January 13th, 2014
09:42 AM ET

France's First Lady Hospitalized After Report of Hollande's Affair

The first lady of France, Valerie Trierweiler, has been hospitalized since Friday following allegations that President Francois Hollande has been having an affair with a French actress, a top member of Trierweiler's staff said.

Patrice Biancone, head of Trierweiler's Elysee office, told CNN, "She needed rest. We are hoping that she will leave the hospital at the beginning of this week."

He said that the first lady entered a hospital after allegations surfaced in the French tabloid Closer linking Hollande romantically to actress Julie Gayet.

"We all know why she went in after the story came out," said Biancone, clearly making the link between the revelations of the magazine and Trierweiler's hospitalization.

Trierweiler and Hollande are not married but live together, and she makes official state appearances. They met when she was a reporter for Paris Match magazine, a publication she still works for.

Hollande, 59, left his longtime common-law wife, Segolene Royal - the mother of his four children - for Trierweiler, 48, before the 2012 presidential election.

Closer reported Hollande had been slipping out of the back door of the Elysee Palace and hopping on a motor scooter driven by a bodyguard to Gayet's apartment. The magazine also reported the bodyguard brought croissants to the apartment one morning.

Hollande has not denied the affair but has threatened legal action.

Le Parisien first reported Trierweiler has been hospitalized since Thursday. The paper said the full story will appear in Monday's edition.

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January 13th, 2014
09:39 AM ET

Owner Sells Restaurant to Help Employee Fight Brain Tumor

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Texas restaurant owner sells his business to help an employee fight her brain tumor. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Britney Mathis, 19, along with her mom and her sister, work hard at a German restaurant – the Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar – in Montgomery, Texas.

That was, until, she went to the hospital, for what seemed like a harmless rash.

"I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting," Mathis told CNN affiliate KHOU. "So, they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumor."

Brittany already lost her father to the same type of cancer in 2000.  What's worse is, she had to stop treatment, because she doesn't have insurance, or the money to pay for it.

That was, until the owner of her restaurant, Michael De Beyer,  suggested something extraordinary.

He's decided to sell his business, just to pay for her care.

"I just can't be standing by and doing nothing," said De Beyer. "I have to try something because it's not right."

We should note that De Beyer has another motivation here– he's been looking for an excuse to retire for years and spend more time with his family.

The restaurant could fetch as much as $2 million.

 If you would like to help Brittany, you can make a donation at any Woodforest National Bank. The account is in the name Michael De Beyer. Account # 135437895

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January 13th, 2014
09:36 AM ET

Rodman Says He's 'Sorry' About 'Certain Situations' in North Korea

Dennis Rodman is apologizing. Again.

Last week, he said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea.

Now, Rodman says he's sorry about what's going on inside North Korea, a nation renowned for its human rights abuses.

But the eccentric former NBA star known as "The Worm" isn't contrite about his latest puzzling visit to the secretive state.

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January 13th, 2014
09:29 AM ET

Israel Holds State Memorial Ceremony for Ariel Sharon

International leaders and top Israeli officials attended a state memorial ceremony Monday for Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died last week.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were among those at the official ceremony outside Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Under bright sunshine, rows of mourners gathered around Sharon's coffin, over which the blue-and-white Israeli flag was draped.

"You never rested when in service of your people, when defending your land and when making it flourish," said Israeli President Shimon Peres, who delivered a eulogy to Sharon at the beginning of the ceremony.

A towering military and political leader, Sharon died Saturday after eight years in a coma.

Peres, a friend and sometimes rival of Sharon, compared him to "a lion," saying he'd contributed "an unforgettable chapter" to Israel's history.

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