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Eleven Thousand Migrants Arrive In Austria; Hillary Clinton, Trump Trade Insults; Clinton Jabs At Ben Carson Over Women's Rights; Thirty Hurt During West Point Pillow Fight. Aired 6-6:30a ET

Aired September 6, 2015 - 06:00   ET



CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: New this morning, by bus, by foot, thousands of migrants continue to pour into Europe desperate to escape their war-torn countries. Now leaders are trying to determine how best to handle the surge.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Mr. Trump insults and dismisses women. I do find a lot of what he says pretty ridiculous. He recently said, I don't have a clue about women's health issues, really?


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: That's what he said. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trade insults again, the latest sign of an escalating feud between the two frontrunners.

PAUL: Thirty cadets were hurt at West Point. According to reports, some swung loaded cases with helmets and other hard objects. We're talking broken noses, fractures, craziness. Good morning to you. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you.

This morning thousands of migrants are streaming into a jam packed Munich train station. They are being greeted with cheers and being offered hot meals, medical aid before being bused over to reception centers for processing.

Dozens of local people there turning up to help, maybe just to offer support, they're offering clothes. Some are offering food and welcome signs you saw there.

Those are just some of the elements of relief for the people arriving after the difficult week or more that they had in Hungary and more are expected to arrive as 11,000 migrants have crossed into Austria en route to Germany this weekend.

CNN's Fred Pleitgen is in Vienna and joins us now. Fred, give us an idea of what's happening around you. FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: There is still a lot of people coming in here, Victor. There are a lot of buses and trains coming from the Hungarian border. People then are being processed very quickly here.

Once again, we're seeing exactly what we saw yesterday, regular people here stepping up, a lot of donations, giving people food and water when they arrived here. I just want to show you how the scene unfolded there last night.


PLEITGEN (voice-over): It was Saturday in the early morning hours when the standoff between the refugees and the Hungarian government ended. Budapest provided dozens of buses to take thousands of asylum seekers to Austria.

Once they cross the border, their fatigue and frustration turned to elation. Some like this man who lost a leg in Syria's civil war finding strength for the final walk into Austrian territory.

I left about a month ago, he says. The journey across the sea was very hard and so was the border with Macedonia. Everything was hard. Nothing was easy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm very happy. All people are very happy. Thank you, Austria. Thank you, Germany.

PLEITGEN: As more and more buses arrived the lines of people kept moving west towards the Austrian border guards.

(on camera): Even though these people are obviously absolutely exhausted, many of them have been on the road for months, have endured horrible things while they were trying to make their way over here. You can still see smiles on people's faces simply because they're so happy to have made it to Austria.

(voice-over): The small town of Nickeldorf launched a massive aid drive on very short notice. Clothes, food, drinks, supplies kept arriving throughout the day, making sure the bus load of refugees received a warm welcome.

I had to wake my colleagues up this morning and get them out of bed, the police officer in charge says. I think in light of the circumstances we've done quite well.

Austria says it received thousands of asylum seekers this day and the people in Nickelsdorf made sure they were taken care of. Austria's rail company launched a special train service that will bring many of the refugees to other places in Austria or to Germany and the chance to begin a new life.


PLEITGEN: And of course, one of the groups that helping out, Victor, is the UNHCR. I have its main spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, with me here right now. Melissa, how was the situation right now for these refugees especially when they come in here to Austria?

MELISSA FLEMING, SPOKESPERSON, UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES: When they get here the situation is very well organized. What we've been witnessing and as you've been reporting is an out pouring of support from civil society, individual people. So they feel very welcome here.

[06:05:01] But we're also seeing is nobody wants to stay in Austria either. Everybody is moving onto Germany. This is not a sustainable situation. It is a crisis and we are happy. We welcome the decision of Austria and Germany to open its borders, but it can't go on like this.

PLEITGEN: So other European countries you're saying have to do more?

FLEMING: Other European countries have to step up. It can't be a German problem. It's a European problem that needs to be resolved by all countries together. We're happy to see the outpouring of civil society in countries that are actually unwilling to accept refugees.

