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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin this hour with the crash of airasia flight 8501. the investigators search for answers. the families search for closure. just a few hours ago, indonesian authorities confirmed their first identification of a victim the woman is among nine bodies recovered so far. for the second straight day, bad weather is hampering the search for more victims and the wreckage strong wind heavy rain and big waves are holding back divers and their investigation of a so-called shadow on the ocean floor. now without confirmation that it's the bulk of the airliner officials say it could take a week to locate the so-called black boxes. they contain the crucial information that could explain what catastrophes struck in mid
flight. let's get the latest for you. cnn's andrew stevens is in surabaya indonesia, where that doomed flight took off on sunday morning. hello, andrew. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yes, you're absolutely right, enormous frustrations for the search crew here. they just haven't been able to catch a break with the weather whatsoever. in fact what they're having to do is work around the weather, when there's a clear patch, maybe an hour two hours, they get in there and do what they can. the wind whips up again, the rain comes back the seas rise up again and they just have to ride it out pretty much so very very frustrating. there was a glimmer a few hours ago, tony fernandez, the head of airasia sent out a tweet and it says "we're hoping the latest information is correct and that the aircraft has been found." since then there's been virtual radio silence. obviously it hasn't been found. they're still searching for that elusive shadow. the best way to go about it they say, is to pick up a ping from the black box.
they've got 25 days of battery life left on the black boxes. to get the ping they need the acoustic detection underwater. they have the devices there but only been able to get one in the water, and because it's also shadow where the plane is believed to have gone down maybe 120 feet there's a lot of other noise coming from the sea so it's actually quite a confused down there. really not a lot further ahead. there's multiple vessels on the scene but they can't do anything. no divers in the water, no aero reconnaissance. tough breaks at the moment. >> andrew stevens, thanks so much. let's talk about the grim task of identifying those bodies. cnn's paula hancocks is outside the hospital where victims will undergo the first steps in identification before being returned to their families. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol.
well, just eight bodies have been through here since that accident happened and of course that's just a fraction considering there are 162 passengers and crew who were on that flight. this is the first stop though for those bodies that are pulled out of the waters of the java sea. sirens in the night announce their arrival. victims of flight 8501 on dry land and rushed into this hospital at pangalanbun. the next morning two more bodies arrive. red cross and hospital workers take them to a private wing to be prepared for the next stop, identification by distraught families. the hospital director says he's here 24 hours a day to give the deceased the respect they deserve. "because they've been in the water some days" he tells me "the bodies are swollen, but otherwise they're intact."
patients look on somberly, their own ailments forgotten in the face of such tragedy. coffins are being delivered to give dignity to those who lost their lives so suddenly. this hospital has never had to deal with a tragedy on this scale before. they have about two dozen caskets at the moment being built as we speak. the hospital director says they will have 162, one for every victim of this crash. final prayer for each soul. leaders of six different religions take their turn. the victims religion may not be known but customs must still be observed. "their time on earth is over," says this pastor. "so many of our prayers are for the family. we ask god to receive their body answer give the families strength." one step closer to their final resting place.
so few victims have been found and treated, so many more still wait to be pulled from their watery graves. now this is turning out to be a slow process, and of course fears are acute now that the numbers coming through this hospital may dwindle even further. the very fact that that weather has become so bad that officials are warning the next two or three days could be just as bad, so the search and rescue teams effectively sitting and waiting and hoping for a break in the weather. carol? >> paula hancocks reporting live for us, thanks so much. from parts of the plane to pieces of the engine search teams scour the java sea for anything from flight 8501 putting back together the gigantic puzzle is the investigator's best way of figuring out what happened to the doomed flight. tom foreman has more for you. >> reporter: there are really flee layers to the physical search right now. the one we've been talking about the most right now is on the surface of the water. we know where the plane took
off. we know where it disappeared. we know where they have found debris in the search area and we know the watt here is very rough at times. the surface matters because the surface is where you get your first clue most often. things floating on top of the water may or may not tell you a lot about the cause of the accident but they are indicators. when you move to the second layer the water column beneath them and start reverse engineering their position against the competing currents below you can get an estimate on where they came from and that can lead you to the third layer down here which is the heavy bits on the bottom because those are the ones you really have to get. what are we talking about? we're talking about big parts of the plane, parts of the wings and parts of the tail and landing gear the electronics, the flight data recorder the voice recorder the engines which are each about 9,000 pounds all of these are critical because if you collect enough of them as they did with twa 800, which is also in about 100 feet of water off the coast of long island you can
reassemble the plane in effect, and when you do that you can look at all these pieces and figure out what went wrong. was there a fire? was there an explosion? did it simply tear apart? did it hit the water intact and then sink? all of those can be critical clues to understanding what happened. >> all right thanks to tom foreman. david soucie is here former faa safety inspector, thanks for coming back. i appreciate it. so we have a few interesting clues this morning. reuters is reporting the plane was traveling at 32,000 feet and asked to ascend to 38,000 feet that request was denied because of other aircraft in the area. the aircraft made an unbelievable steep climb before it crashed possibly pushing it beyond the plane's limits translate that for us. >> the steep climb i'm not sure how they would know the attitude. you think about climbing pulling back and climbing up
with the aircraft. there's two different ways the aircraft could have climbed. that's one. the other is a strong updraft, hot air coming up from the bottom coming up from within a thunderstorm can lift an aircraft thousands of feet in just a matter of seconds so there's two possibilities as to why and how it climbed. >> when they talk about steep climb the plane would be going up an angle like this? >> correct, correct, pulling back, flying the aircraft up at a steep angle. >> that wouldn't be unusual, would it? >> very much so. >> it would feel bad if you're a passenger in the plane. >> it's like tush leps acting the one event, all of the horrible feel boupsing ingbouncing around in the aircraft this is almost like falling off a cliff or approaching it straight up. >> the plane was losing speed, what would that do to the aircraft? >> they talk about losing speed and how slow it was going at that time but they are talking about ground speed. airplanes everything's relative. if you're in a head wind and that head wind is at 200 miles
an hour and you're going the opposite direction, your ate indicator in the aircraft will say i'm going 350 miles an hour but on the ground speed you're only going to be going 150 miles an hour. does that make sense? it's relative to what the wind is doing at any given time so that's why some of these facts don't appear to line up but they really do. >> it's strange, this was a very experienced pilot though right? >> very experienced. >> it seems unlikely he'd do this because it's not the smartest thing to do. >> well he may not have been aware of it. in flight 447 that's what happened. experienced pilots trying to deal with information that doesn't make sense. you've got to make the trance in addition your mind do i trust my instruments which you're trained to do over and over and over don't trust how you feel about where the airplane's going but trust what the instruments are telling you, so you're constantly trying to decide what is real what am i really experiencing here. the other thing, too, is that with these thunderstorms they
change so quickly and you see clouds but that doesn't mean it's a thunderstorm. so you fly through clouds day in and day out but identifying whether that particular cloud has enough tumultuous activity in it to worry about and say hey i'm not going to fly into that that decision-making process is not cut and dry. >> to fly in a thunderstorm is a no-no, you never do that. >> that's correct. but once you find yourself in that situation, which you can, you can get boxed in from both sides, i've been in that situation a couple of times where i'm flying into something, i don't like that, i try to turn around but behind me it's closed in too, so you have to make a decision. making a turn is dangerous because it can change the propensity to stall the aircraft. so sometimes an airman's information manual it says if you're in that situation, keep flying even though it might be rough but keep flying because if you turn you're probably going to stall. >> and turbulence isn't going to break apart the aircraft either right? >> no, but we're not talking about turbulence here.
