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Syracuse Sex Abuse Scandal; Penn State Abuse Scandal Grows; Occupy "Anarchy" in New York City; He Was "Obsessed" With Obama; Cain Gets Secret Service Protection; Obama Announces Historic Move; New Taliban Training Video; Solyndra Hearing; New Accuser in Penn State Sex Scandal; Obama Announces Mission To Myanmar; Demi & Ashton To Divorce

Aired November 18, 2011 - 06:00   ET



CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: Another child sex scandal at a major university, Syracuse stunned by allegations. A former ball boy coming forward.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: The making of a terrorist. An Afghan terror group releasing never before seen video inside a training camp. A dry run for what would be a gruesome and deadly attack.

ROMANS: Clashes with the cops. Rage against the banks. A major show of force by "Occupy Wall Street" protesters in New York and across the country as demonstrators mark the two-month anniversary of their cause on this AMERICAN MORNING.

COSTELLO: Good morning to you. Happy Friday, my favorite day of the week. It's November 18 -- besides Saturday and Sunday, of course.

ROMANS: Carol is counting down to Friday at 3 a.m. on Monday morning. That's what I love about you.

COSTELLO: I can't help it. Ali has the day off. I'm Carol Costello along with Christine Romans. Welcome to AMERICAN MORNING.

ROMANS: Let's get started this morning with new allegations of sexual abuse at another major university. This time it involves assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine. This is all coming on the heels of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

Our Alina Cho live with us this morning. Alina, good morning.

ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. You can bet that Penn State did have something to do with why this is coming out now. Syracuse University's associate men's basketball coach, Bernie Fine, has now been placed on administrative leave.

And police in that city have reopened an investigation into disturbing allegations of sexual abuse. Now Fine who is seen here allegedly molested two former ball boys including Bobby Davis, who is now 39 years old. Davis told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" last night that the abuse started back in the 1980s.


BOBBY DAVIS, ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM: Probably when I -- you know, sixth grade, 11, 10 years old, and he started trying to touch me and things like that, you know. And honestly, I don't even remember if I thought that was what was supposed to happen. You know?

I know I cringed up and didn't want it to happen and was very, like, what's going on? I just remember being, disgusted in a sense, but that's when everything -- when he started to touch me, my private.


CHO: Now Davis says the abuse took place at Fine's home. Syracuse basketball facilities, even road trips including the 1987 final four. Now the reason why this is coming out is because there is now a parent cooperation.

A second alleged victim has come forward, and he is Davis' older stepbrother, Mike Lang, now 45 years old. Lang also a ball boy for Syracuse and he told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that fine touched it him inappropriately back when he was in the fifth or sixth grade.


MIKE LANG, ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM: When he first did it, he would move away and didn't want to say anything, because, you know, you didn't feel like you were capable of saying anything. He's a God to you, you know?

He can do whatever he wants, but not with me. I didn't feel right about it, and I told him that, Bernie, please don't do that to me and then he'd do it again and again, and --


CHO: Now, the first alleged victim, Bobby Davis, meanwhile, says he first alerted Syracuse University officials about six years ago back in 2005. The university said it immediately launched its own nearly four-month investigation and that everyone else involved denied the story.

And that Syracuse police decided not to pursue the case because the statute of limitations had expired. In a statement released last night, Syracuse University said, quote, "In light of the new allegations and a Syracuse city police investigation, this evening Chancellor Cantor asked Director of Athletics, Dr. Daryl Grose to place associate head coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave."

And late last night, Syracuse head basketball coach, Jim Boeheim also released a statement saying, quote, "Bernie has my full support." Fine has been part of the Syracuse basketball program for some 35 years.

It's the longest streak of consecutive seasons for an assistant coach in Division 1 men's basketball. The 65-year-old Fine was inducted into the greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame just last month.

Now a lot of people may be asking, is it just a coincidence that the older stepbrother is now coming forward to corroborate the story? Mike Lang's second alleged victim says that, no, he saw what was happening to Jerry Sandusky at Penn State and decided now was finally the time to come out.

Meanwhile, the head coach of Syracuse says, it's a bunch of 1,000 lies that he has told. You don't think it's a little funny that his cousin is coming forward? He says that he believes these victims are now coming forward again because they want money either way, obviously, explosive allegations.

