September 24th, 2013
01:18 PM ET

Costa Concordia Captain Denies Crash Was His Fault

Captain Francesco Schettino, the man at the helm of the doomed Costa Concordia ship that went aground off Italy's coast nearly a year ago killing 32 people, told a judge Monday that the wreck was the fault of his crew, CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

Schettino said, "I asked the helmsman to turn the ship left, and he made the error and did not, an instead turned hard to the right."

Experts testified that the miscommunication made little difference. The crash, they say, would have happened anyway.

Under Schettino's orders, the ship was already off course by four miles.

In all, the captain is charged with 32 counts of involuntary manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster, the personal injury to 150 passengers badly hurt, as well as abandoning ship.

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September 24th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Abducted Son Sees Father After 13 years

A child, kidnapped in Florida in 2000, reunites with the father who never gave up searching for his son, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

According to authorities, the kidnapper is the child's grandmother, Sandy Hatte, 60, who allegedly took the toddler when her own son asked her to babysit while he went to work.

Detective Eric Menconi of the Livingston County Sherriff's Office said, "Dad was working, came home from work and she was gone with the baby and he hasn't been able to find them since."

The boy's father spent years searching and earlier this year, hired private investigator Larry Jones, who helped track Hatte and his son from Florida to Putnam County, Missouri, then to Iowa in July.

Jones, owner of Blackhawk Investigations, says: "When I located her in Putnam County...the deputy police chief informed me that the grandmother and the boy had moved a month and a half earlier."

Hatte and her grandson were homeless, recently living in Chillicothe, Missouri, with a man who offered them a place to stay.

The break came when the grandmother tried to enroll the teen in a local school. Administrators grew suspicious and called police.

CNN is not identifying the child or the father, as per CNN policy and the wishes of the police, in order to spare the child from any unwanted attention.

For more, visit CNN.com.

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September 24th, 2013
12:16 PM ET

Warren Buffett Thanks Generous Dairy Queen Manager

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a manager at a Minnesota Dairy Queen helps a blind man who's cheated out of $20 and the story goes viral. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Nineteen-year-old Joey Prusak was recently serving a blind man when the customer accidentally dropped a twenty dollar bill on the ground. When the woman behind the man picked up the money and pocketed it, Prusak stood up for decency and confronted her.

He told her: “I’m not gonna serve someone as disrespectful as you so you can either return the $20 bill and I’ll serve you, or you can leave.”

The woman stormed out with the money so Prusak dug into his own pockets to give the customer back the amount he'd lost.

Another person saw the gesture and wrote into the company. Now, the manager's getting praise and phone calls from Warren Buffett who owns Dairy Queen.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know! Leave a comment, post on Facebook, or tweet to @ChrisCuomo & @NewDay using #NewDay and submit your story on iReport.

 

 

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September 24th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

See 14 Adorable Baby Pandas

Take a look at this sleepy bunch of adorable baby pandas huddled together in a wooden crib.

All fourteen were artificially bred at a panda research facility in China, and were born between July and September of this year.

While they're not all from the same mom, you can WATCH ABOVE to see the moment they were all brought together for the very first time. 

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