we're talking about significant changes in the relative air flow on the airplane which is reactive. if you're flying into that storm, and that lifts you up, you have to slow down because you'll overspeed the aircraft when do you that and suddenly you're back into the regular air, now you're going way too slow and then the engines aren't capable of firing up fast enough for the difference. >> what would the copilot have been doing at this time? >> it depends on the pilot in command or in control at that time. it could have been the copilot that was in control of the aircraft which is typically the case during cruise is the co-pilot will take command of the control of the aircraft the pilot will take care of the communications and navigation part so one of them is flying the air plane, that's their role. the other one is handling everything else in support of the other of the pilot in control of the aircraft at the time, but it could be either one of them. we assume the pilot is in command, but that's not
necessarily the case. >> so the bodies that were found in the water were intact right? >> yes. >> and there was some debris fleeting on top of the water but not very much. >> right. >> supposedly they see this large shadow underneath the water. if the plane did go into this steep climb and went into a stall, how would it have hit the water? >> the two don't really make they're not interdependent. if it did stall there's 50 different kinds of stalls but if it was a deep stall, which is the power is on and it's flying through and a steep ang lar attack and stalls quickly, that's do i have to recover from like a flat spin. the aircraft has no way to get over the wings to control it. that's the iffirst thing to consider. the second thing, even if it did stall you're at 36,000 feet. that's a long time to recover. i've had stories of pilots that have lost boast engines, still had time to restart an engine to
recover at that stall in altitude. lot of variables here a lot of riddles, getting little pieces of each riddle. the bodies are intact. i never did an investigation in an accident where the bodies were intact not one. this indicates to me it was recovered, that the aircraft no matter what happened in the sky, the number one clue are those bodies, and that's all we have really right now so looking at that would indicate to me it is not consistent with a flat drop or any kind of dramatic enter into the water because those bodies would not be intact if that were the case. >> david soucie thanks so much. i appreciate it. still to come in "the newsroom," cnn is granted rare access to the family of flight 8501's pilot. you'll hear his daughter's touching tribute next.
showing up at his home to pay respects and support the family. cnn's gary tuchman was allowed into the pilot's home. he talked to the people who loved him. this is what it looks like today in the home of the captain of airasia flight 8501. this is captain iriyato's 24-year-old daughter angela and wife widja, his 7-year-old son arja. this is his father. this, his mother, in a house full of family and friends, a house so full that more people are outside in front of the home, as well as out in the street. this is a liat, the indonesian name for the traditional visit made when there is a death in the family, but angela still talks in the present tense about a father she adores. >> translator: he is kind, wise, and humorous. he's easygoing. he's intelligent. he never raises his voice. he's never angry. i'm very proud of him. >> reporter: family and friends occasionally glance at the tv
that stays on with nonstop coverage of the airasia crash. pictures of iriyanto are all over the home, a wedding photo, a picture when he was an air force pilot. he went from the air force to indonesia's airlines for 13 years and moved on to airasia six years ago. one of his friends paying his respects, the pilot for another airline. what kind of pilot was your friend? >> translator: he is a very responsible pilot. we used to be in the air force together. he's very loyal. he's very kind. in his work environment he's very kind to his co-pilot, his cabin crew, his ground crew and all the people who fly with him. >> reporter: model planes of jets iriyanto flew are part of the decoration of the house. his wife says the outpouring of support at their home is invaluable right now. >> translator: i'm happy so many people are here. it gives support to me and my family. >> reporter: like so many families of airasia victims, there was significant hope of
survival among members of this family, when the wreckage was still missing, but iriyanto's daughter doesn't want to abandon all hope, at least until her father's body is found. >> translator: of course i still expect that he's alive but at the same time i have to accept the reality. >> reporter: and that's why many of these same family and friends will be back here tomorrow and for days after, offering their support and their love. gary tuchman, cnn, sedarjo, indonesia. still to come in "the newsroom," rough winds, heavy rains and high waves, see what crews are facing in the search for that missing airliner.
