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New Developments in Shootings Investigation in Downtown Phoenix; Mayor's Apology to James Blake for Being Mistreated by Police; Interview with Serena Williams; Trump Chats Fiorina, Clinton On "Tonight Show"; Trump On Debate Prep: "It Is What It Is"; Police Questioning "Person Of Interest"; Crane Collapse Kills 107 In Saudi Arabia; Fifty Killed In Building Explosion In India. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired September 12, 2015 - 06:00   ET



CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, Donald Trump gets some laughs with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night."


DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I fully think apologizing is a great thing but you have to be wrong. Like, for instance, they wanted me -- sure.


PAUL: With just four days until the Republican debate, can any of the candidates knock Trump from the top?

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN GUEST ANCHOR: New developments in that Phoenix freeway shooting. Police now say they have a person of interest in custody.

PAUL: New York police released video showing the takedown of former tennis star, James Blake, by a plain clothes officer. What this video tells us and what we've learned about that officer.

I hope Saturday has been good to you so far. You're up early. We're glad for keeping us company. I'm Christi Paul.

SAVIDGE: I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell who must be having the time of his life who certainly would like to be here.

Four days away from the second Republican debate right here on CNN and Donald Trump is up late, doing a little prep work with Jimmy Fallon.

PAUL: The Republican frontrunner sat down on "The Tonight Show" about 15 minutes and taking rapid fire questions on everything from his proposed wall among the Mexican border to this week's controversial remarks that he made about Carly Fiorina. Look at this.


TRUMP: I think she is a very nice woman, a very nice woman. Am I doing a good job?

I don't know her. I never really met her. She is a very nice woman. I think she is going to have a hard time. She had a rough past corporately, but I think she is a fine and nice woman and I said she should be on the main stage at the debate and she going to be.


SAVIDGE: But when he was asked about Hillary Clinton's e-mail controversy, Trump had some harsh words.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you think we are going to find in Hillary's e-mails?

TRUMP: I think a lot of bad stuff. I think it's something she should not have been doing. She has her server in her bathroom and her place in Denver, what is going on? It's wrong.


PAUL: So when it comes to preparing for Wednesday's debate, Donald Trump says he will do what he always does. He is just going to be himself.


TRUMP: You do what you do. It is what it is. You've learned and you're an intelligent person. You have to understand you're not going to be very good up there. The first debate I won every single poll when they asked who won the debate and I would say I was not asked nice questions. The questions I were asked they were in my opinion.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A little tricky.

TRUMP: They were unfair but these are minor details.


PAUL: CNN politics senior reporter, Stephen Collinson, is joining us from Washington right now. Steven, what stood out to you yesterday in this venue?

STEPHEN COLLINSON, CNN POLITICS SENIOR REPORTER: That's really interesting. Has there ever been a presidential candidate that is better on television than Donald Trump? That is more comfortable in that environment? He thrives there. It's where he lives. He's a master of this media and that can be very important in political campaigns.

Before the clips you showed there were the skit where it was basically the Donald interviewing the Donald as portrayed by Jimmy Fallon and what that brought across was something we don't often see from Donald Trump was self-deprecating moments and humility. One thing we know about elections is that voters like to like the people they elect. So far, Donald Trump is perhaps not come across as a likeable candidate and harnessed real anger in the country and perhaps this was a chance to broaden his base of support.

PAUL: We heard what he said there at the top of the show about Carly Fiorina. You have to wonder how it is that he gets away with saying some of the things he says and it doesn't seem to get him in trouble. Rudy Giuliani was talking about that last night with Wolf Blitzer. Let's listen to this here.

I apologize. For some reason, we don't have that. He said somehow, speaking about Trump, he can make that comment and it doesn't have the same impact as it would if I had made that comment. We shouldn't be talking about our looks.

It usually gets a candidate in trouble, but it has to tell you something is going on if it doesn't get him in trouble. There is something that the public sees here and I think it's probably the fact that he is talking to them straight.