But right now the refugees are saying we want to go to the country where we believe we'll get the best treatment, reception, and can restart our lives.

PLEITGEN: Why is there such a big issue in Hungary? Because many people complained to us about the treatment in Hungary, but there are also a lot of refugees going through Hungary as well so they have a big problem on their hands too, don't they?

FLEMING: Absolutely. Hungary has become a huge transit country, as not to forget Greece. We had 14,000 people arrive on a single day on the islands of Greece. No one wants to stay in Hungary, but there are thousands a day arriving. We're just asking for at this moment at least of emergency, decent conditions, humane treatment until a European-wide solution can be found.

PLEITGEN: What could that European-wide solution be, though, because we keep talking about, you know, Europe has to do more to step up? There are obviously people drowning in the seas trying to get to Europe. What can the Europeans do though?

FLEMING: Well, a number of things. I mean, first of all, once people arrive in Europe, what we're proposing is that there be reception centers, registration centers run by the E.U. supported by UNHCR --

PLEITGEN: So you're talking about receptions in these countries?

FLEMING: Greece and Italy and also in Hungary so that they could claim asylum in those countries. It would work if there's a relocation system in place into other countries of Europe not just Germany, not just Greece, and not Austria.

PLEITGEN: Is there an end to this in sight, to this wave of people coming? You probably have information from places like Jordan, like Turkey. How many people are still going to come here? FLEMING: This is the other problem. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in the neighboring countries. There's been far too little aid. My organization is terribly funded so the people there have been thrown not into being a refugee, but into abject poverty. There's no end in sight to this war. It's no wonder people are saying I can't go home, I'm going to Europe.

PLEITGEN: Melissa Fleming, thank you very much for joining us this morning. Thank you. As you can see that the situation for the refugees that are coming here are still very much dire. We're also seeing, Victor and Christi, civil society stepping up here, but of course, a gigantic problem that Europe has on its hands. Back to you, guys.

BLACKWELL: Yes, it has to be more than just the people, but the governments and the leadership there getting involved as well more than just Germany as we heard from Melissa. Fred, thank you so much.

PAUL: Want to go to CNN's Atika Shubert now who is in Munich. Atika, wondering what is the plan? What is happening to these refugees once they do get to Germany?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, once they arrive in Munich and let's keep in mind, it's been about 11,000 estimated that have arrived here. They're basically brought to what is essentially reception centers where they register their IDs. They're fingerprinted and brought to various refugee camps in the area where they will stay temporarily.

And while they are being processed, they'll try to find them better homes in temporary areas. The key question is how sustainable is this? It's clearly not sustainable when you have an estimated 11,000 people coming in a day, that's going to create an enormous backlog.

So what Germany has said it that they are making an exception this time in opening its borders, but there needs to be a better solution in the long term. Unfortunately that cannot be solved alone by Germany.

It's going to require the help of all the EU member states and quite a few outside the E.U. as well to make sure there is enough space for everyone.

PAUL: You were talking about they will go after they're processed to refugee camps. Have you seen these camps? Do you know what the conditions are? Can you characterize them or describe them for us?

SHUBERT: Sure. I mean, what they have right now temporarily quite often is former university dorms where they're able to house families in smaller apartments and so forth.

[06:10:00] What they're trying to do is place them into smaller towns around the country where they can really begin rebuilding their lives. But that takes more time. Temporarily people are housed anywhere from a few weeks to a few months in these dormitories or there's talk now of bringing in former Army barracks.

The former airport in Berlin may be accommodated to bring in thousands of these refugees into an airport hangar in which containers might be brought in for temporary homes at least for a few days before refugees are then moved onto better, more permanent homes elsewhere.

PAUL: All right, Atika Shubert, thank you so much for giving us a good sense of what they are dealing with once they do get to get to Germany.

BLACKWELL: All right, still ahead on NEW DAY, she survived a shooting on live television that left a reporter and a photographer dead. We've got the latest on Vicki Gardener and her recovery.

