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Police Seek Capriati Arrest Warrant; New York Bans Large Sodas; Papal Conclave Starts Tuesday
Aired March 10, 2013 - 06:00 ET
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BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: From CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, this is EARLY START WEEKEND.
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KEILAR (voice-over): America's one-time tennis sweetheart is finding herself in trouble with the law. Why cops requested an arrest warrant for Jennifer Capriati.
All right. New Yorkers, starting Tuesday, your Big Gulps will get smaller. How that soda ban will affect you and coffee drinkers? Well, brace yourselves.
Huge money at stake on the hottest ticket in town. But it's not the sports book at Vegas. We'll tell you where to place your bet.
KEILAR: It's Sunday, March 10th. Good morning, everyone, I'm Brianna Keilar in for Randi Kaye.
First up, the conclave to pick the next spiritual leader for the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics is just two days away. The cardinal electors are at the Vatican and the chimney where we'll see that smoke signaling whether a new pope has been chosen is now on top of the Sistine Chapel.
CNN senior international correspondent, Dan Rivers, is in Rome.
So, Dan, this conclave starts Tuesday. Can you walk us through the process? What should we expect?
DAN RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: OK. Well, it's a highly secretive vote. It's an anonymous ballot of 115 cardinals inside the 15th century Sistine Chapel that is adorned with those incredible frescoes of Michelangelo and Botticelli. They will start, as you said on Tuesday. They will file in. There will be prayer, then a mass held.
And then the first actual vote will get underway on Tuesday afternoon. What they do is simply write down on a piece of paper who they want to be the next pope. Those ballots will be counted up as they're counted, they're threaded on a needle and thread so they don't count one vote twice. They will then work out if anyone who's got a 2/3 majority, 77 votes needed in total, if they haven't they will burn the ballots and they will add chemicals to another stove; black smoke will come out of that chimney, meaning no result.
If there is a super majority of 77, then white smoke will come out of the chimney and about 45 minutes later, the new pope will emerge from St. Peter's Basilica on that balcony overlooking the square, that famous square. The bells will ring out and they will proclaim a new pope has been elected.
KEILAR: So what exactly are they doing today?
RIVERS: All right. Well, today, all of the cardinals are attending mass around Rome at different churches. They all have titular churches that they are aligned to, if you like, even though some of them come from the other side of the world. They all are designated one church, which is theirs.
So today they've fanned out across the city to attend their own church. There's been media scrums, as you can imagine, all over Rome trying to capture comment from the runners and riders. No real word of substance, a good morning, you know, hello to the cameras, nothing really substantive.
They're not supposed to campaign openly. It is a bizarre contest, if you like, where any side, any outward sign of campaigning for one's self almost immediately disqualifies you. So you've got to be humble. You've got to try and win over your colleagues, your fellow cardinals without being seen to overtly campaign for yourself.
KEILAR: That's right. This is not running for class president, by any stretch of the imagination. Dan Rivers for us there in Rome. Thanks, Dan.
Iran is ratcheting up its war games with defiant new missile tests. A top military commander tells Iran's Fars news agency that the Iranian army plans to test three new missiles. He says that will during an upcoming drill in central Iran once the general staff of Iran's armed forces gives the OK. This comes just days after the U.S. urged the U.N. Security Council to sanction Iran for prior missile launches.
And former South African President Nelson Mandela is back in the hospital. Officials say it's just for a routine checkup though. The 94-year-old civil rights icon was hospitalized back in December for a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones. Since then he's been recovering at home. He has not appeared in public since 2010.
And we head now to the Korean Peninsula, where tomorrow could mark the end of the almost 60-year-old cease-fire that effectively stopped the Korean War.
North Korea has threatened to cancel the pact just as the U.S. and South Korea step up annual military exercises. The threat also comes on the heels of stepped-up U.N. sanctions and Pyongyang's declaration that a preemptive nuclear strike isn't off limits. CNN's Anna Coren joining us now from Seoul, South Korea.
So, Anna, Pyongyang has threatened many times to end the cease- fire. So why should we read this as different? Should we?
ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you're absolutely right, Brianna. They have made these threats before in the past. This has been quite an extraordinary week. And I say that because of the number of threats and what has been in those threats.
You know, if we were to take North Korea on its word, the Korean Peninsula is heading for war. You mentioned the scrapping of the armistice. Well, they made threat middle of the week, and that is to nullify the armistice agreement that effectively ended the Korean War back in 1953.
Now no one exactly knows what that means, but there are concerns that North Korea could perhaps say some sort of military provocation and armed skirmish or a raid that could potentially you know, really fire up hostilities on the Korean Peninsula.
Several days later, there was that threat of a preemptive nuclear strike on the United States and South Korea. Now they've threatened to strike before, but never a nuclear strike.
And then just late last night, Brianna, we had word from the Korean state broadcaster that very much the Korean Peninsula was on the brink of war and Pyongyang was ready for war.
So what does this all mean? Well, nobody really knows because we are dealing with a pariah, an isolated state that no one can really know what Kim Jong-un or the North Korean military is thinking. But certainly you have to assume after a week of rhetoric like we have witnessed that perhaps North Korea does have something up its sleeve.
KEILAR: And I know you, of course, have been to the DMZ, which was created by the cease-fire. I went about a year ago when President Obama was visiting and it was sort of -- it's almost, I would say, incomprehensible to imagine that this -- sort of what has governed the creation of this demilitarized zone could sort of vanish in a way.
What is the response, Anna, from Washington and Seoul to these latest threats?
COREN: Yes. Just on the DMZ, Brianna. You are talking about a strip of land some 250 kilometers long and only 4 kilometers wide. Both North and South Korea take up 2 kilometers each. And it is this demilitarized zone. You know, you stand there literally and literally meters away are North Korean troops, looking back at you.
You know, the North Korean military has something like 1.2 million soldiers. You know, they're a heavy militarized state.