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airasia 8501. ships, planes helicopters all trying to find victims of the disaster in the java sea. today a brief break in bad weather allowed officials to resume the search. some of their biggest challenges the rough winds and the heavy rain. how will rough weather play out over the next few days and what will it mean for search crews as they scramble to find something? we bring in cnn meteorologist chad myers. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the weather gets better when it comes to rain but it gets worse when it comes to wind. so i don't know what they would rather with the lack of rain at least you can get planes in the air because you don't have low ceilings and you can look down and look for parts of the aircraft but with the waves coming in we're still going to be 15 or 20 feet tall here that's going to be the problem i think for a lot of this forecast we're going to have those big waves. couple storms overnight popped up but things are calm right now. you don't see the orange over that box area right there where the debris was located the first time. couple showers this morning, this is now. this is tomorrow morning, we
start to move you ahead day after day. you see a lack of rainfall. you don't see big storms right over that. that's what i'm talking about, but as the rainfall goes away for some reason the wind with a storm that's coming out of the north really picks up. so these winds have been pushing this debris now for days and days and days and the wind doesn't change directions so still pushing in the same way. jangmie affected the philippines for a couple of days that was a tropical system. it's not going to drop down here but the moisture sometimes we talk about the tropical moisture can get into arizona if it's in the pacific or the tropical moisture can get up even into the midwest from a system that comes into the gulf of mexico well we're not going to get a hurricane here or a tropical system but we're going to get some of that tropical moisture that comes back on saturday and sunday. couple days of a break but no break in the wind 10 to 15 miles per hour. when you see that orange that's 30 miles per hour and you have white caps looking for white parts of an airplane carol, it's just not the best
situation. >> i can understand that. chad myers, thanks so much. >> you're welcome. checking other top stories 24 minutes past the hour protesters took to the streets at new year's eve celebrations overnight. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> in new york city people chanting "i can't breathe "and carrying signs marched towards times square at midnight. in boston activists staged a die-in during the city's first night celebrations. protesters laid down in the street as the names of several men and boys recently shot by police were read out loud. and what was expected to be a peaceful march to the st. louis arch ended with handcuffs, chaos unfolded as demonstrators stormed police headquarters more than two dodd people were arrested after police pepper sprayed the crowd. the funeral for slain new york city police officer wenjin liu is expected to blend police
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. the investigation into the weekend crash of airasia flight 8501 two steps forward, one step back. officials now confirm they have made the first identification of a recovered body. the woman is among nine bodies recovered from the java sea where that airliner crashed with 162 people on board. in the meantime search ships continue to rake in small debris but lousy weather is hampering aerial underwater sernz. officials say because divers can't confirm a shadow on the sea floor is actually wreckage, it may take a week to locate the so-called black boxes. they contain the flight recorders which may explain exactly what made the flight go
down. aside from rough weather, the search zone is about 60,000 square miles. to put that into perspective it's bigger than the state of florida. once officials locate the plane the next challenge begins pulling the wreckage from the water. let's bring in cnn's senior washington correspondent he has more on that good morning, joe johns. >> good morning carol t is an enormous job and can take a long time. they have to map out where all of the pieces of the plane are, like how crime scene technicians log the evidence when and where they find it and then the heavy lifting begins. how do you pull a plane up from the bottom of the ocean? >> what you want to do first is to really map the entire accident scene. >> we spoke with peter goelz, who worked on the roarry and rebuilding of twa flight 800 that crashed after takeoff from new york city. >> you document everything until you really get the information off the data recorder and the voice recorder.
>> reporter: he says the site needs to be treated like a crime scene and mapping the debris field before removing objects could be key to finding out what happened. then comes the process of pulling up the giant pieces of debris from the bottom of the sea. >> you would have a number of lifting cranes and you would have teams of divers and the divers of course even working at 100-foot depth you'll have to have decompression chambers. >> i a potentially slow process. divers can only remain at depth for short periods due to health concerns. does indonesia have the expertise to carry it off? david galo with woods hole oceanographic. >> usually you're extremely careful not to say you've found something until you it. >> reporter: he helped in the
flight of 447 whose black boxes took almost two years to recover, footnoting what a pain painstaking process this could be. this crash occurred in much shallower water than air france suggesting recovery could be easier. investigators worry about poachers or tourists looking for souvenirs that might interfere with the investigation. carol? >> i hope that doesn't happen. that's unbelievable. joe johns reporting live from washington thank you. search crews have recovered nine victims as i said also pulled from the water, two black bags a gray suitcases and pieces of stairs. grim reminders of what was supposed to be another flight for many of those on board. for the families of the victims the recovery process is agonizing, of course. the big question that so many want answered is why something like this happened. let's bring in aviation attorney justin green, also a former military pilot and president of the international air and transportation safety bar association. good morning, and thank you for being with me.
