter: new york state's attorney general says that promise was empty for students at trump university. the state wants $40 million for what it says the school wrongly took from people who attended classes. >> we are going to teach you about business and teach you better than the business schools teach you. >> reporter: it alleges trump misled perspective students. if they wanted to get rich they would have to pay $1,500 for a three-day work shop and then came the at $35,000. the lawsuit says the school urged students to call credit cards to increase limits. another allegation says students were told trump would make an appearance during the seminars.
instead they had their photo taken with a life-sized picture of him. they wanted to be near donald trump and i think that was the biggest problem. a trump attorney says the lawsuit has no merit and it is a cheap publicity stunt. here to refute trump's claim is the new york attorney general. thank you for being here. appreciate it. can you tell us -- this lawsuit wasn't initially targeting mr. trump. it was part of a larger investigation, right? >> we have been looking into for profit schools. we had a $10 million settlement with another one a week or so ago. we started looking at trump university and discovered it was a scam starting with the fact it was not a university. they never registered. they lied. part of the charges are they lied to the state department of education repeatedly.
they never got their teachers certified as required by new york law. they promised to teach people. some of them had just come out of bankruptcy. it was really a bait and switch. people were told in the preseminar you have to pay for the $1,500 seminar. they said you have to go with these elite packages from $10,000 to $35,000. we got the play book. telling the trump instructors what to say and they were clearly instructed that if one of them broke ranks and said you don't need to buy the packages that would hurt the enterprise. >> trump lends his name to lots of things. >> we had the sworn testimony of the former president of the trump university. mr. trump claims he wrote the curriculum. the president said he insisted on seeing all the promotional materials and he was the
pitchman. he was in the videos. people came to the seminars thinking they would meet him but all they got the chance was top stand next to a poster of mr. trump. >> mr. trump says you were begging him for campaign contributions and that's what this is about. your response? >> we are used to people who commit fraud making wild accusations when they are caught. and it's just an effort to distract from the substance of the case. he has not rebutted. we have provided copies of the ads, copies of the scripts, transcripts of what his instructors said. we have dozens of affidavits and complaints. >> he says you met with theporous on thursday and filed this on friday. >> the president and i had much
more important stuff to talk about than donald trump. he was giving a speech about education in syracuse. trump didn't come up. i never discussed mr. trump with the president of the united states. >> mr. trump says he could have settled this suit if he wanted to but he is not going to now. do you have an interest in settlement? >> we are always open to discussions. this is a pretty straightforward case. the documents we have submitted already i think pretty much entitle us to a judgment. again, we have the sworn testimony of the former president of the trump university acknowledging pretty much everything i told you, that they didn't comply with the law. he called it an oversight. this is a case that will move quickly. >> i have to believe that mr. trump stirring the pot is not helping them with your office. >> he is a showman. he doesn't seem to think there
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the u.s. now says the assad regime almost certainly did use chemical weapons on the syrian people. the calls for action are growing, will the u.s. send in airstrikes? trump fires back. the donald is sued claiming his state universities are a scam. he joins us live this morning. >> your "new day" continues right now. what you need to know -- >> as the united states over a year ago said assad uses chemical weapons crosses a red line. we know for sure he used them once. what you have to see -- >> whatever you have cash in your register, give it to me. that's the same gun. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira. >> good morning, welcome back to "new day."