What is their downfall is their navy and their air force. So you know, you speak to the experts, Brianna, and they would say that North Korea would be committing suicide by launching an attack on South Korea, because, as we know, South Korea is very much protected by the United States.
They are holding those joint military drills tomorrow, but as far as some sort of provocation, which is what North Korea is threatening, this is very possible.
So those joint military drills are happening on the Korean Peninsula between the United States and South Korea. Washington has urged North Korea to not take any action, not take any provocative action. And South Korea, well, they're saying that they are very much on guard, ready for any attack, Brianna.
KEILAR: It's so interesting. I almost think a lot of people kind of hear just noise sometimes because they hear so much from North Korea, they don't really want to chalk it up to much. But it sounds like this is something definitely worth watching. Anna Coren for us there in Seoul, thank you for that.
Now back here at home, listen to this, police here in Florida are seeking an arrest warrant for Jennifer Capriati. The former tennis star is accused of assaulting and stalking an ex-boyfriend.
Police say Capriati had a run-in with Ivan Brannan Jr. at a gym on Valentine's Day. Brannan says Capriati punched him several times. Her reps call the accusations, quote, "over exaggerations." We'll have more on this story coming up with attorney Paul Callan.
And in Colorado, a winter storm dumps more than a foot of snow. It made driving perilous on major interstates, as you can see here. It canceled more than 400 flights in Denver. And along the Continental Divide crews shot artillery shells into the side of a mountain. They were trying to start a controlled avalanche to prevent a more dangerous, natural one.
And demolitions are underway along the Massachusetts coast. That's after a later winter storm knocked at least three homes from their foundations and pushed them into the Atlantic. The storm left a dozen houses on Plum Island uninhabitable. Residents there long have fought coastal erosion. They say the federal jetty system makes the problem worse.
Now this reminder, did you remember to set your clocks ahead before going to bed last night? It's that time of year to spring forward. Daylight saving time began at 2:00 am. And while we lost an hour of sleep, we're gaining more daylight. I was trying to remind myself of that when I woke up at 3:00 am this morning.
So mark my words, we do have a little something for everyone this morning. We are digging deeper on those accusations against former tennis phenom, Jennifer Capriati. And meet the woman who started her own makeup empire, Bobbi Brown shares her secret to success.
And it was a throwdown at the diamond, fists flying in this massive baseball brawl. Wait till you see this video.
KEILAR: Some sports now: the World Baseball Classic turned ugly when a full-scale brawl broke during a game Canada and Mexico. Joe Carter has the video in this morning's "Bleacher Report."
JOE CARTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, good morning, Brianna.
Yes, the fight started because basically Team Mexico thought that Team Canada was running up the score. So in the ninth inning, Canada had about a six-run lead. They were in position to perhaps score even more runs. That's when Mexico sent a clear message, saying, hey, we're not happy with your strategy to pad the score.
So we're going to go ahead and throw an intentional pitch into your back, the fastball hitting Rene Tosoni right there in the back. That's when things, of course, got heated.
Both teams ran onto the field. Some pushing and shoving quickly turned into punches. In all, seven players were ejected.
Now after the game, Canada's manager explained that they weren't doing it to try to insult Mexico; they weren't trying to embarrass Mexico. Basically because of the point system that's set up in the World Baseball Classic, he felt like his team had to score more runs in order to earn more points so they would have a greater chance of advancing to the next round.
ERNIE WHITT, TEAM CANADA MANAGER: What happened tonight is because of the rulings that they have. Regular baseball, during the season, you'd never see that happening, but because of the run differential that they have, you play it like a 0-0 game the whole time.
CARTER: On to golf now. Tiger Woods starts today's final round at Doral with a four-shot lead. You know, he was in total command of his golf game yesterday, even when things could have spun out of control. His tee shot on 17 turned tree shot. Yes, his ball never came down from that palm tree. You see it get stuck right there.
He was actually penalized a stroke, which means he would bogey the hole, but on 18 Tiger Woods fired right back and sunk this beautiful birdie putt. After three rounds at Doral, Tiger has carded 24 birdies. It's a personal best for him. Again, he has a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell. Phil Mickelson just five shots back.
A great buzzer beater for you in the Georgia-Alabama game. Watch this: game tied at 58; Alabama needs the heave-ho and they did it. Ow, 50-foot buzzer beater. You know, we've seen fans come onto the court and make those shots this year. It's nice to see a team do it.
Alabama really needed this shot. They really needed the win. They're a bubble team. They needed it in order to have any shot of making the upcoming NCAA tournament. And the biggest rivalry in college hoops turned into a blowout yesterday. Number 3 Duke made a statement on North Carolina's home court by beating them by 16 points. Check out bleacherreport.com for Twitter reaction and post-game recaps.
Brianna, back to you.
KEILAR: Have you ever seen something like Tiger's shot there into the tree? Have you seen that before?
CARTER: I've seen other people get their shots stuck in trees before. I've seen them stuck on top of a clubhouse, in the stands. It happens. It's a part of golf. But as good as things were going for Tiger Woods yesterday, he could have really fallen off the track. But just shows you, he's got total control and command of his game, because he got right back on it.
KEILAR: Totally amazing. I once hit my golf ball into the opposing fairway or the adjacent fairway and it went into the golf bag of a guy who was walking towards me.
CARTER: Excuse me; can you get my ball for me?
KEILAR: Where did the ball go? Oh, he dumps it out. It was kind of funny.
Joe Carter, thanks for that.
CARTER: You bet.
KEILAR: Back to the story now about former tennis champ, Jennifer Capriati. She's accused of assaulting and stalking an ex- boyfriend. Police say Capriati had a run in with Ivan Brannan Jr. at a gym on Valentine's Day. Brannan says Capriati punched him several times.
Her reps call the accusations, quote, "overexaggerations," and CNN legal contributor Paul Callan joining me now by phone.
So, Paul, what kind of consequences can charges of stalking and assault have in a case like this?
PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Well, Brianna, Florida has a very serious stalking law. As a matter of fact, in most places it's only a misdemeanor, meaning a year or less in jail.
Florida has a very strict law where you can actually do more than a year in prison. They have a felony provision for particularly bad examples of stalking. So it's a tough place to be arrested on this charge, and we'll have to see how the courts deal with this situation.
KEILAR: Now that said, apparently there's been a request for an arrest warrant but not one issued yet.
What does that mean? Does that mean she won't be arrested or is this just kind of a step in this process that we expect to play out?
CALLAN: Well, it means that, at least for now, these are just accusations that have been made, apparently by her former boyfriend. And we have to see whether a judge would look at the evidence in the case and see whether it warrants the actual issuance of an arrest warrant. So it may amount to nothing.
I will say that there are lots of press reports, both in Florida newspapers and in newspapers around the country, indicating that there's a long and rather torturous history between the two involved here, Capriati and her boyfriend, and that there have been police complaints made in the past and charges exchanged between the two of them. So we'll have to see what a judge thinks about it.
He's the one who will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant and ultimately prosecutors will decide whether it's a serious enough case to charge as a misdemeanor or a felony under Florida law.
KEILAR: That's right. Now her ex-boyfriend is alleging that there have been at least half a dozen incidents of stalking here. So we'll see if they try to establish a pattern and what that means. But also this isn't her first run-in with the law. Remember, she had issues when she was a younger star. She kind of got that reputation as a wild child, arrested for shoplifting and marijuana possession.
Do you think those charges may come into play here?
CALLAN: It's unlikely that they would come into play because they're very, very old charges. Of course, in terms of her public reputation, people don't forget when former Olympians and top 10 tennis players have arrest records.
In this case, though, I think the thing that I found to be interesting in some of the early reports I've seen is that the Capriati representatives have said that the boyfriend tried to get a restraining order of some kind from a Florida judge, and that was denied. The judge wouldn't issue it.
So they're saying that, in fact, she's the victim here and that she is not a stalker and she vehemently denies that she is a stalker. So I'm sure we're going to hear a lot more from both sides as this case progresses.
KEILAR: I am sure that we will. Paul Callan for us, thank you very much. We'll be right back after a short break.
CALLAN: Thank you.
KEILAR: Have you ever heard of a type A-minus personality? That's just what makeup guru Bobbi Brown says that she is. The wildly successful woman also says she's never even seen the glass ceiling. CNN's Alina Cho talked to Brown in a special series airing this week, "What Women Want."
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ALINA CHO, CNN HOST (voice-over): Makeup maven Bobbi Brown is not shy.
BOBBI BROWN, MAKEUP MAVEN: Fifty-five.
CHO: You're not shy about it.
BROWN: No, I'm not shy about it.
CHO (voice-over): About her age or about her success.
BROWN: I never think about not being successful in what I do. And I'm -- I think it's a combination of courage and being naive. I just think, why not?
CHO: Oh, I love it.
BROWN: And you can use it on your lips, too.
CHO (voice-over): Brown started her company with in 1991 with 10 lipsticks.
BROWN: I was doing a shoot and I met a chemist. And I explained to him my dream is to find a lipstick that looked like lips.
CHO (voice-over): The idea took off. She sold 100 in the first day. Four years later, Estee Lauder's son, Leonard, came calling.
BROWN: He said you've done such an amazing job with your company. We can't beat you in the stores (inaudible) I'd love to buy you. And I knew it was the right move. What mattered to me most was the integrity of the products, and new creative ideas. But I also wanted to be available to be the best mom that I could be and the best wife I could be.
CHO (voice-over): Brown sold but retains creative control. Today Bobbi Brown Cosmetics sells 21 million individual products a year.
Bobbi Brown the woman is a self-described type A-minus wife and mother of three.
CHO: I hate to say juggling it all but, I mean --
BROWN: Right. It's a lot. And people always say, how do you do this?
Well, you know, some days work better than others.
And maybe you will not have that top job because you do have three kids and a husband and you want your friends, so there are certain choices women make.
The pictures are great.
Even though I still do a lot of the little detail things myself.
CHO (voice-over): Like take out the trash the same week she lunches with at the White House or uses what could be wasted time in the back of a car, writing her books.
CHO: What about this whole notion of the glass ceiling for women?
BROWN: I've never seen the ceiling. Never. I don't see it.
CHO (voice-over): Bobbi Brown's world is one that includes an in-office manicurist.
CHO: Why do you offer this?
BROWN: Because there's a lot -- we're in a beauty company and also look at how much time it saves. A lot of the working moms would love to get a manicure.
CHO: No kidding.
BROWN: No one ever has to say to me I can't make a meeting because of my kid's first day of kindergarten or the school play, or my kid's checkup. I get that.
CHO (voice-over): Another of Brown's priorities is giving back.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Brand new today.
CHO (voice-over): With every appearance on QVC, she donates $25,000 to Dress for Success, a nonprofit that gives career advice and professional clothing to underprivileged women; 100 percent of U.S. sales of this rouge pot also goes to the charity.
BROWN: Look how pretty it is.
CHO (voice-over): Empowering women by making them feel their best.
BROWN: Be who you are. That's my tag line.
CHO (voice-over): Brown's secret to beauty and success -- Alina Cho, CNN, New York.
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KEILAR: Have you heard the buzz already about a new book by Facebook's number two in command, Sheryl Sandberg? "Lean In: Women Work and the Will to Lead" will be out on store shelves this week. And in an interview airing tonight on CBS's "60 Minutes," Sandberg said women are opting out of leadership positions in the workplace before they even get started. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SHERYL SANDBERG, COO, FACEBOOK: Plenty of women are as ambitious as men. But I am saying -- and I want to say it unequivocally and unapologetically, that the data is clear that when it comes to ambition to lead, to be the leader of whatever you're doing, men and boys outnumber girls and women.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But some women will hear that and say, wow, she's telling me I'm not working hard enough, I'm not trying hard enough. She's blaming women.