COSTELLO: Well, it will be interesting to know more details of the story. I know we don't have them all, but - because he's a stepbrother, right? So did they discuss it as children? Now that they're adults, his stepbrother went to Syracuse police --

CHO: It's unclear, but one could probably assume that they had the discussion before he went forward to ESPN because obviously --

COSTELLO: That's this time around, right, but initially --

CHO: It is unclear whether they spoke about it. But nonetheless it is, as I mentioned, explosive.

COSTELLO: And the statute of limitations. Has the statute of limitations really run out? Why is Syracuse city police now investigating when they wouldn't investigate all those years ago?

CHO: Well, all those years ago, they said because of the statute of limitations, but now because there is parent corroboration. Another victim coming forward, they have decided to reopen the investigation. So, they are looking into it.

COSTELLO: Thanks, Alina Cho.

We're also learning the alleged sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky may have stretched for decades. Several attorneys tell CNN they're representing more potential victims, some claiming abuse that dates back to the 1970s.

Our Susan Candiotti is live in State College, Pennsylvania. Good morning, Susan.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Carol. You know, ever since Penn State icon Jerry Sandusky was released on bail 13 days ago. Prosecutors and investigators have been saying that they would expect more possible victims to come forward and in fact they have.

As you have said, many lawyers are telling CNN that they have been getting phone calls and having meetings with other people who say that they, too, they claim, that they were raped and molested by Jerry Sandusky.

Now, many of these people are tell telling the lawyers they were angry, and that's why they came forward after hearing Sandusky's denial one many called disturbing. They were also angry about suggestions by Sandusky's lawyer that perhaps many of these people are coming forward simply because they want to try to make money from this.

Well, in the meantime, the wall of secrecy continues on the part of Penn State as more people want to learn more about what went on during the years leading up to the arrest of Jerry Sandusky and all of these resignations that have been happening.

Now by contrast, the high school where alleged victim number one attended here in this area has been credited by authorities for at least once they heard about his allegation for reporting it very quickly to police.

However, the mother of that alleged victim said she also was not too happy with the school about them allowing Sandusky to bring her boy out of classes to meet with him privately, where he was acting as a volunteer coach.

And she also said that the principal of the school told her she might want to think twice, even though the principal was disturbed by the allegations, about the mother coming forward, because, after all, the principal told the mother, that Jerry Sandusky has a heart of gold.

Well, we went to the school to try to get more answers from them. We didn't get them. Take a look.


CANDIOTTI: I'm Susan Candiotti from CNN.


CANDIOTTI: You may, thank you very much. I'm here today because you're singled out for praise, actually by the, I don't need to tell you, by the Pennsylvania attorney general and as well as by the grand jury for the school's quick action in responding to allegations of abuse.

We would very much like to talk to you about that, but also to the principal, of course -- also talk about some other questions that I'm not sure whether you're aware that have come to light. Thank you. This is from your lawyer. Is that Mr. --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, ma'am it is not.

CANDIOTTI: Is that the principal?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, it is not. And that's our statement and we would like to ask you to, please, leave at this time. We're just about to dismiss school and we don't want you in amongst the students.

CANDIOTTI: Can I leave my card for the principal?


CANDIOTTI: Thank you. May I ask who are you? Obviously you work at the reception desk, assistant principal?


CANDIOTTI: May I ask just who you are? Guidance counselor. Thank you. Can you speak with us, also?


CANDIOTTI: Do you know, the mom had also said that -- that she was told at first you might want to think twice about doing this, because Jerry Sandusky has a big heart.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ma'am, we would ask that you refer to this statement and on the advice of our attorney, we're sharing that with you and then we ask that you leave at this time again. Our students are just about to be dismissed.


CANDIOTTI: And we were escorted out of the building by a security guard who also made us leave the property in its entirety. Now what they left us with was a pre-written statement saying that they are not going to comment about this investigation due to its nature.

However, they said they are cooperating with police, but many people want more answers. We sought them, but didn't get them -- Carol.

COSTELLO: But you tried. Susan Candiotti reporting live for us from Pennsylvania. Thank you.

ROMANS: All right, in New York City this morning, they're regrouping from "Occupy" anarchy. There were few burst of violence - from clashes got bloody, protesters lifting barricades, blocking traffic and clogging subways.