Plus the frontrunners in the presidential race trading insults and criticisms, Hillary Clinton blasting Donald Trump over women issues and Trump of course firing back. We are going to take a closer look at the rhetoric and the strategy here. That's coming up.

PAUL: At a revealing interview today with Sarah Palin on "STATE OF THE UNION" with Jake Tapper including the former VP candidate's take on President Obama's trip to Alaska.


SARAH PALIN: We need a president who will put America first and like I say a president carry a big stick, don't carry a selfie stick.



PAUL: It's 14 minutes past the hour right now. New pictures this morning of the surviving victim who was gunned down on live television in Virginia last month showed Vicki Gardner here.

[06:15:07] She is sitting up. She is smiling. This is from her Facebook recovery page, which says she may be out of the hospital soon. Remember Gardner was shot during that live interview with WDBJ reporter, Alison Parker and photographer, Adam Ward. Ward and Parker shot and died as a result of those injuries.

BLACKWELL: The 2016 race for the White House now and the feud between the party's frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well heating up now. Clinton heads to Iowa today after attending a rally in New Hampshire where she picked up an endorsement from Senator Jean Shaheen. Clinton also used the event to take aim at Donald Trump. Listen.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Whenever he is pressed about the things he says about women, he says he loves women. In fact, to quote him, "he cherishes us. Well, if it's all a thank you, Mr. Trump, I'd rather you stopped cherishing women and start respecting women. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BLACKWELL: Well, you know, Donald Trump didn't let that go. In one of his responses on Twitter, he wrote this, "Hillary said such nasty things about me read directly off her teleprompter, but there was no emotion, no truth. Just can't read speeches.

Let's discuss with CNN politics senior reporter, Stephen Collinson. Stephen, first generally, your reaction to what we're seeing Clinton and Trump going after one another?

STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN POLITICS SENIOR REPORTER: You're seeing two candidates who see an advantage, a way of enhancing their frontrunner status by going after each other. Hillary Clinton is not talking about Bernie Sanders or her own e-mail.

She's talking about Donald Trump. She's portraying Donald Trump as anti-woman and the face of the Republican Party. And Donald Trump has this creed where he lets no attack go unanswered.

So when Donald Trump is engaging Hillary Clinton, he's not giving any oxygen to the other Republican candidates who have struggled to get a word in really over this summer of Trump as people are calling it.

BLACKWELL: Stephen, I wonder if there is something different happening here. There have been so many insults from Donald Trump and that Twitter account specifically. But we saw Donald Trump go after Jeb Bush and saying he's low energy candidate.

This with the note about reading from teleprompters and no true here plays into a narrative that Hillary Clinton is fighting. Is this knee jerk or could this be strategy, going specifically after that element?

COLLINSON: Well, it's very interesting because Donald Trump, a lot of people say a lot of what he does is not considered and it's knee jerk. But in many instances he's actually turning out to be a lot more astute as a politician than many people had expected this to fight all the pundits who believed his campaign would have lost altitude by now.

So he as you say by talking about teleprompters, he's playing into this idea that Hillary Clinton is not authentic and that's something that he thinks he would be able to exploit and be able to exploit better than any other Republican candidate if he faced her in a general election in November 2016.

BLACKWELL: And we heard Hillary Clinton not go after not just Donald Trump she also talked about Marco Rubio but from my following her, the first time she went after Dr. Ben Carson. Let's listen to what she said.


CLINTON: When Ben Carson, a medical doctor was asked if he supports life of the mother exceptions to abortion bans, he said, I'm not sure that's a legitimate argument.


BLACKWELL: Carson is now in the fold. He's climbing in the national polls in Iowa specifically, New Hampshire as well. Talk about why Clinton is now going after him. Does she see him as a credible rival?

COLLINSON: That's quite telling. I think it shows the rising status of Ben Carson in this race. As you said he is doing very in Iowa and is rising in national polls. I don't think Mrs. Clinton at this stage sees him as a general election threat.

But also by talking about Ben Carson it allows her to widen this narrative that the Republican Party is anti-women. It's the war on women tactic that's work well for Democrats in the past.

