December 23rd, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Driver Loses Control of Bus Full of Kids

Two teachers from South Carolina are being hailed as heroes for what they did to save a bus full of children.

Fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan and sign language interpreter Lee Morris sprung into action after the driver of their school bus became disoriented.

They took the wheel and stopped the bus from rolling over.

Both spoke on "New Day" Monday and Ryan, who jumped over the driver's seat to hit the break, said, "I remember thinking.. I can not believe this situation is happening to me. At that moment, I don't think I was fearful. I was very scared when we went through the stop sign, I was very scared when it felt like we were going to tip, at that moment, when I actually went over the bus driver to get to the breaks, I don't think I was scared at that moment. I just knew the bus had to stop."


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December 23rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Mother: 'Please Send Him Home'

Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700). CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

The young American living in the United Arab Emirates has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.

His brother, sister and mother spoke to Kate Bolduan on "New Day" Tuesday and expressed their regret that he wouldn't be home in time for the Christmas holiday.

Jean Cassim, Shezanne's mother, speaking out for the first time since the sentencing, had a message for officials in the UAE:  "Please just understand what has happened, try to understand that he did not mean any harm. Please send him home."

The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.

The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.

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December 23rd, 2013
09:46 AM ET

Your Favorite Animal Videos of 2013

"New Day Midday" looks back at your top five favorite animal videos featured on "New Day" in 2013.

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December 23rd, 2013
09:27 AM ET

Anonymous Donor Drops $3,500 Ring into Salvation Army Bucket

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," an anonymous donor in Florida gives a $3,500 ring to the Salvation Army,  donating now four years in a row. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Linda Payton works for the Salvation Army and says, "It's a beautiful gold and diamond ring."

The first year, the donor dropped a gold nugget worth up to $4,000 in a bucket.

The second year, he/she put in another ring.

The third year –  there was $1,000 scattered in buckets around South Florida.

Each time, this donor leaves a note and never asks for credit.

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