The NYPD says one officer was cut by a flying object at Zuccotti Park. At the end, around 245 protesters were arrested. Amber Lyon is live at Zuccotti Park home base for those protesters. Good morning, Amber.

AMBER LYON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Christine. Well, right out here at Zuccotti now, we're seeing about a dozen diehard protesters standing and sitting in the park.

The majority of the protesters who used to live in the park before they were evicted this week are now telling me they're staying at churches and homeless shelters.

And then plan to proceed and come out here to Zuccotti today to continue to protest, but police say they don't expect today's protest to be nearly as large as yesterday's when thousands gathered here in Zuccotti Park.

We saw several clashes with police especially in the park over the barricades. The protesters were upset because the barricades are keeping them from putting up tents and tarps.

And one of the most dramatic videos that came out of a park was of a 19-year-old man with a bloody head after friends say police tackled him when he was trying to remove some of the barricades.

We don't know exactly what happened leading up to that incident, but we do know that man has been living in the park for all two months in a tent and has really found his family out here and as we were on the street, several people were asking about his whereabouts.

We haven't been able to confirm that as of yet. Now in addition to the events at Zuccotti, we saw protesters gathering in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in front of subways. Also a very organized, 1,000-people movement went across the Brooklyn Bridge.

A big concern of authorities was that the protesters would walk into the roadway on the bridge. We didn't see that happen, although a group of about 60 or more protesters did get in the roadway and they were all arrested subsequently.

All in all, about 245 people were arrested yesterday. Police say about seven officers were injured in clashes with protesters, and you know, something that kind of described the whole movement yesterday, Christine.

We saw a sign one of the protesters was carrying. He said, you can arrest one more of us. Two more will show you. You cannot arrest an idea. That's really what we've seen out there.

It's really galvanized this movement, the eviction of Zuccotti Park and what protesters say are several incidents of police violence -- Christine.

ROMANS: Yes, and Amber, that image of that boy, the 19-year-old with the bloody face, kind of almost like crying out. That's the image that certainly people who are with the "Occupy Wall Street" this morning are circulating widely and saying, look at this. Look what happened. We'll ask for questions about that as the morning goes on. Thanks so much, Amber.

All right, new this morning, he thought President Obama was the anti-Christ. The man accused of firing shots at the White House now charged with trying to assassinate the president.

The 21-year-old Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez making his first appearance in court, Oscar Ramiro Hernandez is his name. He's now heading back to Washington to face charges.

Authorities say the man who was obsessed with President Obama took two shots at the White House late Friday night. One bullet cracking a window of the first family's living quarters while the president was away.

COSTELLO: GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain will be getting protection from the U.S. Secret Service. The Department of Homeland Security approved the request. None of the other GOP candidates currently have protection.

ROMANS: And on AMERICAN MORNING, the president making some big news on his trip to Indonesia, announcing a diplomatic mission that hasn't been attempted in half a century.

ROMANS: At nearly 30 years later, new questions surrounding the drowning death of actress, Natalie Wood. Homicide detectives have reopened the case.


COSTELLO: And welcome back to AMERICAN MORNING. It's 17 minutes past the hour.

President Obama is in Bali and meeting with Indonesia's president this morning. President also making big news during his visit, announcing he's sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Myanmar next month. That would be the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State in more than 50 years.

Brianna Keilar is traveling with the President in Bali this morning. Tell us more, Brianna.


This is really a significant move of reaching out to Myanmar, what has been one of the world's most authoritarian regimes. And when you listen to White House officials emphasize some of the moves towards reform that the government has made, for instance, relaxing restrictions on political opponents in the media and the October release of about 200 political prisoners. They're also insistent that this doesn't mean that the U.S. is poised to establish diplomatic relations or to lift sanctions.

And I talked to Secretary Clinton about this just a few hours ago here in Bali.


HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: We have no interest in any hostile action. What we are looking toward is the role that the United States can rightly play. We're a Pacific power. We always have been, and we, over many years, because we're also an Atlantic power, built up a transatlantic architecture of alliances and relationships, and we're working to do the same, and we really welcome everyone to be part of that. (END VIDEO CLIP)

KEILAR: As the President flew from Darwin, Australia to his stop here in Bali, Indonesia, he called Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the Myanmar's Democracy Movement, to talk about this plan.

