George Zimmerman's in trouble again, John Edwards opens a law office, and selfies - they're not just for Geraldo anymore.
It's Tuesday, 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. ZIMMERMAN ARREST
Another day, another slammer: There could be a sign at George Zimmerman’s house: xx days without an arrest. Well, if there were, it’d be time to reset it to zero. Zimmerman, who is well familiar with police protocol, was busted by cops yesterday, accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, which is a felonious no-no. She told 911 he used it to break a glass table then shoved it in her face. As cops knocked on the barricaded door to the house, Zimmerman called 911 and told them he didn’t do any such thing. He was trying to leave and she went “crazy” on him, he says. The gun was locked up, he says. It seems police believed her story and took Zimmerman in to get his jumpsuit. He’ll meet a judge this afternoon to see if he will get bail.
So Zimmerman pulls a gun on his pregnant GF and y'all put him in custody on the spot but he shoots a black boy to death and he gets off? Wow—
Jay (@JayForJustin) November 19, 2013
David Mattingly is live at 6 and 8 on the Zimmerman story. HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson will check in, too.
2. TORONTO MAYOR
Oh, Canada: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declares an "outright war" after the City Council votes to strip him of most of his powers and his budget. As far as meetings go, yesterday's session registered high in hyperbole as Ford promised payback, calling the council's actions "a coup d'état" and comparing it to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. He also accidentally knocked down a City Council member, giving her a fat lip. He later apologized. Apologies have become routine for Ford since his November 5 admission that he once used crack. He has admitted to drinking too much and has promised to cut back. But he's denied other accounts of public intoxication and the physical and verbal abuse of staffers. Canadians are supposed to be the nice ones, eh?
Nic Robertson brings us the latest in the Rob Ford saga at 6.
3. JOHN EDWARDS
Back to square one: After a couple of runs at the White House, a sex scandal, a love child, a fraud trail and lots of bad PR, John Edwards is back to his old career as a personal injury attorney. But he insists, he's done with politics. His law career is what made him a millionaire. The former North Carolina senator is opening an office in Raleigh with his old law partner. It's his first step back into the public eye since his acquittal on campaign finance charges last year. His daughter Cate says her father will concentrate on practicing law. Sounds like a nice change of pace, doesn't it?
Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.
4. MIDWEST STORMS
Picking up the pieces: Midwesterners are trying to recover after a string of deadly tornadoes carved up community after community less than two weeks before Thanksgiving. The fast-moving storm system killed eight people - six in Illinois and two in Michigan - and spawned dozens of tornadoes. Washington, Illinois, took one of the hardest shots. The governor says as many as 400 homes were destroyed there. Restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of people across the region could take most of the week.
My thoughts & prayers are with Washington, IL and all of the victims, families, & communities devastated by the Midwest tornadoes. – T—
Toby Keith (@TobyKeithMusic) November 19, 2013
Indra Petersons has weather updates throughout the morning.
5. OBAMACARE WEBSITE
Never say never: Actually do. About 20% of Americans who attempt to obtain new health insurance through HealthCare.gov will never be able to complete their transaction online, even after the November 30 deadline for fixing the faulty website, White House press secretary Jay Carney says. We also learn that the Obama administration received warnings from a private consultant group that the website might not function properly ahead of the October 1 launch.
John King joins us at 6 for the morning's political gut check.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
– Word of the year: This is no time to be self-conscious, selfie. This is your time to shine. The Oxford Dictionary made you "word of the year," because you deserve it. It says we're using you 17,000% more than this time last year. Talk about selfie promotion.
– Ready, set, get out of his way: Tony Picard, a 6'4", 400-pound running back at White Swan High School in Yakima, Washington, is an Internet sensation. Millions of folks are flocking to his YouTube highlight reel as he plows over three or four would-be tacklers on his way to a touchdown. Nick Saban, are you paying attention?
– Less than a wonderful idea? A sequel to Frank Capra's classic 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" is in the works. A news release from film financier Allen J. Schwalb says "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story" will tell what happened after the first movie ended. We wonder how many angels it will take to make this Christmas miracle happen.
Also hurting the sequel's chances, SNL has already added its own "lost ending" to the Hollywood classic.
– You otter enjoy this: A cute baby otter eats dinner. Is there anything more you need to know?
– Tissues, they're not just for noses anymore: Here's what happens when you're creative, have a box full of tissues and a nice camera.
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!