May 13th, 2014
10:10 AM ET

Deaf Woman Finds the Dog of her Dreams

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a deaf woman finds the dog she's always wanted. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Rosie the pit bull was a shelter dog in Nebraska and she couldn't respond to workers there because she is deaf.

Tracie Pfeifle works at the Central Nebraska Humane Society and taught Rosie sign language starting back in January.

“We started using treats and putting the treat up to your face and saying ‘good girl’ with your thumb up and then she figured out that we were communicating with her,” Pfeifle says.

Cindy Koch, a deaf woman, says she always wanted a deaf dog.

When she recently found Rosie, she adopted her.

“I’m going to teach her my sign language, how deaf people communicate, she’s a smart dog, she can pick up fast,” Koch says.

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

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, May 13, 2014
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashes out at Magic Johnson, again.
May 13th, 2014
05:36 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Donald Sterling's mea culpa that wasn't. The VA faces new accusations. And another case of MERS in the U.S.

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


What has Magic done? Give the man credit for being consistent. The L.A. Clippers owner took a swipe at Magic Johnson in the recording that earned him a lifetime ban from the NBA. Then last night, Donald Sterling really unloaded on the Hall of Fame point guard, entrepreneur and philanthropist during Anderson Cooper's interview, questioning what Johnson had done for the black community. Johnson has a well-established track record of raising millions for charity and bringing businesses to minority areas.


Getting the story: It's dangerous work getting a team into the heartland of Boko Haram. The Islamist militant group controls most of the roads across the sprawling area. Still, CNN's Lillian Leposo made it through and found a few brave souls to interview and share the story of what happened the night Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls and the humanity that remains in this outpost that can no longer count on government protection.


New accusations: Two Durham VA Medical Center employees have been put on administrative leave because of "inappropriate scheduling practices," the Department of Veteran Affairs said yesterday. The facility in Durham, North Carolina, is at least the fourth hospital accused of manipulating health care appointments. The latest allegation comes as the VA defends itself against claims of potentially deadly delays at other facilities throughout the nation.


Case No. 2: Worried yet? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says don't be, even though health officials have confirmed a second case of MERS in the United States. Both patients - one in Indiana and another in Florida - had been working in Saudi Arabia. The "risk to the general public remains very low," according to a CDC representative. Fingers crossed. The first confirmed case appeared in 2011. To date, there have been 538 cases in 17 countries, including 145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.


Opponent dies: Former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken will advance to the general election after his opponent in the Democratic primary died unexpectedly. Aiken was locked in a close race with 71-year-old businessman Keith Crisco for a North Carolina congressional seat at the time of Crisco's death yesterday. Just 300 votes had separated the candidates. Aiken will face Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers for the seat.

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

- She's just showing off: CrossFitness guru Meghan Umphres Leatherman wasn't going to let a little thing like being nine months pregnant slow her down. She gave birth to a little girl two days after lifting 215 pounds.

- No horsing around: Oh, THAT'S why they put the orange warning cone there.

- #YoYoBaby: Six-year-old Kazuya Murata of Japan sure knows how to string along his fans.

- Poor eye-mouth coordination: Nana the Great Pyrenees is NOT a natural when it comes to catching doggy treats.

- No hands, no problem: Ibrahim Hamato of Egypt lost his arms in an accident at age 10, but loved table tennis too much to give it up.

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

May 13th, 2014
04:24 AM ET

Donald Sterling: Magic 'Should Be Ashamed of Himself'

Why did Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling take so long to say he's sorry for the racist remarks that got him banned from the NBA?

Magic Johnson, he claims, told him to stay quiet.

"Wait, be patient, I'll help you, we'll work it out," Sterling said the NBA legend told him.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling spoke publicly for the first time since a controversial audio recording of him sparked a firestorm and put his ownership of the Clippers in jeopardy.

He repeatedly apologized and denied accusations that he's racist, claiming he'd been "baited" into making what he called "terrible" remarks. But while he defended himself for much of the interview, he went on the offensive when Johnson's name came up.

Sterling, 80, slammed the former Los Angeles Lakers player's character and his battle with HIV, saying Johnson hasn't done anything to help others.

"What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?" Sterling asked. "I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything."

Johnson has been a central figure in the controversy since the recording of Sterling speaking with friend V. Stiviano surfaced last month on TMZ.

In the recording, which drew widespread condemnation from fans, players and the league, Sterling chastises Stiviano for posting pictures online of her posing with African-Americans, including Johnson. He tells her not to bring Johnson to Clippers games.

"Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don't put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me," he said.

As criticism over the recording spread, Johnson was among the first to say that Sterling should be forced to sell the team.

Now, as Sterling faces a lifetime ban from the National Basketball Association, a $2.5 million fine for the remarks and the possibility that fellow NBA owners could force him to sell the team he's owned for more than 30 years, he claims Johnson is angling for control of the Clippers.

Sterling said that he waited so long to apologize about the recording because Johnson, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships, called him and told him to remain silent.

"I know the girl, don't do anything. I'll help you," Sterling says Johnson told him.

"I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team," Sterling said.

Johnson hasn't indicated whether he would pursue a Clippers ownership position.

Watch more of Anderson Cooper's interview with Donald Sterling on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. Cooper will also speak to Magic Johnson.

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