He asked for Secretary Clinton to go to Myanmar next month, sort of run it by her and see what she thought about some of the reforms and to see if the U.S. could be of help trying to kind of push Myanmar's government in the right direction. And we do know that Secretary Clinton will be meeting with her, as well as the President Thein Sein - Carol.

COSTELLO: Brianna Keilar reporting live from Bali, Indonesia this morning. Thank you.

A horrific police beating caught on tape. And if that's not shocking enough, wait until you see what officers are accused of doing afterward.

ROMANS: And tough question for Energy Secretary Chu at the Solyndra hearing that Republicans on the attack. We'll recap that hostile hearing ahead.


ROMANS: Welcome back. "Minding Your Business" this morning.

A sharp drop in stocks after another shaky session on Wall Street. Concerns about Europe's debt problems still pushing markets lower today. Asian and European stock markets are all down. Right now, U.S. stock futures are flat at the moment.

We're watching Spanish bond yields. They were up to that critical seven percent level. That's the level at which other countries had to seek international bailouts. It means that it's more difficult, more expensive for the Spanish government to borrow money. Spain insists it will not need a bailout from the EU, and that's helping push down those yields this morning a little bit. We're watching all the bond yields for signs of strain in Europe.

Talk about a gold rush. The World Gold Council says investors in Europe bought a whopping $6.2 billion in gold bars and coins in the third quarter. That's up 135 percent from a year ago. Investors have been seeking the security of gold because of the instability of the eurozone.

The business reviews Web site Yelp filed for a $100 million IPO. It's the first step to become a public company, but no word on how many shares it plans to sell or which stock exchange it will trade on. Yelp fold in about $58 million in revenue the first nine months of the year.

And if you're hitting the road for the holiday season, for Thanksgiving in particular, be prepared to pay more at the pump. Gas prices are expected to hit record highs this Thanksgiving. A gallon of regular will average about $3.37. That's up nearly 50 cents from last Thanksgiving.

And it's just one week from today - Black Friday. If you're hitting the sales, be prepared for the lines. The National Retail Federation estimates that 152 million people will be holiday shopping these Black Friday deal this year. That's up 10 percent from a year ago.

AMERICAN MORNING will be right back after the break.


COSTELLO (voice-over): Trained to kill a militant group known for its ambush-style tactics take us inside a terror training camp on this AMERICAN MORNING.

ROMANS (on camera): And welcome back, everyone. Good morning. It's 28 minutes after the hour. Time for the morning's top stories.

Police near Syracuse University say they're looking into claims that the school's assistant - associate, rather, men's basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually assaulted at least one boy in the beginning of the 1980s. Fine is now on administrative leave. The university's head basketball coach says Fine has his full support.

COSTELLO (on camera): Two hundred forty-five people arrested as Occupy Wall Street protesters flooded the streets, packed the Brooklyn Bridge and tried to shut down the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. It was the two-month anniversary of the movement.

ROMANS: President Obama in Bali and meeting with Indonesia's president this morning. The president also making big news during his visit announcing a diplomatic mission to Myanmar. It will be the first visit by the U.S. - by a U.S. Secretary of State in more than 50 years.

COSTELLO: Disturbing new video of what appears to be the Taliban training, getting ready for one of their most brazen attacks to date. Suicide bombers and gunmen took over Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in June. Eleven people were killed.

And now a Taliban affiliated Web site posted new video showing drills, tactics and planning.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh is live in Kabul. He has the pictures. Good morning.

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, these are remarkable images showing us really what the insurgency wants us to see - a high level of sophistication and preparedness.

Now, by much information on the Internet from the insurgency, we can't vouch entirely for its authenticity, but it does seem to show a new level of tactics and preparedness.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) WALSH (voice-over): One of the most brazen attacks to hit Kabul. In June, a government conference at the Intercontinental Hotel was attacked by a suicide squad who killed 11 others. It took Special Forces, helicopters and a drone to suppress it six hours later. President Karzai has this week gathered tribal elders near that hotel for a vital meeting about America's presence here.

But now, CNN gained a unique inside into how that raid was planned. The Taliban have posted online a lengthy propaganda video they say about the seven men behind that attack.

This is a display, what they want us to see of their skills and planning. CNN can't prove it's genuine, only that it shows how sophisticated their message and media are after a decade of war.

An ambush somewhere else seems to let insurgents steal military uniforms.

