TODAY's Takeaway: Man freed from prison is 'thankful'; woman who traced iPhone is 'lucky' 

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Mike Anderson, freed from prison; Sarah Maguire, who confronted an iPhone thief; Maile Daly, who surprised her mom with her weight loss.

1. Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was freed Monday after being in prison since July 2013 after authorities discovered that, due to a clerical error, he had never served a 13-year sentence for armed robbery originally handed down in 2000.

A Missouri judge spared the father of four from having to serve the full sentence, saying he had rehabilitated himself and turned his life around. Monday night, "I watched my family, watched them sleeping. I just wanted to make sure I didn't wake up from a dream," Anderson told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday

"I was just thankful," he added. "Just thanked God, thanked my family and everyone that's been supporting us." 

2. When Sarah Maguire and her roommate noticed their smartphones missing after a night out on the town, the 26-year-old California yoga teacher turned to her computer to utilize the “Find my iPhone” app. She tracked down the devices to West Corvina, a quiet Los Angeles suburb 30 miles away.

"Knocking on the door was a little bit scary,” she admitted. She said after a short confrontation, a large man eventually handed over both phones. "I think I'm lucky, yeah. Definitely,” she said. 

3. Abigail Lowe and her daughter, Maile Daly, have both struggled with weight, and both have had successful weight-loss surgery. But Lowe lives in Hawaii, while Daly lives in California, so they haven’t had a chance to see each other since Daly — inspired by her mother—lost more than 140 pounds.

Not until Tuesday, that is, when Abigail had a surprise on-air reunion with her daughter courtesy of TODAY's week-long "Mom's the Word" celebration. “Wow,” the stunned mom said, as the two embraced. “You need to talk to me so I recognize you.”

“Hi, Mommy,” Maile responded.

4. "The Fault in Our Stars,” the latest read for TODAY's Book Club, tells the story of a teen with incurable cancer who meets and falls in love with another patient. It was inspired by author John Green's experiences working at a children’s hospital.

“I was only 21. It was very difficult. I saw a lot of kids die,” Green told Willie Geist. "It kept coming back to me. I kept wanting to write about it."

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5. Hollywood A-listers donned their best attire and walked the red carpet at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   

Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron were just a few of the glitterati who strutted in colorful designer fashions.

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    Fashion at its finest: Hollywood A-listers donned their best attire and walked the red carpet at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala on May 5 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    The evening’s "white tie" theme honored designer Charles James, a fashion giant known as the “great American couturier” whose design work from the 1930s to the 1970s redefined society glamour. Take a look at the top styles of the evening:

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    Rachel McAdams wears Ralph Lauren.

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    "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star Emma Stone in Thakoon.

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    Actress Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture.

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    Katie Holmes in Marchesa.

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    Actress Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera.

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    Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney.

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    "Homeland" star Claire Danes in a vintage-inspired gown.

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    Musician Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta.

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    Rita Ora in a revealing gown.

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    Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain.

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    Actor Bradley Cooper wears white tie.

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    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

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    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.

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    Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors.

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    Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli.

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    "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci.

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    Lea Michele in Altuzarra.

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    Rihanna wears Stella McCartney.

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    Charlize Theron and Sean Penn.

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    Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen.

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    Johnny Depp with Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Couture.

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    Erykah Badu tops it off with white.

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    Actress Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Couture.

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    Shailene Woodley and Kirsten Dunst.

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    Nicole Richie in Donna Karan.

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    Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.

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    Model Suki Waterhouse in Burberry.

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    "Girls" actress Allison Williams in Oscar de la Renta.

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    Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein.

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    Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji.

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    Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen.

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    Siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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    Zooey Deschanel in Tommy Hilfiger.

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And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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