July 29th, 2013
05:08 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, July 29th, 2013

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 morning show, “New Day.”

1. MIDEAST PEACE TALKS

Give peace a chance: When you go into peace talks having just announced you are going to set 104 prisoners free, you’re definitely starting with some good mojo. Israel yesterday approved the plan to let the Palestinian prisoners go, just before the two sides return to informal peace talks in Washington. The meetings should start tonight. They’ll be talking about when to hold formal talks. But hey, it’s a start. The last time the two sides came this close was in 2010.

White House correspondent Brianna Keilar has more on the buzz in Washington at 6 and 8.

2. TRAVEL TRAGEDIES

Sad news all around: The weekend brought one sad story after another about people dying in travel accidents. There was the horrendous train crash in Spain, where the driver was charged yesterday with 79 counts of homicide –- one for each life lost.

There was the youth pastor and his pregnant wife who – along with a chaperone – were killed on a church trip when their bus flipped over in Indiana on Saturday.

Yesterday, a bus returning pilgrims from a shrine went off a bridge in Italy, and at least 38 people died.

In New York, wedding plans turned to funeral arrangements after a power boat carrying a wedding party crashed into a barge on the Hudson River. The bride was killed, as was the best man.

And then, last night, we learned of a fatal helicopter crash in Pennsylvania that killed five people, including a child. Our hearts go out to all the families involved.

Karl Penhaul has more on the deadly train accident in Spain, and Alino Cho will update us on the boat crash in New York.

3. EGYPT UNREST

Decisive crackdown: Neither the military-backed government nor supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy are showing signs of backing down in Egypt. There are no indications there will be a peaceful resolution soon. And now there’s word the army soon plans to clear a pro-Morsy sit-in from Tahrir Square. Tension is high. The clock is ticking. And this stalemate – which has already claimed so many lives – could get uglier.

Reza Sayah is live from Cairo all morning, and CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will share her insight at 6.

4. POLITICAL SCANDALS

Men behaving badly: It’s never good when the person running your campaign runs for the door. Anthony Weiner lost his campaign manager but says he will keep running for mayor of New York despite his dropping numbers in the polls.

In San Diego, Mayor Bob Filner says he’s going to spend two weeks in August in therapy – intensive counseling – after seven women said he sexually harassed them. He also has supporters running away from him, including his chief of staff. And 60% of San Diegans believe he'll ultimately be recalled, according to a poll last week by the San Diego Union-Tribune. One group’s given him a deadline: step down or we begin the recall effort.

CNN political commentator Ana Navarro will join us at 7.

5. BRADLEY MANNING TRIAL

Whistleblower or traitor? Pfc. Bradley Manning sits in a cell, waiting to see if he’ll serve the rest of his life in a military prison. He should get his answer this week when the judge in his espionage case makes her ruling. His attorneys never denied that he disclosed military secrets when he leaked them to WikiLeaks but say he did it innocently, thinking the public needed to know about what was going on in Iraq.

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

–We need Clouseau: If you are headed for Cannes, LEAVE THE EXPENSIVE JEWELRY AT HOME! There was another robbery over the weekend, and in this one, a thief with a gun got away with $53 million in goods. And it just so happens to have occurred right after a member of the Pink Panthers group escapes from prison. Ah, everyone in the “reum” is under suspicion. Right, inspector?

– Posing Putin: That president of Russia sure is quite the outdoorsman. We know this because there always happens to be a camera around when Vladimir Putin is fishing or hunting or tagging tigers. We’re beginning to think he’s sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. In this week’s episode, our hero fishes for pike. Does he just happen to land a massive one? What a coincidence, he does! Correspondent Phil Black has the details at 6.

–Bonkers for Beanie Babies: At least 15,000. That’s how many Beanie Babies the family of former actor Chris Robinson says they have. They were a hot collectible in the '90s, and they figured they could eventually sell the toys for big money. Yeah, that never happened, and the family is out $100K. One of Robinson’s sons, also named Chris, made a short documentary called “Bankrupt by Beanies,” and told the website Dazed Digital: “Maybe by the time our kids graduate high school they’ll have made a comeback. Or we can just burn them for warmth in the event of the Apocalypse.”

– Down she goes:We’ve seen videos of puppies have trouble negotiating stairs, but this cute chocolate lab has figured out the quickest way down to the steps. Our guess? Not a boy dog.

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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. alyosha

    Lets get back to reality America!!! I woke up this morning happy to see a new day, I hopped in my with my cup of coffee and headed to work. Five minutes down the road I got a call from my boss saying that the company is making major cuts and I and 50 other workers were one of them.
    This is the kind of thing Americans are waking up to on Monday not any of this nonsense.

    July 29, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
  2. Kerry Zias

    Your New Day posting about MIDEAST PEACE TALKS is offensive and trivializes the pain and grief that all the families of the victims of terrorists are feeling. Over 80% of the Israeli public was opposed to this move and this decision is quite traumatic to say the least.

    Describing this as "giving us our mojo" regarding the peace talks is insensitive and inane.

    Kerry Zias, Israeli and US citizen
    Raanana, ISRAEL

    July 29, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply

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