5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 8
August 8th, 2013
04:57 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 8

Welcome to the Thursday 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. MISSING CALIFORNIA KIDS

Nationwide manhunt ensues: Hannah Anderson was last seen at cheerleading practice on Saturday. Police believe the 16-year-old has been abducted by a long-time family friend, the kind of man they called an uncle. Yesterday police received a tip Hannah might be in Oregon after someone reported seeing James DiMaggio’s car, but it wasn't them. Authorities also yesterday took out a murder warrant on DiMaggio, saying he killed Hannah’s mother, Christina Anderson. One other bit of sad news; it appears the child who also died in the fire that took Christina was about the age of Hannah’s missing brother, Ethan. Still officials haven’t said for sure that it was him.

Hannah’s father, Brett Anderson, and Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will join us at 6.

2. OBAMA AND PUTIN

Thanks, but no thanks: Sorry, Mr. Putin, there’s been a change in plans. Mr. Obama can no longer meet with you in Moscow next month during his trip to Russia for the G-20 summit. He's going to swing by Sweden instead. But he’ll see you at the group sessions at the big meeting of heads of state. As for the Russians, they think this has everything to do with them giving Edward Snowden asylum. They say the invitation stands.

Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS, will talk with us about Russia’s animosity toward the U.S. at 7.

3. YEMEN

Tension mounts: As Western nations evacuate their citizens from the country, Yemen says it broke up two al Qaeda plots to attack oil and gas facilities recently. Now, according to a source, those were not related to threats that motivated the U.S. to temporarily close its embassy and bring in two military planes to shuttle Americans out. But another official tells CNN that the Yemeni government also has tracked “a few” al Qaeda operatives to the capital over the past three days, leading to security forces being put on high alert.

Barbara Starr is live from the Pentagon and has more on the situation in Yemen.

4. POWERBALL WINNERS

It’s a good morning in Minnesota and New Jersey: Looks like my buddy at the grocery story who sold me Powerball tickets won’t be getting her sage green, fully loaded Jeep Cherokee as thanks for selling me the winning numbers. I (Steve) live in Georgia, not Minnesota nor New Jersey where some other folks – at least three jackpot tickets were sold - will be getting a new car or new cars, plural. They also get a chance to rub it in the faces of all the people who told them they would never win. I guess I should still check my tickets –- there were $1 million prize tickets sold in 16 states, including Georgia. What were those numbers again?

Anne Noble of the Connecticut Lottery is our guest at 8, and Alison Kosik will have the latest on the what we know about who won the big prizes.

5. WEED

Opinions can change: Whenever it had come up for a vote, Paige Figi had said no to medical marijuana. That was until one of her newborn twins started having seizures and doctors said it was a rare, severe form of intractable epilepsy. Medications and a special diet didn’t help. She kept having seizures until after Colorado OK’d medical marijuana, and Paige and her husband, Matt, were able to get some for their now 5-year-old. It may be illegal in the eyes of the federal government, but Paige and Matt say it cured their daughter.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us at 8 why he’s changed his mind about the medical use of cannabis.

And Don’t Miss: At 7, Dr. Gupta also has an exclusive update to the story of a man who woke up five months ago with amnesia, speaking Swedish instead of English. Find out how Michael Boatwright is doing today.

And Don’t Miss, part II: At 8, Kelly Wallace brings us the story of a provocative viral video that has some women applauding and others feeling a little uncomfortable.

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

- Facebook partners with anti-domestic violence groups:Managing privacy settings on Facebook can be a little confusing at times, but most of us are just trying to keep our parents from seeing photos of us doing something silly. For survivors of domestic violence it’s a much more serious matter, so the social network has launched a guide to help (which is linked off this page). "Telling the victim to go offline … further isolates her," a Facebook spokesperson tells Salon. The guide was created in partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Survivors shouldn’t have to live their lives avoiding every possible situation that the abusive person could misuse. – from the Facebook statement

–Like we care: Ebony magazine made some news with their newest covers showing various African-American celebrities with their kids, wearing the same type of hoodie Trayvon Martin had on the night of his death. Somehow it spread on social media that conservatives were calling for people to boycott the magazine. That led to a comical response from Ebony.

By the way, twitchy.com says there was never a call for a boycott, at least not from them.

–What if you fell in love with Siri? Well, that would be a little creepy. I mean, she’s helpful and kind and sweet - but she's NOT REAL! Well-known short film and music video director Spike Jonze has released a trailer for his upcoming movie “Her,” which covers what happens when a meek man on the rebound becomes emotionally attached with his futuristic artificially intelligent companion named Samantha. Here’s the trailer:

- He’s a lean, light-speed, larceny machine: What has high socks, orange shoes, and red, white and blue running shorts? Flag Thief! From Deadspin, he “is Paul Revere, Rocky Balboa and Occupy Wall Street all wrapped into one lean, bronzed package.” UPDATE!! CNN affiliate KSAT says the flag has been returned.

- Apparently your phone does more than receive calls: OK, we’re still a little weirded out by the “Her” trailer, so here’s another promo video about phone use that’s much, much lighter. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the rapping Manning brothers of the NFL Mannings.

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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dinosaur205

    Really like the '5 Things to Know', it's the first thing I go to on CNN page

    August 8, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
  2. snotfair

    My hope & prayers are that Hannah Anderson will be freed soon Alive & united w/her Dad. I read that her abductor has a crush on her allegedly as told 2 Yahoo by one of her friends. God help Hannah! The other stories of today have their relevance but Hannah's story 2 me consumes all the other ones. CNN I join your 'Lost @ Powerball' club & will continue on in my old, but reliable, Nissan. Have a great & safe day CNN!

    August 8, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  3. James P. Barton

    Please make a point to add one positive – enjoyable comment every day – it is after all still possibly the last day of our lives – bring some joy to everyone who follows your missives – it is a wonderful day and more to come – JPB

    August 8, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, James,

      Thanks for sharing your input.

      You'll find all the #GoodStuff 'good news' stories in our "Good Stuff" section here:
      http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/

      Happy Thursday!
      Lola
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 8, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply

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