It's a way of enlivening the base vote in the Republican Party of working on her own coalition in which women voters are very important. She doesn't just talk about Donald Trump being anti-women. She also talks about Ben Carson being anti-women.

She also broadens that attack yesterday and spoke about Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio their positions on abortion and women's health. So I think for her it's a way of building up her own primary coalition.

And obviously if she does win the nomination and goes into the general election, women voters and given her historic potential as possibly the first woman president, women voters are going to be very important to Hillary Clinton.

[06:20:09] BLACKWELL: A major shift from the 2008 campaign in context and tone. We'll talk about that in the next hour. Stephen Collinson, thank you so much.

And just a reminder, be sure to tune into the next Republican presidential debate hosted by CNN, Wednesday, September 16th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern -- Christi.

PAUL: You know, some world leaders are blaming the U.S. for the migrant crisis in Europe. This is one of the biggest mass migrations in modern times. Why those leaders say the U.S. is partly to blame.

Also a traditional pillow fight at one of the military's most prestigious academies gets way out of hand. We've got the pictures for you and wonder how does some wind up with concussions or a broken nose?


BLACKWELL: It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. This is YouTube video of West Point Academy's traditional pillow fight. It's getting a lot of attention today because 30 first year students were injured, some with concussions, broken noses here.

The students traditionally celebrate the end of basic training with a pillow fight to blow off some steam. This happened August 20th but we're just now seeing the video.

Now a West Point superintendent didn't say how the injuries occurred, but the "New York Times" is reporting that there were hard items in some of these pillow cases and that's how folks ended up with a broken nose.

[06:25:09] PAUL: Meanwhile, a peace rally in Charleston, South Carolina, for the church and police shooting victims. People from that community coming together to call for the end to violence and injustice. Families of both the Emanuel nine and Walter Scott, a man killed by a North Charleston police officer led the event there.

BLACKWELL: A heartbreaking story out of Chicago this morning, police were investigating the discovery of several child's body parts found near Garfield Park, a foot turned up and police initiated a search and found other parts. The park was closed last night during the initial investigation. No word yet if the park will open today.

PAUL: The 11,000 migrants and refugees have crossed into Austria in 24 hours and now some world leaders are placing the blame for that crisis squarely on the U.S. and Europe. Our military experts weighing in on that.

And also she might still be in jail, but a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses is not going away quietly and neither are her supporters.

First, this week's culinary journey takes us to India to meet Chef Gaggan Anand takes to the streets to learn the secrets of traditional cooking with something a little different in mind. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's early morning in Calcutta and the city on the banks of the river wakes up to a new day. This branch of the Ganges is an essential lifeline for the people of west Bengal. Its abandoned waters provide one of the region's main food staples, fish.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In Bengal, they are saying that if you are not a fish eater, you are not a Bengali. Fish is the soul. You can't take the city away from the food. But for me, it's my - it's my city and that's why I have become a chef the chef I've become. And I'm a proud cook.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bangkok based chef Gagananan (ph) has traveled back to the streets of his home city on a journey. He's here to learn about a traditional Bengali dish Chingri named after its two main ingredients, green coconuts and prawns.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And this dish for me is a plastic (ph) example of how diverse a recipe could be, how easy it is to cook, yet so complex in taste.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He will enlist the help of a local chef to learn the recipe. But first he has to gather the ingredients, starting with the prawns. Lake fish market is no place for the faint hearted, but offers the best of the day's catch.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But this is the noise of people arguing, buying. This is why I like about Calcutta. And that's what I love it. And then - then nothing has changed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The fishmongers used a traditional curved blade could (inaudible), which has news by Bengal for century.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The weight of the blade is to heavy you can't carry it. You're going to sit on it. And you got keep cutting it. These things you only get in the market in Calcutta. You won't get in any other market in India.