it's monday august 26th, 8:00 in the east. a lot coming up in this hour, including jodi arias back in trial. steps closer to figuring out if she'll get life in prison or possibly the death penalty. hln jane velez-mitchell will be joining us live to talk to us. an 11-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who survived two lung transplants is finally breathing without an oxygen machine and, get this, she's now speaking. we'll tell you the first thing she wants to do when she gets home. show you a face, how about this little face. the national zoo giving us a look at its brand-new tiny baby cub. i know why this guy put zookeepers in a bit of a panic this weekend. first this morning, breaking news out of california. the massive rim fire continues to grow, consuming 144,000 acres. the flames have entered yosemite
national park. 12,000 acres burned there so r far. firefighters were working hard to protect yosemite valley where some of the most breathtaking attractions can be found. nick vulensia is live. nick? >> every day a struggal for these firefighters to keep it from growing. >> it was astounding to see the power of what i witnessed earlier. >> reporter: one of the largest wildfires in california history, scorching nearly 150,000 acres of land and threatening 4,500 homes and structures. >> so, our main objectives right now, structure protection and we protect that cpark at all costs >> reporter: the massive blaze is now threatening to destroy parts of the yosemite national park, already devouring 12,000 acres. >> how does this one compare to
others you find? >> this is probably one of the worst ones that i've been on, if not one of the more extreme fires i've been on since 2001 when i started. >> reporter: aerial footage from the national guard shows what's at stake. the ancient sequoia trees in the park believed to be 1,000 years old. it poses every challenge there can be. meanwhile, evacuations continue. >> a little nerve wracking when they came knocking on my door. this is new for us. i've never been in an area where they had bad fires. i just wanted to get out and then when we came up here yesterday morning, it was very thick coming through the valley and they cleared and i thought maybe we were still okay. we're hoping. >> reporter: more than 200 miles away, san francisco is also at risk. power generators that feed things like cable cars and street lights in the city threatened by the wildfire that shows no signs of stopping soon. and fire officials have told me
they made some progress, but with just 7% containment, they're at the mercy of the canyon winds and these extremely dry conditions fueling the fire. kate, back to you. >> only 7% at this point, a big day, crucial day ahead for them. thanks so much, nick. let's get over to the weather center. obviously, folks over there in yosemite hoping to get some help from the forecast, jennifer. >> doesn't look like we'll get any significant rainfall out there today. the wind speeds right now at 3 miles per hour. fairly calm and the winds today are generally going to be in the range of 10 to 15 miles per hour coming out of the south. but, really, just no moisture out there. as we sheyou on tshow you on th imagery. looks like it will stay that way as we go through the next couple of days. as we move through tuesday, 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms out there. as we get some of the storms out there, keep in mind we're
talking about the potential for lightning to spread the fires, as well as winds that develop with the isolated storms that can also be possible spreading those fires even more across parts of yosemite. certainly, this is something we need to watch over the next couple day as. back to you, kate. >> thanks, jennifer, for that update. now for growing call for action against syria. washington may be get ready to take action. the assad regime crossed the line into chemical warfare. but u.n. inspectors are hitting dangerous setbacks as they try to confirm it this morning. chris lawrence at the pentagon. chris, let's start with you. >> well, chris, president obama called in his entire national security team over the weekend and just this morning britain, france and turkey all indicated they would support action against syria, even without a mandate from the u.n. so, all signs seem to be pointing that a decision could come soon.
the bombs are falling, the accusations flying. now the pressure is on president obama to defend his red line on chemical weapons, which rebels claim killed more than 1,000 people in syria. >> but we cannot sit still. we have to move him and move quickly. >> reporter: syrian forces shelled the site of wednesday's attack so much it corrupted any evidence the u.n. might find this week. a u.s. official tells cnn behind the scenes multiple international sources have already collected evidence from that site. the official says the sources took tissue samples and other evidence shortly after the attack. and it was being analyzed in secure locations. that's why the white house tone changed so quickly from friday's get the inspectors in to sunday's, it's too late to be
credible. and it's why an administration official sounded so competent in saying that there is little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the regime against the civilians. the president's newly updated options include cruise missiles launched from one of four navy destroyers in the mediterranean sea or jets firing weapons from outside military air space. >> we're preparing to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> some of the potential targets include command bunkers, artillery launchers, things like that. government targets. again, just options right now. the president has not made a decision and he'll have to weigh collateral damage and the risk to civilians in deciding what to do next. kate? >> the pressure seems to be mounting, though, for sure, this morning. chris, great to see you, thank you so much. syrian officials are putting a cease-fire in place and cooperating with inspectors, they say, but that cease-fire
may not be holding this morning. fred is in damascus for us this morning. fred, u.n. vehicles came under sniper fire today. are the attackers back at the site of this alleged chemical attack now? >> we're not sure where they are at this point, kate. they did say they wanted to go back to that site. the lead vehicle of their convoy, which has to, of course, go to government-controlled territory to rebel-controlled territory and came under fire from sniper. hit deliberately multiple times and the vehicle became disabled and therefore they had to bring it back and replace that vehicle. the u.n. said it's going to go back to the site and continue its investigation, so, so far, at least officially that investigation is still going to move forward, kate. >> fred, make clear for our viewers, though, the u.n. weapon experts that are going in their job does not include looking into who or what regime, what side was behind those alleged chemical attacks, though.
