>> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira. >> it being friday 13th, i'm making sure my phone is on silent. good morning, welcome to "new day," december 13th, 6:00 in the east. friday 13th. jason has nothing on the storm that will stretch 1,000 miles and is set to drop heavy snow. get ready for travel to be affected this weekend from missouri to maine. snow totals will vary but a big chunk of new england could end up knee deep in the white stuff. let's get right to meteorologist indra petersons tracking the storm. what do we see. >> i think you've said it all. we're talking about cold temperatures and another storm headed our way. yes, teens this morning, minneapolis, chicago, cincinnati but that is the least of their concerns as another storm is headed their way. it's the third round of wintry weather for the midwest and northeast. >> one storm after another.
>> frigid wind chills. >> reporter: another blast of biting cold and lake-effect snow on the way. >> this has been constant all day. >> reporter: already walloping towns like hamburg, new york and causing multiple trucks to overturn on this buffalo, new york, highway. the icy roads even causing a 40-car pileup in michigan. take a look at this, a semihitting a cruiser and another one barely missing. as it move into the ohio valley and great lakes region it will change over to snow. cities like pittsburgh, new york and boston anticipating more snow this weekend. in milwaukee, it's so frigid outside kids are, believe it or not, running into school to beat the chill. reporters following their lead. >> kids about to arrive here, 1 degree outside, wind chill below zero. i don't care if you're 7 or 27, i'm still going to listen to my mother. >> take a look at the impact from the storm.
lookinged aadvisories from the northeast to the midwest. we are seeing a wintry mix today. look when it is all said and done what we're expecting, boston could receive as much as a foot of snow. details coming up in a moment. >> great to have you inside once again, indra. >> thank you. >> of course. on capitol hill, apparently compromise isn't entirely dead in washington. the bipartisan budget plan sailing through the house, overwhelming support, nearly as many democrats as republicans supported it. the senate could take it up next week. the path to approval there could be a lot tougher. let's get straight to athena jones at the white house with the very latest. good morning, athena. >> all right, kate, bipartisan cooperation, this budget bill getting strong support from both sides of the aisle, which is a big feat in the house of representatives these days as you know. not everyone supported the bill. conservative house republicans didn't like the fact that it
gets rid of $63 billion in spending cuts. the bill will face a much tougher road in the senate for that same reason. we've already heard from folks like florida senator marco rubio and kelly ayod from new hampshire. the bill's supporters weretrying to lock in the five republican votes they need to push it through. that means there's still potentially more drama to be had here in washington. chris? >> all right. thank you very much, mixed messages in washington over cell phones on planes. all right. the fcc is saying it will consider lifting its ban on in-flight calls even as the department of transportation may move to block them. why? well, technical concerns are no longer the main issue. now it's about passengers rights. cnn's rene marsh is in washington with much more. rene, passengers rights, is that another way to make sure you do not kill people on a plane. >> yes, translation you could put it that way, chris. let's back step it just a little
bit. here's what happened. the fcc voted 3-2 to consider ending this ban on in-flight cell use, like voice calls and texting, because they say new technology essentially eliminates the risk of interfering with cell towers on the ground. that was reason for the decades old ban. that created a stir, mainly from people who hate the idea and i can tell you shortly after that vote we heard from multiple lawmakers saying not if i can do anything about it. at this point, there is both a bill in the house and the senate aimed at blocking in-flight cell calls, chris. >> i've decided to be in favor just to be controversial. let's keep the conversation going. there's another federal agency, the d.o.t., the department of transportation which could preempt the whole thing and end this conversation. tell us about that. >> right. on the same day that the fcc took steps to allow cell phone calls as well as text messaging on planes, the d.o.t. came forward and said, well, they're
going to take steps to block these calls. secretary fox actually went on saying that they are now trying to determine if allowing cell phone calls on the plane would be even fair to consumers. so not a done deal at all, chris. >> rene, keep tracking it for us. thank you very much. >> sure. a surprise plea in the murder trial of a montana newlywed accused of pushing her husband of eight days off a cliff. jordan graham shocked the courtroom by pleading guilty to lesser charges. here's kyung lah with the stunning reversal. >> reporter: former bride now inmate with her sentencing months away. in a last-minute deal, graham pleaded guilty to second degree murder in exchange for dropping a first degree murder charge. she came clean before the federal judge about what really happened the day her husband died at glacier national park. she and the man she married just eight days earlier, cody johnson, got into a heated argument. graham said she told her new husband she wasn't feeling like
a happy newlywed. facing the cliff, graham says johnson grabbed her arm. she said let go. then she pushed him, one hand on his shoulder one one hand on his back, face first off the cliff. i wasn't thinking of where we were graham told the judge. it was a reckless act, i just pushed. graham said she left her dead husband without telling anyone because i was so scared. >> this was a young girl who made some poor choices. you still hold that belief? >> i do. >> reporter: the defense says graham is a young girl who made poor choices in the wake of her wedding. prosecutors believe johnson's death was premeditated. graham plotted to kill her husband because she regretted getting married. in court when graham uttered the word guilty, her former mother-in-law wept. her parents remain silent, leaving the courthouse, their daughter in the custody of u.s. marshals. officers cuffed jordan graham in
the courtroom, while johnson's friends held hands and shook their heads in satisfaction. they left the federal courthouse saying few but powerful words. >> god will take care of it. >> reporter: as will a judge when she's sentenced in march. kyung lah, cnn, missoula, montana. >> what a story. let's take a look at headlines making news. robert levenson, the retired fbi agent who went missing in iran in 2007 was in fact working for the cia. the associated press and "the washington post" reporting he was working undercover, gathering intelligence, both the state department and levenson's family long denied he was working for the u.s. government when he vanished. they decided to run the story after attempts to bring him home came up empty. chemical weapons were likely used in five locations in syria over the past year, acoding to a new united nations report, that includes the deadly attack outside damascus in august which led to threats of a u.s. strike. syria since agreed to eliminate
its chemical weapons arsenal, a civil war has raged there for more than two years. the inspectors are barred from identifying blame in those attacks. new this morning, several people were stabbed outside the denver broncos stadium after the team's loss to the san diego chargers. police say one of the men is in critical condition, two others are stable. a fourth person, a potential victim, is missing. the denver post says eyewitnesses reported fights breaking out at the scene thursday night. police say they don't know yet what started it. an air canada flight had to make an emergency landing after an engine caught fire. airline officials say the plane had just left the island city in british columbia for a short hop over to vancouver when the crew saw the flames. passengers reported seeing a bright flash. the pilot returned to the airport a few minutes later. no one was hurt. prince harry says he expected to reach the south pole today. he and his expedition team which includes injured service men and women are nearing the end of
their gruelling 200-mile journey. the competitive aspect of the trek was scrapped out of safety concerns. the u.s., british, canada and aussie adventurers are working together. admirable. i wish i could there be to watch it all happen. i was imagining this earlier this morning if we went, indra, you and i, chris. >> if we were all there together, where would we be? >> not here. >> in the south pole. >> that's exactly right. do you know how cold and harsh those conditions are? i know you're from canada. >> i think it would be fascinating, team building. >> fascinating watching my nose freeze to my mouth? >> it's hot in the studio today. we're all having cold dreams. >> i wish you could -- it it is like -- it is hot in here. >> santaland, north pole, south pole. >> i think it would be a fascinating voyage. coming up on "new day," new
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welcome back to "new day." we are getting new details about the trial of a texas teenager that got off with probation after killing four in a drunk driving crash and paralyzing a fifth. ethan couch is his name. apparently he has a history of being in trouble, including an arrest for alcohol just months before this car wreck. we're getting a look at notes from the trial showing the teen's so-called affluenza that made him think he could get out of anything. we'll hear from the psychologist that coined this term in just a moment. first, ac 360's randi kaye is going to start out our coverage. >> reporter: new details are emerging from inside the courtroom where 16-year-old ethan couch escaped prison time, despite killing four people and severely injuring others in a drunken car crash. his bizarre defense, affluenza, a lifestyle where wealth brought privilege and there were no consequences for bad behavior. we got our hands on notes taken
during couch's manslaughter trial. they belonged to the attorney for eric boyles who lost his wife and daughter in the crash. according to that attorney, ethan couch was caught fleeing on foot, about a quarter mile from the accident scene. he could be heard at the scene, the attorneys notes say, yelling to one of his passengers, quote, i'm ethan couch, i'm get you out of this. >> we need some ambulances, it's bad. we flipped and -- oh, god. >> okay. were you involved? >> i was in the truck. >> 911 calls capture the chaos after couch plowed down bystanders on the side of the road. >> listen to me. is it just one vehicle? >> no. there were four or five. there's another child in the ditch. they're gone! >> come with me, come here. come here. come here. come here. >> oh, my god. >> come here.
i need you to sit here and i need you guys to pray, okay? >> in addition to four people killed, two of couch's friends were thrown from the bed of the pickup. including sergio molina, who is now paralyzed and had been in a coma. his parents we learned are suing ethan couch, couch's parents and the family business, cleburne metal works which own the ford f-350 pickup truck couch was driving. sergio molina's parents are seeking as much as $20 million to care for their son in the future. the complaint points out couch had a history of arrests, including one where he pleaded no contest to charges of possessing and drinking alcohol. that court date was just three months before the fatal wreck. >> there's a reason why we have jails and it's to put people and hold them accountable for their actions. >> reporter: outrage continues to grow, that with four people dead, all ethan couch got for
his actions was a slap on the wrist. judge jeanne boyd sending him to alcohol rehab and ten years probation. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> thank you so much, randi. the psychologist who testified for the defense at that trial saying ethan couch was a product of affluenza. he spoke to anderson cooper last night. here's what he had to say about that term. >> i do believe, we used to call these people spoiled brats. i wish i hadn't used that term. everyone seems to have hooked on to it. i think we all suffer from affluen affluenza, not all of us. i think 80%. i think my daughter and i, when i had enough, i got a little fancy and bought her a car. she didn't want that the car. i found out later that it was something i wanted her to have, so i gave her things. and i did that too much. i'm not rich. i'm not part of the affluent society but i think we've all done that, the people who are
obese and feed you and offer you food, that's -- you got more food than you need, let's eat it. we have a culture doing that, anderson. >> after seeing that i'm more confused than i was before. >> the problem with what we're hearing there is not only is it not hard science or accepted psychological analysis but it adds -- >> it's not legal theory either. >> he's a psychologist. it adds to this idea of, that this was illegitimate, that this was wrong, what happened here. and to hear that explanation of whatever our cultural biases are or having too much of the eternal quest for more aside, there are rules, perspectives on how you get punished based on your behavior. that's what's making people so crazy. that is not going to help. >> not at all. >> more on this story on "ac 360." in our next hour, we hear from an attorney who knows the judge and the defense team well, to try to talk more about the defense in this case.
>> right now we'll take a switch. money time. wall street has been stuck in a funk lately. what's going on with that? last week we had record highs, now three days of losses. the market can go up and down? i don't understand. >> what? >> christine romans is here. >> it could go up a little bit this morning. stocks slipped to five-week lows recently. what's the trouble? the central bank juicing the economy with $85 billion a month. that's going to stop. it can't go on forever. that's expected to stop pretty soon. all that stimulus has helped housing and helped push the dow up 20% this year. another sign of the economy improving, ford is expanding big time. it's hiring 5,000 u.s. workers, rolling out nearly two dozen new cars around the world. budding new factories. ford has not expanded like this since eisenhower was president. another good sign about the economy. another blow for lululemon. the stock down 11% yesterday. it issued a weak outlook. what does that mean? it's blaming the economy and
execution. that is a fancy corporate slang for saying it screwed things up. there were the see-through pants recall and the chairman's comments about the fact that its pants don't work for all bodies. problem for lululemon, down 11% yesterday. >> and he's out. >> lululemon has been a sordid tale. >> i can't wait for you to tell me, it's okay the reason the market is doing well, it's getting juiced by the federal reserve. >> i made no judgment calls, mr. cuomo. >> meanwhile, the government is dumping billions to support the stock trade. >> the fed says it's doing it to support unemployment. they want to whittle down unemployment. the number one stated goal of the fed right here is to help the economy. >> other than ford, what's happening more, companies building equity in their stock price or hiring and expanding? >> building equity in their stock price. >> thank you very much, christine romans, thank you very much. coming up on "new day," the
unsettling news -- you could have supported me on that i about the way. >> as you noticed i was sideline the which never happens. >> we have unsettling news from north korea. kim jong-un has his own uncle and trusted adviser executed. what does that tell you about north korea? >> up next, our political gut check.
welcome back to "new day." let's get started with our political gut check of the morning. the budget bill, the compromise is headed to the senate next week after pretty easy passage through the house last night. it's the comments on the sidelines that have a lot of people talking. maggie is here with us. 332-94. that's overwhelming passage. is it going to be as easy in the senate, do you think? >> i think at the end of the day it will happen. republicans can't really stop this anymore. they don't have the majority. i think the democrats are unhappy with mts of it but patty murray is making a convincing case about why they need to go forward. i don't think they want to be seens aobstructing here. >> let's talk about the sidelines comments. >> yes. >> john boehner coming out, he says some forceful things once in a while but it's not often targeted at his own side. let's listen to a little bit,
just for the context, this is john boehner being fed up with outside conservative groups who opposed this deal as well as deals in the past. >> they've lost all credibility. you know, they've pushed us into this fight to defund obama care and shut down the government. the day before the government re-opened one of the people at one of these groups stood up and said we never really thought it would work. are you kidding me? >> got to love a little john boehner fire. was this a long time coming? >> i think so. the john boehner sort of gained credibility within his caucus during that shutdown. he stood up, he didn't bend and he felt like he was using some of the capital now toward pushing things forward. you heard from both sides within the actual congress, not the outside groups, you heard it is time to start pushing forward. we cannot keep having this delay anymore. both sides recognize a stalemate
didn't do anyone any good for different reasons. >> i feel like this is christmas come early for me. how do you not love john boehner standing up and saying this has to stop, left and right, we have to find ways to do the work of the people. >> right. >> i know that that will mean there will be waves of hate toward boehner and social media and the blogs that make money off of it but that's what he's supposed to say and do. nancy pelosi, you must embrace the suck. >> quote of the year. >> not going to look great on a kid's t-shirt but yes, you are supposed to. that's compromise. this should be embraced and supported. the idea that what we have to do this deal because it avoids shutdowns for two years, that's bad. when that is the motivation, right? what's your take on that, mag e maggie? they're thinking that way like that's an acceptable end in politics. >> because i think there is a war mentality at this point. you have seen rolling chaos in congress for most of the last year and beyond that. so i do think they are afraid of the shutdown, republicans
certainly afraid of another shutdown. they did get a lot of the blame for it. they felt like they got rescued by the obama care rollout being a debacle. i think paul ryan and patty murray have sold this effectively, this is what government looks like when it works. this is what we are here too to do. neither side is completely happy with this deal. each side is giving something up. >> is it pollyanna to think this bipartisanship, this breaking point is going to extend into other areas. >> what you're seeing, especially with what boehner is doing, he's trying to break the influence of these outside groups. they've had a huge hold over his caucus for a very long time. he feels like hes had a chance to put words behind what they've all been talking about privately. let's start to diminish the influence. he sees the opportunity to do that through actual legislation. >> the timing is important here as well. >> yes, yes. the timing is important because you can't have another government shutdown. you'll start to see the conversation around the debt ceiling lift now. there's a big question mark.
>> that's where they want be focus to be. >> correct. it's not exactly like this is out of the woods in terms of government chaos but this is an important first step. >> i think this is a great moment. in politics you call this a measurable. take a look at how each party reacts to this opportunity. what do they make of it? do they use it as a chance to put some things on the table or a new angle after tack? this is a place where people can see, what are the intentions of each player? >> when you look at the reactions on the senate side, folks with presidential aspirations, marco rubio, rand paul, ted cruz coming out opposed to the deal. what do you make of their reaction to it? is it all looking forward to 2016. >> for cruz this is consistent with his brand and who he is. i would be surprised if he did not do this. rubio, i'm less surprised. he's struggled since the immigration debate. i think he's looking for credibility on the right. i would have been surprised if he came out in favor of it. i thought it was interesting
hearing paul ryan's pushback. if you were going to start to hear more of that thing publicly, it would be interesting. >> it seemed typical on one side. when ryan came forward he pushed back with the pragmatic progr s progressive idea of it. >> right. >> read the bill. >> get back to me. >> and get back to me. >> i thought it was nice for that confrontation of politics as usual, just to be negative on something without an alternative hope hopely -- >> that is how they'll push this deal forward. the president said he'll sign it. >> a christmas miracle, everyone. >> that's exactly right. where's tiny tim? >> that's you. >> that's me. >> oh, my. wow. >> that's nothing, maggie. stick around. stick around. >> he started it this morning, everybody. it's friday. good to see you, maggie. >> thanks for having me. talks of a christmas miracle. we'll need snow for that. parts of new england are bracing pore a snowy weekend. a system is making its way from the midwest.
it could leave major northeast cities covered in up to about a foot of snow. most notably boston, expect delays at highways and airports. some of the snow could be washed away as the snow changes over to rain. we'll get to indra in a while to give us the forecast. it's being called a tragic mistake at a critical time. 14 people reported killed in u.s. drone attack in yemen. security officials say a convoy was believed to be carrying al qaeda militants but they were actually people headed to a wedding. u.s. officials have not commented on the report. outraged residents are calling on yemen's government to stop the strikes. in the wake of deadly commuter train derailment in the bronx, an unprecedented investigation, federal transportation officials have ordered a 60-day exhaustive safety review the metro north commuter railroad. the train as you recall took a turn at 82 miles an hour, well over the 30 mile-an-hour speed limit when it derailed december 4th. first, four people were killed, dozens others were injured.
safety regulators have shut down 52 bus companies deemed to be unsafe. the sweeping action called operation quick strike involved companies in 22 states across the nation. and they're not just the low-cost carriers. the industry carries some 700 million passengers a year or about the same as domestic airlines. in total, 340 unsafe vehicles were taken off the road. this 43-foot cross on mt. soledad in la jolla, california must come down. a federal judge issuing the order from the bench calling it an unconstitutional religious display on government land. proponents of the cross say they may petition the supreme court once again to intervene. those are your headlines. guys, back over to you. we'll take a break on "new day." when we come back, why would north korea's young leader have his own uncle executed? is it about power, treason or could this be a sign that the regime is falling apart? we're looking into that story for you.
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union but it may not be enough to calm angry protesters in the capital city. diana magnay has more. >> kiev's independent square seems more packed than ever. it might be the slightly milder weather or anger at that police crackdown we saw wednesday morning. police say they don't insist on being european but thaad like a better crew yan, a ukraine that matches europe in accountability and rule of law. the president is suggesting he may yet sign that deal with the european union. in brussels, his vice prime minister saying it would happen and soon. how will russia react if it once again sees ukraine slipping from its fear of influence? kate? >> diana, thank you so much. preparations are under way for nelson mandela's funeral. today is the last day crowds can line up to pay respects as he lies in state. arwa damon has more from mandela's hometown. >> this is the road that
mandela's body will be making its final journey on. being out here, one begins to appreciate how humble mandela's beginnings were, security will be naturally incredibly tight. but we're expecting villagers, people to be lining this entire route as the nation says its final good-bye to its savior. kate? >> arwa, thank you. apparently, we all know you shouldn't mess with queen elizabeth or her snacks. new details emerging from a london court about what the monarch does not like to share. aaron mclaughlin is following that. >> hands off the royal nuts so says the queen. she was furious that people were nibbling on bowls of nuts. goodman maintains he's innocent on the charges but in that e-mail, the queen went so far as
to make the bowls to be able to monitor nut levels. that's serious snacking. back to you, kate. >> something i haven't heard in a long time, erin, monitoring the nut levels. >> yes. >> want to move on? >> yep. >> yep. >> american officials say they're keeping a close eye on north korea. here's why, they learned to kim jong-un -- jim sciutto, what do we make of this? >> certainly not a close relative, the execution of a close relative. north korea unpredictable on any given day. there are concerns about stability at the very top. a family feud ends in a spectacular fall for the second most powerful man in north korea.
