September 12th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

12-Year-Old Brain-Eating Amoeba Survivor: 'Feels Good To Be Home'

Twelve-year-old Kali Hardig is only the third person to survive a rare infection caused by brain-eating amoebas.

After battling parasitic meningitis, Hardig has left the hospital and will start school part-time next week.

The brave girl, joined by her mother Traci, speaks with “New Day's” Anchor Kate Bolduan in a live exclusive interview Thursday.

Kali says it is “awesome to be home” and that she is feeling “good.”

She adds the first thing she wants to do when she gets to her house is play with her dog Chloe.

At the end of the interview, she also thanks people for praying for her.

CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen says doctors at Arkansas Children's Hospital had to put Hardig in a coma to try and save her life. After nearly seven weeks under medical care, and with the help of an experimental anti-amoeba drug doctors had to get from the Centers for Disease Control, the girl made it through.


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August 20th, 2013
02:02 PM ET

"New Day" Exclusive with Facebook Founder!

In an exclusive broadcast interview with CNN, "New Day" Co-Host Chris Cuomo sits down with Facebook Founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss the launch of his new, wide-reaching initiative, internet.org.

The tech genius says this platform will address "one of the biggest problems" of his generation by extending Internet access to five billion people in the next 10 years.

Zuckerberg tells Cuomo that while many Americans already use the Internet to connect, this new platform will empower people in developing parts of the world such as India and Africa to "decide what kind of government they want; get access to healthcare for the first time ever."

Facebook has already invested over one billion dollars towards this goal.

Despite the perception of competition, Facebook will team up with other founding members Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Zuckerberg says, "No one company or government can solve this problem by themselves" and that he's "grateful" the companies are working together.

Tune-in right NOW on "New Day" – from 6-9 a.m. ET.

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Link to Press Release where Zuckerberg reveals his plan to connect the world.

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July 29th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

'New Day' Exclusive – Actor Jason Patric Discusses Complicated Custody Battle

Actor Jason Patric is notoriously press shy, but the 47-year-old is in a difficult custody battle with a former girlfriend. He wants to help raise the child he fathered by in-vitro fertilization. But, the baby's mother wants him out of the picture.

Calling a father just a sperm donor is an insult, but it may also be the legal fate of certain unmarried dads, and Patric says he is one of them.

Patric, known for roles in "The Lost Boys" and "Speed 2" is now in a heated dispute with his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber over their son 3-year-old Gus. (Watch above video)

Chris Cuomo interviews Actor Jason Patric

Chris Cuomo interviews Actor Jason Patric

He says they tried for years to have a child and Gus was eventually born through in-vitro fertilization using Patric's sperm.

Despite scores of photos and home videos showing them as a happy family, Schreiber now says she never intended Patric to be more than a sperm donor.

As proof, Schrieber has a letter Patric wrote saying he wasn't ready to be a father, and she says he asked to be left off the birth certificate.

For his part, Patric points to a stack of documents listing him as father and showing financial support… and those photos – all of which, he says, show that he is Gus' dad.

But, under current California state law, a man whose sperm is used by a fertility clinic, must have a signed agreement in writing clearly stating plans to co-parent, otherwise, he does not have parental rights.

California State Senator Jerry Hill who wrote the original law- is now leading the charge to amend it to allow for a donor who says he intended to be a father, but had no signed agreement – the opportunity to gain parental rights…

Patric says there will be others like him, but his immediate concern is for little Gus, whom he says needs his father.

In a "New Day" exclusive, Patric opens up to Anchor Chris Cuomo in an emotional interview.

"I never had a child before, it's a first child and I think that like any who has had a first child, you get very overprotective..." he says. Watch:

They go on to discuss the law that protects women from sperm donors so that they don't try and get involved in a life they waived their rights to. This law however, can catch up unmarried men who don't have a contract for being a parent. Watch:

"What is it like not having him in your life?" asks Cuomo.

"It's unthinkable," Patric replies.


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July 22nd, 2013
01:15 PM ET

'New Day' Exclusive: Rep. Steve Cohen Clears the Air

Tennessee congressman Steve Cohen says he was "floored" to find out the aspiring young model he believed was his long lost daughter really is not.

The world discovered Victoria Brink when the 64-year-old Democrat was caught tweeting her during the president's State of the Union address. But on "New Day," we exclusively revealed the paternity test proving that he is not Brink's father.

A strange tweet was then sent by Steve Cohen Sunday, which capping off the particularly rough week for the Tennessee Congressman, CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Cohen, who is known for having close ties with the African American community in his heavily black Memphis district, took to Twitter after his car broke down… writing: "Told African American tow driver my week... Father, DNA test, Not Father" He says, you're black! Yo!"

Cohen is referring to the outcome of a story first reported on "New Day" when he discovered Victoria Brink really was not his daughter.

"I felt confident, that it was for sure that I would come out that I was the father," he says. "When I found out I wasn't I was floored."

The bizarre story begins with an even more bizarre back story that hat also revolved around Twitter.

Flashback to February and the President's State of the Union address. Washington was abuzz about what appeared to be a salacious social media blunder when during the speech, the bachelor congressman tweeted "ILU " for I LOVE YOU to an attractive young blonde.

Cohen announced that the aspiring model Victoria Brink was actually his daughter, something he learned from her mother, an old girlfriend he'd recently contacted.

"I couldn't sleep one night and I Googled her and it came out that she had a daughter Victoria. So I facebooked, searched her daughter and it turns out she had this daughter born on the 22nd of April in '88 and that was kind of when we were together," he says.

CNN intended to do a story about a congressman finding his daughter late in life. But during the process, Brink and the man she had always thought was her father, wanted to do paternity tests to be sure.

"The results show that Steve Cohen is not my father," says Brink.

Despite the letdown of learning Victoria is NOT his biological daughter, Cohen says he enjoyed introducing her as his daughter at Washington events, like the white house Christmas party.

Cohen: "Well we still communicate. I still care about her greatly and I think she cares about me and I hope and plan to continue to have a relationship. I think of her still as my daughter."

During today's show, Cohen stopped by unexpectedly to discuss the situation with Chris Cuomo. Watch:

"I had visions of her being my heir and going to her wedding, and having grandchildren and having all those things..." Cohen says.


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