SANDBERG: Yes. I'm not blaming women. My message is not one of blaming women. There's an awful lot we would don't control. I am saying that there's an awful lot we can control and we can do for ourselves.
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KEILAR: Sandberg also says that women tend to be liked less when they are successful, and she says that's holding women back.
A major blow to James Holmes' insanity plea. We'll tell you why a judge ruled against the accused Colorado theater shooter.
KEILAR: Welcome back and thank you so much for starting your morning with us, and a special welcome to our troops who are watching on the American Forces Network. I'm Brianna Keilar in for Randi Kaye. And this is half past the hour. In Colorado, a judge has dealt a major blow to the defense team of accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Saying their challenges to that state's constitution regarding Holmes' insanity defense won't hold up in court. Dave Young from CNN affiliate KDVR has the story.
DAVE YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The massacre last July at this Aurora Theater sent off a firestorm of calls for more restrictive gun laws, has brought tearful testimony from victims families this week.
TOM SULLIVAN, VICTIM'S FATHER: He was senselessly murdered by a man who walked into that theater with a weapon equipped with 100 round magazine. He opened fire killing 12, including my son Alex, and injuring physically 58 others.
YOUNG: Those who treated victims also carry emotional scars.
DR. BARBARA BLOK, EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN: This was a tremendous number of patients in a very short period of time with emotional stories and just a very hard thing to go through for everybody. YOUNG: Now lawyers for James Holmes suffer a setback. The judge ruling Colorado's insanity defense process does not violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination or his right to remain silent making it lightly he'll plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
DAN RECHT, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: And that will trigger all of the consequences of a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, including a required evaluation by the state at the state hospital.
YOUNG: State law requires Holmes to cooperate with that evaluation, opening up his medical records, including treatment from CU psychiatrist Lynn Fenton who alerted CU police he might be dangerous. Legal analyst Dan Recht says that raises more questions for Holmes' defense.
RECHT: If you assert your right to remain silent, are you not cooperating and, therefore, you can't use the insanity defense.
YOUNG: The judge promised to answer that question at the next hearing.
KEILAR: That's Dave Young from our affiliate KDVR in Denver.
Turning now to southeast Afghanistan. With this essay, an Afghan policeman sacrificed his life by embracing a suicide bomber in order to dole the blast as the vest detonated. Officers recognized the bomber's vestment. He was stopped in a village checkpoint. The bomb killed the officer along with eight young people. Local officers believe training exercises with Afghan police were the intended target.
The handover of Bagram prison from the U.S. military to Afghan control will now take place sometime this very week. It was supposed to happen yesterday, but it was delayed at the last minute to resolve technical details. The U.S. commander in Afghanistan reportedly had expressed reservations about handing over dangerous prisoners. The U.S plan to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan the plan is to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
White House visitors are being turned away. Tours have been shuttered due to forced spending cuts. Some say, they plan tours of the White House for months and one young tourist was especially disappointed.
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NATALIE COOPER, TOURIST: I was pretty upset about it, just because of the fact that I know how difficult sometimes it is to get a tour of the White House and to have it lined up and it just of coincide with his birthday and for him to just turn eight and he had his own bucket list and on that bucket list was D.C., and, you know, the White House, and so it was a little bit, you know, upsetting.
(END VIDEO CLIP) KEILAR: That is upsetting. The Secret Service suggested cutting the tours saying it would save $74,000 every week. White House employees still face pay cuts and furloughs.
Democratic sources in Washington tell CNN that this man here is President Obama's choice to be the next Labor secretary. Thomas Perez currently heads up the Justice Department civil rights division. If Perez is nominated, he'll have to be confirmed by the Senate.
And another Romney is taking a stab at public office. Scott Romney is considering a run for Senate. He's the brother of former presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. Scott Romney is eyeing the Michigan Senate seat that will be vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Carl Levin. He is leaving next year. Romney is currently a partner at a law firm and has not yet held public office.
Cardinals will celebrate mass today and prepare for one of the oldest traditions of the Catholic Church - the pal conclave. The chimney has been installed and protective floors set up in the Sistine Chapel as the world awaits to see black or white smoke that signifies whether a new pope has been elected. Here's Jonathan Mann with how this whole process works.
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JONATHAN MANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's the oldest enduring electoral system in the world. And many of its traditions have been unchanged for centuries. The conclave, which literally means locked with a key dates back to a time when cardinals were locked in until they chose a new pope. Now, it's the world that's locked out, figuratively speaking, as much of the conclave will take place behind closed doors. The gathering begins with a morning mass in St. Peter's Basilica. In the afternoon the 115 voting cardinals, those under 80 years old, enter the Sistine Chapel where each will take an oath of secrecy. The penalty, automatic excommunication. After the oath, preparations are made for the election taken by secret ballot. Lots are drawn to select three cardinals who will help collect ballots, three more cardinals to count the votes, and three others to review the results. Printed on the ballots, the words "ligo in Summum Pontifecem," meaning elect as Supreme Pontiff. Each elector writes the name of one candidate on the lower half of the ballot and folds it in half. Cardinals are not allowed to vote for themselves. Then in order of seniority, the cardinals take their ballots to the altar. Each places a folded ballot onto a small desk and then the ballot is dropped into a chalice.
Once all the votes are cast, the ballots are tallied, and the results are read aloud. More than a two thirds majority is needed to declare a winner, in this case, 77 votes. If there is no winner, there is another vote. If there is still no winner, two more votes are scheduled for the afternoon. Voting continues up to four ballots each day until there is a winner. The ballots are burned after each session in an incinerator inside the chapel sending off the most famous smoke signal in the world. If there's no winner, they are burned with the chemical that gives off black smoke telling the crowd waiting in St. Peter's Square that a new pope has not yet been selected. When there is a winner the ballots are burned alone, giving off white smoke, a sign from the cardinals that they have chosen a new pope to lead the church. Jonathan Mann, CNN, Atlanta.