senior general, uncle and mentor of north korean leader kim john -- kim jong-un, executed, accused of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and attempting to overthrow the government. here he is again in a picture a few feet away from his nephew, then in another image erased. we have no reason to doubt the official state media report. this is another example of the extreme brutality of the north korean regime. it's a shocking example of deep instability at the very top of this nuclear armed dictatorship, coming a year after kim deposed another senior military leader. >> if you cannot trust your number one and two man in the system, that clearly means you don't trust anybody. and to me that's not a good sign. >> reporter: still, proving the north's supreme unpredictability only last week, the leadership delivered a surprisingly positive gesture.
releasing american merrill newman from detention. though not before the korean war veteran made a forced con investigation on state television. >> i understand in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: north korea is holding another american, kenneth bay, arrested last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. concerns now about other ways north korea may lash out to show its strength, fears of another nuclear test, a military attack on south korea. there are no immediate signs that would happen but certainly all sides on alert. south korea, china and the u.s., kate. >> absolutely. jim, great to see you. thanks so much. let's get back over to indra with a look at the latest on the frigid temperatures out there, indra. >> happy to be inside this morning, especially since you are saying it's hot in here. i tell you, this feels good. talk about the chill we felt yesterday, new york this morning about 24 degrees, seeing teens out there, minneapolis, chicago,
cincinnati, all waking up to the teens this morning. it's not even the story. it's all about the next storm that will be headed our way. you can see these drop farther south from yesterday. by tonight, especially into the evening hours, if you're in kansas, missouri, look for that wintry mix. farther south you are, you'll be seeing rain. as we go into the overnight hours in through tomorrow, we'll be talking about the ohio valley starting to see snow pushing into the northeast. by sunday morning, really new england and the winds kicking up. you have two systems that are combining to bring you not only the moisture, the cool air and the windy conditions, like it's not bad enough. by sunday, the thing starts to exit offshore. the big question is, how much snow are we getting? new york city we upped it from 4 to 6 inches of snow is possible. boston, a potential for a foot of snow. ohio valley 4 to 6 inches. indianapolis, 3 to 5 inches. it's a doozy, yes, a little bit
of snow coming your way. saturday night if you have plans saturday night, i don't venture out in snow in cool temperatures but gusting to 32 miles per hour. by sunday morning we could see winds going up to a whopping 50. this is where i stay indoors, guys. >> the winds is what gets you. the snow is great. it's the winds that cut through any coat you have on. >> i actually agree with you, kate. >> i don't know what's going on. >> there's nothing more pretty. >> if i can throw snow balls at the sky, absolutely, i'm good. >> 4 to 6 inches, you may get your chance. >> i promise you, i will. >> i hope nothing bad happens. >> watch out, buddy, close your eyes. >> i'd hate to see you get hit in the face with a big snow ball. >> you know we're on air, right? >> you agreed with me. >> you're on our side? >> you agreed with me. mark zuckerberg, why he's taking on the nsa. find out what happens when folks encounter a magical piano.
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the chargers were able to shut down their high-scoring offense and did it by going on long drives, keeping peyton manning on the sidelines. the play of night came from keenan allen. he leaps the defender and barrels right through another one for the score. the broncos did have one last chance to tie the game late but manning threw an interception. the chargers went 27-20, handing the broncos their first home loss of the season. bleacherreport.com, the race of the century. the inside the nba crew laced up the track shoes and squared off in the 100-yard dash. charles barkley and shaq had no chance. it looked like smith would win but he celebrated a little too early and weber dashed across the finish line. smith cried foul, saying he actually won and wouldn't participate in the medal ceremony. barkley will be unguarded with rachel nichols tonight.
that's tonight at 10:30 eastern right here on cnn. whenever charles barkley starts talking about stuff, he like to listen. he always has great things to say. >> are you kidding me? that's ridiculous. >> that was a baby barkley right there. what do you think about that? >> andy and i talked about it ahead of time. >> that was very good. >> it was good. i love it. >> barkley couldn't win the race because he was talking the whole time. >> don't they learn from the guys they watch, the football players who start celebrating and drop the ball before they get into the end zone. >> they're lucky at their age nobody pulled a hamstring. >> i want to talk about science for a second. weird. how do you make science hit? you roll out a red carpet, throw an event that some have called the oscars of science. breakthroughs in science were given out in california, honoring milestones in research.
dan joins us now with more. i'm sure it was quite a conversation, dan. >> reporter: good morning, michaela. we're in the heart of silicon valley and that impressive looking structure behind me is a blimp hanger here at a research facility where nasa does a lot of work. this is where they held that star-studded event. we talked to mark zuckerberg about that. you'll hear about that in a moment. we asked him about the big news in silicon valley, that the letter that he and other tech executives sent to the president and congress about the way the nsa conducts surveillance. >> one of the things i've said publicly is i think the government
has really blown it on this. you know, people want the government to help protect us but we also want the government to be transparent and tell us what they're doing and tell us what data they're collecting. i think they've completely failed on that front. from what i've seen if they were a little bit more open about
what they were doing, i think they could have created more trust in a better environment for everyone. i think they failed at that and are continuing to,
which is why we're continuing to push on it as an industry. >> well, that's going to continue to be a big story but i have to tell you, mark zuck zuckerberg was not here to talk about government surveillance. he was here to talk about science and how he's investing millions of his own money to try to change the way we all think about those doing the really important work in laboratories across the world. >> the big goal here is to treat and honor scientists in the way they should be recognized by society. >> reporter: mark zuckerberg changed the world with facebook. now he wants to change how the world looks at scientists, to make them more revered like hollywood celebrities. >> do you think that's an attainable goal? >> absolutely. it used to be the case in albert
einstein's day, he was view as part of pop culture and a rock star in his time. it's a shame we lost that. >> reporter: with stars like kevin spacey -- >> it's great to see the geeks and the nerds get a fantastic night. >> reporter: and conan o'brien -- >> nerds seem to have the upper hand. >> reporter: zuckerberg helped organize an oscars-like awards show, complete with paparazzi and red carpet. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: to shine the spotlight on some of the world's people. >> do you want this to be the most prestigious prize in science. >> we certainly want this to be a meaningful award for the scientists and something that's public, that way it can be an aspirational goal to children growing up and other folks thinking of going into science. >> reporter: the idea first came from this man, russian billionaire and technology investor yuri millner. >> i used to be a physicist a long time ago. i think i'm sort of -- had this
idea to give back to the people that i belong one day to. >> reporter: he convinced his silicon valley friends, including zuckerberg and google co-founder sergei brynn to help with the event. for the 29-year-old ceo, science is not that big of a departure from the world of tech. if you were back in your harvard dorm room today, what would you be working on? >> that's an interesting question. i don't know. i think for me, my life mission is to help make the world more open and connected and to give people the power to share. there are always more ways to do that. maybe if i were in college today i'd get started doing something else that's connected to that mission but just at a point that makes more sense for today maybe with phones. >> you'd be taking advantage of your own platform? >> probably. >> reporter: well, as for the
winners of the event they included a doctor who is doing very important cancer research, another one doing research into parkinson's. they walked away with $3 million. that's nearly three times the amount that the nobel prize gives its winners. >> let's make rock stars out of these scientists. this is fantastic, dan simon. thank you for this. and thank you to zuckerberg and brynn and all of those guys making our new heroes these people who are literally changing lives. >> that's an awards show worth watching we'll cover that when it happens. >> the victory speeches. ear used to these victors. they'll be dropping equations and stuff. >> what did they do? >> science. >> let's move to the must see moment of the day. a magical piano providing musical liveliness at chicago's union station caught many travelers by surprise. others with more musical knowledge playing chop sticks.
and got a fellow playing his horn. come on. along with the invisible accompaniment. and the producer's favorite, this guy. the creators of the magical piano project to spread a little holiday cheer. some of the folks on the interweb are upset because they think these people are all actors. i say it didn't matter. the goal was to spread holiday cheer and cheer up the folks going through the station. >> i don't think you can make up that move that the red rocker was doing there. >> you think that's natural? >> one question. how does it work? >> they have a guy in another room. remember the old-fashioned players. >> no. there's somebody else in another room. because when that little girl sat down, she played chop sticks, the person then joined her from afar. remotely. >> isn't that cool? >> look at her and her little fingers. i love her little fingers.
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>> it's as bad as i've ever seen it, coming down sheridan was terrible. >> the gathering storm, a thousand mile stretch of the u.s. bracing for snow, ice and another round of bitter cold. pileups are already starting on the highways. we're tracking it all. >> blinded by the light. police hunting this morning for whomever beamed lasers into the eyes of jetblue pilots landing in florida. they put passengers in danger and new this morning, the pilot's eyes are injured. >> jackpot, $400 million up for grabs tonight. the mega millions one of the biggest ever. are they rigging it so there are less winners and bigger jackpots? >> your "new day" starts right now. >> announcer: what you need to know -- >> the word needs to get out that this isn't funny. this is something that potentially is serious and it say felony. >> announcer: what you just have to see. >> i'm disgusted with these
people. putting tape over his mouth, way over the top. >> it hurts right here. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira. >> pretty shot for you there. good morning and welcome back to "new day." it is friday, december 13th. 7:00 in the east. there's no way to sugar coat it. bad weather is coming and it's a thousand miles long. let's get right to indra petersons who's watching the situation for us. >> we're dealing with the chilly temperatures. no longer will that be the story. teens as we're waking up, chicago, minneapolis, even d.c. below freezing. it's the third round of wintry weather for the midwest and northeast this month.
