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Ferguson Protesters Angry At Lack Of Change; Schumer On Iran: "I Think We Can Do Better"; State Of Emergency In Colorado; Armed Attacks Across Turkey. Aired 5:30-6a ET

Aired August 11, 2015 - 05:30   ET

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[05:29:54] CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: -- Michael Brown's death, but the violence paled in comparison to events overnight Sunday when multiple rounds of gunfire erupted and police shot an 18-year-old who they say fired at them first. Tyrone Harris is hospitalized in critical condition.

He now faces multiple charges including five counts of armed criminal action. His aunt denies he fired on police. Karen Harris tells CNN he did not have a gun and was, quote, "running for his life in the midst of other people's gun battles."

CNN's Jason Carroll is in Ferguson for us this morning. He has more on last night's protests and these arrests.

JASON CARROLL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christine, police ended up making a number of arrests out here on West Florissant. Where we are right now, a number of protesters have gathered on one side of the street.

On the other side of the street, you can still see a significant number of law enforcement standing by and waiting. You have members of the St. Louis County Police as well as state troopers who are out here. The demonstrators were primarily peaceful for the most part.

And then at one point, there were a number of protesters who stood in the middle of West Florissant Street. When that happened, that is when police moved in and made several arrests. They repeatedly warned protesters to stay out of the street.

When I spoke to a representative from the state troopers who were out there, I had asked him, I said what is your main goal? Christine, he said we just want to keep things peaceful.

By and large, they were able to do that with the exception of those who got out into the middle of the street and caused some of the problems that we saw out here.

In terms of the protesters, you can see a number of them have been gathering out here on the street. There is no curfew, Christine, so they are allowed to stay out here as long as they want so long as the demonstrations are peaceful.

When I spoke to one of the demonstrators, I said it seems like so much work needs to be done here. He said we are still angry. It has been a year since Michael Brown's death and still they are not seeing the change that they want.

When I spoke to members of law enforcement, they do agree that there needs to be change, but they said, that however come out here to express themselves. It must be peaceful.

So once again, several arrests that we saw made out here on West Florissant. Still a year after Michael Brown's death, a number of people in this community say more work still needs to be done -- Christine.

ROMANS: All right, Jason Carroll in Ferguson, thank you for that, Jason.

Happening today, Donald Trump's first appearance on the campaign trail, his first appearance since last week's debate and his controversial comments about Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, Trump will keynote Lincoln Day Republican Party event in Eastern Michigan.

He has said he will not apologize to Megyn Kelly. That is brand Trump not to back down or apologize. She said she certainly will not apologize to Trump.

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MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Apparently, Mr. Trump thought the question I asked was unfair and felt I was attacking him. I felt he was asked a tough, but fair question. We agree to disagree. Mr. Trump did interviews over the weekend that attacked me personally.

I've decided not to respond. Mr. Trump is an interesting man who has captured the attention of the electorate. That is why he is leading in the polls. Trump, who is the frontrunner, will not apologize. I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism. So I will continue doing my job without fear or favor.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ROMANS: If there was a brewing feud between Trump and Fox News, the air now seems to have cleared. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and Trump speaking by phone, Ailes calling the conversation, quote, "blunt but cordial." Expressing 100 percent support for his anchor, Megyn Kelly.

Trump tweeting, "Roger Ailes just called. He is a great guy and assures me that Trump will be treated fairly on Fox News. His word is always good."

Hillary Clinton is also weighing in tying him to the rest of the Republican field. She was in a campaign swing through New Hampshire. CNN's Jeff Zeleny was there.

JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christine. Now Hillary Clinton adding her voice to all the criticism of Donald Trump calling his comments offensive and outrageous or whichever adjective you would like to use she said. Now this is very interesting. Hillary Clinton is closer to Donald Trump than most any other candidate in this race including the Republicans where she has received contributions from him. She attended his third wedding.

So she was asked about that in New Hampshire. She said the reason she went to the wedding is she thought it would be quite simply entertaining.