PAUL: And you can watch the full show at

Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis still in jail today. But look what's happening outside the detention center where she is, a lot of supporters for her, for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Our affiliate WKYT reports hundreds of these folks rallied outside that detention center. This was yesterday. A federal judge held Davis in contempt for not issuing those licenses and ordered her to spend time behind bars until she complies with the law. And, of course, her attorney has she is prepared to be there weeks, days, months.

Germany is welcoming thousands of refugees at Munich's railway station. Take a look at this. More coming in, too, in hopes of being granted asylum. 11,000 migrants and refugees have crossed into Austria from Hungary just in the last 24 hours.

Germany's asking other European Union countries to step up and take some of these refugees as well.

BLACKWELL: And in Jordan this week, a devastating text message went out to the nearly 230,000 refugees taking shelter in that country. Food aid they've been receiving from the World Food Program would be cut off because the agency is running out of money. CNN's Ian Lee is live in Cairo with us, with that story.

Ian, has the food been cut off as of today or will it be tapered off soon? And what are these refugees going to do for food?

IAL LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Victor, they've been cut off since September 1st. And let me just give you a scale of the refugee situation in Jordan. Imagine the city of Phoenix, 1.5 million people all of a sudden becoming refugees. That's how many of the Jordanian government says are in their country now. 220,000 of them are without food assistance. That's because the World Food Program has run out of money. And it really doesn't take a lot to keep this going. One person takes roughly $14 a month to give them the food that they need. That's less than 50 cents a day. The World Food Program saying that to keep their program running through November, that they need roughly $230 million for the refugees in and around Syria. But the question is, what are they going to do if they aren't given food? Well, believe it or not, some of them have returned to Syria.


LEE: Other ones are looking to go to Europe. And as we've seen, there's that massive influx of refugees and migrants to Europe now. Well, there is 229,000 of them who are not getting food who are making those decisions right now.

BLACKWELL: What are other countries, the governments doing to either shore up this organization or support these refugees?

LEE: World Food Program is reaching out. They're trying to get more money. But there has been a lot of criticism of the wealthy Gulf nations who haven't taken in any of the refugees. Yes, they have given some money to help support the refugees. But if you look at Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, none of them have taken it any refugees, and they have been criticized heavily. Not only by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, but here in the Middle East, looking at social media, Twitter, Facebook, Intagram, a lot of condemnation from just average Arabs saying that these countries need to be stepping up. And when you look at them, a lot of them have been active participants in the war in Syria in various degrees, some of them backing militia groups. So, a lot of criticism right now on those gulf nations, those wealthy Gulf nations to step up and do more.

BLACKWELL: Yeah. No clear indication that's going to change in the short-term, though. .

Ian Lee in Cairo for us, thank you.

PAUL: You know, the growing refugee crisis has a lot of world leaders or some, anyway, pointing fingers. In an interview on CNN, Turkish president Recep Erdogan said, quote, "the whole Western world is to be blamed in my opinion on this issue." We also know that Russian President Putin blamed the U.S. For more, I want to bring in CNN military analyst and former commanding general of the Europe and 7 Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling. Lieutenant General, thank you so much for being with us. Is there any truth, do you think, any credence to these claims

MARK HERTLING, CNN ANALYST: Both of those comments confuse me truthfully, Christi. It's out of my understanding as to why either one of those presidents would say that. I think I can allude to why Mr. Putin has said that. He is trying to distract all of Europe from the key problems, some of which he's caused in Ukraine and other places. Mr. Erdogan, I'm not sure why the Turkish prime minister would say that. There are certainly challenges. This has been going on for a long time. Several years. We are late to come in this story. The refugee crisis has had an effect on Europe and specifically several countries in Europe for the last two years.

PAUL: You know, at least one American in Congress says ISIS at the end of the day is the core issue here and that the U.S. did drop the ball in that fight initially. Listen to what Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce had - on situation room.


REP. ED ROYCE (R ) CHAIRMAN, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: We went a full year with the administration rejecting calls from some in the Pentagon, from us and certainly from the ambassador in Baghdad for air strikes before they took these 14 major cities and even today, three quarters of the planes that take off return without being able to drop their ordinance because they can't get approval out of Washington.