>> one storm after another. >> frigid wind chills. >> reporter: another blast of biting cold and lake-effect snow on the way. >> this has been constant all day. >> reporter: already walloping towns like hamburg, new york and causing multiple trucks to overturn on this buffalo, new york, highway. the icy roads even causing a 40-car pileup in michigan. take a look at this, a semi hitting a cruiser and another one barely missing. as it moves into the ohio valley and great lakes region it will change over to snow. cities like pittsburgh, new york and boston anticipating more snow this weekend. in milwaukee, it's so frigid outside kids are, believe it or not, running into school to beat the chill. reporters following their lead. >> kids about to arrive here, 1 degree outside, wind chill below zero. i don't care if you're 7 or 27, i'm still going to listen to my mother. >> check out the winter advisories, spanning from the northeast back through the midwest. we're definitely looking at snow headed our way. we'll give you the full details,
break it down, coming up in just a few minutes, guys. >> thank you so much. let's head to washington where it looks like congress has finally passed a budget. the house voted overwhelmingly thursday to approve a two-year bipart son plan. republicans and democrats supporting the measure in roughly equal numbers you could say. athena jones is at the white house where they are applauding the vote. but it's not over yet, athena. good morning. >> it's not over yet. the white house is calling the house vote an important moment of bipartisan cooperation. strong support for this budget bill from both sides of the aisle which as you know, is a rare thing in the house of representatives. but of course not everyone supported it. conservative republicans didn't like the fact that this bill gets rid of $63 billion in spending cuts. so it's for precisely that reason that this bill will face a much tougher road on the senate side. we've heard from folks who say
they're going to oppose the bill. people like florida senator marco rubio, kelly ayotte from new hampshire and senator ted cruz from texas all say they're going to vote against it. as of last night, the folks trying to wrangle up support for this bill are trying to lock in had the five republican votes necessary to push it through. so there's still drama to be had here. it's not over until it's over. chris? >> be very interesting to hear why people vote against the bill. interesting to measure for us and people at home. >> it's happened again. another stupid, dangerous act. someone shining a laser at a passenger jet. this time a jetblue pilot says his vision was badly damaged when he landed in florida monday. this is not the first time. three incidents reported in west palm beach just last week, attacks on the rise nationwide. cnn's rene marsh has more from us in washington. >> these layser atacks are serious problems.
we're talking about laser lights blasting pilots in cockpits midflight with passengers on board. it's a dangerous distraction. so who's behind it? in every case, it's exactly what investigators want to know. in the latest incident, the pilot of a jetblue airliner says he had to shield his eyes in order to land his plane monday at a florida airport all because of another case involving laser lights. it's become such a problem that doctors are concerned. >> it bothers me because of the safety factor to start with, that someone is doing this to a pilot and the potential for all those people on that plane. it bothers me from a personal level because i know the guy. >> reporter: the pilot says he's suffering from severe eye damage and migraines so bad he's had to leave work. mark brockman is the pilot's doctor. he believes the damage will not be permanent but the pilot still must undergo more tests. >> i can tell you the pilot wants to know exactly who did this. and there will be some investigating. >> reporter: it happened as
flight 521 from new york was landing at west palm beach airport. the pilot said someone on the ground tracked the aircraft, with a laser for about 20 to 30 seconds. this faa video shows what a laser looks like from an airplane's cockpit. the fda says a laser's beam, especially from a strong laser, can injure instantly. >> lasers will not physically hurt the airplane but lasers can temporarily blind the pilot and also just the effect of this, startling burst of light into the airplane cockpit. >> reporter: nationwide, airplane laser incidents are becoming increasingly common. the faa reported just 350 in 2006. but 3,400 in 2012. and in palm beach alone, there have been 32 laser attacks so far this year. a 2012 law makes it a federal offense to aim a laser at a plane. >> the word needs to get out
that this isn't funny, that this is something that potentially is serious. and it is a felony. >> it is a felony. just a couple of months ago, the fbi warned of a spike in laser incidents targeting inbounded flight right there in new york city. because this is becoming such a common problem, the faa is exploring potential laser eye protection for pilots. like special glasses military pilots already wear. michaela? >> when are these people going to learn? >> thank you so much for that. >> let's take a look at the headlines at this hour. a new report says an american missing in iran for nearly seven years was working for the cia when he vanished. the story alleges bob levenson was there on a job for cia analysts who had no authority to run an overseas operation. the story was first reported by "the washington post" and associated press. the ap says it decided to report the story after efforts to bring levenson home came up empty. the cia reportedly paid levenson's family a $2.5 million
settlement. u.n. inspectors say chemical weapons were likely used in five different locations in syria, including that deadly attack outside damascus in august. in at least two cases, the new report found evidence of sarin gas. a brutal civil war has divided that nation since 2011 pitting the government against a fractious group of rebels. surprise in a montana courtroom. a newlywed accused of pushing her husband off a cliff pleaded guilty to murder just before closing arguments. jordan graham accepted a second degree murder plea. graham says she and her husband of eight days were arguing in glacier national park when he grabbed her hand she pushed back, admitting it was a reckless act. graham now faces at least 19 years in prison. a rock slide taking two lives in utah. it happened thursday afternoon in the southern part of the state. rocks pouring off a hillside and
into a two-story home completely destroying it. the names of the victims are not being released. the authorities have called the slide a freak accident. it was the news many fordham university students were waiting for, they got in. only problem, it was wrong. some 2,500 applicants received that e-mail and then a follow-up saying they may not have been admitted after all. the university is blaming a contractor for mistakenly sending out those notices. sorry, kiddos. that is not the way it should be handled. >> oh, my gosh, no kidding. thanks, michaela. let's get back to the story i think everyone is talking about. we're learning more of a trial of a teenager who says he was too coddled to be responsible for manslaughter. ethan couch apparently has a history of arrest, including one for alcohol months before his
car crash that killed four people. we'll talk with the defense attorney awho knows the judge ad the defense team. let's start with "ac 360's" randi kaye. you've been looking into this. >> i've been covering this case this week and it still has me shaking my head. this kid started drinking at a very early age. he drove himself to school at 13 when he was in the seventh grade. now his punishment is at a swanky rehab center where he can ride horses, do yoga and even go to the beach. new details are emerging from inside the courtroom where 16-year-old ethan couch escaped prison time, despite killing four people and severely injuring others in a drunken car crash. his bizarre defense, affluenza, a lifestyle where wealth brought privilege and there were no consequences for bad behavior. we got our hands on notes taken
during couch's manslaughter trial. they belonged to the attorney for eric boyles who lost his wife and daughter in the crash. according to that attorney, ethan couch was caught fleeing on foot, about a quarter mile from the accident scene. he could be heard at the scene, the attorneys notes say, yelling to one of his passengers, quote, i'm ethan couch, i'll get you out of this. >> we need some ambulances, it's bad. we flipped and -- oh, god. >> okay. were you involved? >> i was in the truck. >> 911 calls capture the chaos after couch plowed down bystanders on the side of the road. >> listen to me. is it just one vehicle? >> no. there were four or five. there's another child in the ditch. they're gone! >> come with me, come here. come here. come here. come here. >> oh, my god. >> come here.
i need you to sit here and i need you guys to pray, okay? >> in addition to four people killed, two of couch's friends were thrown from the bed of the pickup. including sergio molina, who is now paralyzed and had been in a coma. his parents we learned are suing ethan couch, couch's parents and the family business, cleburne metal works which own the ford f-350 pickup truck couch was driving. sergio molina's parents are seeking as much as $20 million to care for their son in the future. the complaint points out couch had a history of arrests, including one where he pleaded no contest to charges of possessing and drinking alcohol. that court date was just three months before the fatal wreck. >> there's a reason why we have jails and it's to put people and hold them accountable for their actions. >> reporter: outrage continues to grow, that with four people
dead, all ethan couch got for his actions was a slap on the wrist. judge jeanne boyd sending him to alcohol rehab and ten years probation. defense attorneys strongly believe this is the best thing for ethan couch. they say if he had gotten 20 years, he likely would have only served two years. this way he's under some type of supervision for ten years, even if it is just probation. >> what more are you learning about the judge that you mentioned in the piece? kind of her record and how she ruled in similar cases. >> it's hard to get at her record because she's a juvenile judge. we only have a bit of a snapshot. i can tell you, she's received all kinds of awards for her courage and integrity. she's been presiding over that court since 1995. but one case did come to light that a lot of folks have pointed out to us. it's certainly curious because it took place in 2012. the case involved a 14-year-old boy who punched someone in the head, that man fell to the
ground, hit his head on the pavement and died. now in that case, she gave that boy who's african-american ten years behind bars in a juvenile detention center. so, again, it's a snapshot. we don't know how she's ruled on other cases. he also admitted to the crime, just like ethan couch, he's also a young teenager. it's curious how she ruled. we don't know the history or if he comes from a wealthy family like ethan couch. >> the severity of the crime seems to be the subject here, too. thank you very much. >> sure. >> chris. let's stick with the current situation. we'll bring in somebody now who knows the criminal defense team, who understands the system down there and knows about this judge. he's a criminal defense attorney himself, brian weiss, joining from us houston, texas. brian, thank you for joining us this morning. appreciate it. you know what the main allegation is here, this is about money buying special justice. four people killed, a fifth paralyzed and only probation. it doesn't make sense to people.
explain it to us. >> sure, chris. i think the public's initial take is one of outrage. you can't really blame them. this is one of those cases that doesn't play well on the air at four, five, six and ten and above the fault of the metro section. if you think money can buy justice, i've seen it in 30 plus years in the adult criminal justice system, make no mistake, this is not that case. all this family's money could buy was two attorneys. what they were able to do is craft a compelling punishment narrative. that's not an excuse. but it's an explanation that provides context for how this 16-year-old morally bankrupt kid found himself in that position. this is not a case ultimately where money bought justice. this is a case where justice
ultimately tailored a punishment to fit both the offense and the offender. >> all right. explain to me how this is the punishment that fits the crime when, again, you are faced with just the most horrible form of consequence, not only multiple fatalities and someone paralyzed but really good people on top of it. and then you have a kid who winds up seemingly getting a message that you're going to get away with it. >> sure. i think, chris, what your viewers need to understand is this. this is not the adult criminal justice system where job one is vengeance, retribution and deterrence. this is the juvenile system where the texas legislature has mandated that rule one in the playbook is what is in the child's best interest. and that's rehabilitation. in that situation, judge boyd had a mandate from the legislature to do what she could to put this kid into a system where he could be rehabilitated and ultimately find his way.