>> no, absolutely not. their job includes finding out what agent was possibly used and how it was possibly delivered. of course, as they go in, both the rebels and the government have said that they were going to implement a cease-fire for that time. i want to get out of the way here and i want to show you something. this is what's happening over damascus right now. what you see is a plume from an artillery shell which is in the outskirts of damascus, which is exactly where the weapon inspectors are supposed to be. that cease-fire that was supposed to be implemented to give the weapon inspectors a chance to conduct their work that seems to be fragile, at best. seen the convoy come under attack and also, now, we see the shelling going on in central damascus. >> the whole scene seems to be compromised at this point. thanks. some perspective on how quickly the sands are shifting. when i spoke to president obama in our exclusive interview last thursday, he was much more measured about the crisis in syria. that said his prediction came
true. that the syrian government would not cooperate with inspectors. >> we don't expect cooperation, given their past history. and, you know, what i do believe is that although the situation in syria is very difficult and the notion that the u.s. can somehow solve what is a sectarian, complexed problem inside of syria sometimes is overstated. >> but delay can be deadly, right, mr. president? >> there is no doubt that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale that is very troublesome. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> the red line comment that you made was about a year ago this week. >> right. >> we know since then there have been things that should qualify for crossing that red line. >> chris, i have to say this. when we take action, let's just take the example of syria.
there are rules of international law. and, you know, if the u.s. goes in and attacks another country without a u.n. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work? and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account? this latest event is something we have to take a look at. but keep in mind, also, chris, i know the american people keep this in mind. we still have a war going on in afghanistan. >> safe to say we have a shorter time frame in terms of what the u.s. can use in terms of decision in syria and egypt? >> yes. >> a more abbreviated time frame now? >> yes. >> even more abbreviated and they'll have to make decisions very quickly.
the world is watching the situation there very closely. let's get straight to all the other news making headlines at this hour, get to michaela. >> good morning, everyone. making news, now that he's been convicted of killing 13 people in the ft. hood massacre a jury will decide if nadidal hasan should get life in prison or the death penalty. expected to hear two or three days of testimony from witnesses, which could include hasan himself. a louisiana boy accused of shooting his 87-year-old caregiver in the head after playing video game "grand theft auto 4." police were called last thursday night. wbrz said the victim was the boy's grandmother and that it was her gun. this little boy will not face charges under louisiana law. children under 10 are exempt from criminal spaurment. the nsa was spying on the
u.n. the magazine says documents provided by edward snowden shows the nsa hacked into internal systems in new york last year. european and international atomic agency were targets of the u.s. spying effort. controversy on pit row. indy car racer scott dixon took out three members of will powers crew injuring them during the last pit stop at sonoma raceway sunday. the penalty cost him the lead with 15 laps to go. power eventually won. after the race dixon said he thought his crew purposely got in his way. apparently the guys are okay, they were hurt, but they'll survive. we're wondering if there will be further reprucussions because of this. the new panda is healthy. the happy occasion, though, wasn't without some tragedy. its twin didn't make it.