>> good morning, carol. >> good morning. the investigation into why this happened will of course take years, but the families will want answers immediately. so what rights do the families have when it comes to the airline in turning over information? >> there's, that's a very good question. the families in the past have been very frustrated by the lack of information that's come out, and in some cases unreliable information that's come out from investigations most recently in the malaysia airlines flight 370 case the families heard many different stories from the authorities here. so far it seems that the indonesian authorities and the airline have been much better about being careful about communicating with the families but the families should be briefed on any findings before they're made public and that really should help them come to
grips with what terrible tragedy that has occurred. >> by most accounts the airline's ceo has been as sensitive as can be. he's constantly sending out tweets talking about how much he cares, how sorry he is. but in the end one of his planes went down. so does it really matter? >> well you know i have to say that there's some legal problems that the family also face. indonesia has not joined the modern international treaty the montreal convention on aviation liability. the airline itself therefore is liable only under the warsaw convention so what mr. fernandez has said is that he's not going to stand by his legal rights in that regard. the insurance companies that will also may be paying the families may have a different
point of view so i think what he's doing is the right thing. it's never -- it's the most difficult possible situation to be in for a ceo or a leader in any airline, but he's doing it about as well as i've ever seen it done. >> he seems to be pushing people towards the theory that weather really is to blame. he even brought up climate change and said maybe climate change has made it too difficult to fly in tropical climates. why would he say something like that? >> you know i think that weather is most likely related here. however, weather, the decisions that can be made whether to fly in weather, there's decisions that could be made by the airline about whether to dispatch the airplane. the pilots about what routing to take and what diversions or turnbacks to happen. there's systems on the airplane that are designed to deal with
weather, so certainly weather is related, but i think that saying that it's a weather-related accident doesn't really do justice to the aufgs safety issues that are important here. you have to say well there's weather related, maybe it's related to global warming, but so what? you have to deal as an airline you have to deal with the weather. that's why pilots are paid what they're paid, that's why airlines charge what they charge. the safety of the passengers are very important, so you can have a freak weather incident where the airline could say look, we're not at fault or you could have an airline that pushes an airplane into dangerous weather for bad reasons. so the investigation has to look beyond just the weather. >> no one's been talking about the flight path that was mapped out for these pilots. that certainly will factor into the investigation as well right? >> that's right. the flight path the weather that was going before they dispatched the weather that would have been visible to the
pilots on their weather scopes as they flew the flight all of that is going to be very important information in the investigation. >> and then i know you're a pilot and i want to run this theory by you, because the latest thing that's out there is that the pilot went into a steep climb, and he wasn't going fast enough and the plane supposedly stalled, there are three graphs from the radar that illustrate that. what do you think? >> well it makes a lot of sense. you know obviously this is not unfortunately a miracle on the hudson type ditching. this is an out of control aircraft that struck the ocean. so the airplane would have had an upset, whether it's a stall or a structural failure, followed by a very steep descent. in the air france case obviously the pilots had some erroneous air speed indications and essentially flew the airplane
into a stall and kept it in a stall. it would be interesting to see whether the investigation finds a similar incident with this aircraft but the idea of a slowing down and a stall and then an out of control descent certainly makes sense, but i think i'd have to caution everyone we're talking about leaked information from the investigation and it's most beneficial i think to wait for the official word. >> and wait for the information on those black boxes. justin green, thank you so much for your insight. i appreciate it. i'll be right back.