PAUL: Did the U.S. miss the opening bell, so to speak, in this fight, and get in too late?

HERTLING: Well, certainly, we did. And that we all know, but going back again to the causes of this Christi, there are several causes. There's ISIS, there's poor governments in many countries, not only in the Middle East, but in North Africa who are also contributing to the refugee crisis. There's a lack of coming together of the world's nations to counter, especially the Arab nations, to counter this kind of religious civil war that's ongoing. And it's certainly just the way a few governments are treating their people that has caused them to see no other way, but to get out of there. As to Chairman - Congressman Royce's comments about the war itself, yes, should we have been in it a little bit earlier? Probably. But again, this is a civil war in Syria. His comments about three-quarters of the planes returning to bomb, that's a really, really old statement. And it was occurring at the early stages of the bombing campaign. It's no longer occurring.

So, some of these things are just politics-generating rhetoric. And that's unfortunate. Because I think there are a lot of nations stepping up against ISIS. We are seeing increased intelligence in terms of how to attack them. And the critical piece is how do you get a good government in Syria? Is it to overthrow Assad without someone being there to take his place? Is it coming in on the help of one group at the expense of another? Is it continued bombing? Is it continued intelligence? All of these factors play in with diplomatic and informational and economic aid to the people of that country. And so, this is a very complex fight. And anyone that just offers out a few sentences about how it should have been or could be solved just flat out does not understand the complications involved.


PAUL: All right. So great for the clarification. Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, we appreciate it. Thank you so much, sir.

HERTLING: Thank you, Christi.

PAUL: And to find out ways that you can help, go to the World Food Program's Web site. You can donate there.

You can also head to for more ways to help. And thank you for doing so.

BLACKWELL: Well, talk about crashing the party. This happened at a college football pre-game show. Look at this. Wildcat fans surprised by the crash landing of a drone just moments before kickoff. And you remember, there was the crash landing at Arthur Ashley during the U.S. Open. We're going to look over these incidents and talk about the dangers here. .

Plus, the story behind a picture that's going viral. How this teenager offered help to a sheriff's deputy just one week after a deadly shooting.



PAUL: Well, more drone drama this morning. This time right before the University of Kentucky football game this privately owned drone crashed inside the southwest corner of the stadium just before kickoff yesterday. The owner has been identified as a student according to ESPN.

BLACKWELL: You know, this is the second time in a week that a major sporting event was interrupted by a drone. You remember, Thursday night a drone crashed into a seating area at the U.S. Open. One person was arrested in that case.

Here's Rene Marsh with more.


RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A U.S. Open match came to a sudden halt, the action interrupted with a crash.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Seemed as if that fell from somewhere.

MARSH: Broadcasters confused as security and police raced to the stands.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have a moment here where we're not entirely certain as to what it is that landed in the stand, whether it fell from above, whether it's something that's been left behind, if it's a projectile or a drone-like device.

MARSH: It was a small black drone seen here flying into the stadium that crashed into an empty section of seats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People are trying this at airports. They're doing it at major sporting events. And fortunately, this time, there wasn't a hazard, but what happens next time?

MARSH: Police say 26-year old Daniel Verley, a New York City schoolteacher flew the drone from outside the arena. He was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment and reckless operation of a drone. After a short delay, the match continued.

This is not the first time a drone has gotten too close to a major sporting event. In 2013, this drone hit a crowd of spectators during a running of the Bulls event at the Virginia Motor Sports Park. And this drone disrupted a soccer match between Albania and Serbia. The U.S. Open is just minutes away from LaGuardia airport, one of the many airports around the nation that have seen a spike in close encounters between planes and drones.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Loot at that guy.

Yeah, we were on the final 31 Right, about 800 or 900 feet was our altitude. 100 feet below us was a drone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What happens when someone puts an illegal substance on one of those drones? A powdery substance? A contaminant? Or even, God help us, explosives?

MARSH: This latest drone scare, another example of the challenge in keeping this technology out of restricted air space.