>> it's only the second time something like this has ever happened. a baby giant panda born at the national zoo in washington, d.c. >> we have some fantastic news, today's a great day for the smithsonian national zoo. i'm pleased to announce this afternoon our giant panda, female giant panda gave birth to a live cub and that cub seems to be doing very well. >> the rare birth caught on camera. but the joyous day was tinged with a bit of heart break as a second panda was born stillbirth. it was one of the scariest moments many of them have ever faced. >> several minutes of few blown panic. we knew this was a second cub. >> reporter: >> the zoo released photos of its newest member and they say it's strong and doing well. >> the cub was very active, squealing. seemed very, very healthy. >> zookeepers say it will be weeks before they can determine
its sex for now they're just glad the little guy or girl is okay. when you think how tiny that is. the panda weighs 5 ounces. just a little bitty thing. fits in the palm of your hand. he or she is breathing normally and it has a steady and strong heartrate and he or she has a bright, healthy shade of pink, which apparently is important, even though they turn black and white later on in life. >> all the producers are going, that is just unfair. these big pandas have the little babi babies. what? adorable, nonetheless. look at the little nose. >> we have to figure that out. why the ratio? why such big pandas and little babies? >> you think there's controversy here? is that -- >> could it be a conspiracy. little conspiracy. i bet there is a reason, though. >> yeah. >> we need to figure out what it is. >> guess what we're not, panda
experts. >> because pandas are black and white, will we use it as an opportunity to eat oreos. convicted murder jodi arias back in court today. awaiting sentencing phase. will arias get the death penalty. donald trump speaking out after being sued for millions by the state of new york. new york attorney general said right here trump university was a scam. trump will respond, live. doctor recommended colace capsules. [ male announcer ] for certain medical conditions where straining should be avoided, colace softens the stool for effective relief from occasional constipation. go to colacecapsules.com for savings. for effective relief from occasional constipation. i dbefore i dosearch any projects on my home. i love my contractor, and i am so thankful to angie's list for bringing us together. find out why more than two million members count on angie's list. angie's list -- reviews you can trust.
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said trump university promises to teach sure fire real estate techniques but the promise was more of a bait and switch. cnn alison kosik has more. >> reporter: he's america's most famous billionaire. never one to shy away from the spotlight. >> you're fired. >> reporter: from his "apprentice" reality show to his almost run for the white house to the demand that president obama hand over his birth certificate, now donald trump is grabbing headlines again in a bombshell lawsuit accusing him of fraud. >> at trump university we teach success. that's what it's all about. success. it's going to happen to you. >> reporter: but new york attorney general said that promise was empty for the real estate mogul investor's university. the state wants $40 million.
>> we are going to teach you better. >> reporter: it alleges trump misled perspective students, if they wanted to get rich, they would have to pay $1,500 for a three-day workshop. once there, then came the push for a year-long course at $35,000. the lawsuit says instructors even urged students to call their credit card companies to increase their limits so they could sink even more money into classes. classes trump defended in a tweet saying there was a 98% approval rating of students for courses. another allegation says students were told trump would make an appearance during the seminars. instead, they had their photo taken with a life-size picture of him. >> they wanted to be near donald trump. that was the biggest problem in terms of people being disappointed. >> reporter: the lawsuit has no merit, a cheap publicity stunt. alison kosik, cnn, new york. >> let's get a direct response