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HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's entertainment. I mean, look, it's all entertainment. You know, I mean, I think he's having the time of his life. Being up on that stage and saying whatever he wants to say. I didn't know him that well. I knew him.

I knew him and I happen to be planning to be in Florida and I thought it would be fun to go to his wedding because it is always entertaining. Now that he is running for president, it's a little more troubling.

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ZELENY: But Christine, she took every opportunity to paint this entire Republican field with a broad brush of Donald Trump. She singled out Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida. She said that his abortion comments made during the debate last week were simply out of touch and out of date.

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[05:35:02] CLINTON: When one of their major candidates, a much younger man, the senator from Florida, says there should be no exceptions for rape and incest, that is as offensive and as troubling a comment as you can hear from a major candidate running for the presidency.

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ZELENY: By singling out Marco Rubio. It is a sign that the Clinton campaign certainly has their eye on him. Hillary Clinton, again and again, when asked about Donald Trump said his comments have no place in this presidential campaign. He is not a serious contender.

He said he is simply enjoying this whole entertainment. So now she is finally weighing in. We'll see what the other Republican candidates do as the Donald Trump campaign continues along in this very unusual 2016 presidential campaign -- Christine.

ROMANS: All right, Jeff Zeleny, unusual indeed. Thanks for that. Donald Trump will get a chance to respond to Clinton's comments in just a couple of hours actually. He will be interviewed here live on "NEW DAY" during the 7:00 hour.

All right, Rick Perry's campaign could be in trouble. The former Texas governor has stopped paying his staff in South Carolina. Perry's campaign chairman in the state said for now everyone has agreed to keep working in a volunteer capacity. Perry's handlers insist he remains committed to competing for the nomination in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

New York's Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer says breaking with President Obama and opposing the nuclear deal with Iran is one of the most difficult decisions he has ever had to make. Schumer laying out his reasons for rejecting the agreement insisting the Iranians have only one real goal: sanction relief.

We get more this morning from CNN White House correspondent, Michelle Kosinski.

MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Christine, just hearing his words underscores how important and how disputed the Iran nuclear deal is. This is Chuck Schumer poised to be the next Democratic leader in the Senate.

This is the first time we are hearing from him after his stunning early announcement that he does not support the deal. He spells out his reasons too. He said he thought about this for a long time. Consulted experts and listened to the classified briefings, and did not let politics influence it.

He lists three reasons for not going for the deal. First of all, he doesn't feel the inspections are sufficient. That they are not anytime, anywhere, that it could take 24 days for inspectors to gain access, and also 10 or 15 years down the road, Iran would be a threshold nuclear state. And then there is this --

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SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: Then the non-nuclear parts. Iran will get all sorts of money once the sanctions are lifted and they will use too much of that money in my judgment to create real problems in the Middle East.

They will fund Hezbollah and Houthis in Yemen and Assad in Syria. They will also be able to use it to build an ICBM, which can only be aimed at the United States since they have enough missiles to reach Israel and Europe.

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KOSINSKI: Schumer also disputes that the only alternative would be eventual war with Iran. He says why not go back and try to get a better deal. President Obama has acknowledged that in any negotiation, but especially this one, either side would not get everything they want.

But the White House could not see this more differently than Schumer does. The White House insists this is the best deal possible and that 10 to 15 years down the road if Iran did try to breakout and build a nuclear bomb.

That breakout time would be longer than it is today. The U.S. would be able to detect that and would be able to respond -- Christine.

ROMANS: All right, Michelle, thank you for that. Now the White House did get some good news on Monday. Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii announcing he will back the Iran nuclear deal becoming the 16th senator to do so. The Senate votes on the agreement in mid-September.

Time for an EARLY START on your money, a look here at stocks around the world mostly lower, a shock from China, announcing a one-time depreciation, allowing a one-time depreciation of its currency.