He says that. But what do you think is that "something" that almost makes him, like, Trump Teflon?

COLLINSON: Right. There is a strange magic about Donald Trump's campaign. I've been to some of his rallies and you talk to people in the crowd and you ask them about the kind of things he is saying about Carly Fiorina.

Female conservative voters say they just don't care what they are connecting to its something that Donald Trump has touched in this large segment of the Republican electorate and that is the vehement hatred of politicians.

[06:05:10] They want someone new. They want someone fresh and to rip everything up. The way, Donald Trump benefits from this being his political persona. Everyone knows Donald Trump will say outrageous comments and I think some people discount that.

Any other politician said one of these comments that Donald Trump has been saying the last few months. Their campaign would be over but Donald Trump manages to get away with it.

The question is, when we get towards the primaries and caucuses early next year, when people are really looking at someone they want to put in the oval office, are they prepared to put Donald Trump, who has a history of these kindS of comments into the oval office to be the head of state of the United States? That is when this question really becomes an important one.

PAUL: OK, and you mentioned the skit last night where Donald interviewed "The Donald." Let's watch a bit of that.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The only one qualified to interview me is me. TRUMP: Me interviewing me, that's what I call a great idea.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course, it's a great idea. We thought of it. OK, interview time. Question one. Are you ready for the Republican debate next week?

TRUMP: You know the truth is, I'm always ready. It's really going to be a big debate, but I'm always ready.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not just big. It's huge, huge, huge, huge, huge!


PAUL: All right, kudos to Fallon because he did a great job. When you watch that, how is he doing it? Just give us your take.

COLLINSON: What is he doing is use humor to deflate some of the criticisms of his campaign and his personality, ego-driven and bombastic and doesn't answer questions how you would build a Mexican wall, how you would pay for it and how you make America great again.

I can guarantee you one of the things that is going to happen that clip will go viral on social media. It's not just the people up late on Friday night watching Jimmy Fallon who will see that, but allow Donald Trump to dominate the conversation going up to the debate on Wednesday on CNN.

And it's just another example of the way that this candidate has managed to master the media. He is a reality star and he is almost turned the presidential campaign into his own reality show.

PAUL: A very good point. Stephen Collinson, we so appreciate your insight. Thank you for being here.


SAVIDGE: Meanwhile, the Republican race for 2016 got a little less crowded. Rick Perry announced that he is suspending his campaign. He took one last dig at Donald Trump on the way out.

In a statement Perry said, quote, "The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee must the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their celebrity."

We will have more political news all morning long, including more of Donald Trump's "Tonight Show" appearance and Dr. Ben Carson's recent surge in the polls.

And a programming reminder, be sure to tune into the next Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN, it will be Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

PAUL: So have police solved the mystery behind the serial freeway shootings in Arizona? That's what a lot of people are asking this morning. What people are saying about the people of interest they have in custody.

SAVIDGE: The death toll climbs after a horrific crane collapse at a mosque in Saudi Arabia. We will tell you what the officials believe caused that collapse. A live report just ahead.

PAUL: And fall out over what's being called one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Serena Williams comes short of winning a calendar grand slam.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Serena, how disappointed are you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't want to talk about how disappointing it is for me.




PAUL: It's 12 minutes past the hour right now.

New developments in Phoenix downtown area, no arrests but police do say they are talking with a, quote, "person of interest," that man taken for questioning less than 24 hours ago.

SAVIDGE: Over the last two weeks, 11 vehicles have been struck by bullets or projectiles in and around the city and the authorities are on edge worried the next shooting could happen at any moment and possibly turn deadly. Here is Sara Sidner.

SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi and Martin, police and the public hoping that there is a break in the case, but right now, police just don't know. They say they are questioning someone in connection with the shooting, but they are being very careful to say the person has not been arrested only detained.


