Looking for progress in the government shutdown stalemate, New York police arrest one of their own in SUV-biker beating, and dad says Las Vegas plane boy is no angel.
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 morning show, “New Day.”
1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Obama's offer: It's not much, but maybe it's a start. President Obama says he's ready to talk to the Republicans on their own terms, but first they have to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Well, maybe not exactly on the GOP's terms. House Speaker John Boehner says that sounds a little too much like "unconditional surrender." Still, Boehner says he's "hopeful" top Republicans and Democrats can begin a "conversation" sometime soon.
Brianna Keilar is live all morning long on the government shutdown and debt limit stalemate. Christine Romans joins "New Day" at 6 and 7 to talk about how the shutdown is making big business grumpy. CNN political commentator Ana Navarro and Marc Lamont Hill of Columbia University enter the fray at 7. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is on at 8.
2. SUV DRIVER ATTACK
Off-duty officer arrest: A New York police officer is the sixth person to be charged in connection with an attack on an SUV driver last month. Wojciech Braszczok is allegedly shown in a video pounding on a Range Rover driven by Alexian Lien, who was later beaten. Braszczok was off-duty at the time and riding with a group of motorcyclists. It's not clear if he took part in the beating. The officer faces riot and criminal mischief charges. Both are felonies.
Susan Candiotti reports at 6
3. MAT DEATH MYSTERY
Foul play or tragic accident?: These are the questions surrounding the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, who medical examiners say suffocated in January after getting stuck in a rolled up gym mat. A former FBI agent who looked at death scene images obtained by CNN says he thinks it was foul play. In September, the Justice Department said it wouldn't open a civil rights investigation into Johnson's death, but federal prosecutors are now reviewing the case to see if a separate investigation is needed. Johnson's father says someone murdered his son and should be in jail.
Michaela Pereira covers news headlines throughout the morning
4. VEGAS PLANE BOY
No angel: That 9-year-old Minnesota boy who slipped through security and hopped into a flight to Las Vegas without a ticket or boarding pass has a history. Let's just say that child protection investigators are already familiar with him. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports he recently stole a car and also mixed in with a large family to slip into a local water park without paying. His dad says his son is no angel. And add this to the mix, his mom works at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where he boarded the Delta flight to Sin City. Investigators still have a few dots to connect in this case.
George Howell joins "New Day" at 7 and 8.
5. SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
Chicken out: The USDA traces a salmonella outbreak to a poultry producer in California. So far, it's sickened 278 people in 18 states. The CDC is working with state health departments to track the outbreak while the investigation continues, but because of the government shutdown, the information may not make it to the agencies' websites. Oh well, you're hearing it here.
Elizabeth Cohen is on at 6 and 7 with more details.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- There are worse ways to go: Have you heard about the antechinus? He's a frisky little marsupial that's going to have sex, if it's the last thing he does. And it is!
- Nonessential Nobel: What a difference a year makes. Last year, physicist David Wineland with the National Institute of Standards and Technology won the Nobel Prize in physics. This year, he's just another "nonessential" government employee on furlough during the government shutdown. One man's ground-breaking scientist is another man's expendable worker. But, not to worry, exclusive gyms for members of Congress remain open. They're considered "essential."
- Shutdown song: How 'bout a little protest music to go with your government shutdown. Born during the country's political upheaval in the late 1960s, Chicago returns to its hippy roots, taking a swipe at Washington in "America," its new song. "Don't expect our leaders to show us how; They don't have a clue what to do," the tune says.
- Bubble blast: Bubbles, lights and a slow-motion camera. What's not to like?
- Jimmy Chew?: What do you do when your dog turns your $200 Cole Haan wingtips into a chew toy? You turn him into a budding artist and sell his work on eBay. Listen to this sales pitch: "Introducing Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip by the emerging canine artist, Jack. This unique presentation of a meticulously destroyed dress shoe is the first of its kind by Jack." Bid now, while you still can.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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