E.U. officials reached a deal on Greece's new bailout. U.S. stock futures right now, by the way, are down stepping back from a very big rally yesterday of 240 points. That snapped a seven-day losing streak.

Watch Google shares today. Google is reorganizing its far flung businesses separating its money making search and ad business from its so-called moon shots. An umbrella company called Alphabet will be run by the Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google's senior vice president of products will run Google's core business as CEO. Operating as separate companies under the Alphabet umbrella is the driverless car, Google X, Next, Google Ventures, and others.

All right, this toxic river spill is much worse than originally believed. Millions of gallons of water polluted. The sludge moving from Colorado to New Mexico, next.

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ROMANS: A state of emergency has been declared in Colorado. The Anamus River turning a toxic orange color five days after it was contaminated by the EPA. The EPA admitting it accidentally sent 3 million gallons of sludge waste from a gold mine right into the river, which is now laced with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals like arsenic and lead.

We get the latest from CNN senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Christine, as one toxicologist put it, Elizabeth, this is a major, major problem. And the reason why is because of these heavy metals that were in the sludge, things like cadmium and arsenic and lead and mercury.

Christine, when you compare the levels in the sludge to what's considered the EPA acceptable levels. We are talking mercury at ten times the acceptable levels, arsenic 800 times, lead, there was a reading of 11,000 times what is considered an acceptable level by the EPA.

Now these toxic metals can cause cancer and kidney problems. They can cause developmental problems in children. Now what we don't know is how many people drink from this water and did it reach all of these people before the warning was given to shut it off.

Now if health problems do emerge, it will take years if not decades for them to come out -- Christine.

ROMANS: Now besides drinking, what else is this water used for? To look at the pictures it is so sad. It is a beautiful part of the country. It is obviously spoiled. What do they use the river for?

COHEN: You know, they also use the river to irrigate crops. That's another big problem because the plants absorb this especially cadmium, which is really toxic.

[05:45:08] Cadmium is one of the toxicologists says it eats it up. We don't know how much of the water went into the crops. We don't how much was absorbed by the crops. There are so many questions out there.

I wrote e-mail after e-mail to the EPA yesterday to get answers. They did not respond.

ROMANS: Wow. We hope she can get response today. We can find out from the EPA exactly what happened there and who is taking responsibility.

Let's take a look at what is coming up on "NEW DAY." Michaela Pereira joins us now. You will get a chance to talk to Donald Trump?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: We are prepared for that. It is going to be interesting and telling, Christine. I know you will be watching. He is the Republican frontrunner.

For the first time, Donald Trump will speak to us here on "NEW DAY" live. He refuses to back down over his Megyn Kelly comments. Now Hillary Clinton is weighing in saying it is not just Trump, but the entire Republican Party that has a problem with women.

We will get Mr. Trump's response to that and a host of other issues. You don't want to miss that conversation with Donald Trump this morning on NEW DAY.

Also we will have the latest on what is happening in Ferguson, a new round of arrests overnight. What will it take for that community to heal? All of that and more at the top of the hour right here on NEW DAY.

ROMANS: All right, we'll be tuning in. Thank you so much, Michaela.

The U.S. Consulate in Turkey attacked as the country's partnership with the United States in the war on ISIS enters a new phase. We are live after the break.

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[05:50:15] ROMANS: The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is expected to be reopened today after it came under fire Monday. Turkey's state run news agency says the attack was launched by a leftist group angry at America's military buildup in Turkey.

The attack came one day after the U.S. deployed six F-16 fighters and 300 military personnel at the air base in Southern Turkey. It was one of three armed attacks Monday across Turkey. Turkey is one of America's key allies in the region.

For the latest on the escalating violence there, let's turn to senior international correspondent, Nick Paton Walsh. Good morning, Nick.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Christine, the U.S. Consulate here still is advising people to stay away from large gatherings. They will reopen tomorrow. What a devastating wave of violence yesterday and continuing today.

One soldier killed in the southeast of the country in the same area where the four were killed by remote-controlled bombs and a soldier killed in a helicopter yesterday.