SIDNER (voice-over): After nearly two weeks with at least 11 vehicles hit with bullets of projectiles along an 8-mile stretch of Interstate 10, DPS troopers have detained and/or now questioning a man in connection with the shootings.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are calling him a person of interest, but we really wanted to talk to him about a lot of things. So it's fair to say this will probably come up, but we'd be basically want to spend some time with him and find out what he knows.

SIDNER: The man along with the woman was detained of a traffic stop. Investigators released the woman, but continued questioning the man.

(on camera): What can you tell me about what the circumstances were that led you to tip-related or was this something investigators figured out?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's reasonable to say it's a combination of the two.

SIDNER (voice-over): But no one has been arrested and police are still asking for citizens to call in tips. This as two other incidents, one along Highway 17, and another off Interstate 10, are being investigated to determine whether they are linked to the recently shoot spree.

Interstate 10 has been a target zone for a serial shooter or shooters. Cars to big rigs have been hit during all times of the day and night with no apparent pattern. Tremain Jackson is one many DPS troopers driving the shooting zone. He says the department is adding numerous resources to the investigation.

TREMAIN JACKSON, PATROLMAN: It's never a one-man -- one-man situation and that is from the -- from the troopers to the police department to the citizens. It's a total team effort.

SIDNER: This is not the first time police and the public here have had to deal with serial roadway shootings. A decade ago, eight people were killed as two gunmen stalked the roadways in Phoenix and that case took more than a year to solve. The man heading the current investigation was a lieutenant working at the Phoenix Police Department during those shootings.

[06:15:06] COLONEL FRANK MISTEAD, DIRECTOR, DPS: That was what they called a serial shooter case. They were literally driving down roads and with a shotgun shooting people walking down the street and killing them.


SIDNER: That was then. This is now. That case took actually 15 months to solve and investigators warn that this case may take a while too -- Christi, Martin.

SAVIDGE: Sara Sidner, thanks very much.

All right, let's dive a little deeper into this investigation. With me now is CNN law enforcement analyst, Tom Fuentes. Good morning, Tom. Good to see you.


SAVIDGE: So no apparent pattern here any time of night or day. I'm wondering what your initial thought on the person that authorities are desperately trying to catch here. Do you get any sense of who would carry out this kind of shooting spree?

FUENTES: I think, Martin, it just sounds like some mentally disturbed person that wants to, almost the equivalent of pulling a fire alarm in school, just wants to see the authorities scramble, wants to see at least the event that he or she caused to be on television, to be covered, to be in the news, and indirectly give them some fame. The case like this is extremely difficult to solve, as Sara mentioned, 15 months in the last case, very difficult.

SAVIDGE: We know a volunteer group of vigilantes, a volunteer group of our men and women that are out patrolling the highway at night. How do authorities look at this kind of assistance? Does it help them or do they worry about it?

FUENTES: It helps them if they catch the person, but actually in a way, it's a hindrance. You have that many more people with guns running around that could be the person. Could be somebody that is in the crowd of vigilantes is one of the shooters.

You just don't know. You know? You see that in the cases of arson. The arsonist almost shows up at fires that he caused. So, you know, it's a similar situation to that.

And really it's going to take really somebody, a friend, a family member turning in a person who may be bragging about doing this event or literally the smoking gun, catching somebody in the act or shortly after the act of firing a shot or throwing debris on a highway.

SAVIDGE: Sara mentioned how this particular area has been haunted by these events of ten years ago. But there are other parts of the country that have suffered that. I know because I've covered them.

FUENTES: Right. A similar circumstance in Colorado and that one still hasn't been solved either. It's just a very difficult thing. We have a lot of people running around with guns and we have a lot of people that would be carrying guns in their vehicles to either go to shoot them at a sporting event or go hunting or practice or some other reason.

And that just makes it that much harder to find somebody who done it and also the ballistics are difficult in the case like this because the bullet can be so pulverized that when it hits the car it may be difficult to do an actually ballistic match even if they get a suspect.