from the man himself. mr. donald trump, star of "apprentice" joining us this morning. mr. trump, it's chris cuomo, can you hear me? >> i certainly can. good to talk to you. >> the attorney general from new york, it sounds like he's saying you're fired when it comes to this trump university. are you worried? >> we have and had a great school. the school did a terrific job. 98% approval. of course, he doesn't mention this. we sort of gave a report card on ourselves to every student that took the course. we had a 98%. if you go to harvard, they don't have a 98% approval rating. we had a 98% approval rating, chris. people loved the school. the school was terrific. and we got sued for lots of different reasons, primarily, once again, publicity. he was angry i didn't give him the kind of cut. your brother would know much
better, but they were soliciting us during the investigation for campaign contributions to our attorney general, who's a total lightweight, by the way. you know that, i know that. your brother knows that. >> hold on a second. don't say what i know. >> competent attorney general. get some publicity on trump's back. the bottom line is, the school was very, very successful. we didn't think we were going to get sued because of the fact that we have a 98% approval rating. you know, chris, you can go on television at night and you see all these different schools and all these different characters on television talking about get rich and do this and do that. our school was terrific. we have wonderful people and it's a shame. >> let me get in for a second, mr. trump. don't get me in trouble. you can say whatever you want, but that's your opinion. we asked him about the approval rating. he likened it to a ponzi scheme, like the madoff scam and said when people are getting fleeced, they don't know it. they like the system they're in. that was the analogy to trump
university. >> give me a break. you mean 98% of the people were told with a machine gun to their head to sign something saying it was great. these were people that were given papers, please, would you report on the school, was it good, was it okay, was it poor? what did you think? we had a 98% approval rating at the high level. in other words, people loved it. not only that, but we have a blank page underneath to write comments. they would write comments that were so beautiful about the school. the school was terrific. there are schools that maybe could be looked into. why isn't he looking into jon corzine where there is, jon corzine he doesn't look into. people that got fleeced by wall street and everything. he doesn't do that, he looks at a school with a 9d8% approval rating. >> what about the timing being about when the attorney general
met with president obama. were you reaching a little bit there? >> no, i'm not reaching. i don't know, maybe it's a mini irs or maybe it's not. i'm not accusing the president certainly of anything. but it was sort of interesting because i've been doing this stuff a long time and i've been dealing with government a long time. he met with president obama on thursday night in syracuse. he filed the case on saturday afternoon at 1:00. now, i've been dealing with government, you've known all about government, you are in a family of people in government. i've never heard of a government filing a case. this is a civil case. filing a case on a saturday afternoon. i've never heard of that before. >> the timing of the filing of the case is one issue. but you don't really believe the president of the united states was talking to the new york attorney general about bringing suit against you, do you? >> i have no idea. look, maybe a mini irs. i am a republican. i'm proud to be a republican. i have been a critic. by the way, i would love to be a fan of the president, if things
would work out, i would. if he was doing a great job, i would stand up as a republican and say he's doing a great job. it's just not that working out that way, unfortunately. he met with the president and, chris, he filed a case on a saturday afternoon. i never heard of a case being filed on saturday afternoon. see how many civil cases are filed on a saturday afternoon. maybe you'll never be able to find one. >> he says it's a nonissue. let me ask you this, mr. trump. i know you have a busy day. you are very aggressive. when somebody comes at you, you come at them twice as hard. this ain't the media, this is the attorney general, the state of new york. think it is time to listen to your lawyers and keep it low profile before you get somebody with a lot of power very angry at you? >> i don't care. i don't care. i had people angry with me all my life. i'm an honest person and i say what's on my mind. i could have settled this case very easily and it was a very easy case to settle, they could have settled it, i chose not to.
