Welcome to the Monday 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.”
1. FIREFIGHTERS KILLED
Heartbreak in Arizona: When we heard the news there were 19 firefighters missing in Arizona, our hearts sank. They go out this morning to the families of the brave souls who were killed while trying to cut a fire break to slow down a wildfire near Prescott. It’s an awful reminder that wildfires are fueled by whipping winds that can turn a wall of flames just like that.
Our prayers & condolences to the & fellow FF of the 19 Firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire pic.twitter.com/afJ8WLGfMt
— 9-1-1 Veterans Inc (@911_Veterans) July 1, 2013
Kyung Lah will have the latest updates on this terrible tragedy live from Yarnell, Arizona, throughout the show.
2. HEAT WAVE
Cool job to have: If you fix broken air conditioners in the Southwest, you’re gonna have plenty of work this week. Sales at Footlocker might go up too. It’s so hot in Death Valley, one resident said his shoes were starting to melt. No, seriously. They came apart. And there’s bad news - it’s going stay unbearably hot well into the week.
Tory Dunnan drew the short straw and will be live from Death Valley to see if temperatures near 130.
3. TEXAS ABORTION BILL
Round 2: Wendy Davis, it might be time to slip on the pink running shoes again and warm up the ol’ pipes. A week after her now-famous filibuster in the Texas state Senate, Davis says the fight over a controversial abortion bill isn’t over. Today, lawmakers will go at it again in a special session. No word yet if Davis plans to repeat her awe-inducing marathon of talk.
Unfinished business for #txlege. Let’s protect women & the unborn, fund roads, fix juvenile sentencing . See y’all back at work July 1.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) June 26, 2013
Live from Austin, Texas, Miguel Marquez will have more on this story at 6 and 8
4. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL DEATH
Terrifying scene: The first indication that what the audience just saw was not part of the show was the panicked screaming. Then there were the painful cries of someone in the cast. In a traumatic scene during the finale of a Cirque du Soleil finale, performer Sarah Guyard fell about 50 feet Saturday and was killed. The show is now on hiatus, as authorities investigate what happened.
Always terrified this is going to happen & surprised it doesnt happen more. Cirque du soleil actor dies. http://t.co/xX9g96Roab
— Josh Felser (@Joshmedia) June 30, 2013
Kristin Wingfield, a former performer at Cirque du Soleil, will join us at 7.
5. GEORGE BUSH INTERVIEW
History has yet to be written: The former president and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia for the reopening of a cancer clinic. In an exclusive interview, he tells CNN why he respects Nelson Mandela, what he thinks about Edward Snowden and President Obama, and how he’s not going to be around when his legacy is finally decided.
— TheBushCenter (@TheBushCenter) June 30, 2013
CNN’s Robyn Curnow spoke to the former U.S. leader and joins us this morning to share her interview.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Kinda makes you want to drop out: As Democrats and Republicans continue to fuss over the solution, college students ready to take out new loans this year are facing the prospect of higher interest rates. But surely Congress will get this important issue worked out. Probably, but after this break.
- Spitting image: Edward Snowden apparently left a doppelganger in Hong Kong. The guy that plays him in a new short, short film sure looks a lot like the secrets spiller . If you watch the whole five-minute movie, he’s listed in the credits as Andrew Cromeek. We did some intelligence work ourselves, and it appears that Mr. Cromeek is a teacher, not an actor. We hope he and the rest of the cast are better at their real jobs.
- You don’t say: So JLo has an excuse for singing “Happy Birthday” to the president of Turkmenistan while performing at an event for a large state-owned Chinese oil company. You see, she didn’t know Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is considered a bad guy by human rights groups. Apparently it’s not in the tourist brochures.
- He’s ours: So, one of the biggest stories out of the BET awards involves a white guy. Seems Justin Timberlake, part of a tribute to soul singer Charlie Wilson, killed it and has now been claimed by black America. And the first move in his new role, off to Ireland!
Justin Timberlake is light skinned. Far as I'm concerned his name is Jashawn Timberlake
— ☯ (@poeticserenity_) July 1, 2013
- A spot of bother: Not sure what the French word for “leash” is, but seems like when there’s a pack of speeding bicyclists heading your way, that’s one of those times it’s a good idea to have your pooch tied up. OK, maybe it was a drug-sniffing dog and it got overly excited when it heard Tour de France riders were headed that way.
Either way, it was a close call, unlike 2007 when canines induced crashes, not once, but twice.
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.