August 21st, 2013
05:11 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Wednesday, August 21

Syrian rebels accuse the government of fresh gas attacks. The odd case of Hannah Anderson’s abduction gets even stranger. And Mark Zuckerberg sits down with Chris Cuomo and shares his dream of connecting the whole world to the Internet.

It’s Wednesday, and here are the “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. MARK ZUCKERBERG

A truly worldwide web: You’re connected. It’s a seamless part of your life, but you do realize you’re in the small minority, right? Most of the world doesn’t have access to the Internet. Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to change that. Five billion more people will have access to the Web and e-mail, he says. Zuckerberg imagines a world in which everyone has the "same ability to share their opinions and speak freely - I think that would be a much better place." (It might also mean a billion more pictures of cats and status updates about dinner). Can he do it? Well, he certainly has used his clout for good before.

We’ll air Chris’s exclusive broadcast interview with the Facebook founder at 6 and 8.

2. HANNAH ANDERSON

A new twist: There was a time when the Hannah Anderson abduction case seemed clear-cut. But every day seems to bring a new revelation. This morning, we learned that James DiMaggio’s family wants a sample of her DNA and her brother’s. Why? They want to know if DiMaggio fathered them! We also learned that Hannah was seen sitting in DiMaggio’s car 20 hours before he went on his alleged criminal spree. Then there’s the $110,000 insurance policy he left – naming Hanna’s grandma as beneficiary.

Zoraida Sambolin will have more this morning on this fascinating set of developments.

3. SYRIA CIVIL WAR

Odd timing: U.N. investigators just arrived in Syria a few days ago and it looks like they have a brand new claim of chemical weapon use to look into this morning. Opposition activists are saying hundreds were killed today in the Damascus countryside and that chemical agents are to blame. They posted some very disturbing videos. And a doctor told CNN many of the unconscious victims were convulsing when they were brought in. Lies, countered the Syrian government. It’s all an attempt to steer the UN inspectors from their jobs, it said.

Arwa Damon in the Middle East and Dan Lothian at the White House will have the latest on the deadly violence.

4. NSA LEAK FALLOUT

Were Miranda’s rights violated?: British officials justify the nine-hour detention of the boyfriend of a prominent journalist, saying they have the right to act when they think someone has “highly sensitive stolen information” related to terrorism. But David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, says police never, not once, asked him about terrorism. He also says he wasn’t allowed to talk to his lawyer. Greenwald told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night the incident makes the British government look “thuggish.” He and Miranda are suing to get back a computer, some memory sticks and a cell phone.

5. GRADE SCHOOL GUNMAN

Cue the gun debate: Hundreds of little school kids in the Atlanta area run for cover as a gunman fires his AK-47. They all make it safely while the shooter tells workers to call a TV station with a chilling message: Watch as I kill lots of cops. Thankfully, he can’t follow through because the police close in. The shooting is sure to reignite the debate on armed guards at schools.

CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson and Kim Russell of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America will join us to discuss whether schools should have armed guards.

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

–We should talk. Wait! Never mind.: The Internet is howling after Dr. Phil posted a tweet asking whether having sex with a drunk girl is OK. The tweet was soon taken down. But the damage was done. We have a nice little Storify on the tweets calling him out for creepiness and insensitivity.

- Marty, that was very interesting: Ric Flair would be proud, Nick Selby. The only thing you forgot in your enthusiastic speech was a “Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!” It’s kinda funny how no one knows how to respond to this part of this sophomore’s welcome speech to the freshman class at Georgia Tech. Except with expressions of incredulity and prayers they aren't sharing a dorm room with him.

- That better be some mighty fine H20: When the downfall of American society is eventually documented, we’re willing to bet the phrase “certified water sommelier” will be included. As Eatocracy reports, Ray’s and Stark bar in (brace yourself) Los Angeles has a water sommelier named Martin Riese, a man who literally wrote the book on water (in German). Their water tasting menu has obnoxious phrases like “pairs well with sweet wine and cheese” and “pleasantly soft and velvety.” Some of us still drink out of the faucet, dude.

- Awww, cute and furry - and KILLERS!!!: There just aren’t enough movies about killer squirrels. Actually, there are. Zero is fine, but it looks like there will be one. We’re still a little skeptical if it is real but several blogs, including Bleeding Cool, say it is in the works. Paging Mr. Ziering, Mr. Ian Ziering!

–That’s how the cookie stumbles: Oreos are great. Loved ‘em since we were kids. Double Stuf would be twice as good, right? Oh, how wrong we were. Seems a math professor and his students used actual class time taking apart Oreos and weighing them (We hope they properly discarded the remnants). Turns out they aren't all they're stuffed up to be. The folks at Oreo take issue with the results of the test and assure us there really is two times the creme in the Double Stuf. Perhaps we should do our own tests.

Oh, and one more! While we’re talking about things kids love, how about a good game of Hide and Seek. If only this girl were good at it.

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 (3 Responses)
  1. Personal training long island

    Dr Phil isn't to smart, we know this already.

    January 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  2. bezboz

    So if the Syrian rebels say so, it is so? What a bunch of suckers we are!

    August 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply

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