SAVIDGE: I imagine with someone, at least a person of interest being detained. They will watch and see if the gunfire stops. Tom Fuentes, thank you very much -- Christi.

FUENTES: You're welcome.

PAUL: A construction crane crashes down on the largest mosque in the world. Look at some of these pictures we are getting in. At least a hundred people were inside and have died. We are going to tell you what may have caused it to happen. Taking you live there.

Also, learning new details about a deadly plane crash involving people who were working on a new Tom Cruise movie, that's ahead.


[06:22:01] PAUL: Chilling footage you see there from Saudi Arabia as a construction crane came crashing down at the grand mosque in Mecca, 107 people are dead now. You're looking here, too, at amateur video capturing that moment that it fell yesterday and the chaotic aftermath.

More than 200 people were injured. Officials are blaming the incident on powerful sand storms. Mecca's grand mosque is the largest in the world and it is currently undergoing for expansion. Multiple cranes were in that area at the time.

Our Ian Lee joins us live now from Cairo. Ian, we are getting word that there is an investigation going on right now. What is the status of that?

IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, there are really two things they are looking at in this investigation. First, they are analyzing this crane, was it secure or was there a defect for it that could cause it to topple over like that?

The other thing they are looking at is the weather at the time. This was a freak thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour, heavy rain mixed with dust and lightning. What role did that play in this crane toppling over?

But if you look at that amateur video and also knowing that area, there are over a dozen other cranes like that, so the question is why did this crane topple over and none of the other cranes that were surrounding the mosque?

This was an expansion to really create a mosque that could hold 2 million people. Another part of this was to make it safe for those 2 million people, a lot of things that Saudi officials are investigating today.

PAUL: You're mentioning the 2 million people expected to be there in ten days because this is happening ten days before the annual pilgrimage to the mosque. Is there any indication that those numbers may be reduced, that people might have some trepidations about making that trip?

LEE: Well, definitely people will be wondering about security and safety about this and something that Saudi officials are going to try to alleviate, but it really is unlikely to have much of effect on people going to Mecca, going on the hajj is one of the pillars of Islam.

Every Muslim who is financially and physically able to go on that the hajj must do so and here in Egypt, I know people will save their entire lives to go on this. It is a very important part of their faith.

So it is unlikely to have much effect on the numbers. They are expecting over 2 million people this year. But Saudi officials are going to have to reassure people that this could not happen again.

PAUL: All right, Ian Lee, really appreciate the update. Thank you, sir.

SAVIDGE: This is just in to CNN. At least 50 people are dead after building housing licensed explosives blew up in Central India. The blast was so strong. Houses across the road were damaged.

[06:25:07] Police say that a fire may have triggered that blast. A large crowd gathered at the site to look for their loved ones in the rubble delaying while emergency vehicles were coming through.

PAUL: New York Police released video showing the take down of former tennis star, James Blake. Look at this, a plain clothes officer there. What the video tells us and what we have learned about the officer as well.

SAVIDGE: Plus the dramatic rescue of an elderly man being pulled from a flooded vehicle. How cameras were able to capture this very compelling view?

PAUL: We have moved on from the NFL's deflategate, but now there is headsetgate involving the Patriots versus the Steelers. We will walk you through it.



TRUMP: People are tired in this country of being ripped off of seeing poor things happen whether it's trade with many different countries whether it's the deal with Iran which could have been so much better.


PAUL: Donald Trump sitting down with Jimmy Fallon last night and chatting about his unexpected popularity and the brash behavior that seems to have won over some potential voters.


TRUMP: I fully think apologizing is a great thing, but you have to be wrong, like they wanted me to apologize when I first announced for president, they wanted me to apologize because I brought up illegal immigration.

[06:30:12] It turned out I took such heat for the first two weeks, did I take heat. But ultimately it turned out that I was right.


PAUL: Jimmy Fallon couldn't believe it sometimes that he was laughing. We are going to have much more on Trump's late night appearance and other political news, of course, throughout the morning.