KEILAR: Cool stuff. We'll be watching for that.
Well, hey, New Yorkers. It might be time to stock up on your favorite sodas because the city's controversial sugary drink ban goes into effect Tuesday, and we are looking at just how far these new regs go.
KEILAR: All right, guys. Time to get you ready for the week ahead. Tuesday's a pretty big day. In Rome, the secret election to pick a new pope begins. 115 Catholic cardinals will take part in the conclave. Also on Tuesday, New York City's controversial soda ban goes into effect. So, this big old (inaudible) on Tuesday. And then on Wednesday, in Washington President Obama is meeting with both Senate and House Republicans. Forced budget cuts may be the big talker. Immigration reform, gun control may also be on the table. And then on Thursday this is where you will find me, CPAC, the largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists kicking off in Washington. You've got names like Congressman Paul Ryan, Senator Marco Rubio. All of them expected. And then Sunday it is the start, yes, of March madness. Schools will find out if they've been selected to compete in the tournament, so get ready to fill out lots of those brackets come Monday morning. Also on Sunday, of course, it is St. Patrick's Day. Right here. Always have a problem with the last one. I am obviously attired for it a week early.
And as I mentioned, in just two days New York's controversial sugary soda ban takes effect. It is a move meant to combat obesity and encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles. But some New Yorkers are getting all shook up over it. Especially because it's hard to even understand what's allowed under the new rules. CNN's Mary Snow has more.
MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Brianna, it's complicated. Latte's won't change because they have milk. Coffee with sugar, that's a different story. At least one coffee chain is bracing its customers. And we found many who were surprised to learn of the breadth of this city ban.
SNOW: Along with that cup of coffee, a side order of new rules. Dunkin Donuts is handing out these fliers to its New York City customers on how new regulations spills over into its coffee business. It's part of the ban on supersized sugary drinks that goes into effect Tuesday. It's part of the city effort to fight obesity. To comply, Dunkin Donuts will no longer put sugar in coffee over 16 ounces. You'll have to do it yourself.
UF: I was surprised. I thought it was just like soda and like ice teas. I didn't even know it was coffee. It's (inaudible) just now.
UF: It's annoying. I believe it's unnecessary. Like there are so many other things to worry about in this city.
SNOW: The city isn't banning restaurants from putting sugar in coffee. The Department of Health says the limit for a barrista is four packets of sugar for 20 ounces. And customers themselves can add as much sugar as they want. But Dunkin Donuts says it wants to cut down on any confusion. McDonald's also says it will tell customers to add their own sugar in coffee over 16 ounces. Both places say they have been prepping workers to be ready.
SNOW: At restaurants sodas this size is what the city doesn't want served. This is 20 ounces, and this one is still OK, it's 12 ounces. And customers can order as many as they want, but at restaurants like this one that prides itself on Texas size servings, it makes a difference.
ERIC LEVINE: Everything is big.
SNOW: Eric Levine is the director of Dallas Barbecue, which has ten restaurants.
(on camera): Are you going to stop using those 20 ounces?
LEVINE. We will when the law says we have to. Right now we sort of in limbo (ph) and we are allowed by the city law to hold off to I think about June.
SNOW (voice over): The city says it will not enforce violations for three months as restaurants adjust. Levine is waiting to see the results of a lawsuit filed by restaurants, beverage companies and others to try and stop the city from its ban on supersized drinks. He estimates all the changes will cost his business tens of thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches.
LEVINE: A lot of aggravation. Menu changes, sign changes, digital boards, Facebook, websites, information training, (inaudible) computers, everything.
SNOW: Another company that's not making changes right away is Starbucks. If says there are a few gray areas that it's sorting through. And it's going to use the city's three-month evaluation period to take a look at what changes it needs to make to be in compliance. Brianna?
KEILAR: Thanks, Mary.
Now, this week we hope to know who the next pope will be, and while we wait for white smoke at the Vatican, some people have a lot riding on that very moment.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) KEILAR: The wealth of money may be the root of all evil according to the Bible, but that has not stopped the bookmakers from offering odds for the next pope. Yes, bets are being made to see who will emerge from the white smoke as the new leader of the Catholic Church. And here to discuss the odds and who the bookies are betting on is someone I've always got my money on, Nadia Bilchik. So, it sounds kind of wrong, I think, that people would be betting on a religious figure. How popular is this?
NADIA BILCHIK, CNN CORRESPNDENT: It's so popular. And it's known as novelty betting. So, anything. The Academy Awards, presidential elections. Anything that has an outcome is open for betting. And choosing the pope is no different.
KEILAR: That is amazing. So, where - if I want to go place a bet.
BILCHIK: You can go online. But as an American, it is illegal.
BILCHIK: But in Europe there is an Irish company called Petty Power. And it's one of the most prominent. And Petty Power is based in Ireland, it has offices all over Europe. And they have their pick for pope.
KEILAR: OK. So, I can't bet on this, but let me be a voyeur into it and ask you. What are the odds? What are the top five contenders here?
BILCHIK: Well, let's start with number five, and this is Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer. And he's from Brazil. He's a prolific Tweeter. And he's been on Brazil's most popular talk shows. Then you've got Canadian Marc Ouellet at number four. You've got Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State with the odds of three to one. And then hailing from Africa, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson with a five to two. And I know you want to know who number one is.
BILCHIK: The Archbishop of Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola with odds as low as two to one.
KEILAR: Interesting. OK. So, how much money are we talking about here?
BILCHIK: Well, at this stage, close to half a million dollars according to a spokesperson from Petty Power. But remember, the conclave only begins on Tuesday and that's when the bets really hot at.
KEILAR: OK. So I'm looking at your lineup there. What about American cardinals?
BILCHIK: Well, Timothy Dolan is 20 to one. KEILAR: 20 to one?
BILCHIK: It is fair, because Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict at about this time, was 20 to one, and then closer to the conclave was six to one.