One hotel attacker speaks of his wish to die. "My message is life is too short," he says. He will die of cancer or a car accident. If you want God's blessing, be a suicide attacker.

The preparations are elaborate. Here, they site, we think only the faces of the dead are visible in front of a model of a hotel discussing tactics.

Those viewing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, (INAUDIBLE) says, get on the roof and use it as a control tower so the enemy can't enter easily.

Then there's footage of the attack itself.

In a war about perception of victory, the Taliban have an increasingly sophisticated voice.


WALSH: There is one more important thing about these images. They could be the first we've seen of the Haqqani Network. That's a part of the insurgency here getting increasing attention, accused of having Pakistani backing and sanctuaries across the border, to operate in Afghanistan and behind many of the sophisticated attacks in capital recently here. They're rarely being videoed at all. But they were said to be behind that attack on the hotel.

And while these images don't say online that they are of the Haqqanis, they could be the first glimpse you have to date yet of how they appropriate -- Carol.

COSTELLO: Nick Paton Walsh, reporting live for us this morning -- thanks, Nick.

L.A. homicide investigators are taking another look at the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood. It was ruled on November 29th, 1981 that Wood drowned while boating with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. The sheriff's department says it has been contacted with witnesses with new information. A news conference is scheduled for later this morning.

ROMANS: All right. A hostile hearing on Capitol Hill. Energy Secretary Steven Chu putting on a tough front during five hours of grueling testimony yesterday. He did not apologize for the failure of solar company Solyndra and a loss of more than half a billion dollars in taxpayers' money.

Jessica Yellin reports.


JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (voice- over): The topic was green energy, but the tone was fiery. The committee's top Republican --

REP. CLIFF STEARNS (R), FLORIDA: It is readily apparent that the senior officials in the administration put politics before the stewardship of taxpayers' dollars.

YELLIN: And top Democrat.

REP. DIANA DEGETTE (D), COLORADO: The majority to date as evidenced by my colleague's opening statement has focused on firing partisan broadsides at the Obama administration.

YELLIN: With a soft-spoken Energy Secretary Steven Chu in the hot seat.

STEVEN CHU, ENERGY SECRETARY: The final decisions on Solyndra were mine and I made them with a best interest of the taxpayer in mind. I did not make any decision based on political considerations.

YELLIN: For Republicans, that was far from satisfying.

REP. FRED UPTON (R), MICHIGAN: Who is to apologize for the half a billion dollars that's been out the door?

CHU: Well, it is --


CHU: It is extremely unfortunate of what has happened to Solyndra. But if you go back and look at the time the decision's being made, was there incompetence? Was there undue -- was there any influence of a political nature? And I would have to say no.

UPTON: So, no apology?

CHU: Well, it is extremely unfortunate what has happened to Solyndra.

YELLIN: Their charge: the Energy Department did not properly vet Solyndra, a company President Obama later touted as a true engine of economic growth. And once it started to fail, put up more taxpayer dollars, but let private investors get preferential treatment if the company went bankrupt.

REP. MICHAEL BURGESS (R), TEXAS: Do you feel that you owe people an apology for having subordinated the taxpayer dollar to what now turns out to be a very risky venture?

YELLIN: Democrats say the people driving the investigation have political motives of their own.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN (D), CALIFORNIA: House Republicans and their coal, and oil industry allies are manufacturing a scandal, trying to discredit you, President Obama, and the clean energy companies. That's a great deal if you are an oil company or a coal executive, but it's unfair to you and a disservice to the American people.

YELLIN (on camera): He was also grilled on the latest charge, that Solyndra officials were asked to withhold news of layoffs until after last year's midterm elections. The energy secretary said he had no knowledge of this until e-mails came to light this week.

Jessica Yellin, CNN, Washington.


COSTELLO: The president of Connecticut's largest utility company is stepping down. Jeff Butler was the head of Connecticut Light and Power. He's been under fire since the freak blizzard that slammed into the Northeast last month. The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents in Connecticut. It took nearly a week, in some cases, weeks before power was restored.

ROMANS: All right. Rob Marciano is off today. He's rocking a baby, I think. Brand new baby for the Marcianos.

COSTELLO: Do we have the pictures?

ROMANS: I know. We have some great pictures. We're going to bring those up.

