The word of the day is hope. Hope fulfilled, and hope hanging. There's a break in a two-decade-old cold case. A 72-year-old man survives in the woods for almost three weeks. And there's a glimmer that we could see a resolution to the Washington stalemate.
It's Columbus Day, 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. SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN
Brought to you by the numbers 14 and 3: It’s been 14 days since the federal government partially shut down, and three days to go before we hit the debt ceiling. So, where do we stand? Nowhere. The Senate met yesterday afternoon, with Majority Leader Harry Reid saying he would do "everything I can throughout the day" to reach some kind of bargain with Republicans. But after a four-hour powwow, nada. The Senate meets again at 2 today. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says this hoopla has dragged on far too long, but she believes there's going to be a resolution "this week." Hope is a wonderful thing. Hope + action = even better!
In other shutdown news yesterday:
– A crowd of conservatives removed barricades at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. They billed the event as the "Million Vet March on the Memorials," but drew far fewer. Speakers railed against President Barack Obama, with one telling him to “put the Quran down.”
– The Statue of Liberty is back in business, no thanks to the federal government. New York state decided 12 days of closure was enough for the money-generating landmark. So the state's pouring $61,600 a day to maintain her.
We'll have a team of reporters all morning long to bring us the latest.
2. BABY HOPE
Hope springs eternal: Twenty-two years later, she has a name. This weekend, we learned that the little girl known only as "Baby Hope," whose abused and decomposed body was found in an ice chest by the side of a New York roadway in 1991, was 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo. And the man accused of killing her is her cousin, Conrado Juarez. Police say Juarez smothered her with a pillow while sexually assaulting her. Then he "folded the girl in half," tied her and placed her in a garbage bag inside the cooler, an assistant district attorney says. The New York Police Department's cold case unit never gave up on the case. A detective's wife paid for the white dress "Baby Hope" was buried in. And detectives paid for the tombstone. "Because we care," it says.
Margaret Conley will be live in the 8 o’clock hour with details on how police looked into this cold case.
3. SURVIVAL IN THE WOODS
What a long, strange trip: Next time you complain about your GPS lying to you, at least you didn’t end up lost in the woods for 19 days. Gene Penaflor was deep in California's Mendocino National Forest when he got separated from his hunting buddy. That was on September 24. So how did the 72-year-old survive? With an impromptu menu of squirrels, algae, lizards and runoff from a nearby water source. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. But, says Penaflor’s son, the next time his dad goes hunting, it'll have to be in a larger group.
We'll hear from Miguel Marquez at 7 for more on this tale of survival.
4. MADELEINE MCCANN
Have you seen this man? It's been more than six years since Madeleine McCann vanished while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. But the young British girl’s disappearance is getting renewed attention after investigators released two computer-generated sketches of a man spotted around the Portuguese resort town of Praia da Luz on the day then-3-year-old Madeleine went missing.
Erin McLaughlin will be live from London at 7 on what prompted police to release these sketches now.
5. NOBEL PRIZE
Who's your money on? Most of the Nobel wins this year have been pretty predictable – the prize for physics went to the scientists who came up with the idea of the Higgs boson, aka the “God particle.” Short-story writer Alice Munro was a favorite for the literature Nobel and finally got it. And the winners for chemistry and medicine prizes seemed logical. (Malala Yousafzai came up short for the peace prize though). At 7 today, the last of the Nobels will be given out: for economics.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
– Fifty shades of disbelief: So, an emerging A-list actor has the opportunity to get hot and heavy – and become an instant sex symbol - and he turns it down? Yes, this really happened. Charlie Hunnam was supposed to join Dakota Johnson in the film version of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey." But apparently he's too busy with his TV show, "Sons of Anarchy."
The one-for-the-ages commentary from 98.5 The Sports Hub. “UNICORNS! SHOW PONIES! WHERE’S THE BEEF?”
Or Tom Brady's post-game outfit, specifically his sweater, which pretty much no one approved of?
Not to be outdone, MLB also gave us a memorable moment during the Red Sox's come-from-behind win over the Detroit Tigers: Boston cop Steve Horgan!
– Why you should pay attention in geometry class: You know how you groused you couldn't think of a single practical application for all those lessons on angles and properties of space? Watch this person try to get out of a parking spot. Then send your high school math teacher a "thank you" e-mail.
– This bear gets it: Props to the animal keeper whose keen instincts led him or her to install a tetherball in the Animal Ark bear enclosure. Like one commenter wrote, "I would pay a 1,000 USD to play tether ball with this bear for my birthday."
– What kind of parents videotape their kids fighting? Um, parents of ridiculously adorable twin girls learning taekwondo.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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