KEILAR: So, it's shifting. It's always sort of moving. Interesting. OK. So, how serious do people take this?
BILCHIK: Some people take it very seriously. But if you go on to some of these sites, you can vote for Bono, for example, at 1,000 to 1.
BILCHIK: And then there's Silvio Berlusconi at 2500 to one. And interestingly enough, technically, you only have to be a practicing Catholic to become head of the church.
KEILAR: Still, Bono? What was the odds for Bono?
BILCHIK: Two and a half thousand to one.
BILCHIK: But at least he has leadership capability.
KEILAR: I guess so.
BILCHIK: Even though, he's (inaudible) being sentenced to year in prison.
KEILAR: I don't think it's going to work out for him.
BILCHIK: But whoever it is, Brianna ...
BILCHIK: They have the arduous task of reviving a very tarnished image of the Catholic Church.
KEILAR: Yes. Those are. And that is a tough job. Nadia Bilchik for us, fascinating. Thank you, Nadia.
And in our next hour, former tennis prodigy wanted by the police. Why authorities in Florida want to talk to Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Capriati.
KEILAR: The thing about comedy is you get a pass for poking fun at sensitive topics, and that's exactly how "Saturday Night Live" opened its show. Here's host Justin Timberlake's ode to the late Hugo Chavez.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (singing): Good-bye, Hugo, see, you (inaudible) were a man of the people, and a lie to wear a sash you called George Bush the devil when you spoke at the U.N. You said it smelled like sulfur, and you called him Mr. Danger and it seems to me, you lived your life like a candle in the wind if a candle could pull out two pistols at a press conference ...
TIMBERLAKE (singing): ... and you said the U.S. called earthquakes and you outlawed coke zero, and on your shoulders stood your parrot with the matching red beret.
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KEILAR: Thanks for starting your morning with us. We've got much more ahead on CNN's Sunday Morning which starts right now.
Good morning, everyone. I'm Brianna Keilar in for Randi Kaye. It is seven o'clock on the East Coast, just a few seconds shy of that. Four o'clock on the West. Thanks for starting your morning with us.
We begin with a wild story about former tennis champ Jennifer Capriati. She's accused of assaulting and stalking an ex-boyfriend. Police say Capriati had a run in with Ivan Brannan Jr. at a gym on Valentine's Day. Brannan says Capriati punched him several times. Her reps called the accusations overexaggerations.
CNN's legal contributor, Paul Callan joining me by phone.
So, Paul, how serious are these charges of stalking and assault in Florida? They are kind of serious, right?
CALLAN: Well, they can be, Brianna, because Florida has one of the strictest stalking laws in the country. Most places it's a misdemeanor charge, a minor charge where you face probation or community service. In Florida, they have a felony provision where you actually can be sentenced to state's prison in a particularly serious case.
Now, we don't know what is involved in this case, whether it would rise to that level or, indeed, if charges will ever be formally brought, but it's in the a good place to be charged with stalking.
KEILAR: No. And, Paul, apparently her ex-boyfriend is alleging at least half a dozen incidents of stalking. If, say, his lawyers are able to establish a pattern here, will that be damaging?
CALLAN: Yes, that will be highly damaging to him. There are claims being made by the boyfriend that there have been seven prior reports of stalking-like behavior, phone calls, text messages. There's also a claim that this wound up in front of a Florida judge once before when apparently the boyfriend sought a restraining order. So there appears to be a long history here of things going on between these two people. So we have to see what they announce.
Of course, also, bear in mind, you kind of laugh usually about a guy bringing criminal charges because a girl punched him in the chest -- no offense, Brianna -- but when the girl happens to be a former Olympian, you know, with a great serve, she probably throws a pretty good punch to the chest. So --
KEILAR: Is this something --
CALLAN: -- maybe in her case we could understand why charges might be brought if, in fact, she assaulted her ex-boyfriend.
KEILAR: Their history, does it tend to be her reporting any incidents involving him or is it really just him reporting incidents involving her?
CALLAN: Well, most of the incidents that I'm picking up in my research about their history seems to be him making complaints about her as opposed to the other way around.
Now, I have seen a report that her attorney has vehemently denied this and said that she's really the victim here and she is not a stalker and adamantly denies being a stalker.
So, you know, a judge will have to sort this out, and prosecutors will have to sort this out. These sorts of domestic claims, you know, sometimes it's called domestic abuse if married people are involved, get sorted out by prosecutors and sometimes there's merit to them and sometimes there's not.
KEILAR: And sometimes it's a he said/she said thing and we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.
Paul Callan for us -- thank you.
CALLAN: Nice being with you, Brianna.
KEILAR: A winter storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in Colorado. It's making driving pretty dangerous on major interstates, canceled more than 400 flights in Denver. And along the continental divide crews had to shoot artillery shells into the side of a mountain because they were trying to start a controlled avalanche to prevent a major dangerous natural one.
Demolitions are underway along the Massachusetts coast. That's after a late winter storm knocked at least three homes from their foundations forced into the Atlantic. The storm left a dozen homes on Plum Island uninhabitable. Residents have long fought coastal erosion. But they said the federal jetty system is making the problem worse.
A federal jury has granted one of the largest civil rights verdicts to an Ohio man who spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. David Ayers was awarded $13.2 million for wrongly prosecution and imprisonment. The 56 years old former security officer was freed in 2011 after DNA tests cleared him in the killing of a 76-year-old woman at the public housing complex where she worked. The city attorney in Cleveland, which is on the hook to pay, says officials are, quote, "disappointed and considering their options."
It is a day of rest at the Vatican before one of the biggest weeks for the Roman Catholic faithful. Starting on Tuesday, 115 cardinal electors will begin the process of voting for a new pope. But there is also controversy as a cardinal in the conclave is accused of covering up child abuse by a priest.
CNN's senior international correspondent Dan Rivers joins us now from Rome. He is just down the street from the Vatican.