and when the public looks at this crazy notion of affluenza, that's one line, one sound bite from a three-day punishment hearing. that's a snapshot in a motion picture. the people whom i talked to in tearen county tells me that three-day punishment hearings in juvenile court are virtually unheard of. this is a situation where the system was confronted with a difficult and tenuous fact situation and a judge who does nothing else but family law cases. as we heard in the intro to this piece, chris, judge boyd is the gold standard. this is all that she does. she couldn't save those victims, chris. that's a tragedy. she tried to save this young man and that's her job. >> kids get time all the time. excuse the pun there. juveniles go to jail for what they do all the time and this
kid doesn't. why wouldn't justice demand, yes, you get your tremt, yatmen yes, we respect addiction but yes, you must go to jail because you took life. >> this kid is in jail. this kid isn't going anywhere. he's going to be transferred to a lockdown facility in california that his parents, not the taxpayers of the county are ultimately going to pay for. if he stubs his toe and he messes up, he is going directly to juvenile prison. don't pass go. don't collect $200. on his 19th birthday will be transferred to the end of the line, the texas department of criminal justice. >> i get that part, brian. i'm not distracted by the nature and cushiness of the addiction program. if the family can pay, they should pay. a lot has been made about the
facility, you get a horse an a gym. i don't care about that. do you find many other kids that take life at this level and don't see the inside of a jail cell. >> richard alpert, i've had the privilege of trying cases against him, understands this young man didn't wake up this morning and intend to take life. this is a case where a tragedy of unspeakable proportions occurred. this judge decided in this case, this was the appropriate punishment. and i don't really think we get to second guess that decision. >> i understand it an i know it's been said in the media that the prosecutors could appeal and i understand under texas law there probably is no basis for an appeal here. one last question in understanding whether this was fair. this kid in particular, the idea he has a background where he's made mistakes in the past, he's been involved with the law in
the past and he hasn't gotten a lesson, is that a fair appraisal of the kid? >> i think when you view it through the prism of what the facts are and the facts are stubborn, the only involvement this young man had was a minor possession of alcohol. there's been no indication in this kid's history, upbringing or background that he's engaged in any kind of criminal wrongdoing that would have been a precursor, that would have told people, look, this kid is a ticking time bomb. this is a kid with the affect of a 12-year-old and the fact that money can buy happiness in this case didn't really involve this young man's family. these weren't the cleavers. at the end of a day, this was a family that was morally bankrupt. >> i'm happy to get the insight from you but it's still painting a picture that's disturbing to people. if we were to find out this judge had given sentences like this in the past, it would probably help but that's
difficult, given the confines of the privacy in the juvenile system. i appreciate the facts you gave us today. thank you. >> thank you, chris. more on the report about an american detained in iran, now the longest held american hostage in history. why are revelations coming out just now that he was working for the cia? should these revelations have come out at all. also ahead, trouble at the national zoo. more animals dying than usual in the last few months. what's behind the spake and what's being done about it? we'll have a look. smoke?
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welcome back to "new day." more now on that new report about an american missing nearly seven years in iran. the associated press and the "washington post" say bob levenson was working for the cia when he vanished despite years of denial from the agency and levenson's family. jim sciutto is in washington to look more into this report. what are you hearing about why the ap and "the washington post" decided to make these revelations public now? he's still in custody. >> well, this is a very sad, a very sensitive story. this is what the ap says now. they say they first confirmed this three years ago in 2010. and that they agreed three times to delay publishing the story. here's the ap statement saying it's reporting the story now because nearly seven years after his disappearance, government efforts have repeatedly come up empty. the government has not received any sign of life for three years and it also says that top u.s. officials say his captors almost certainly already know he worked
for the cia. that said, the u.s. government still pushing back. they issued a statement last night saying the u.s. government strongly urged the ap not to run the story out of continuing concern for mr. levenson's life. we've already been in touch with his family, our own susan candiotti speaking to levenson's family. they're clearly concerned. they told her, quote, they are deeply concerned over the risk created by this story. that said, the family already frustrated up to this point with government support, government help in getting their father, their husband released. they say the u.s. government has failed to make saving this good man's life the priority it should be. really a lot of frustration from the family here. and a lot of fear. >> jim, you know, we talked to the family on "new day" and they said that they thought he was there on a business trip. you know, we asked him about it repeatedly. what they know, what they don't know, obviously this type of work, who knows the truth of what's going on. let's stick with the media here for a second. i get what you say that several
times they've been told they'll hole the story. but then putting this out there, does this do anything but jeopardize the situation? >> well, listen, it's a fair question. clearly the u.s. government feels it only jeopardizes the situation. the family is concerned about his safety for sure. i mean the ap makes a good point, for seven years there's been no progress. from my perspective, i've talked to families who have americans held or have been held in the country before. there's a former american marine held in iran, hekmati, accused of being a spy. you remember the case of a journalist. you remember the american hikers in iran released three years ago, accused of being spies. within a story like this gets out there and gets confirmed that that gives the iranian government ammunition for these kinds of accusations with many
of these people that are baseless accusations. that's a real fear. it's a real sensitivity. >> yes. and worth noting yet again, is he now the longest held american hostage in history. it doesn't seem like this can help his case at all. >> that's right. you know, the iranian government still has not acknowledged that he is in fact in their custody. on the good side, speaking to these -- i spoke to another family the other day, the family of an american pastor who's held in iran accused of trying to overthrow the government. really another baseless charge. there's hope now in the warming of relations between the u.s. and iran that that might bring a change but they haven't seen that change yet. in fact, the families were hoping this interim nuclear deal wouldn't happen until these americans were already released but they're hoping now that at least americans and iranians are talking that it might move the ball forward. >> jim sciutto, thanks so much, jim. coming up next on "new day," the national zoo under fire and under investigation over allegations of serious neglect.
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>> there's a list of things that more likely to happen than winning the lottery. being struck by lightning was one of them. hopefully i can beat the odds. >> somebody will be lucky. i think it will be me. >> reporter: so far the odds have been impossible. no one has won the big prize since the switch. the last jackpot winner, a maryland man who chose to remain anonymous. since then, 20 drawings and no winner. >> here you go. >> good luck to you. >> thank you. >> reporter: the minimum second prize won by hitting all numbers except the mega ball jumping from $250,000 to $1 million. even more enticing, jackpots are growing larger and faster. the minimum jackpot rose to 15 million from 12 million. guaranteed to increase by at least 5 million after each drawing without a winner. >> could see maybe in the next several years, maybe an elusive billion dollar jackpot.
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♪ walking in a wonderland >> oh, look at that. hello, everyone. welcome back to "new day." let's get back to indra who is the bearer of cold news. >> at least you didn't say bad news. >> i said cold. >> i'm with you on this. temperatures still in many places into the teens this morning. still seeing a huge chunk of the country with a freezing temperatures out there. this will continue and then we'll throw in some snow and some wind. let's talk about the system already dropped farther south today. by tonight, especially, in the evening hours, anywhere from kansas and missouri we'll start to see the wintry mix. they'll be talking about rain along the gulf. the overnight, the ohio valley, you start to get into the action. by the northeast, tomorrow
afternoon, we start seeing the snow. there's two systems here. the second one does develop. the combination of the two will bring not only a lot of moisture and the cold air but winds out there. keep in mind gusting out there, even though you have the blowing snow. as you go through sunday, starting to make its way off the coast in through new england. yes, we're still talking about it in through maine by sunday night. that's the day by day of the system. as far as how much you're expecting? the totals look impressive. new york city could see 4 to 6 inches. upstate new york, about a foot. same thing with boston. could see as much as a foot of snow. back towards the ohio valley, 4 to 6 inches. chill will be out there. once there's know in the area, it may stick around. temperatures in the 20s. impressive. >> already stretching out that arm. >> snow ball. >> anyway -- >> no comment. >>. the national zoo is under
fire this morning. two internal reports suggest other animals could be at risk after two have died already. let's bring in cnn's chris lawrence. he's at the national zoo watching this situation. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning. this has gotten so bad that the congressional committee that oversees the national zoo is now going to take a look into whether budget cuts have compromised the zoo's ability to care for these animals. and remember, this isn't just any zoo. this is your zoo. it's part of the smithsonian which means it's mostly funded by taxpayers. a blistering internal investigation is revealing big problems at the national zoo. >> we never compromise safety and well being of animals. >> reporter: and yet animals are dying. on wednesday, it was an endangered horse which rammed into a fence inside its barn. both a gazelle and antelope-like animal broke their necks the same way. and a hog died from possible
malnutrition. >> you don't hear this happening at zoos across the country. it certainly shouldn't be happening here at our national zoo. >> reporter: last month, a zebra severely injured an animal keeper, earlier this year, rusty the red panda got out and a vulture escaped its enclosure. both were recaptured. an internal investigation found animal care and overall organization, accountability, follow-up and communication are severely lacking. zoo officials say the budget is partly to blame. it does not charge admission and congress has cut $2 million over the past few years. >> this is where we welcome at ourselves very carefully and we have to review what resources are available. >> reporter: some animal welfare advocates don't buy it. >> we can tell how beloved the panda really is. >> reporter: pointing out, there have been no problems with the zoo's star attractions. the panda cubs get naming ceremonies. the newest tigers, around the
clock attention. >> the lesser known species, the less charismatic species aren't getting the attention they clearly need. >> reporter: they're giving the national zoo attention it clearly doesn't want. critics say the zoo simply has too many animals but some zoo officials are pushing back on that, saying that basically they've already implemented a lot of the changes that those investigators recommended and they point to fact that not only were they re-accredited just a few months ago, they also passed an inspection by the department of agriculture. chris, kate? >> but the past matters just as much as the present. that's why they have to keep looking into it. we'll take a quick break here. when we come back, a-list comedians like will ferrell are getting serious, using their influence to join the crusade to free an american man jailed in dubai for eight months. also ahead, beyonce shocks
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emirates prison. the uao admitted it admitted the man. he's getting help from washington and big names in hollywood. the website funnier guy released a video urging the uae to free chez for doing something they do all the time, be funny. >> this is will farrell and acam mckay and we are submitting this in support of chez. >> reporter: will farrell and other well-known comedians are banding together to fight for the release of american citizen shazan shazankazem. >> if anyone deserves to go to jail, i do. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: casem has been locked up for eight months after
posting this video online, he filmed it with several friends, all are being held. they intended it to be a parody about would-be gangsters on the not so dangerous streets of a dubai streets. he was living and working in dubai. now his concerned family in minnesota has desperately been seeking answers as to why he's still behind bars. >> he's going stir crazy. >> reporter: for weeks cnn has been searching for answers as well. this is sarah with cnn cnn. can you tell me anything about the kasem case? they confirmed he is incarcerated and charged but would not give specifics on his case. it said in part mr. cassimwas tried under the penal code.