REYNOLDS WOLF, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, originally, I told everyone, we're going to do some different video first. Let's go to the best picture of all. Let's show you the -- you see Rob at the top. You see Erin in the bottom there. And, of course, right in the middle, you got Madeleine Grace Marciano. She was born 7.13 pounds, what she weighs. Just an absolute beautiful baby.

Rob, I know, is tired, as is Erin. As an experienced father I can tell him, Rob, you think you're tired now, just wait.

ROMANS: I know. He said -- he said Erin is recovering. Dad is a wreck.

WOLF: Absolutely. Understandable. Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Erin looks great in that picture.

ROMANS: I know.

COSTELLO: She looks beautiful.

WOLF: She looks fantastic.

ROMANS: I think after 20 hours of labor, actually, she really -- she did a great job.

COSTELLO: She looks fantastic, though.

WOLF: Looks amazing.

COSTELLO: She's like superwoman.

ROMANS: She is.

WOLF: So, happy times for the Marcianos, no question about it.


WOLF: But, hey, rough time for travelers. Show you the forecast very quickly.

Looks like some of the biggest issues out towards the west. In fact, let's go to the web map if we can. Here you have -- in San Francisco, some showers. Major delays there. But also, in New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis and Miami, delays just under an hour.

The big weather-maker that we have is really out towards the west, just a mammoth storm that's going to rip its way across parts of the coastal range, back into the central Rockies. Heavy snow, strong winds, low visibility. Snow that's already brought some heavy snowfall into parts of Portland, Oregon.

And we got some video to show you that's going to basically prove our point that the snow has been pretty significant there. And not just in the valley or downtown Portland. We're going to see that really kick up towards Mt. Rainier, back over towards the Cascades, and, of course, eventually moving into the Rockies where it's going to be a skiers' paradise once this moves out.

The problem is, though, it is coupled with strong winds. Some wind gusts are going to be topping, say, 50 miles an hour. So, just keep that in mind.

Back to the weather maps we go. Although we got the big storm system out towards the west, in the center of the U.S. and back to the east, it is going to be absolutely beautiful. Plenty of sunshine for the Gulf Coast, mix of sun and cloud for parts of the Northeast.

As we wrap things up, your temperatures along the Eastern Seaboard, wrapping it up with 40 degrees in Boston, 46 in New York, 60 in Memphis, 70 in Tampa, 50 in Kansas City, easy for me to say, and 57 in San Francisco. That's your forecast.

Again, congratulations to the Marcianos.

ROMANS: I know.

WOLF: Just a beautiful thing to see.

COSTELLO: Oh, it is. Thanks for sharing. We appreciate it.

ROMANS: Thanks, Reynolds.

WOLF: You bet, guys.

COSTELLO: Brand new look for Major League Baseball. The Houston Astros will switch from the National League to the American League by 2013. That move will equal out the leagues with 15 teams apiece. Also, is reporting that baseball may soon have a second wild card spot in the playoffs.

ROMANS: All right. The Stanford football team is shattering stereotypes. Don't call them dumb jocks. The team is ranked number 10 in the nation. Top 10 in the nation and their school is ranked top 10 in academics. More on why Stanford is winning on and off the field. That's coming up.

COSTELLO: And passengers on two jets heading from India to Britain get an ultimatum mid-flight. Pay up for the fuel or get off the plane. We'll explain.


COSTELLO: Twenty-two minutes past the hour. Welcome back.

New developments in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. A new accuser is coming out and an attorney tells CNN there could be up to 10 more victims.

Jason Carroll has the latest from State College.


JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I spoke to an attorney who says he has received more than 10 calls from people who say they were victimized by Jerry Sandusky. He's formally representing one man who says that Jerry Sandusky started sexually assaulting him in the early 1990s.

I want you to listen to the conversation I had with him about those allegations.


JEFF ANDERSON, ATTORNEY FOR ALLEGED VICTIMS: I can tell you, there's a pattern that has emerged not only in the folks that have engaged this, but the cause that they received. In every instance, Sandusky used his position of trust and power and his caring ways as a coach and mentor to groom the families and the children. And after he did would in some way act out on them, either at the schools, at the events, on trips, at a variety of locations.

And in some instances, he raped or assaulted them on one occasion. In some instances, it's multiple.