they thought i settled because i wouldn't want to take bad pub lisly. i get plenty of good, but bad publicity. no, the truth is, we have 98% and a lot of happy students and they'll all be testifying and we'll get many, many people to testify about how they loved it and we'll see what happens. i mean, we're just going to see what happens. no, i don't have any qualms about that at all. >> mr. trump, thank you for joining us on "new day" appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about this lawsuit. take care. kate? >> never want to be shy in making his opinion known. >> bold man. >> bold man and a bold lawsuit in front of him. that's for sure. coming up next on "new day." convicted killer jodi arias back in court today. could reset the sentencing phase for her case. will she get life or death? also a cnn exclusive. remember the 11-year-old whose parents fought the federal government to get her a
this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira. >> that's what my voice sounds like in the shower. especially if the water is too cold. welcome back, it's monday, august 26th. jodi arias back in court today. the convicted murder will soon learn her fate. will she get the death penalty? plus, remember the
11-year-old girl whose parents fought her to get her a double lung transplant. now, after a second transplant that little girl sarah murnaghan is speaking out for the first time since her surgery in a cnn exclusive. we'll see how she's doing. >> let's go to michaela with five things you need to know for your "new day." >> president obama saying he has not made a decision on military action in syria, but a range of options available. this as sniper fire hits a u.n. vehicle as inspectors try to hit the area where a chemical weapons attack took place. california's massive rim fire only 7% containment and around yosemite national park, the fire has consumed 144,000 acres. so far including 12,000 acres inside the park inside. the sentencing phase begins today for convicted ft. hood shooter major nidal hasan a military jury will decide whether or not he will get the death penalty. today president obama will award the medal of honor to
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defendant as to count one, first degree murder, guilty. >> reporter: after listening to four months of testimony, it took three days for the first jury to find jodi arias guilty of first degree murder, but they couldn't decide between the death penalty or life in prison. >> no unanimous agreements. >> reporter: arizona law allows prosecutors one more chance at death if a new jury still can't decide, arias will get life in prissen and a judge will determine if she's eligible for paro parole. the new trial won't be as long because the original guilty verdict still holds. >> this new jury won't have nearly the information that the information that the old jury had and the it jury saw every gruesome detail and saw all the lies and everything. >> reporter: finding new jurors who haven't heard of the arias case will be difficult given the intense media coverage of the first trial. finding witnesses that will stand up for jodi arias will
also be tough. >> mr. martinez, are you angry at me? >> after she testified she was inundated with online abuse, including death threats. she has no intention of going through that, again. even though her testimony could make a difference. >> why don't you want to go back? >> threats to my life, threats to my family. my family doesn't want me to go back. >> reporter: in the end, jodi arias may be her own best chance for avoiding the death penalty. >> either way, i'll spend the rest of my life in prison. it will either be shortened or not. if it is shortened, the people who will hurt the most is my family. i'm asking you, please, please don't do that to them. >> reporter: arias pled for her life during the penalty phase of her first trial. this after spending 18 days on the witness stand during the trial. what, if anything, she says to the new jury may determine if she lives or dies.
ted rollins, cnn, phoenix. let's bring in someone now following the jodi arias trial from the very beginning. jane velez-mitchell and author of "exposed the secret life of jodi arias." thank you for joining us here. there is a chance that jodi could testify during the penalty phase. would she be subject to cross-examination and is there a different protocol because she's been convicted already? >> well, i have to tell you, so many unanswered questions, chris. how do you bring a new juror, 12 new jurors and how many alternates up to speed on a case that involved 40 witnesses, more than 600 pieces of evidence. how do you bring them up to speed? if jodi arias does take the stand, again. what is she going to do? repeat all those stories that had been discredited, for example, in my book, "exposed" and in the general public.