677 days that's how long it will be until america chooses its next president. while no major candidate has formally thrown their hat into the ring, jeb bush is wasting into time in preparing for a potential run for the white house. as "the washington post" says the former florida governor has stepped down from all of his corporate and non-profit board memberships. cnn's suzanne malveaux joins us now more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. call it a new year's resolution right? i don't know. no question that he is getting closer to a possible presidential run. so what did he do? last night his office announced that he has resigned his membership from all of the corporate and non-profit boards
including his own education foundation. he left his position as a paid adviser for an education company that sells online course force public university students so this information all coming in an e-mail that was sent to "the washington post." and as you know carol, this is just one of the things that's necessary to do to get rid of your business interests so there's not a conflict of interest if you become a public official and also his advisers say to devote the time that's necessary to explore a return of politics. carol, it is worthy to note he is also lost nearly 20 pounds that's not an easy thing to do. he's formed a pack released 250,000 e-mails as governor and also writing an ebook so he is very busy. couple weeks ago i covered the story and we were talking about this because the 61-year-old, he's a former two-term florida governor posted this on facebook saying "i have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for president of the united states." so as you can imagine, with all
the speculation about hillary clinton as the front-runner candidate for the democrats, the possibility of a second bush/clinton showdown has got the political world just spinning. i mean people are going a little bit crazy here carol. he is popular with the party establishment, brings in big donors, speaks fluent spanish. governor of a state that of course is needed to capture the presidency florida. he also has a lot of criticism, however, from his own party particularly from conservatives see him too moderate on immigration reform and education and one political commentator tweeting this just a couple weeks ago saying "another bush versus another clinton, political vomit." yes, people are not holding back here. >> i've heard that from a lot of my friends, so i totally understand that. >> it's going to shake up things very much so and potentially an already crowded field. we've been talking with politico types and they say this is bad
for three potential folks, republican candidates, one being chris christie the other big name establishment named candidate and the second senator marco rubio, who is close to jeb bush unlikely to run for president if jeb bush does and then the third being mitt romney. carol? >> all right, i'm sure you'll keep an eye on it for the rest of the 677 days. >> yes. >> happy you had nearnew year suzanne malveaux. >> happy new year yes. is that how many days it is? >> yes, we counted. that's what we did all morning. >> all right t will keep us busy. happy new year. bye. >> happy new year. chick-fil-a may have been hit by a data breach. there was unusual active involvement payment cards at restaurants. if there are fraudulent charges, customers will not be responsible for them. we have some stunning video to show you, powerful winds hit
the fanfest at the rose bowl stadium in pasadena. the gusts knocked over vendors' canopies and people were running for safety. at least four people suffered minor injuries part of the big storm that's been buffetting parts of california. wow. pope francis celebrating mass at the vatican as catholics mark a world day of peace. the pope is calling on global leaders to do all they can in the campaign against slavery and human trafficking. i'll be right back.
nine body haves been recovered from the java sea as crews try to pinpoint the remains of flight 8501. strong winds and heavy rain have hampered recent search efforts. as more wreckage is found, what can it tell us? cnn's stephanie elam met with aviation experts for insight. >> to find out what brought down a plane, investigators look to the wreckage and not just the black boxes for clues. >> i would never have looked for parts. the more bits i can put under the mosaic the better the picture will be. the better i can come up with an understanding of what happened.