So, Dan, the cardinals begin voting on Tuesday. What is the likelihood that they'll pick a new pope right away, that it may take a day or two, or will it take longer, do you think?
DAN RIVERS, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The honest answer is, no one knows. Back in '92, it took five days. Subsequent conclaves where they've voted for a pope are shorter. Some three days. No one knows.
I think it's highly unlikely given that there's no obvious front- runner this time that the new pope will be chosen on Tuesday. I'm guessing it will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. But no one knows for sure.
Today is the last day when the cardinals who are potentially going to be the vote or vote for the pope will be out giving mass in their various churches that they're affiliated to in Rome. This church behind me, beautiful church just down the road from Vatican is Santa Maria del Carmelo is affiliated with Marc Ouellet, who's the Canadian cardinal, who's been mentioned as a possible candidate. He's not here right now. We understand he will be here later this evening.
KEILAR: So, Dan, these cardinal electors are essentially choosing from amongst themselves. Are there any front-runners that are standing out at this point? Is it too soon to tell?
KEILAR: It is too soon to tell. I mean, you know, there are favorites depending on who you ask. The Italians, obviously, are hoping that Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, maybe elected.
The Americans, clearly, they've got the biggest voting bloc of the 115. I think they've got 11 voting cardinals, hoping for someone like Sean O'Malley or Tim Dolan from New York, the New York archbishop. I think it's pretty unlikely, but it's possible.
In terms of a reforming, a radical pope who might be able to come in and tackle the pedophile sex abuse scandal which is one of the big things they're going to have to deal with. Perhaps someone like Christoph Schonborn, the Austrian archbishop of Vienna, he's taken a top line on this.
But there are about 10 different runners, varying from, cardinals from Argentina, Brazil, from America as I've mentioned, Peter Turkson from Africa, from Ghana. So it's a wide open field. And no one really knows for sure who's going to win.
It's interesting because you need a super majority, 2/3, 77 votes. So it's going to be someone who is a compromise candidate probably, someone who appeals to various different sections of the cardinals, not someone who is an outright favorite. I think someone who's a compromise candidate. That leaves it wide open.
KEILAR: They certainly have their work cut out for them as this abuse case is raising questions of the cover-up high in the Vatican is right there at the forefront, as we wait to see who the next pope is. Dan Rivers for us in Rome, thank you for that.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is back in the hospital. Officials say it's just for a routine checkup though. The 94-year-old civil rights icon was hospitalized back in December for a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones. Since then he has been recovering at home.
A retired FBI agent missing overseas. He disappeared one day after arriving in Iran. Next, we'll hear from his wife making a plea for his safe return.
KEILAR: This weekend marks six years since a retired FBI agent vanished overseas. Bob Levinson was working as a private investigator in March of 2007 when he traveled to Kish Island, Iran. He disappeared after being there for only a day.
Bob's wife Christine is joining me now on the phone.
So, Christine, today happens to be your husband's 65th birthday, which I know must be tough for you --
CHRISTINE LEVINSON, WIFE OF MISSING FORMER FBI AGENT (via telephone): Yes.
KEILAR: -- not having him with you.
I'm wondering, can you tell us if there's any new information about him?
LEVINSON: Unfortunately, there is no new information about him. It's very discouraging, but we are going to keep looking for him.
KEILAR: You have a contrast of your husband before he disappeared and since his capture. Clearly, he looks much thinner. His face has become more gaunt. You're concerned about his deteriorating health because he does have some health conditions. But you've been told he's been seen by a doctor.
How do you know this?
LEVINSON: I've just heard it from people who have said that they get the information. It's just third hand. It's not direct contact.
KEILAR: Christine, that's one of the things that's so confusing about this because the Iranian government says it has no involvement except that I know that there's skepticism definitely on the part of the U.S. government. What do you think? Who do you think is holding him?
LEVINSON: Honestly, at this moment in time, I have no idea where he is or exactly who's holding him. All I know is that he is being held against his will and has been for the past six years and it's time to bring him home safely.
KEILAR: How have you dealt with this? Six years, this is the man that you built your life with. How do you -- how do you sort of hang in there? I know you say you're discouraged but you're still working very hard on this. You've been to Iran to try to raise awareness about this.
What has it been like for you?
LEVINSON: It's been extremely difficult but we take it one day at a time and we hope every day that this will be the day that we hear that he's coming home to us.
KEILAR: On the fifth anniversary of his disappearance, the FBI announced there will be a $1 million reward for his safe return. It's now the sixth anniversary and FBI has renewed that pledge.
Just Friday, the White House released this statement about your husband, saying in part, "Finding him remains a high priority for the United States and we will continue to do all that we can to bring him home safely to his friends and family. So they may begin to heal after so many years of extraordinary grief and uncertainty.
In 2011, the State Department said your husband was being held somewhere near the border areas of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. Are you confident that this award is going to help bring him home and really what kind of demands do you think need to be met from the captives?
LEVINSON: I think that this will help. However, I don't know what whoever is holding him is looking for because even with the pictures and the video, they have never given us that information.
KEILAR: Christine Levinson, I know this is a tough weekend for you, the sixth anniversary of your husband missing in Iran, and today his 65th birthday which would be a big one --
KEILAR: -- obviously that you would celebrate with him. Thanks for joining us. I really appreciate it.
LEVINSON: Thank you. Thank you.
KEILAR: Fighting as a woman but born a man. My interview with the world's first openly transgender MMA fighter who's taking heat for keeping her past a secret.
KEILAR: Good morning, Washington, D.C. A live look at the White House. Got a couple of lights coming on there this morning. Gorgeous day in the D.C. area, 63 degrees and mostly sunny expected today.
We're going to take a look at these pictures. That is Fallon Fox. She made headlines this week after coming out as the first ever openly transgender MMA fighter. Nicknamed the "Queen of Swords," the 37-year-old featherweight is undefeated. She won her first two professional fights in the first round.