As it pertains to Penn State, as soon as the revelations came forth that there had been what looked like a cover-up or several victims, several victims started to make calls, realizing they weren't alone. And we took those calls and were giving them support.

And then, as soon as Sandusky gave the interview in which he denied the sexual abuse, the numbers of contacts that have been made with us at our office have really ratcheted up dramatically.


CARROLL: I also want to point out that I did have a conversation with Jerry Sandusky's attorney earlier this week, and one of his concerns was that anyone who was associated with Sandusky early on might now want to come out and try to take advantage of what's happening by claiming to be a victim.

But having said that, Jeff Anderson, the attorney there who you just heard from, told me that he feels as though these new allegations are in fact credible.


COSTELLO: Jason Carroll reporting.

Also new this morning, explosions and gunfire reported across Syria. Human rights groups say at least 13 people were killed by security forces yesterday. Army defectors in northwestern Syria also reportedly attacked a pro-government youth group office.

ROMANS: A new radiation scare in Japan. The country banning the shipment of rice from farms near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. You remember, the plant was the site of a nuclear meltdown in March. Now, authorities say they found an unacceptable amount of the radioactive element cesium in a sample of rice from a field near the Fukushima Plant.

COSTELLO: A police beating in Albuquerque caught on tape, but that's not all. An officer tackled a man suspected of car theft. A second officer runs up and starts kicking the suspect, stomping him in the head more than a dozen times.

The beating is finally over, but watch the right corner of your screen coming up. Yes. They did a chest bump. The officers were reportedly celebrating. Both officers have been fired.

ROMANS: A Florida school bus driver breaking the golden rule of the road caught texting while driving a bus packed with students. This surveillance tape shows the driver fumbling around with her phone, taking her eyes off the road several times. School officials suspended her for one day.

COSTELLO: Passengers onboard two charter jets were hid up for cash mid-flight this week during a lay over from India to Britain. The passengers were ordered to pay $200 for gas, you know, for fuel, so that they could continue their trip. Most of them had to get off the plane and go to an ATM in the airport.

One flier said it felt like they were in a hostage situation. The charter company and the owner of jets are blaming each other for miscommunication. Whoa.


ROMANS (on-camera): All right.


ROMANS: We've had our airline complaints. Nothing like that.

Forty-six minutes after the hour right now.

Stanford University has plenty to cheer about. They're ranking up top ten in the nation for academics. They also have one of the ten best football teams in country. What's the secret to their success? Find out later this hour.

COSTELLO (on-camera): Call it occupy sexy. Yes. Why fans of movie star, Ryan Gosling, got all fired up. He took to the streets, Christine.


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COSTELLO (voice-over): Syracuse University's associate men's basketball coach, Bernie Fine, is on administrative leave this morning after two former ball boys accused him of inappropriate touching back in the 1980s and 1990s. The team's head coach, Jim Boeheim, says Fine has his complete support.

Occupy Wall Street clashes. 245 people arrested as protesters flooded the street, packed the Brooklyn Bride, and tried to shut down the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.

President Obama in Bali meeting with Indonesia's president this morning. The president also announcing that secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, will be visiting Myanmar next month. That's the first such trip in 50 years.

GOP candidate, Herman Cain, is getting protection from the U.S. secret service. The Department of Homeland Security has not released a reason for granting protection, but many past presidential candidates have received it, including Barack Obama.

L.A. homicide detectives have reopened the investigation into the death of actress, Natalie Wood. It was ruled Wood drowned off the California Coast 30 years ago after a night of partying with her husband, Robert Wagner, and actor, Christopher Walken. Now, the sheriff's department says it has additional information about the drowning.

And Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are divorcing. Moore released the statement saying she's decided to end her six-year marriage to Kutcher. She sent out a Twitter message -- he did, rather. He sent out a Twitter message saying he will cherish the time he spent with Demi.


COSTELLO (on-camera): That's the news you need to start your day. AMERICAN MORNING back after a break.


ROMANS: Welcome back. There's at least one college football program making the news for what it's doing right. Stanford's team is shattering stereotype that you won't see any dumb jocks on their field.

COSTELLO: The school ranks top ten in football and in academics. And CNNs Casey Wian reports they intend to keep it that way.


CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A tailgate party by chandelier light before Stanford University's crucial football game against the Oregon Duck. There's duck sausage on the grill and pride in Stanford's lofty academic and football rankings.

