December 12th, 2013
12:04 PM ET

Newtown: One Year Later

Saturday will mark one year since 20 young children and six educators lost their lives in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Matthew Lysiak,  author of  "Newtown: An American Tragedy,"  spoke to "New Day's" Chris Cuomo on Thursday.

Lysiak went into detail about the shooter Adam Lanza and discussed how mental illness needs to be addressed more in this country.

"If we don't do something to treat these violently ill people, then this trend is going to continue. You can talk about all these other issues and they might be important in their own right, but nobody's ever explained to me a gun law that could have been passed that could have prevented this. Nancy bought these guns legally. She broke the law and gave them to her son who is extremely disturbed, so moving forward, we have to do something to figure out what to do with these sick people."

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December 12th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

Elle Macpherson's Husband at Center of Helicopter Crash Lawsuit

Former supermodel elle macpherson's billionaire husband is at the center of a bombshell lawsuit, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Daria Pastouhkova filed a "wrongful death" suit against Jeffrey Soffer in a Miami federal court for a whopping $100 million.

The suit alleges Soffer caused a helicopter crash that killed her husband, Lance Valdez, in November 2012.

According to the complaint, Soffer was "recklessly flying and controlling" the helicopter as he attempted to land at Baker's Bay golf club in the Bahamas.

Pastouhkova says turbulence suddenly hit when the chopper was less than ten feet off the ground. Soffer then allegedly pulled back too sharply on the controls, causing the helicopter to spin out of control and to rear backwards some 75 feet, causing it to crash violently into the ground.

After the crash, Pastouhkova says Soffer "conspired" with the other passengers and duped her into signing a contract that gave her "$2 million in insurance proceeds..."

An effort, she alleges in the complaint, to conceal that he was piloting the helicopter "for the primary purpose of avoiding his own personal liability."

CNN reached out to Soffer's lawyer for comment– they didn't reply. A rep for Macpherson said the supermodel had "no comment."

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December 12th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $400 Million

It's been the same story, 10 weeks running: Better luck next time, pal.

Could Friday turn the tide for the twice-weekly Mega Millions drawing, which has rolled over 20 times now since the 45-state lottery generated a winner?

As always, it's anybody's 1-in-259 million guess, CNN's Christine Romans reports.

Those are the odds of winning Friday's estimated $400 million jackpot.

Although five tickets in Tuesday's drawing matched the first five numbers, netting $1 million each, none of the tickets purchased for Tuesday's measly $344 million jackpot matched all six numbers.

Mega Millions estimates Friday's jackpot will be the fifth-largest in North America. And while it is a whopping big pile of money, Friday's projected jackpot wouldn't qualify to move into the ultra-tony neighborhood occupied by the record draw.

That $656 million jackpot, won on March 30, 2012, was split by winning tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

The Mega Millions jackpot numbers will be drawn Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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Making A Call From 1,000 Feet
December 12th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Making A Call From 1,000 Feet

The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to lift a ban on the use of cell phones on airlines to give flyers the same access to communication services as they have on the ground.

Brett Larson, host of TechBytes, weighs in on "New Day " Thursday.

Larson addressed if travelers want to be constantly connected.

He says a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday indicates most Americans want silence when they fly, with 59% of those questioned saying they don't want the use of cell phones on airplanes and only 30% in favor of lifting the ban. A mute button is also strong option among those polled.

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