his plight has reached washington. this letter first on cnn was sent to secretary of state john kerry from minnesota governor mark dayton, says "the conditions surrounding his confinement are very serious and call for immediate attention. please take any action possible to assist mr. cassim." at the beginning of the video it clearly states it's fictional. cnn reached out to the state department to see if it has a response to the governor's letter and the united arab emirates embassy all hearings are open to observers and shez's next hearing is on monday. >> we spoke to his brother and sister and hearings have been pushed back, pushed back, it took months before he knew what he was charged with. we'll follow the case closely and bring you updates. >> part of that can be diplomacy and the process, government needs a push and anything that keeps attention on something like this is worthwhile. coming up next on "new day"
a surprise twist in the trial of the newlywed accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to ace death. she's now pleading guilty. what did she tell the judge she did? don't cross kim jong-un, the north creep dictator put his own uncle and adviser to death. the accusations, the implications, more when "new day" continues. like a squirre, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. and it feels like your lifeate revolves around your symptoms, ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission.
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storm's going next. deadly family feud. the leader of north korea has his uncle killed. was he trying to assume too much power? the latest bizarre twist from inside that isolated country. guilty in the surprise twist the newlywed on trial for pushing her husband off a cliff to his death pleads guilty to second-degree murder what she finally admitted to the judge and how much time she could do. >> your "new day" continues right now. >> announcer: what you need to know -- >> if you cannot trust your number one or number two man in the system that clearly means you don't trust anybody. >> announcer: what you just have to see. ♪ >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan and michaela pereira. >> it's friday, december 13th,
8:00 in the east, chris is having his breakfast. we begin is what's expected to be a wet, snowy weekend, a winter storm expected to dump snow across a thousand-mile swathe from the midwest to the northeast. indra petersons has more. >> good morning. look at the temperatures this morning, so many of you below freezing, if that's not bad enough here comes the snow and the wind. it's another round of wintry weather for the midwest and the northeast this morning. >> one storm after another. >> frigid windchills last night. >> another blast of biting cold and lake-effect snow on the way. >> this has been constant all day. >> hamburg, new york, multiple trucks overturned on this puff low, new york highway. the icy roads causing a 40-car pile-up in michigan. take a look at this police dash cam video, a semi hitting the
cruiser, another suv near colliding. develop storm will bring freezing rain and sleet across the mississippi valley to the east coast. as it moves into the ohio valley and great lakes region it will change over to snow. pittsburgh, new york and boston anticipating more snow this weekend. in milwaukee it's so frigid kids are believe it or not running into school to beat the chill. reporters following their lead. >> kids about to rife here, one degree outside windchill below zero. if you're 7-year-old or 27 i'm still going to listen to my mother. >> we're talking about the winter storm impacting the northeast back to the midwest. last models have upped these numbers. we give you full details what to expect and the timing of this coming up in a few minutes. kate and chris in. >> thanks, indra. all right, so we're going from the weather and going to another situation you need to hear about going on in north korea, a shocking development, kim jong-un just executed his own uncle, this comes from the
state media, they announced this occurrence of an execution calling the former top official despicable human scum and a traitor. chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is in washington with the latest. good morning. >> good morning, chris. harrowing to watch this situation. there have been shakeups at the top of north korea before but never so senior and certainly not a close relative of the north korean leader kim jong-un, north korea unpredictable on any day but fears about political imstability at the very top. a family feud ends in a spectacular fall for the second most powerful map in north korea. jang sung-tahaek executed, only days after he was dramatically arrested on national television, accused of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and attempting to overthrow the government. here he is again in a picture a few feet away from his nephew,
then in another image, erased. state department spokesperson said "we have no reason to doubt the official state media report. this is another example of the extreme brutality of the north korean regime." it is also a shocking example of deep instability at the very top of this nuclear armed dictatorship, coming a year after kim deposed another senior military leader. >> you cannot trust your number one and number two man in the system, that clearly means you don't trust anybody. and to me, that's not a good sign. >> reporter: still, proving the north's supreme unpredictability only last week the leadership delivered a positive gesture, releasing american merrill newman from detention, though not before the korean war veteran made a forced confession on state television. >> i can understand that in the u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about dprk. >> reporter: north korea is
still holding kenneth bae, arrested last year and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. concerns about other ways that north korea may lash out in response to this instability to show its strength, fears about another nuclear test, possibly an attack on south korean forces, now the defense department so far telling us they have not seen any movement of north korean forces yet, but the south korean government held a special national security meeting this morning, they are watching this closely as is the u.s., as in china, a lot of real concern in that region right now, kate. >> understandably. jim sciutto thank you so much. the ban on cell phones, on planes, is up for review. the federal communication commission opening up the possibility, saying phones don't interfere with technology on planes, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy about it. will the department of transportation step in? rene marsh is joining us with much more on this, a lot of people want to know the outcome. >> the fcc wanted to serve up
controversy, congratulations, it did. the commission voted to consider ending its ban on cell use in flight, like voice calls, as well as texting. now, shortly after that vote, multiple lawmakers, they chimed in saying bad idea. now, there's a bill in both the senate and the house aimed at blocking in-flight calls. some airlines already said voice calls are a no go and the feeling is this would be a nuisance. some say potentially leading to fist fights in the air, but on the same day that the fcc moved, the fcc focuses on technology and d.o.t. safety in the skies. >> what is the reality flyers need to expect here? what should flyers be looking at? >> essentially for the flyer, it simply means don't start dialing just yet. ultimately the d.o.t. sets aviation rules, so it has the
final say, and they made it very clear that they're listen to customers who don't want to hear phone chatter on their flight but here is an important distinction. the fcc could lift its pan on cell calls and texting and the d.o.t. could impose a ban on in-flight calls. in the end, it may just be that flyers will only be allowed to text. kate? >> all right, we will see. thanks, rene. >> sure. >> it is seven minutes after the hour. let's give you a look at your headlines. robert levinson was in fact working for the cia. the associated press and "the washington post" reporting he was working undercover gathering intelligence for the state department and levinson's family longed denied he was working for the u.s. government when he vanished. a presidential advisory panel says the nsa's phone call data collection should continue but it says it should do so under broad, new restraints intended to increase privacy.
it also recommends that white house officials, including president obama, review the list of for leeign leaders who are routinely monitored. the report argues in favor of codifying and publicly announcing how the u.s. protects foreign citizens' privacy. the the house has given its approval to a bill increasing pay for service members and changing the way the military handles sexual assault cases. 350-69, it gives the troops a 1% salary increase. it's unclear if the senate will also approve that bill. health and human services kathleen sebelius heading to florida today continuing her efforts to talk up the health care overhaul. she will take part in a discussion and encourage people to sign up for coverage through healthcare.g healthcare.gov. prince harry has
successfully reached the south pole. he and his expedition team which included injured servicemen and women just completed that gruelling 200-mile journey. the competitive aspect of the trek was scrapped last week because of safety concerns so they did it out of the spirit of collaboration, we're very proud of them and thoroughly impressed, you look at the conditions there. >> congratulations. >> and a great message as well. >> great message. i bet they feel like they can overcome anything. >> that's exactly right, and that they're cold. >> they're also cold. they need hot chocolate. a new york college student is dead after a suspected hazing ritual. prosecutors are saying charges will be filed. 30 students are being questioned in the death of 19-year-old freshman who suffered fatal injuries from major head trauma. fred pleitgen joins us with that. what do we know? >> you wonder what goes on in these people's heads when they go through the hazing rituals. lot of the details came out late last night, appears they were
engaged in the glass ceiling, where the young man got hurt. two things we found out, a lot of the guys aren't trying to help authorities and the other thing is it took them a very long time to get this young man any sort of help and authorities are trying to find out how that lack of help might have contributed to his death. it happened at this house in eastern pennsylvania, chun hsieh deng ran a gauntlet, blind-folded and with a heavyweight on his back while other fraternity members tried to tackle him. it's a ritual known as glass ceiling. 19-year-old deng suffered a head injury and became unresponsive but his would-be brothers never called an ambulance, the poconos mountains police chief tells cnn. >> there was a delay of some of his fraternity brothers taking him to the hospital, which is another 40 minutes away, so we can say a minimum of at least
two hours went by before he actually received any type of medical care. >> reporter: he later died. those allegedly involved were members of the pi delta psi fraternity in farooq college. 30 members had traveled to the mountains for a fraternity trip. students say they're shocked. >> i've heard good things about them. i'm surprised one of their members got hurt, i mean killed. >> it's terrible to get into something that means brotherhood resulted in that. why do you have to prove yourself to call someone your friend or your brother. >> reporter: the college says it has a zero tolerance policy for hazing rituals and in a statement the leadership said "this incident occurred at an unsanctioned event that was strictly prohibited by our organization." as a resu as a result of this incident we are immediately suspending all new member education nationwide until further notice."