R.J. ABEYTIA, STANFORD ALUM: It's fun to be a Stanford football fan. These are legitimate student athletes. These are great character players.

JOHN OLENCHALK, FMR. STANFORD LINEBACKER: A change culturally here that would allow them to have successful.

WIAN (on-camera): Many of the Stanford alumni we've been speaking with today remember a time in the not too distant past were only a handful of people would show up to tailgate before a game. Look at this. It's a true college football celebration.

(voice-over) But did Stanford ease its strict entrance requirements to turn around a program that won one game in 2006 yet won the Orange Bowl last year?

BOB BOWLSBY, STANFORD ATHLETIC DIR.: No, not in the least. We have the smallest delta between the regular student population and the athletics population and all of intercollegiate athletics, and Stanford is not about to make any compromises on who comes to this university. WIAN: Many credit the team's former coach who left for the NFL last year.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) a wonderful recruiter.

KEITH HEWITT, FATHER OF RYAN HEWITT, STANFORD PLAYER: He went in for kids that were winners.

WIAN: Parents say coaches are now doing a better job with reaching out nationally to high school students, telling them what classes to take to qualify academically.

HEWITT: I use my son, for example. He came after his junior year, told him what he needed to do to get in here and to be academically eligible.

WIAN: Now, his son, Ryan is catching passes and majoring in science technology and society.

BOWLSBY: This is a highly competitive athletic environment and our peers are the very best teams around the country, and you can have the best of both worlds.

WIAN (on-camera): Stanford football players are not just having success in college. Seventeen alums are now playing in the National Football League. And over there, the quarterback, number 12, Andrew Luck, he's expected to be the very first player chosen in next year's NFL draft.

(voice-over) Before the game we met Allen Smith, a former offensive tackle who's working at a hedge fund, while preparing for the arena football league to keep his NFL dream alive.

ALLEN SMITH, FORMER STANFORD PLAYER: Stanford is able to attract athletes that want to be the best at everything. So, in other words, not only athletics, but also in the classroom.

WIAN: Stanford's football team boasts an 87 percent graduation rate. It's one of only four major college programs without a serious NCAA violation since 1953. The Oregon game turned out to be Stanford's first loss of the season. Still, the team appears headed to another major bowl game, and then, of course, back to class.

Casey Wian, CNN, Palo Alto, California.


ROMANS: And did you that Stanford is one of the handful of universities that if a family makes less than $100,000 a year, if you got the grades, if you can get in, they'll waive the tuition. They've got student loan packages, student aid packages, complete student aid packages for family so that money shouldn't be a reason why you can't get into Stanford if you're smart enough.

COSTELLO: If keep your grades up, then it is possible.

There is a new protest in New York City.


COSTELLO (voice-over): A small group of heartbroken Ryan Gosling fans gathered outside of "People" magazine headquarters. Look at them. Just like occupy -- not really.


But anyway, these people braved the rain. They were wearing Gosling masks, you see there, revolting against the magazine's decision to honor Bradley Cooper as this year's sexiest man alive. Clearly, the protesters say Gosling's abs alone should have earned him the title. They also say Bradley Cooper doesn't have a dog.



COSTELLO (on-camera): Gosling has a really great, big, cute -- shows his softer side.


ROMANS: I love that occupy "People" magazine. All right. Looks like Stephen Colbert is Team Gosling, too. Take a look.


STEPHEN COLBERT, HOST, THE COLBERT REPORT: I asked him, what makes you laugh? He says, observing life. Life is very comical. People tripping and falling.


Oh, sounds like a nice guy. Hey, kids, come quick. Bradley Cooper tripped nana and she shattered her pelvis and he's laughing at her. Isn't he sexy? Sexiest man alive simply like the Supreme Court. Once you are picked, you are sexiest for life. Look at Nick Nolte. He was 1992's sexiest man and look at him now. Still sexy.


COSTELLO: I knew he was going to show that, that unfortunate mug shot of Nick Nolte.

ROMANS: Unfortunate, but funny.


COSTELLO: He looks much better now. He's in a new movie. I forget what it is, but he --


COSTELLO: Ahead in the next hour of AMERICAN MORNING, occupy clashes with the cops. Protests getting bloody in New York City. We'll talk with a former NYPD official about how police handled the enormous crowds.