SAVIDGE: New developments in that rash of shootings in downtown Phoenix. There have been no arrests yet, but police say that they are talking with a person of interest. That man taken for questioning less than 24 hours ago. Over the last two weeks, 11 vehicles have been struck by bullets or projectiles on and around the I-10 area. Our own Sara Sidner is gathering the latest information right now. We will have a live report from her. That will be later this morning.

Also new this morning, we now have surveillance video from the Manhattan hotel where former pro-tennis player James Blake was tackled and body-slammed. Take a look at this. You can see, there is Blake standing casually in front of the hotel when suddenly an undercover cop tackles him and sits on him before handcuffing and leading him away. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton have apologized to Blake for what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, but Blake says that is not enough. Let's bring in CNN's Boris Sanchez. Boris, what is Blake asking now from the NYPD?

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, James Blake released a statement yesterday afternoon, first, reiterating his account of what happened Wednesday morning. Then he says he is going to use this incident as a platform. Look at what he writes. He says, quote, I am determined to use my voice to turn this unfortunate incident into a catalyst for change in the relationship between the police and the public they serve. James Blake is not stopping there. He is also asking for a significant financial contribution to improve relations between police and the public. There's statement coming on the heels of what we are learning about the officer that tackled Blake to the ground.


SANCHEZ: The New York Police Department now investigating one of their own after former pro-tennis star James Blake was mistakenly tackled and handcuffed by Officer James Frascatore outside Blake's midtown Manhattan hotel.

JAMES BLAKE: He picked me up and body-slammed me and put me on the ground and told me to turn over and shut my mouth. There is no badge in any way showing, not around his neck, not on his belt, anything.

SANCHEZ: Frascatore has been placed on desk duty, his gun and badge taken away pending the results of an internal affairs investigation. CNN has learned that this is not the first time Frascatore has been accused of excessive force. According to court documents, the officer was involved in two separate incidents in 2013. In both cases, Frascatore was accused of beating suspects. Attempts to reach the officer were met with no response. A representative from the Patrolman's Benevolent Association declined to comment on pending litigation, but did offer a statement, "placing this officer on modified duty is premature and unwarranted. No police officer should ever face punitive action before a complete review of the facts."

(on camera): What would you like to hear from him?

JAMES BLAKE: An apology.

COMM. WILLIAM BRATTON, NEW YORK POLICE: It should not have happened.

SANCHEZ (voice over): Though he initially defended the officer saying that Blake fit the description of a suspect, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton later apologized.

BRATTON: Well, I had the opportunity yesterday to speak to Mr. Blake on the phone with his attorney as agent. He agreed to me, with our internal affairs investigate this to help with facilitate to move the investigation forward. At this time, I see this as a case of excessive force, inappropriate force.

SANCHEZ: The Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio also attempting to make amends.

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, (D) NEW YORK: I want to apologize to him on behalf of the city of New York. This shouldn't have happened and he shouldn't have been treated this way.


SANCHEZ: Now, after that statement from Blake yesterday, de Blasio released another statement in part saying that the New York City Police Department has dedicated almost $30 million to retraining about 22,000 police officers so clearly he is trying to counter Blake's asking for that financial commitment from the city. I spoke with Blake's attorney last night. He told me we should hear more from the tennis pro today. Martin.

SAVIDGE: All right. And we will wait for that. Boris Sanchez, thanks very much.

PAUL: So, let's talk to HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson now. Joey, and let's pull up the video again real quickly, just so you can watch it as we are talking about it of that moment, that take-down, so to speak. But as you watch this, Joey, and what you know of law enforcement, do you think Blake has a case here?

