The Group of 20 summit comes to an end with no progress in sight on Syria. George Zimmerman’s wife wants a divorce. A man with HIV may have exposed 300 people to the virus.
Welcome to the Friday 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. SYRIA STRIKE
Meeting of "frenemies": Syria was the elephant in the room at the G20 summit in Russia. So did President Barack Obama and his powerful Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, bring it up? “No, we talked about the economy,” Obama told reporters Thursday. The two have sharply opposing views on a possible military strike on Syria. Obama wants to see the government punished after hundreds of civilians were allegedly killed by poison gas. Putin is against it, and the heated exchanges between the two nations are getting testier. Friday is the last day of the G20, and Obama meets yet another leader opposed to a Syrian military strike – Chinese President Xi Jinping. Maybe they could talk about the economy, too. Or Syria.
Kenneth Cole let out a tweet Thursday referring to "boots on the ground" in Syria. It rubbed a number of people the wrong way, but the famous fashion designer refuses to back down. He defended himself in an Instagram video, saying he is trying to create awareness. Cole got into hot water with a tweet during the Egyptian uprising, when hundreds died in protests in 2011, but apologized later.
Briana Keilar reports from the G20 in St. Petersburg, Russia, at 6, 7 and 8 a.m. Dana Bash covers the Washington angle at 6, 7 and 8 a.m. as a vote on a strike approaches in the U.S. House. John King reports on the political ramifications for the president from Washington at 7. And at 8, Rep. Mike Turner joins in that conversation. Chris Lawrence comes to us live from the Pentagon at 6 and 7 to talk about the extent of a possible strike on Syria.
2. ZIMMERMAN DIVORCE
Stand by your man: That’s what Shellie Zimmerman did, but not for too long. When her husband, George Zimmerman, faced trial over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, she lied for him. As a result of that, he got a bail deal; she got perjury charges. But after hinting at marriage woes, she filed for divorce Thursday in Florida. But not before she gave insight into their lifestyle, telling ABC last week that they were living like “gypsies” alone in a trailer in the woods. Every night, she was afraid someone would find them and kill them. And her husband has not exactly been flying under the radar since he was acquitted of murder. He was caught speeding twice, in Florida and Texas.
John Zarella reports on the divorce filing at 6, 7 and 8 a.m.
Virgin in space: Want to be an astronaut? You may get your chance, if you can spare $200,000. Billionaire Richard Branson came one step closer to making it possible Thursday. His space flight company Virgin Galactic said SpaceShipTwo shot up into the stratosphere during a test flight over California, topping out at 69,000 feet. Virgin calls their flights “suborbital.” Though the rocket blast that shoots the space ship up to its peak is pretty short-lived, it’s bound to be quite a thrill ride. So far, 500 people have signed up for tickets, including actor Ashton Kutcher.
4. MISSOURI HIV CASE
Sexual encounters: Ten years ago, he tested positive for HIV. Now police say he may have exposed more than 300 people to the virus that causes AIDS. David Mangum says most of his dates were people he met online or in parks in Missouri. The list includes a former partner, who told police Mangum lied about his status when they met. Complicating the situation even more, Mangum says he only knows his sexual partners’ first names, so it will be hard to notify them to get tested. In Missouri, knowingly exposing another person to the virus is a felony. If anyone got infected, he could go to jail for life.
5. NFL SEASON KICKOFF
Touchdown machine: This wasn’t your regular NFL game. At least not for the past 44 years. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning fired seven touchdown passes, the first to do so in a single NFL game since 1969. The Broncos won 49-27, sending the Ravens back to Baltimore with their feathers roughly ruffled . Baltimore fans blamed their own defense. It's the first game the 2013 Super Bowl champs have played since star linebacker Ray Lewis left the team. Get ready for more action Sunday and Monday when more NFL games hit TV screens.
Andy Scholes brings us the Bleacher Report from Atlanta at 6.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
– The new "Gangnam Style"?: A cow goes moo. A cat goes meow, and a dog goes woof woof. But what sound does a fox make. Dunno? A new song asking that question is going viral on YouTube. It’s called "The Fox" by Norwegian group Ylvis. It’s weird but catchy – like "Gangnam Style" was when it hit YouTube. "The Fox" has gotten nearly 2 million views.
– Folding into a parking space: Paying a premium for a parking space in a major city? Cut your costs in half. This Korean-made automobile folds up to about half its size when it is parked. A video of the car has gotten nearly 900,000 views in two weeks. The creator calls it the “Armadillo.” It’s a prototype, so you can’t buy one yet.
– News junkie quiz: Know a picture of Edward Snowden when you see it? Most Americans recognize the former government contractor who leaked documents revealing cyberspying by the National Security Agency. But can you find Egypt on a map – one without labels? You know, the place that has had two uprisings within two years? (Hint: neighbor of Israel.) The majority of Americans who took a test on current events by the Pew Research poll could not. Test your news savvy here.
– Serpent with that latte: Snakes in unexpected places can startle anyone. For Bruce Ahlswede, the unexpected place was a San Antonio Starbucks bathroom, where he had stopped after a business presentation. He froze for a moment, thinking the snake lying across the toilet was a toy. Then it moved. An expert later identified it as a rat snake – they are pretty common and not poisonous. Of course, his wife snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.
– Deer in headlights: A deer got caught on a major street this week in Kansas City, Missouri, slipping and falling again and again on the wet pavement. Police officers cornered it with their squad cars, then got out in the rain to retrieve it and lead it to safety.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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