>> reporter: when a plane crashes into the water like airasia flight 38501, that task is a more difficult endeavor. >> crashing on land is much easier. the parts stay where they landed. in water you're working with currents. the deeper the water, the more difficult. we have other accidents that happened in shallow water, we got most of the pieces back. deep water, we have a very very hard time doing that. >> reporter: take for example malaysia air flight 370, the missing jet is believed by many to be somewhere at the bottom of the indian ocean. by examining other crashes, investigators can deduce what likely happened if the massive plane did crash into the water. >> in this case the primary energy of this wreckage was absorbed by the right front cockpit. it has two jet engines just like the malaysian aircraft but, in fact it's 10,000 pounds versus the 777 which was 600,000
pounds 60 times larger. >> if it broke up that debris field on the bottom of the sea floor would be massive. >> you're absolutely right. >> so this wing here this is a wing that crashed into the water. >> what's important to us here is tracing the front leading edge of this right wing. it looks like it struck some object. in fact this wing hit the water, the water being a very very hard surface when you hit it fast. >> if you're talking about a 777 hitting the water, it would be immensely more noticeable. >> that 777 would be moving at a much higher speed than this aircraft here. therefore, the energy would be greater. >> reporter: yet, even with all the pieces investigators are able to put back together if they don't recover the part of the plane that failed in flight the cause of the crash may remain a mystery. stephanie elam cnn, los angeles angeles. i minimize my sodium and fat... gotta keep it lean and mean. pear: uh-oh.
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taste. it all depends on your view. >> you write "the design of a label, the shape of a bottle or the decor of a bar may be just as important as what's actually being poured." we're at a high-class establishment, jack rose saloon the largest collection of whiskey in the hemisphere. >> so they tell me. >> so they tell us. this is as important as this fancy whiskey. >> it's so tied up in what our expectations are for what we're going to experience. >> reporter: even if your experience does not include alcohol, roger says you can get buzzed on virgin drinks if you don't know the difference. >> you'll get flushed, slur words a little bit. your behavior will change. if you're getting an alcohol with alcohol in it but don't know it less of an effect. >> we know how to sweeten it distill it mix it and age it but do we know why it causes us to react the way we do?
we know ethanol alters brain's num row transmitters affecting speech motor skills and decision making skis. but despite scientist explanations drunkenness is still a bit of a mystery, roger says. >> there are good ideas. which receptors? which regions of the brain, pretty sure that not quite positive. >> reporter: if those decision making missteps lead you to have one too many you may wonder what all this boozey research has done to help glou the morning. >> the fact is that hangovers are poorly understood. that's a bummer right? you would like somebody to fix that. i would like somebody to fix that. >> reporter: jake tapper cnn, washington. >> i would like someone to fix that quite handy today wouldn't it? it would president have been a proper new year's eve at cnn without the teasing and taunting of anderson cooper.
last year was perhaps their most brazen yet. >> this is how you lay around your house and you won't admit it. >> i think we'll have a funner new year's. >> funner in? >> yes, more fun. >> why did you go to dalton. all that money your poor moth they are. >> aka ryan see crest. >> you think he's the devil. >> i know he is. >> typical that he's running to lorde because she'll never be royal. he's a vanderbilt. you are royal. he's like i am royal. let's dial down the gay a little bit. you literally just said i know who is performing at the super bowl. why are you shouting at me? >> she's supposed to touch it first. >> my turn. >> that's like a metal vest. >> it's beating. it's probably been gently
beaded. >> i'm not afraid questy. he brings the heat. about 3:00 in the morning he will be in a ball sobbing, spooned by his mother again because he will not believe three out of 10 million loving tweets are somewhat negative. he cannot get over it. gloria get ready. this is temporary, and it shows how fantastic you are. >> all right. open open. >> oh you've got to be kidding me. >> yes. >> oh what god. what have you done? >> i've dyed your hair. i dyed your hair red and blue. >> you are decked out. >> here is what i apologize for. i'm wearing my dear departed friend joan rivers' dennis basso coat. in honor of my pal, i am derked
out in the dennis basso and actual joan coat. i've been with joan when she would wear it. she would scream at peta which i know is not supposed to be funny. >> why are you wearing a real fur? >> because i love joan. >> we all love joan. we can't wait to see kathy griffin on "fashion police." at least i can't. >> really weird together but fun in a strange kind of way. happy new year to all of you. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning and happy new year. i'm carol costello. we begin this hour with the crash of airasia 8501. the investigators search for answers. the families search foreclosure. just a few hours ago, indonesian authorities confirmed their first identification of a victim the woman is among nine bodies recovered so far. after a small break