is she really going to take the stand again and say she was a victim of domestic violence? the reason why americans were so angry at that domestic violence expert was that she took jodi at face value. jodi is a pathological liar. in my book, i deconstruct most of what she says on the stand and come to the conclusion that she was lying. if she gets up on the stand and uses those same tired, old lies again, is it just going to infuriate a new set of jurors? what i think the defense should do is show that she's mentally ill because she is. >> well, right, obviously, her competency is not going to be an issue. she has been found competent for the trial and penalty phase. so, she is someone who could be subjected to the harshest punishment. the jury, 8-4 in favor of the death penalty. you raise an interesting question. this is a lot to put on the new jurors. they don't get the benefit of the entire trial record, as you suggested. but they have the burden of the
hardest question. do you believe that that means it is unlikely that jodi arias gets the death penalty? >> you know after the casey anthony case and that verdict where all the talking heads and legal world said it was a slam dunk for the prosecution, chris, i do not predict what jurors are going to do. as for her mental state, i totally agree with you. she knows the difference between right and wrong. she's not legally insane, but she does have borderline personality disorder. ironically, that's what the prosecution argued and the defense in the trial that we just went through said, no, no, no she doesn't have a bordenline personality disorder. this time around they should embrace the prosecution's theory. yes, she does know right from wrong and not hearing hallucinations but she is seriously disturbed and that did impact her decisionmaking leading up to this horrific crime. >> for jurors, though, as you
well know, the last thing they want to do is to do the prosecution's job for them. especially, especially when you have these type of stakes, life and death on their shoulders. when you see this new piece of evidence for them, which will be jodi arias' life and conduct in jail while incarcerated. do you think the t-shirts and the work and all these sympathetic things will just weigh further on the juror's minds and make it less likely that she gets the death penalty? >> well, chris, as for the t-shirt. the t-shirt really infuriated everybody all over again because written on it was the word survivor and that seemed like a of travis alexander.the family - because, once again, it was implying that she was somehow the victim of domestic violence at the hands of travis alexander. the reason why people were so upset at this trial is that she essentially, not only viciously killed this man, but then committed character assassination of the worst sort,
accusing him of being a pedophile saying, oh, he committed domestic violence on her and he sexually degraded her. in my book, "exposed" i outlined she brought all the sex games to the party and that is she was, at the very least, a consenting adu adult, but, actually, i believe she was the one who morally corrupted him. >> you know, it's interesting. the eighth amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, it's evolving. it used to be that a judge could give you the death penalty and now we see you have a secondary jury, if you can't reach a decision. it's a big burden on these people. i feel badly for the men and women who are going to have to sit in judgment of jodi arias because of what you have been outlining. so little information compared to the jury and, of course, the harshest question for them. if they can't reach a decision, the judge will decide what kind of life sentence it is. jane, thanks for the perspective. what is the name of the book,
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welcome back to "new day" a cnn exclusive for you. remember the 11-year-old little girl who received a second double lung transplant. she's now speaking out for the very first time since her surgery. we first introduced you to sarah murnaghan this spring her parent fighting federal transplant rules to save her life and this morning they are celebrating. good reason for that. jason carroll joins us with much, much more. her story and strength such an inspiration. >> incredible story. a lot of reasons to celebrate. we have been following this story for months and critical little sarah murnaghan good news her parents say she could be released from the hospital as soon as tomorrow.
her voice, barely a whisper. sarah murnaghan's strength comes in knowing she has made it this far. >> much better. >> do you feel like you're a tough little girl? >> yes. very. >> can you tell me why? >> because every time i face things that i thought were going to be hard and then i've done them. >> reporter: sarah survived two lung transplants and can breathe without an oxygen machine. 11 year old's fight for new lungs change for now, national policy, so-called under 12 rule. a rule that gave children priority when pediatric lungs were available, but not adult
lungs. there were moments the family thought they would run out of time. what were those moments like for you? >> terrifying. she said, i just didn't want to tell you i was dying. i didn't want to upset you. >> reporter: now, sarah is finally scheduled to go home. >> what would you like to-do when you go home? >> i would like to play with my brother and sister. >> reporter: her sister, two brothers and cousins all waiting. >> i love you. >> reporter: sarah has a message of her own about her prognosis. >> i'm not coming through easy. i'm just going for possible. >> she knows it's not easy, but so much you can do if you just persevere. >> reporter: a long road to recovery, but she is on her way. >> i really know it was a miracle. >> amazing girl.
>> you know, when she said that and michaela was talking about that, too. i'm not going for easy, i'm going for what's possible. she really is an old soul. >> kind of perspective you can have at that age. what is her road to recovery like. she's clearly overcoming amazing challenges, but i'm sure there are still many ahead. >> she will have to go through a lot of rehabilitation but has already proven her strength and she's hoping some day she will get back on horses and play with her brothers and sister. >> that will have a healing effect, i'm sure, too. >> thank you, great job, jason. thank you for bringing us that story. >> just where she's come already, remember, there was a time when we thought we wouldn't see this day. that's great. that's good stuff, so, today is a double stuff portion for you. >> gooder stuff. >> my mom is like, okay, better stuff. today's edition, maybe it isn't too late to apologize. you hear the song playing.
