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September 21st, 2014
08:30 AM ET

Lawsuit: Special needs student used as 'bait' for rape charge

New Day Weekend's Victor Blackwell reports on this complex and disturbing story. A new lawsuit alleges that in 2010, in Alabama a 14-year-old special needs student was raped after a teacher used her as "bait" to catch a sexual predator.

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September 9th, 2014
01:30 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Domestic violence does Ray Rice in. 'Jihadi John' is close to being ID'd. And we're on watch for iWatch.

It's Tuesday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

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September 5th, 2014
02:17 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, September 5

So many crises, so little time at the NATO summit. The world got a little less sassy with Joan Rivers' death. And an asteroid will zip by Earth this weekend.  

It's Friday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 30
Could you have spelled "feuilleton?" Or even know what it is?
May 30th, 2014
05:31 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 30

The Veteran Affairs' chief faces friends of homeless veterans. Bill Gates' pal offers $2 billion for the Clippers. And two young spelling aces nail the national spelling bee for its first tie in 50 years.

It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day.

1. VA SCANDAL

Facing it head-on: With calls for him to resign hanging over his head, Veterans Affairs' Secretary Eric Shinseki will face representatives of people particularly vulnerable to his agency's medical failings today. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has booked Shinseki as its featured speaker at its annual conference in Washington. While he stands before them, lawmakers consider whom to hold responsible for a scandal involving the treatment of ailing veterans that has cost some of them their lives.

2. CLIPPERS OFFER

Bill Gates, sort of: He's even wealthier than Donald Sterling and a whole lot more animated, too. But what else do we know about Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO who's poised to take over the Los Angeles Clippers? Unlike owner Donald Sterling, whose racist remarks hurled him into a vortex of public criticism, Ballmer flew under the radar in recent months before he laid down a $2 billion offer for the team.

3. SPELLING BEE TIE

Spellbinding: It was the first spelling bee tie in 50 years. But Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe wore the judges out. They correctly spelled so many words Thursday that the Scripps National Spelling Bee had to declare them both winners. The last word was "feuilleton" (roughly pronounced Fwooyetonh). Know what that is? Culture section of a European newspaper. Sujoe, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas, knew it and nailed it.

4. JAILED U.S. MARINE

Come home: A U.S. Marine who says he accidentally drove to Mexico with guns in tow is now tied to a bed in four-point restraints, a friend and fellow service member said. "I don’t think its right for any American to be in a Mexican jail treated like that. They are our neighboring ally, and it's inhumane," the friend told CNN's Nick Valencia.

5. NEW SPACE SHIP

Space cadet express: Space travelers, get ready for a new ride. The Dragon V2 got its grand reveal last night by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who showed off his company's new spacecraft in a live webcast. Dragon V2 marks a major milestone as SpaceX's first spacecraft capable of bringing humans to the International Space Station then back to Earth.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

– Skywalking: One-man-band plays Star Wars theme.

– Hearing is believing: Check out these audio illusions.

– Underwater stampede: Is it a flock, a covey, a school or a herd - of manatees?

– Domino effect: It can be beautiful, when everything falls down.

– Baby, baby, baby!: One more time, 'cause they're just so cute!

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day," from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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