JOEY JACKSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I do, Christi, and good morning to you. And I say that there are three reasons, because these three underlying legal principles that deal with any use of force. And the first one is proportionality. Any force used has to be proportionate to any threat posed if there is a threat and so evaluated, looking at, looking at it like that. Number two, when it comes to an arrest you only use that force necessary to effect that arrest, Christi. And number three, all actions have to be reasonable. And so in the event that there were a case and that proceeded, those would be really the three principles that people, the jurors, would be asked to consider. And so, was the force proportionate? You would have to answer that. Was the force necessary in this situation to affect the arrest? Ladies and gentlemen, answer that, and number three, was it reasonable? And so I think that's the standard that it's going to be guided by and measured against those standards, the commissioner himself has said it was not appropriate.

PAUL: OK, so the two civil cases that Boris mentioned and highlighted there against the officer, how did that play into this for the officer?

JACKSON: Well, it plays in in the following way. If there is pending cases that really begs the question, Christi, as to whether or not he should have been out there in the first instance. And - I understand that civil cases are allegations and until those cases are resolved, they are allegations. But for the officer's protection and certainly everybody else's protection the question is should he actually have been there to begin with, doing that? The second way it plays is in, is an evidentiary way. Now, the question will become, if the case is here, can you use those past cases? In this case, would they be admissible? Generally speaking, every case is dealt with on its own merits. Just because you did something yesterday or the day before, has nothing to do with what you're being accused of now.

However, if this is your M.O., modus operandi, this is the way you operate there are legal exceptions that may allow evidence of what you did yesterday to come in to affect what you're being accused of today.

PAUL: All right. Joey Jackson, always appreciate it, sir. Thank you.

JACKSON: Thank you, Christi.

PAUL: Sure.

And stay tuned. James Blake is going to be live right here on CNN at 12 noon today. Martin.

SAVIDGE: Well, and simmering migrant crisis in Europe is forcing Europe to scramble and now they are bracing for another wave of men, women and children coming from Syria.

Plus, in sports. People still shocked about this. The huge tennis offset Serena.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The greatest upset in sports history. Unseeded Roberta Vinci spoiled Serena William's chance of completing the allusive calendar grand slam at the U.S. Open. But was it the greatest offset in sports history? We want to know what you think. More on that later this hour.



SAVIDGE: In just a few minutes, thousands of people will begin a march across London in solidarity with Syrian refuges. The huge demonstration comes as another massive wave of men, women and children are expected to arrive today in Europe. The Greek Macedonia border is bracing for some of the biggest crowds of refuges desperate to find shelter, and, of course, a better life. CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson is in northern Greece and he joins us on the telephone. Ivan, what is the situation like now?

IVAN WATSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, the people are bracing now for fresh arrivals. Yesterday morning, I was on the Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea where at some 50 boats a day, according to the United Nations, have been landing, making the smuggling journey from Turkey and that includes some 1,000 to 3,000 migrants and refuges landing a day. So we saw those dramatic scenes of rafts, one after another, landing on the beaches. The migrants and refuges stepping off, some of them cheering as they landed, one actually kissed me on both cheeks. He was so relieved and in such a celebratory mood. And then from there, the Greek government helps ferry the thousands and thousands of migrants and refuges aboard larger, far more comfortable ships to the Greek capital Athens where they will then continue their journey by bus, by taxi, by train up through Europe, many of them saying that they wanted to reach Germany and Sweden. The German government is preparing to receive, they estimate, some 10,000 migrants over the course of the next day.

SAVIDGE: And is there any indication, Ivan that this is going to slow down at any point or the fact now that these people are being received and, in many places, in Europe, received well? Is it only encouraging more people now to make that dangerous crossing?

WATSON: From what I've seen, it seems like the numbers will only pick up, because many of the refuges that I've spoken to, particularly from Syria, have only left Syria within the last week. They have literally just begun their journeys with advice that they are getting from relatives and friends who have already completed the journey or that they are picking up from social media. Facebook is playing a very big role here sharing instructions and advice on how to travel. I've been in touch with one refugee's family in Iraq living in a refugee camp there. They are saving up money to send some of their relatives on this very same journey. So, one of the big questions is, what is going to start happening when the millions of people living in refugee camps in northern Iraq and Syria -- sorry, in Turkey and in Jordan, what is going to start happening when they see this migrants trail and they decide that this is a good idea to get out of the camps and start to travel? The only hindrance they perhaps face is the sheer cost of this journey. The go price to one seat aboard an overcrowded raft from Turkey to a Greek island is $1,300. That's an awful lot of money for somebody who's been living in a refugee camp for more than a year. Martin?