Here's last weekend's 39-second win during a fight for Florida's Championship Fighting Alliance.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fallon Fox escaped. They're both back up on their feet.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These girls are getting right into it.
Fox takes a knee and that's it. Fallon Fox, that's it. Holy cow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What a beautiful knee. Right to the chin.
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KEILAR: Yes, a very brutal sport it is.
Some of Fallon Fox's opponents are calling foul though, appealing their losses arguing, they should have known about her background. This weekend I spoke to Fox and "Sports Illustrated's" Loretta Hunt about the controversy.
FALLON FOX, TRANSGENDER MMA FIGHTER: The medical community stands behind me in that and there's no unfair competitive advantages, which is the argument from those who oppose my competition have said.
KEILAR: And when did you sort of give us an idea of when you started with the mixed martial arts. Was this before or after your gender reassignment surgery?
FOX: I started training in 2008, which is about two years after my gender reassignment surgery. My first MMA match was about a year and a half ago.
KEILAR: So you've only ever trained and you've only ever been involved in this sport as a woman. Are you surprised by some of the reaction that you're getting, both some of the negative and the positive? FOX: It doesn't surprise me that much. I think that some people have a tendency not to pay attention to science in general, which is the way that we find out about the world around us. It's just a thing that happens to human beings.
But I think for the most part the reaction has been positive, it's just some people -- some of our -- some of society just doesn't get it yet. What we're trying to do right now is to inform people and let them know about transgender athletes.
KEILAR: Loretta, you broke this story. It's sort of interesting because this is an issue that has come up in other sports, right? Talk to us about the MMA and whether fighters are required to notify if they are transgender and how that compares to other sports.
LORETTA HUNT, WRITER, SPORTSILLUSTRATED.COM: Right. Well, in terms of mixed martial arts, this is our first known case of a transgender athlete essentially coming out and revealing her medical history. In terms of Fallon having to notify her opponent, at this point, the state commissions, and they all have their different set of rules for jurisdictions, are essentially racing to accommodate and bring in some kind of transgender policy, specifically Florida and California where her licenses are either active or pending.
Fallon at this point would not have to tell her opponents she is transgender, and in terms of what rules are in place in the coming months, I suspect she will have to let the commissions know and they will test her appropriately.
KEILAR: What do you think ultimately may happen here?
HUNT: I think it's going to take a couple months. Fallon is in a tournament and she's moved to the semifinals with her win on March 2nd. So, and she is active in Florida. Her license is under review due to a discrepancy she had put on her application.
But I'm told that her license is still active. It's not frozen in any way. However, the Florida boxing commission starting next week is going investigate and look at some type of transgender policy to bring in. I think it's going to go through a process that's going to take about a couple months, and once that policy is in place I believe Fallon will be able to fight.
KEILAR: Fallon, this is something that's very personal for you to talk about. Why did you decide at this point that you wanted to discuss this and share this with the world knowing full well that you would get a lot of attention? You were obviously prepared for that.
FOX: Right. I didn't plan on coming out. There was a reporter that contacted me and was digging. Apparently, he was told rumors that I was transgender or transsexual. That's the terminology that I like to use. So I pretty much had no choice because he was digging around asking people about me.
So if it wasn't for that, I would have preferred to keep my personal medical history to myself because that's what -- it's a matter. It's about my personal medical history and I don't think that everybody should have to reveal their personal medical history if they don't feel that they want to.
KEILAR: Florida's boxing commission is now reviewing Fallon's fighting license. Fox can't fight in the state until they make a decision on her future.
I also spoke with Fox's last opponent, who you saw in that video, Ericka Newsome, and her agent, Matthew Hambleton, who say they wish they had known their opponent was born a man before the fight.
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MATTHEW HAMBLETON, ERICKA NEWSOME'S AGENT: Just knowing what you're getting into, you know? Not having any disclosure of something of that nature, you know, it puts a lot of stress after the fight obviously, you know, as this story's breaking. But, you know, it's something that the managers know that they should disclose and which they didn't.
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KEILAR: To read more and check out all of these interviews visit CNN.com.
A box of wild animals in a very unlikely place. We will show you where these little guys were found.
But, first, let's check in with Dr. Sanjay Gupta with a look at what's coming up at the bottom of the hour. Good morning, Sanjay.
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DR. SANJAY GUTPA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: It's hard to believe that swaddling a baby has actually become controversial, so we decided to call one of our favorite guests, Dr. Harvey Karp, to tell us about it and also how to appropriately swaddle.
We got all of that at the bottom of the hour.
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KEILAR: Good morning, Washington, D.C. You're looking at the Jefferson Memorial, a live picture. The sun coming up there over the Potomac River, right behind the memorial, you can see Reagan National Airport there in the background.
A family spots a box on the side of the road in South Carolina so they stopped. They heard some strange noises coming from it and inside, what a surprise -- black bear cubs. They're about a month old. They weigh less than three pounds each. Of course, the kids wanted to keep these little guys, but the parents made sure they got to the nearest bear rescue facility.
Are you about to eat your breakfast? Well, before you throw that bacon on the griddle, let "Saturday Night Live" host Justin Timberlake try to convince you to go vegan.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, SINGER (singing): Have you heard about the new health craze? Meatless burger with tofu mayonnaise. Set the brisket. Hey, eat some kale, it's so fun. Ah, veg out. Veg out. Ah.
All right, stop, vegetarian nation, we have (INAUDIBLE) concentration, fiber is a dope ingredient, a thing you want to make your bowels expedient. Brown rice, baby, unmill, unmill. Brown rice, baby, unmill, unmill. Brown rice, baby, unmill, unmill.
Yellow king while in the light, now we're standing side by side as your shadow crosses mind, what it takes to come alive. We found love in a meatless place. We found love in a meatless place. That's great. I wish I had some glow sticks.
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KEILAR: It's not easy being meatless. I'll see you back here at the top of the hour, 8:00 Eastern.
But, first, "SANJAY GUPTA, M.D." begins right now.