April 28th, 2014
01:09 PM ET

Millions Threatened With Severe Weather After Deadly Sunday Storms

Forecasters on Monday warned millions of Americans to be prepared for another round of severe storms, including strong tornadoes, a day after storms killed 16 people in three states.

The storms Sunday in Oklahoma, Iowa and in Arkansas - where 14 of the 16 people died - were the opening act of a three-day weather spell expected to provide at least a slight risk of severe weather through Wednesday.

In the hardest-hit area, Faulkner County, Arkansas, Sunday's suspected tornado shattered homes, tossed tractor-trailers and killed 10 people, two of them children, authorities said. The most affected areas were in the towns of Vilonia and Mayflower.

"There were cars flipped everywhere, there were people screaming," James Bryant, a Mississippi State University meteorology student, told CNN's "New Day" on Monday. "It was a tough scene."

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April 28th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

Inside Politics: Obama Responds to Clippers' Don Sterling

Get your political headlines in 90 seconds from today's "Inside Politics" with John King: Obama responds to critics; Kerry cautions Israel; Obama comments on racism.

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April 28th, 2014
12:45 PM ET

Former NBA Players Weigh In On Donald Sterling Racism Allegations

Both former and current players in the National Basketball Association are reacting to racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling specifically mentioned former player Magic Johnson in discriminatory remarks that were recorded during an argument he had with his girlfriend V. Stiviano on April 9, according to the website TMZ. 

"I've known (Magic) well and he should be admired. ... I'm just saying that it's too bad you can't admire him privately," the man on the recording says. "Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."

Speaking to CNN affiliate KCAL, Johnson responded to the comments saying he thinks Sterling should step down.

Monday on "New Day," three other former NBA players added their opinions on Sterling and what they believe should happen next:

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Otis Birdsong, Former NBA All-Star Player 

Otis Birdsong said he was not surprised by Sterling's comments as his views have "been known for years."

While Birdsong said he can't remember any other time hearing comments like this from other owners, for Sterling: "He’s had several allegations before since he’s been on this team ... It’s true. There’s no doubt about it."

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Dominique Wilkins, Former NBA player, Executive for the Atlanta Hawks

Dominique Wilkins expanded on the belief that Sterling's views do not represent those of other owners.

"I think this is just one bad apple trying to spoil the bunch," he said. "Nobody wants to play for this guy. I wouldn’t want to play for him."

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Mayor Kevin Johnson, Former NBA Player and current Mayor of Sacramento 

What's next for Sterling and the NBA?

Kevin Johnson called this time a "defining moment" for the league.

He said NBA commissioner Adam Silver needs to take very decisive action that should "make a statement."

"We've got to make sure that justice is served, not just for this league, but for society."

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In reaction to Sterling's comments, Clippers players gave the owner the silent treatment ahead of Sunday's playoff game. The team removed their warm-up shirts to reveal T-shirts worn inside out to hide the team’s logo. Do you think this is appropriate?  Should the players go as far as boycotting a game?

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NBA players protest racist talk attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling

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April 28th, 2014
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