SAVIDGE: Ivan Watson, thank you very much for the update. Christi?

PAUL: Well, it seems like a sure thing. Serena Williams was going to get her Grand Slam. Can you believe the run is over? Knocked off by an unseeded player, no less. Have you picked your jaws up off the floor yet? We are going to talk about this.

Also, a family vacation turned health crisis. New details this morning about the botched fumigation that left two teenage boys unable to walk or even eat on their own.



SAVIDGE: That point that ended Serena Williams seemingly clear path to a Grand Slam in the U.S. Open on Friday. It's being called one of the biggest upsets in tennis history. It was such a stunner that even the unseeded Italian player Roberta Vinci couldn't believe she just defeated the world number one. She got over it fast, though.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you woke up this morning, what gave you the belief that this moment was possible?



VINCI: Really! It is true! No, no. When I wake up, I say, OK, I have semifinal today. I try to enjoy. Don't think about Serena. Play. Enjoy. Enjoy it. But I didn't expect that I won.


SAVIDGE: But Roberta Vinci did, she absolutely played her heart out and even Williams gave all credit to Vinci's restless and relentless will to win.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Serena, how disappointed are you?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't even want to talk about how disappointing it is for me. If you have any other questions, I'm open for that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How well did she play today?

WILLIAMS: I thought she played the best tennis in her career, you know? She is 33 and, you know, she is going for it at a late age, so that is good for her to keep going for it and playing so well and actually I guess, it's inspiring. But, yeah, I think she played literally out of her mind. I don't think I played that bad. I made a few -- I made more unforced errors than I normally would make, but, I mean, I think she just played really well. And she did not want to lose today and neither did I, incidentally, but she really didn't either.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Serena, you've been so adept at pulling yourself out of precarious positions throughout this run.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was there any moment where you said, I know I can do this? And was there a moment you said, maybe I can't?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Another question for you. [inaudible].

WILLIAMS: No, I told you guys I don't feel pressure. I never felt pressure and I think -- I don't know. I'd never felt that pressure to win here. I said that from the beginning.


PAUL: She is 33, she's in a late age. SAVIDGE: Late age for tennis.

PAUL: For tennis. For tennis. If you didn't know Roberta Vinci, by the way, apparently a lot of people didn't. There were more than a million Google searches on her and Williams after this match.

SAVIDGE: And to give you perspective on just how big a moment this was, here is CNN sports analyst Kristin Brennan just minutes after the historic match.


CHRISTINE BRENNAN, CNN SPORTS ANALYST: This is one of the biggest upsets we have ever seen in sports, any sport, men's or women's, ever.


PAUL: All right, CNN's sports anchor Coy Wire is joining us now as well.

COY WIRE: Good morning, guys.

PAUL: What did you think?

WIRE: I think arguably it is one of the greatest upsets ever. She was so close to doing something that only three other women had done in the history of the sport but she is upset by an unseeded player by whom she had never been beaten. Was it the greatest upset of all time, though? How about the 1980 lake Placid Olympics?

SAVIDGE: It's mine right there!

WIRE: Amateur and collegiate Americans performed "The Miracle on Ice" upsetting Soviets, who had won the four previous gold medal at the Olympic. So, in 1990, you also had an undefeated 37 Mike Tyson who was knocked out by a 42 to 1 underdog bastard Douglas. Or how about just eight years ago, when an FCS school, Appalachian state, was a 33- point underdog against the fifth ranked FBS power house Michigan and upstate triumph victorious in a 34-32 victory, in front of 109,000 stunned fans. So what is the greatest upset in sports of all time? This is where you make the show. Tweet me your response using the #newdaycnn and we will share some of your insight in the next hour.