Those attacks blamed by the Turkish government on the Kurdish separatists. Turkey is involved in a very complex war here. Agreed to step up attacks against is. The U.S. is also fighting.

Also to actually attack the Kurdish separatists known as the PKK, a distant ally to the United States and fighting ISIS that's how complex it got here.

Yesterday's four separate attacks, two in the south and two in the commercial capital of Istanbul. None of those were carried out by is. That is what many are fearing that when the U.S. step up the military campaign, it could bring retaliation here against Turkey.

The consulate attack, the Marxist groups and two females of the group known as the DHKPC, one of those gunwomen wounded. Their target of the consulate not hit in anyway and she was arrested and one said to be on the run.

So much violence here in the city that should experience peak tourist levels at the height of the August season. Turkey I think is embracing itself for what could be ahead.

Many criticized it for trying to ignore the ISIS problem and using the problem to hammer the long term adversary, the Kurds here. That is opening up Pandora's Box here. Problems for government and many are worried we could be seeing more attacks like yesterday ahead -- Christine.

ROMANS: All right, Nick Paton Walsh, thank you for that.

All right, 52 minutes past the hour. Wouldn't you like to see more money in your paycheck? Wages stuck in neutral, but not everywhere. I'll take you to the cities with the biggest pay raises. That's next.

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[05:57:03] ROMANS: I'm Christine Romans. Let's get an EARLY START on your money. Stocks around the world lower. A shock from China overnight allowing a one-time depreciation of its currency. Greece and its creditors reached an agreement on a new bailout worth $95 billion. U.S. futures down right now, stepping back from a rally yesterday. The Dow up 240 points yesterday. That snapped a seven-day losing streak.

Hillary Clinton unveiled the cornerstone of the domestic agenda. She wants to make college affordable, a chance for students to graduate without debt, allow people with loans today to refinance with lower interest rates. That plan would cost $350 billion over ten years.

Clinton wants the richest Americans to pay. The Clinton campaign told CNN Money similar to the plan from the president to limit deductions for people making $250,000 a year or more. Republicans like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio slam it as a new tax increase.

Workers are seeing paltry raises across the country, but some cities are seeing enviable wage growth. In Columbus, Ohio, wages grew 6.2 percent last year, much better than the 2.1 percent growth nationwide. Look at San Francisco, Virginia Beach, Louisville, Kentucky, Rochester, New York, and all of these cities unemployment is below the national average and moving down quickly.

Wage growth has been the missing ingredient in the recovery. It's why many Americans say they don't feel the job recovery. But at least in those places, you are seeing some very nice wage growth.

All right, new arrests overnight in Ferguson, Missouri. "NEW DAY" picks up that story right now.

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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST, "AC360": State of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police moved in and made several arrests.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Give us some room!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Weapons in an already wounded community is a recipe for disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We cannot afford to have this kind of violence.

KELLY: Mr. Trump did interviews over the weekend that attacked me personally.

TRUMP: She should be apologizing to me.

KELLY: I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism.

ROMANS: Hillary Clinton also weighing in.

CLINTON: The guy went way overboard, offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective.

TRUMP: I cherish women. I want to help women.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. Welcome to your NEW DAY. It is Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00 in the east. Mich and I are joined by Ana Cabrera. Good to have you here again.

Again, we have to tell you about Ferguson. The news is not good. The city boiling over again overnight, officials saying officers came under attack from demonstrators. They were throwing frozen water bottles, bricks, rocks.

PEREIRA: State of emergency remains in effect in St. Louis County after more than 50 people arrested at a demonstration outside the local courthouse. Can police and protesters find common ground and keep the peace today? Ryan Young is live in Ferguson with latest today -- Ryan.

RYAN YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Michaela, we did see those crowds swell into the streets overnight and nine people were arrested.

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YOUNG (voice-over): Overnight, several arrests made as rocks and frozen water bottles were thrown at --