both the college and the fraternity say they're cooperating with but without enforcement. >> prior to us getting to the location there were some people who left the scene and we are asking them to come forward to provide us with the information to help us figure out exactly what happened. >> reporter: the trt attorney tells cnn enbelieves criminal charge will likely be pressed in the case. so you have criminal charges on the one hand and also of course the college and the fraternity themselves are going to also take disciplinary action but you really wonder what goes on in these people's heads, these rituals are so dumb, not a lot at that point definitely. >> thanks, fred. coming up on "new day" a stunning change of strategy from the montana woman who pushed her husband off a cliff. we can call her that because she just admitted it, what we can call her is a killer. she changed her plea. we'll talk to a legal analyst, why this happened, and what will
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husband to his death off a cliff pleaded guilty thursday. why did she timely admit is it in here's cnn's kyung lah with more. >> reporter: jordan graham, former bride now immate with her sentencing only months away in a last-minute deal graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for dropping a first-degree murder charge. she came clean before the federal jhung about what really happened the day her husband died at glacier national park. she and the man she'd married just eight days earlier, cody johnson, got into a heated argument. graham said she told her new husband that she wasn't feeling like a happy newlywed. graham says johnson grabbed her arm, she said let go, then she pushed him, one hand on his shoulder, one hand on his back, face first off the cliff. "i wasn't thinking of where we were. it was a reckless act. i just pushed." graham says she left her dead husband at the bottom of the
sheer cliff without telling anyone "because i was so scared." >> this was a young girl who made some poor choices, you still hold that belief? >> i do. >> reporter: the defense says fwra ham is a young girl who made poor choices in the wake of her wedding. prosecutors believe johnson's death was premeditated. graham plotted to kill her husband because she regretted getting married. when graham uttered the word "guilty" her former mother-in-law wept, her parents remained silent, leaving the courthouse, their daughter in the custody of u.s. marshals. officers cuffed jordan graham in the courtroom. johnson's family and friends said few but powerful words. >> god will take care of it. >> as will a judge when she's sentenced in march. kyung lah, cnn, mizzou la, montana. >> that's the big consideration. now the plea has been entered, what will it mean?
let's bring in krpen legal analyst joey jackson. we understand you take a plea because you believe it will help in the sentencing side. >> you always have to balance the exposure. whenever you're representing someone there's a risk that things could go poorly. this is a young woman, chris, 23 years old and of course under mandatory sentencing guidelines tois aring a first-degree murder conviction where she'd spend the rest of her life in jail is significant. as a defense attorney, perhaps you speak to the prosecutor, what really happened here, would not second-degree murder be more appropriate, wasn't this a reckless act at the end of the day and 20 years or something thereabouts? it's up to the judge. the judge could give her life but isn't that more appropriate and that's what happens after you balance the equities. >> you had said all along that the defense did have a pretty decent case in talking about the intent, that the prosecution couldn't prove that she intended to kill him to push him off the cliff like that. >> right. >> do you think this proves that? >> you know what, kate, you never know because you never
know what happened and what was in her mind at that particular time and of course, intent could be formed in an instant. but when you look at everything, certainly if you can establish intent you could establish that it's reckless. >> the prosecution thought they didn't have as strong a case in. >> exactly. in the event the prosecution believed and kate you and i spoke about this, in the event the prosecution thought it was intent, slam dunk they would have said no plea deal, we'll go to closing argument and let a jury determine that. for them, the prosecution, they get a win, a conviction, they do justice for the family, they do justice for the victim and of course the victim never coming back but the defendant gets the benefit of stay seeing the light of day again. >> i was thinking about the fact if it had gone to trial she would have had to take the stand or not necessarily? >> you know what happened, she didn't decide to take the stand and i was questioning that, michaela, i really was. here's why. i would think that you would want to for a number of reasons acknowledge your lies and explain your lies, explain the
circumstances surrounding the relationship. >> she lied so many times throughout this. >> that would be the problem because she would be savaged under cross-examination but at the end of the day the jury wants to see a defendant talk about exactly what happened and to the extent you don't do it, it damages you. when all is said and done i think it's the right result. i do. >> oh what a tangled webb we weave -- >> when first we practice to deceive. >> should we give nod to the initial investigators? if you think about it, this scenario was right out of a novel because it created a situation where she could have said i didn't do this. somebody got her admissions that yes, but she stuck to i didn't do it. >> more so than that, she could have said nothing. then of course you're left to piece together an investigation circumstantialry and the fact she opened her mouth, the
investigated goaded her into doing that and it's compelling for the prosecution's argument to solve this case. >> how much time is she going to serve. >> it's up to the jhung. she could go up to life, it's highly unlikely, there are federal sentencing guidelines. anything less than life is a win here so consider it a win. >> you've seen a lot of things in your time. this one has had so many of us scratching -- eight days after their wedding. >> we talked about that. it was in federal court because this happened at a national park and sunny was making the case the prosecutors are moving ahead. >> people do interesting, malicious things before the wedding, during the wedding, after the wedding but this is very strange. >> this could have been very rough with a jury because it would have played to somebody doing something selfish for all the wrong reasons. >> and you never know what a jury is going to do. you can speak to that jury jaf wards and ask them what was on their mind, what were they
thinking about in order to poll them to get a sense of what's what but when they're back in that deliberation room maybe they acquit her or convict her of first-degree murder which is why this wasn't such a bad deal after all. >> what do you think? you're not as good as joey jackson. >> better. >> tweet us, #newday. coming up next on "new day," mark zuckerberg goes one on one with cnn. find out why he's taking on the nsa. winning the $400 million mega millions jackpot tonight, of course, of course you know it's not the best chance in the world. they want me to tell you that your chances have gotten worse. i won't tell you. i believe in the dollar and a dream, i believe, but we'll take you through how the became has changed a little bit you want to know before you buy the ticket. [ laughter ]
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and welcome back. time now for the five things to know for your "new day." another round of snow is op. the way for the weekend. states from missouri to maine in the path of the storm which could leave some areas in a foot of snow the bipartisan budget deal designed to prevent another government shutdown sailed through the house thursday. the senate will take it up next week. mixed messages from washington over inflight cell phone calls. the if, cc voted to consider lifting its 22-year ban while transportation officials moved to implement their own ban. we're now being told prince harry is close to the finish line. it was thought he made it to the south pole already. not quite there yet. he and his expedition team expected to reach it today.
overnight beyonce stunning the music world and her fans dropping her self-titled album at the very same time. it is creating quite a stir online. we're always updating the five things to know, if to newdaycnn.com for the latest. someone may be hours away from being $400 million richer. anticipation is high for tonight's mega millions drawing. your odds are winning the prize, you don't need moo he to tell you they're small but they're smaller than in previous drawings. why? pamela brown joins us from times square with the inside scoop. pamela, tell us why are the chances getting worse, not better? >> reporter: well, you know, here is some tough love, chris. it's harder than ever to win the mega millions jackpot because the changes that were recently put into place in october and in fact that is a big reason why this jackpot has rolled over 20 times and has now climbed to $400 million, the fifth largest
jackpot in u.s. history, but even if the odds aren't so much in your favor you still have a one in 15 chance of winning something. the frenzy more mega millions tickets is reaching a fever pitch. $400 million at stake, the second largest jackpot in the game's history has players dreaming what they would do if they win. >> i'd be partying like a rock star. >> early retirement. >> reporter: recent changes to the mega millions inflated jack pots and attracting more customers to play. but the odds of winning are significantly lower, after the revamp in october, that's because the five winning numbers increased to a total of 75 white balls instead of 56, and the number of gold mega balls decreased from 46 to only 15, making it that much harder to win the big prize, chances of winning the jackpot went from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 259
million. >> i saw on the news there's a list of things more likely to happen than winning the lottery, being struck by light nipping was one of them, but hopefully i can beat the odds. >> someone's going to be loucky and i think it's going to be me. >> reporter: if the odds seem impossible that's because so far they have. no one has won the big prize since the switch. the last jackpot winner a maryland man who chose to remain anonymous. he matched all the numbers winning $186 million. since then, 20 drawings and no winner. >> there you go. >> good luck to you. >> thank you. >> reporter: some good news, the minimum second prize won by hitting all numbers except the mega ball jumping from $250,000 to $1 million. more enticing, jackpots are growing larger and faster. the minimum jackpot rose to 15 million from 1 million, guaranteed to increase by at least $5 million after each drawing without a winner. >> maybe in the next several
years, maybe an elusive $1 billion jackpot. >> so we're going to find out tonight if there will be a winner. the drawing is at 11:00 p.m. eastern time, in atlanta. you can bet a lot of people will be paying attention to that. it is friday the 13th, known by a lot of people as an unlucky day, those who were superstitious. we checked and there have been winners on this day. one man won $27 million on friday the 13th so don't let that deter you. just to put this in perspective about the odds, you have a thousand times better chance of getting killed by an asteroid or comet than winning this jackpot but hey, chris, kate and michaela, still have a chance. still saying you have a chance, a little slimmer than what i bought what i believe to be the winning ticket. >> no love for us? we sent you there specifically to buy us tickets! >> reporter: these are coming. those are coming. >> if there's any justice in the world you will lose and do you know why? because you have spread the
hate. tough love involves love, not just tough. that was just tough tough. >> for this we need to change her name from pamela brown to debbie downer. ? pamela brown has the great smile working. you have a better chance getting hit by a woolly mammoth -- all right, with he get it, that's where the whole dream part comes in. geez. >> enough making fun of pamela. we love you pamela, come back >> my $1 investment in somebody else's wealth, that's the way i look at that. it's charity. >> what do you think? tweet us. come up on "new day," mark zuckerberg sits down with cnn. why is the facebook counseleder challenging the nsa? also a question, they're everywhere you look so what were the top youtube videos of the year? ettaprimm is here to bring you the list. ♪ this holiday season, our priority is you ♪
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♪ blinded me with science, science ♪ >> "science" a great song and playing it for a great season -- season? great reason. tech giants are trying to turn scientists into rock stars, celebrities. we love this, an awards show was put on last night, some calling it the oscars of science. it's funded by tech giants including facebook founder mark zuckerberg who spoke with cnn about the awards and his personal challenge to the nsa. they're kind of divided but kind of together. here is the story from dan simon. >> chris, we are at a nasa research facility in the heart of silicon valley where they had this ultralavish event.
