August 13th, 2013
05:32 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 13

Welcome to the Tuesday 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. BABY VERONICA

Tugged in two directions: Two families; one child caught in the middle. Three-year-old Veronica’s story is a heart-wrenching one. For the first two years of her life, she lived with her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, in South Carolina. But then her biological dad Dusten Brown, who’s part Cherokee, sued under the Indian Child Welfare Act and got her. For four long years, the case has bounced around from family court all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back again. The latest is that the Capobiancos regained custody – but Brown never showed up with Veronica. Yesterday, he was arrested but released on bond. Now, no one knows where Brown or his daughter is.

2. WHITEY BULGER VERDICT

High life brought low: Two years ago, James "Whitey" Bulger was sitting pretty in Santa Monica. Today, he's sitting in prison, where he could potentially spend the rest of the life. This, after a federal jury found the former mob boss guilty on 31 of 32 counts yesterday. The jury said he’s responsible for killing 11 people. But he was on trial for 8 other slayings. Those families, after decades of waiting, got no resolution. Bulger, who’s 83, will be sentenced in November.

3. HANNAH ANDERSON RESCUE

Following in dad’s footsteps: Hannah Anderson’s road to recovery will be a long, slow one. Like her father said, she survived “a tremendous, horrific ordeal.” He’s the closest family she has left now, since her mom and brother were killed. The man accused of kidnapping the 16-year-old had a different relationship with his dad. James DiMaggio’s friend told Piers Morgan last night that DiMaggio’s dad was a drug addict who beat him - and it got worse when his mom died. There’s a disturbing similarity between the two: Turns out the father, just like DiMaggio, once held a 16-year-old girl captive. And, just like DiMaggio, he died prematurely (by suicide) - 18 years earlier to the day.

At 7, psychologist Rebecca Bailey will chat with us about Hannah's healing process.

4. FLORIDA SINKHOLE

Get out now!: Guests had just minutes to run from their rooms after security guards went around the Summer Bay Resort near Disney World warning them the building was about to be swallowed by the earth. Thank goodness, no one was hurt when a sinkhole 60 feet wide and 15 feet deep opened up late Sunday night. This is what a witness told our affiliate WFTV:

"One woman was sitting in the tub, and the tub levitated, and that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out with nothing."

Though the hole itself was an unusual size, it’s not uncommon for there to be collapsing soil in this stretch of central Florida known as Sinkhole Alley. This is where more than two-thirds of insurance claims in the state for sinkhole damage come from.

Geologist Christa Sadler will be our guest at 8 to talk about why sinkholes open up.

5. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SHAKEUP

Law and Order : Two big court decisions yesterday. In one, a federal judge told New York City it needs to stop questioning and frisking people that police find suspicious. New York says it’ll fight the ruling. In the other big case, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the U.S. will save its more serious federal drug charges for people it suspects are big-time dealers or are involved with gangs or cartels. The nation, he said, is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals." We can’t, he said, “prosecute or incarcerate" our way to becoming safer.

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin will join us at 6 and 7 to talk about the stop-and-frisk decision.

BONUS: If you missed NY mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s chat with BuzzFeed yesterday, watch it again on the CNN Buzzfeed channel. He talks about going to therapy for his pesky habit of sending naughty pictures to women, he bashed the New York Times, and said he thinks his sexting has damaged his wife’s career.

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

–The Ultimate Undercover Boss: The prime minister of Norway decided the best way he could listen to the concerns of citizens was to go somewhere they tend to speak their minds. So he borrowed a cab and gave people a ride. He didn’t tell them who he was, but many of them figured it out anyway. One woman said she felt fortunate to meet him this way, because she was just about to send him a letter. Another felt the need to comment on his questionable driving, which probably wasn’t so good considering he hadn’t driven in eight years.

– No more phubbing!: You’ve probably been phubbed and not known it. You might have even phubbed someone yourself. It’s the act of snubbing someone by looking at your phone instead. Now there’s a campaign to stamp it out. There are even Facebook pages and Twitter accounts devoted to the topic.

– You mean it was loaded?:  Michael Piemonte got a good seat in the front row for his gun safety class. Turns out it was a good place to get shot with a .38-caliber bullet. But hey, at least it was him and not his wife, he says. And he’s not deterred; Piemonte says he still plans to buy a gun sometime this year.

– Ms. Padron wants to go to Washington: Jessica Padron, the first person in her family to go to college, was honored to discover she’d been chosen to intern in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid … but the 20-year-old says she can’t possibly foot the bill for living in D.C. for four months on an unpaid internship. So the aspiring lobbyist went to crowdfunding site indiegogo to help scrounge the cash to follow up on the invite. She’s more than halfway to her goal of $6,500, but only has 13 days left.

– You mean it’s OK now? Smoking pot may have landed some people in prisons in Switzerland but the officials who run the detention facilities often turn a blind eye to prisoners toking up. They think it keeps the inmates calm and helps minimize violence. And a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy seems to suggest they’re right. However, there were only 58 participants in the research, which for some reason included the guards too.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.

Oh, and one more thing: British “football” fans take their sport very seriously. But hey, why grow up? 

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 (4 Responses)
  1. ElectricLion

    It never ceases to amaze me that we, as a nation, will spend tens of thousands of dollars to keep a danger to society warm, healthy, clothed and well-fed; but we're perfectly happy to let law-abiding, patriotic citizens starve to death on the street. A convict over 55 is worth $100,000 to this nation, while a productive citizen is a dime a dozen.

    August 13, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  2. snotfair

    Hannah Anderson has begun her journey of healing! Once again the cycle of abuse seems to have wreaked ruin on yet another life- her abductor. Abuse in every form has become rampant in this world of today. Become a Victor not a Victim! Have a great & safe day CNN:)

    August 13, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
  3. Beth

    The father should keep his kid. Sorry but the purpose of the system is to help find UNWANTED children homes. Yes, I know the father gave away his right; however, he wanted his kid back and it was done in time enuf for him to change his mind. Like or not, this kid will go back to her father either now or later when she gets bigger.

    August 13, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  4. tdsii

    If Dustin Brown failed to return baby Veronica per court order, this is contempt of court. Why was he released on bond? People held on contempt are not released until they comply with the order, correct?

    August 13, 2013 at 6:10 am | Reply

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