MARSH: No one was injured in this latest incident. But there was a similar situation at New York's Shea Stadium in 1979. A model aircraft plunged into the stand. One person was killed. And that's the worst case scenario. Law enforcement trying to get a handle on this technology, wants to avoid. Christi, Victor.

PAUL: Rene, thank you so much. Listen, still to come, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opening up about the Donald Trump campaign and what role she might play in his cabinet. Listen to part of her interview with CNN, next.


PAUL: Following President Obama's trip to Alaska the state's former governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks out on "State of the Union" today. She talks with CNN's Jake Tapper about the commander-in-chief, the 2016 race and what role she'd like to play if Donald Trump is elected president.


JAKE TAPPER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump says that he would love to have someone of your strength in his administration. When you take a look at the cabinet, is there a particular area you think would line up best with your strengths, a position you'd want to serve in?

SARAH PALIN: That's a great question. I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that god has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations, for us to import their, their resources, I think a lot about the Department of Energy. And if I were head of that, I'd get rid of it and I'd let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job, but it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro responsible development to be in charge. (END VIDEOTAPE)

PAUL: You know, she had a lot more to say. Be sure to check out the rest of Jake's interview with Sarah Palin on "State of the Union." Starts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN today.

BLACKWELL: Take a second and look at this picture. It's a picture of a good deed and it's going viral. According to Tammy Jones Kelly, a deputy constable in Harris County, Texas, that teenager being boy there with her approached her at a gas station and asked if he could watch her back to keep her safe while she fueled her car. You know, last week in that same county, Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth was shot in the back and killed while putting gas in his car. Small gesture, but big importance there.

PAUL: No doubt about it. And great picture, too.

Thousands - meanwhile, thousands of migrants and refugees are trying to find new homes in Europe. At the top of the hour, we are taking you live to the heart of this crisis. And taking a look at how leaders are trying to determine the best way to handle this surge.

Plus, final cut day in the NFL. Big surprises and big names. One might just day break your heart. Coy Wire is with us in a moment.



PAUL: Cut down day in the NFL, not too kind to one polarizing quarterback.

BLACKWELL: I hear people's hearts are going to be broken. Tim Tebow sent packing by the Philadelphia Eagles. And he's not the only big game looking for a job, though. Coy Wire, NFL veteran here with us.

COY WIRE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Good morning. And it is a sad, sad day. I remember this day. I've been cut. It's the worst feeling in the world. It's a notable cut. Reggie Wayne who went to the Patriots, he got a $450,000 signing bonus about a week or two ago. He was cut. But he gets - not a bad bonus for a week's work.

BLACKWELL: Week's bank?

WIRE: Yeah, exactly right. Other notable cuts you mentioned, Tim Tebow. And this was a big one, right? Because everyone - just yesterday the whole sports world looked like - they thought that Tim Tebow was going to have a job. Matt Barkley had been traded and, you know, here we are. Tim Tebow, you now have Chip Kelly who is an offensive guru and Bill Belichick, they both have cut Tim Tebow. So they kind of think he may be - doesn't have what it takes to become a quarterback in the NFL. The other one, this is the hard tag. Devon still. This is a type of guy, and when you see him cut, you just feel for him. Remember, Leah (ph) Still his daughter battling cancer, you know. We followed this story all along - for you hear on CNN. He was released. The good news in this is, that he has got five years in the league, so he has this medical coverage for five years following. He also has his pension. So they are still relying there. And Leah's cancer is still in remission. So, that's the good story there. You know, football season now finally we're getting ready for some real games. And this off-season, I wanted to go check out what some of the teams are doing to prepare for this upcoming season. And one of the things that is happening right now on the NFL, is teams are using technology to gain an advantage. Wait until you see this, what the Arizona cardinals are doing.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Bigger, faster, stronger. In my nine years of playing in the NFL, that was always the mantra. But the days are simply - around - and running wind spring have come to an end. Sports performance, training is evolving at an alarming rate because of technology.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was kind of blown away by the technology initially.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Real time, real football, seen through your own eyes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I put it on, and it took me literally two plays, and I was like this is so cool.