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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!

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 29, 2014
NSA leaker Edward Snowden tells NBC News that he's a patriot
May 29th, 2014
05:44 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 29, 2014

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane probably isn't where searchers have been looking all this time. NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he's a patriot. And Brad Pitt takes a hit at a movie premiere.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Plan B: We don't know where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is, but we do know where it isn't. It's not in the 328 square miles of the south Indian Ocean the Bluefin-21 has been scanning the last several weeks. There's even some question about whether the four pinger noises heard in early April were from the plane. For now, search officials are regrouping and preparing to deploy more high-tech equipment.

2. SNOWDEN

NSA leaker: Edward Snowden says he's a patriot. The U.S. government disagrees. Last night, the former National Security Agency contractor defended his decision to leak documents about classified surveillance programs during an interview with NBC "Nightly News." Snowden has been living in exile for nearly a year in Russia, where the government granted him temporary asylum after he fled the U.S.

3. VA SCANDAL

Investigating VA centers: The seat is getting very hot for the head of Veterans Affairs. A White House official says Eric Shinseki is on "thin ice." At least 1,700 military veterans waiting to see a doctor were never scheduled for an appointment and never placed on a wait list at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix. It raises the question of just how many veterans across the country had to do without medical care.

4. MAYA ANGELOU

Poet laureate: A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent. Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, yesterday. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, her agent said.

5. BRAD PITT

Star struck: A man known for harassing Hollywood stars stuck actor Brad Pitt in the face last night as he was signing autographs at a movie premiere, L.A. police said. Pitt was at the Hollywood premiere of "Maleficent," starring his partner Angelina Jolie, when a man hopped a barrier and attacked him. Vitalii Sediuk was arrested on suspicion of battery.

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

–A fowl happening: Nothing to see here, just a turkey chasing a boy on a unicycle.

– Bearly hanging on: A baby panda struggles to get the upper hand with bamboo.

– When dogs fly: Whisper goes BASE jumping with his human friend Dean Potter.

– GoPro video: Check out this POV from a giant paper airplane.

– Whale of a shark: Look what some boaters found off the coast of Florida.

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!

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 22, 2014
Prosecutors release new details in Boston Marathon bombing case.
May 22nd, 2014
05:21 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 22, 2014

President Obama promises accountability at the VA. Prosecutors reveal new details on the Boston Marathon bombers. And a young woman is found nearly 10 years after her mother reported her missing.

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

1. VA SCANDAL

Responsibility: President Barack Obama is promising more accountability in the scandal embroiling the Veterans Affairs health care system. When? We're not sure. The President says he needs more time to study the situation. Today, three senior VA officials are likely to get grilled on Capitol Hill over allegations of cooked books, a secret wait list and cover-ups. The VA has acknowledged 23 deaths nationwide due to excessive waits by veterans for care.

2. NIGERIA

More help: The White House says the United States has deployed 80 members of its armed forces to Chad to help in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. They'll support reconnaissance missions over northern Nigeria. The Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls last month from a school in the region. Nigeria has asked the U.N. to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. That could happen today.

3. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING EVIDENCE

The case: Apparently there was some sophistication to the explosives used by the accused Boston Marathon bombers. Prosecutors say the mechanisms used Christmas lights and model-car parts. We learned more about the case yesterday as they filed a motion in court that details some of their evidence. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200. His brother Tamerlan died in the manhunt that followed the bombing.

4. CHINA VIOLENCE

Deadly attack: More than 30 people are dead and dozens more wounded after an attack on a market in western China today. The state-run Xinhua news service reported that two SUVs plowed into people gathered at the market in the volatile Xinjiang region and threw out explosives. President Xi Jinping called for the terrorists behind the attack to be "severely" punished.

5. KIDNAP VICTIM FOUND

10 years lost: Police in Santa Ana, California, have located a 25-year-old woman nearly a decade after her mother reported her missing. Isidro Garcia was arrested yesterday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping for rape, lewd acts with a minor, and false imprisonment, police said

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

–Frostie the snow goat: Frostie's a sick little kid, but is getting help at Edgar's Mission in Australia.

– Hungry Like the Wolf Blitzer: This episode of Superstar Karaoke features one of CNN's own.

– Bird brain: It's time for peekaboo with Cody, a ring necked parakeet.

– Glow in the Dark: Golf trick shots, but in the dark.

– Oh Canada: A man in northern Ontario found a newborn baby moose on the side of the highway and knew he had to help. Oliver is now being taken care of by the folks at the Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre in Lively.

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!

May 20th, 2014
01:43 PM ET

Heroic Teen Jumps in Front of Truck to Save Friend

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a teenager jumps into action to save his friend from being hit by a truck. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Kameron Howell-Meeker, 15, was walking with his friend, Ellie Fielder, to meet some of their buddies, when the truck came out of nowhere.

Fielder described how they were walking when "he grabbed my arm and pushed me when the car was coming."

She was saved, but the truck hit Howell-Meeker dead on.

The teen is banged up but expected to be OK.

And, like so many people we tell you about who are heroes, he doesn't think he is one.

"I don't think I should be a hero, I just helped a friend in need," he said.

The driver of that truck was charged with DUI.

See the full story at CNN affiliate KATU and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

Leave a comment on Facebook, tweet to @ChrisCuomo or @NewDay using #NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.

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