you'll hear mark zuckerberg talk about that in a moment. first we asked him about the big news in silicon valley that had executives from all the major technology companies writing a letter to the president and congress asking for big reforms in the way the nsa conducts surveillance. >> have one of the things i've said publicly is that i think that the government has really blown it on this. people want the government to help protect us but also want the government to be traps parent and tell us what they're doing and what data they're collecting and i think they've just completely failed op. that front and from what i've seen, if they were just a little bit more open about what they were doing, i think they could have created a lot more trust and a better environment for everyone, but i think they failed at that and i think they're continuing to, which is why we're continuing to push on it as an industry. >> reporter: government surveillance is not why he wanted to talk. he wanted to talk science, and explain why he's spending millions of his personal money to help change the way we think about those making big discoveries in the laboratory. >> the big goal here is to treat
and honor scientists in the way that they should be recognized by society. >> reporter: mark zuckerberg changed the world with facebook. now he wants to change how the world looks at scientists, to make them more revered, like hollywood celebrities. you think that's an attainable goal to change the way people look at scientists? >> absolutely. absolutely. i mean, it used to be the case back in albert einstein's day that he really was viewed as part of pop culture and rock star in his time and it's really a shame that we've lost that. >> reporter: so with stars like kevin spacey. >> it's great to see the geeks and the nerds get a fantastic night. >> reporter: and conan o'brien. >> nerds seem to have the upper hand. when i was a kid it was jocks. >> reporter: zuckerberg held an oscars like awards show complete with paparazzi and red carpet. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: to shine the spotlight on some of the world's smartest people. do you want this to be the most press teamingious prize in science? >> i don't know if we think about it in those terms but we
certainly want this to be a meaningful reward for the scientists and something that's public, so that way it can be an aspirational goal to children who are growing up and other folks who are thinking of going into science. >> reporter: the idea first ka imfr came from this man, russian technology and investor yuri muller in. >> i used to be in testing a long time ago and i sort of tha this idea to give back to the people. >> reporter: he convinced his silicon valley friends to fund the event. each winner, seven of them in all, getting $3 million each, making it the most lucrative award of its kind. for the 29-year-old ceo, science is not that big of a dpar tour fr departure from the world of tech. if you were back in your harvard dorm room today what would you be working on? the social networks seem to be taken. >> i don't know, that's an
interesting question. i think for me my life mission is to help the world more open and connected and give people the power to share. there are always more ways to do that. maybe if i were in college today i'd just get started doing something else that's connected to that mission, but just at a point that makes more sense for today, maybe with phones. >> reporter: you'd be taking advantage of your own platform? >> probably. >> reporter: one of the winners included a doctor who came up with new, effective ways to treat cancer, another helping to understand parkinson's better, each getting $3 million, nearly three times the size of the nobel prize. chris and kate, back to you. >> how great is this? this is exactly what is needed. >> not only to celebrate it but put money behind it. >> make skicience more development, start honoring these people, maybe a change of culture, start celebrating some of the more right things. this was great. i love it. they are true heroes because
they are advancing what we need most in this society. >> thank you for the segues. speaking of heroes, an update 2009 cnn hero doc henley's work is not over. his passion to provide clean drinking water is growing. his work is the subject of a new documentary which premieres this sunday night 8:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn of course. here is a preview. >> we've got the amazon river and all these tributaries that are leading into the amazon river, so there's water all over the place but that water is absolutely filthy. they're bathing, washes their dishes, restroom in the same water source and that's the thing that's causing them to get sick. the main reason why we've picked this village to work in is because it's basically a community that has the most need in this area for clean water.
by drilling a well, we're able to hit an aquifer that has access to clean water. right now we got a drill bit and about 50 feet of pipe stuck in the ground. we got to try to get it out. if we can't, it stays in the ground. problems happen and they happen quite often and so you have to figure out how to get around those problems and to keep pushing forward. we hope to hit water. the people hope we hit water but we're not sure so we can't make any promises so all can it right now is we're going to try our best. >> it's always great to see them. >> you don't want to forget the work that goes into what got them awarded in the first place. coming up next an adorable kindergartner gives her parents an early christmas surprise. find out why this prrmance is to special to them. >> this one doesn't make you cry, if it doesn't you have to
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not i ♪ it's a beautiful day the nation's capitol dome right there. indra, the weather might say beautiful day in the song but not out there. >> are you going to call it ugly day? >> doesn't have the same ring to it. >> exactly. reporting freezing rain around springfield, the system is starting to rarp up astart ing to ramp up and seeing the changes impacting us through the weekend. there is the system, we're already seeing the action a little bit. overnight more through kansas and missouri, going to continue to see more of that wintry mix spreading into the ohio valley as we go overnight and by saturday afternoon seeing it back in the mid-atlantic and northeast. notice there are two systems, a second system in the south that starts to add to this as well as we're looking to are that moisture, the cold air and windy on top of it. by sunday if you're new england,
you're still dealing with the system as it's exiting off the coast there. as far as what are we getting it's slow moving here. we're talking about a good four to six inches in new york city by boston, you could see a foot of snow from this going farther back, ohio valley, four to six inches so a little bit more impressive than the last system that kicked on through and temperatures will stay cold. the key to whether or not you have the stick and staying on the ground the farther inland and north the better chance for the no he to stay on the ground. which is what we all want, right, guys? ? absolutely -- not. we'll reveal the best videos on youtube this year. it's just a couchable conversation so shall we? >> yes.
here we are. 2013 quite a year. quite a year especially with viral videos. youtube has released its list of the most watched videos and boy, wouldn't they know it? here to walk us through it is kevin alakha head the cultural and trends at youtube. my man what a job you have. >> it's quite the gig i have to say. >> okay so why don't with he talk about the ones that made the list because you get a boatload of them. i'm not sure how you all have time to see all of these. >> the number of videos uploaded to the site is incredible and they come from all over the world. >> okay, number three a big reveal, i feel like we should do some drum roll. is it true this was made for $20 only? >> yes, yes. >> don't say yes because you want to go home. >> no, this is true.
made in a dorm room for $20, "how animals eatier food." >> take a look and just enjoy. >> why does this make me laugh so hard? the t-rex. >> what don't i get? why do they have sippy cups? >> why not. you don't want to spill your paench. >> i like how unmoved the guy is. >> cardboard table. it was good, right. >> you see why i have the gig e giggles. >> before we go, why is that number three? >> it's a simple video, very funny, it can be appreciated all over the world. 80% of the views come from outside the united states and they're a new popular channel. >> we all know the sopping but
the number two video is the original norwegian army harlem shake video. how did this become such a thing? >> the harlem shake was a huge trend. over 1.5 harlem shake videos uploaded to the site from all over the world. it was started by some kids in australia, lebron james, the miami heat made their own version and then we've got this was the most viewed, nearly 9 million views op. this norwegian army version. >> 90 million views. >> just a fraction of them if they could watch the show -- >> that's right. we love norway! here is this one. are you ready? >> yes, please. >> this is chris's favorite song. ♪ what does the fox say ♪ tinge, ding, ding, ding >> a lot rhymes with shock-alacka. i hate this sopping. this corrupted the minds of my children. forced me to watch it because i
didn't get what they were talking about. >> think about how incredible this is. >> why would a fox say anything like this. >> completely nonsensical. >> this is a company has a tv show in way, they're all over youtube, the scandinavians and they post this video and it goes huge all over the world. this is a top halloween costume, nearly 300 million views. >> 300 million?! >> they're like branding this now, they have more to do. >> there will be a children's book coming out. >> what? then i'm going to have to buy it! >> can we do honorable mention at number six, there was a fap here at "new day" and we'd like to think you'd pull this off. this was number six, people, ahead. >> this is one of my favorites. i'm a big jaean claude van damm. volvo has made these epic stunt videos. >> did you get the story behind it, how fast they were going.
>> you think it's a fake? >> they did it in one take and there's a whole behind the scenes. >> kate thinks jean claude van damme is a fraud, she just said it. >> no! >> something to note of all the top ten list is none of them were just one of videos, a cute kid doing this. they were all people that had youtube channels >> this is ap. increasing trend with the popular videos, coming from channels they have a lot of different videos they're kipt y consistently creating things, they have a fan base. millions of subscribers are tuning in every week. >> kevin the next time you come on the first question is going to be as the head of culture and trends on youtube what do you do with your day? hold that, next time. >> that's a whole other segment. >> i love the way they told you to pronounce the name. alokka, like shock-alokka. we told you about a very bad interpreter this week. now you'll meet a very good one
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♪ ♪ sap ta is his name-o >> cute. >> fluency of the gestures, the beautiful facial expressions as she's singing along, kindergartener claire signing for an important rp, both of her parents are deaf. she did this as a surprise. >> she did not! >> yes, she did. her folks could enjoy her christmas concert, and boy, were they surprised. mom says she's so proud of the little girl. she says also that "she's a much better interpreter than nelson mandela's fake one." >> look at her. what a cool -- >> more video, more, more! >> we dot' want to see us, with he want to see her. >> more, more, christmas spirit. there it is. look at her, she's singing, only 5 and did it as a surprise. >> and she had the idea to do that as a surprise. >> that she thought about what would make them happy at just 5 years old, if that's not "the
good stuff" i don't know what it is. >> a special little girl and a lot to be thankful for. >> my mom taught that aim for a long time and they're all, they're working together. at that age it's hard to get them to do it in a unified fashion. very impressive. >> my kids didn't know who i was at that aiming. and we have the words along the bottom of the screen. >> i don't think you can see but that's okay. >> isn't that great, we love her. good for you. >> good way to go into the weekend. >> good note. >> and came out of a bad situation, because kind of put it on the radar, we were thinking about it, the producer, john griffin who finds a lot of "the good stuff" for us, this is good. this interpreter messed up with this, "the good stuff." >> it's been a good day. >> well enjoy the weekend, running out of steam on here but there is a lot of news going on so we're going to hand you to the capable and generous hands of one carol costello. >> get out of here! go have fun already, okay? have a great weekend. >> it's the christmas season.
>> "newsroom" starts now. >> that's it? -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com happening now in "the newsroom" shocker in north korea calling him a despicable traitor and scum, kim jong-un executes his powerful uncle but what does it mean? also -- peyton manning goes down as chaos rapes outside at mile high stadium. three people stabbed. are you safe? plus -- >> it's been one storm after another. frigid windchills were as low as 31 below in parts of the area last night. >> winter's come early. >> ray seep, 1 teeing outside, windchill below zero. i don't care if you're years old or 27 i'm going to listen to my mother. >> we never