SAVIDGE: A lot of it has to do with what is your favorite sport too.

WIRE: That is true. That's true. We are going to get a lot of good responses as we always do and looking forward to.

SAVIDGE: But this one is a big one.

PAUL: Coy, thank you so much.

SAVIDGE: Police cameras catching a water rescue as it happens. A 10- year-old trapped in a car. That's coming up next.

PAUL: Plus, Donald Trump, head-to-head with Jimmy Fallon on late night TV?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next question. How are you going to create jobs in this country?

TRUMP: I'm just going to do it.


SAVIDGE: Other stores making headlines. A plane flying from Medellin, Columbia crashed on Friday killing two people. The plane was carrying crew members from a recently wrapped Tom Cruise film. Pilot Alan Purwin was one of those killed. For 30 years, Purwin pilot planes that carried camera crews who captured sweeping aerial shots for movies and TV shows. Tom Cruise not on that plane when it crashed.

PAUL: In central California, over 2,000 people have been told to prepare for evacuation. Look what they are dealing with here. Firefighters really struggling to control a raging wildfire. Fire officials say the butte fire is now more than 64,000 acres in size and so severe, Governor Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency yesterday.

SAVIDGE: A dramatic water rescue in Texas captured on police body cams. Two police officers pulled a 10-year-old and his grandfather from a minivan that was caught in the fast moving floodwaters on Friday. The driver apparently didn't realize how deep the water was when he tried to drive through an underpass but everyone made it out safely, thank goodness.

PAUL: Took one game in the NFL season before a controversy broke. It's called Headsetgate. Still there's Coach Mike Tomlin openly complaining about how his coach's headsets were being drowned out by Patriots radio during the first half. Did that contribute to Pittsburgh's 28-21 loss? I don't know, you decide.

SAVIDGE: Two Tea Party Republican lawmakers in Michigan are gone. One resigned, the other expelled after their alleged extramarital affair, and the botched cover up became national news. Representative Todd Courser announced his resignation after hours of debate in the state legislature. He said, quote, "I felt it was the appropriate thing to do."

PAUL: All righty then. There is so much more to talk about this morning.

SAVIDGE: The next hour of "NEW DAY" is going to start right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you ready for the Republican debate next week?

TRUMP: You know, the truth is I'm always ready. It's really going to be a big debate, but I'm always ready.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not just big. It's huge!



PAUL: Tough times, too, if you can handle it. Fallon goes face to face with the GOP frontrunner, but with four days until CNN's big debate. Can any of the other candidates catch up at this point?

SAVIDGE: Also, homes burning and flames spreading in central California. Mandatory evacuations. They are now under way. How crews are fighting those wildfires?

PAUL: Plus, tens of thousands of people flooding downtown London right now, marching in solidarity with migrants pouring into Europe trying to find refuge. We are live on the streets of London for you.

And do want to wish you a very good morning. And thank you so much for keeping us company here on a Saturday. I'm Christi Paul.

SAVIDGE: And I'm Martin Savidge in for Victor Blackwell.

PAUL: Always good to have you here.

SAVIDGE: Thank you.

PAUL: A big morning, too, in the race for the White House. We are following three big stories that's we are four days away now from the second Republican presidential debate right here on CNN, of course.

SAVIDGE: Donald Trump staying up late, telling Jimmy Fallon how he is getting ready for Wednesday night.


TRUMP: You do what you do. I mean, it is what it is. You've learned and you're an intelligent person. You have to understand that about yourself, otherwise, you're not going to be very good up there. And the first debate I won every single poll where they did polls on who won the debate.



TRUMP: And I would say I was not asked the nicest questions. I would say that the questions that I were asked, you know, they were a little bit, in my opinion.

FALLON: A little tricky.

TRUMP: They were unfair, but these are minor details.