a man drove up to a gas station and a piece of cloth over his license plate. he went up to the after hours window and tried to rob the station. >> i was like, i have a gun. whatever you have in your cash register, give me all of it. then i just push him back and do like that. >> all right, so he did like that. but that's not good stuff. but listen to this. the would-be thief ran off empty handed and drove away and the clerk we heard from just called authorities and he didn't get a plate because it was covered. cops showed up, but, guess what, the perp was long gone, wrong. there was a knock on that very same after hours window. take a listen. >> i did the same thing, then i look and i say, that's the same guy. i apologized. sorry, i needed money. he covered his license plate and then came back. i don't know why.
it's kind of odd. >> kind of odd. the guy had to walk right past the police car to issue that apology and was immediately arrested. police are stumped by his behavior, as is the clerk. but i'm not and here's why. we chose the song "too late to apologi apologize" because the guy already committed the crime. assuming this guy just didn't figure they had them on camera, let's assume it was just a straight apology. that's why we made it the good stuff because it was somebody who did something wrong but had the foresight to see, you know, i did the wrong thing. let me go back. >> no matter what happens to you now. >> no matter what happens to you now. >> go to jail or whatever. he's going to be prosecuted. who knows what is going to happen. that's why it's today's good stuff. keep them coming so we can give you good news or change of heart news. still ahead on "new day" more nerds than vandals but the combination has made two
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watch this. >> go vandalize some stuffer. >> did you hear about this? >> get it. so, i know it's complicated, it involves three completely separate disciplines, algebra, suvs and the internet. in case you didn't get it. let's play it, again here. >> me and eric are going to go vandalize some stuff. >> did you hear about this? hurry. >> it took me maybe 1.5 times to fully get it. that's why our award today is nobody told me there would be math award goes to the teens who made this video. their profile says they're jack and jack from omaha. great stakes and great sense of humor, apparently. this pair post a lot of stuff and they have more than 105,000 followers. i think it's great. that's what i'm saying. guys, send them this way. do some stuff for "new day." come vandalize our set. >> our show is so much better when j.b. is part of it. >> we missed it. >> i missed you so much.
but i'm glad i'm back because i hear today is a special day. >> today is a special day. >> i know nothing about it. >> chris doesn't either. >> i thought it was the day that j.b. was unveiling he had a little work done. looking a little different. looking better. >> he was preparing for the fabio situation. >> i was with fabio working out and getting work done. it was a double hit, you can see it was a success. >> who did that work, it's terrible. >> ladies and gentlemen, only god can make you look that way. we're going to take a break. j.b., big kiss. so then the little tiny chipmunks go all the way up...
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love mondays but because we have a birthday girl on set. michaela, pereira. >> monday. >> only way to kick off the week! >> look at that handsome fellow. >> look at the size of that cake. >> wait, wait, wait, there's more. a little special message for you. >> hi, michaela. happy birthday! we're sorry we can't be there this year for your birthday, but we know it's going to be special. >> we wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you soon. greetings from everyone here. love you. >> happy birthday, michaela. >> we love you. >> big applause. >> that's the mayor. >> that's the mayor and kids from l.a.'s best and my mom and dad. >> they wrote it down. >> they wrote it down.
>> from baked right here in new york and very special birthday to you, my love. >> happy birthday, sweetheart. we have blown all of our birthdays in one month. >> the rest of the year, news. >> on that note, we send it to you, the other love of our life, carol costello. >> i noticed they didn't put candles on here. >> will you stop attacking her. >> happy birthday, michaela. you guys eat that cake. "newsroom" starts now. >> that is a good-looking cake. happening now in "newsroom" fire storm in yosemite. >> it was astounding to see the power of what i witnessed earlier. >> an american treasure threatened minute by minute. this morning, a brand-new perspective. >> that is unreal. >> go with international guard -- >> there's