Welcome to the Wednesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day"
Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s new morning show, “New Day,” with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.
1. TWA CRASH
Horrifying crash, explosive revelation: Seventeen years ago, a TWA plane burst into a fireball over Long Island and killed all 230 people aboard. Now, six members of the team that investigated the disaster say the feds lied when they said a gas tank explosion caused it. True or not, this gives those who never bought that explanation another reason to say “I told you so.”
This morning, correspondent @Rene_MarshCNN looks at the claims that a new documentary is making.
2. OBAMA SPEECH
'Mr. President, tear down these nukes': That’s basically what Obama’s going to ask Russian President Putin to do later today. This is a big deal. If both countries do what Obama’s asking, it’ll leave each of us with about 1,000 warheads – still plenty. The location for this speech? Brandenburg Gate. The same place where Reagan made his historic plea to the Soviets:
CNN White House correspondent @BriKeilarCNN is with the president in Berlin. Five years ago, the president was a rock star in Germany. She'll tell us if the bloom is off the rose now.
The third time’s
a charm a mixed bag: The president just can’t seem to catch a break this week.
A Monday poll: His approval rating's down
A Tuesday poll: White House is behind IRS targeting tea parties, growing number of you believe
And now, this new poll: Economic conditions are good, but many of you think you’re worse off than a year ago.
In other words, “American households don't necessarily see good news on Wall Street as good news for Main Street.”
4. MODERN DAY SLAVERY
Forced to eat dog food: A woman and her daughter are held captive, beaten, threatened with pit bulls. Every new detail that we learn about this shocking story makes our stomach churn.
Last night, one of the suspects' mother told CNN’s @PiersMorgan that none of this happened:
This morning at 7, we will hear what U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach in Cleveland has to say about the mother's claims.
Throughout the show, we will also check in with CNN correspondent @PamelaBrownCNN who is in Ashland, Ohio, with the very latest.
5. CALIFORNIA FIRE
Have we learned nothing from Smokey Bear?:
There’s a fire burning west of the Yosemite National Park. About 500 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, but fire officials are making good progress. How did it start? Someone didn’t fully put out a campfire. #oof
At 8, we'll hear from CNN correspondent @MiguelMarquez who'll tell us that fires this big aren't supposed to come this early. And throughout the morning, CNN meteorologist @IndraPetersons will give us the latest forecast on that fire and another burning in Arizona.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
– As if we don't have enough to worry about I: Sidewalks are exploding in London!
– As if we don't have enough to worry about II: Snakes have learned to open doors!
– Internet Outrage of the Day: You know that saying, 'If you don't have something nice to say ...'? Well, Serena Williams clearly didn't get the memo. Did she really say that the Steubenville rape victim "shouldn't have put herself in that position" and is lucky it wasn't worse? Oh no, she didn't!
– Kids hate naps. Kids ♥ pancakes: So, cops say, this day-care operator hit upon a plan – crush some nappy time meds in their breakfast. Next thing you know, she's posing for a mugshot
– And finally, an antidote to this hump day: PUPPIES! These adorable little Chihuahua puppies, born during the Oklahoma tornadoes, was rejected by their mom - but given a chance at life by a loving animal rescuer. Read more about them and get an extra dose of cuteness here.
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 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY