A winter storm soaks the soggy South, former players sue the National Hockey League, and the FDA orders a genetic testing company to stop sales.
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. THANKSGIVING WEATHER
Wintry storm, holiday travel: This storm sure is persistent. Not satisfied with whipping up on California and the Southern Plains, the wintry system is ready to give the Deep South a good soaking today. Flash flooding is possible. The Eastern Seaboard is the next stop, where forecasters say it will continue its march, dumping rain, ice and snow. New England is the final stop, just in time for Black Friday.
All of this can't be good for holiday travelers. And there will be plenty of them. AAA says 43 million Americans will trek at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. The storm system iced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport over the weekend, canceling hundreds of flights. Airlines are already bracing for the impact in the Northeast. Some are letting customers change flights with no rebooking fees - check with your carrier.
Join Indra Petersons, Rene Marsh and Alina Machado throughout the morning with their storm updates.
2. SANDY HOOK SHOOTING REPORT
Case closed: There are lots of details, but the investigation into last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut doesn't answer the big question: Why? Why did 21-year-old Adam Lanza go into his old elementary school and gun down 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself?
The 44-page summary released by investigators yesterday gives us some clues - like Lanza was mentally ill and had become obsessed with school shootings and mass murders - but in the end comes to no conclusion.
Susan Candiotti joins us at 6.
Courting the Affordable Care Act: The next stop for the troubled health care reform law could be the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a provision that requires employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services. This is a constitutional issue for plaintiffs like craft store chain Hobby Lobby. Its owners say being forced to provide insurance coverage that includes "morning-after" pills goes against their Christian values, First Amendment rights and amounts to abortion. The justices could announce today whether they will take up the case - one that has already split appeals courts across the country.
Elizabeth Cohen is in at 6 to talk about the "morning-after" pill.
4. NHL LAWSUIT
No-contact hockey: Some who like the sport the way it is are afraid it's headed that way. Yesterday, 10 former National Hockey League players filed a lawsuit against the NHL, asking for a dramatic overhaul of the sport. Court documents ask for an end to the most violent elements in hockey: fighting and body checking. It says: "The time has come for the NHL to elevate long-term player safety over profit and tradition." This lawsuit comes just a few months after the NFL paid $765 million to settle concussion-related lawsuits by 4,500 former players.
Michaela Pereira updates news headline throughout the morning.
5. GENETIC TESTING
Genome what we're talking about? Google-backed genetic testing firm 23andMe is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has ordered the company to stop sales of its home testing kits, saying there's no proof that they're valid.
23andMe offers $99 saliva testing kits that customers can use at home and then send to the company for reports on their heritage, their body's likely reaction to medications and their genetic risk for dozens of health conditions. Customers can track their results online. The FDA says the company has yet to provide evidence the kits do what they promise to do.
Check in with "New Day" throughout the morning to stay up to date on everything you need to know.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- No, not Brian: TV show creators kill off beloved characters at their own peril. And right now, the folks at "Family Guy" are in some deep doggie doo-doo. Fans are crying foul after Brian the Dog took the eternal dirt nap in Sunday's episode. He got run over by a car.
This is serious stuff. There are more than 70,000 comments on the show's Facebook page, and the Twitterverse is in mourning.
- Thanksgivukkah - The Movie: There's a rare holiday nexus this week: Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.
Only once about every 70 billion years (yes, we're exaggerating) do the two coincide. Actually, the last time was 1888. All this setup is so we can show you a fake movie preview by "Funny or Die."
- Celebrity GPS: Free navigation app Waze is going all Hollywood on us. It's inked a deal with Universal Pictures to provide celebrity voices for our turn-by-turn directions. Comedian Kevin Hart is the first. This is going to make rush hour traffic a bigger joke than it already is.
- "Bound 3": This was bound to happen - in an alternative universe. Kanye West's latest video "Bound 2" - you know, the one with wife-to-be Kim Kardashian riding topless on his motorcycle - gets a shot-by-shot parody remake by "Pineapple Express" buddies James Franco and Seth Rogen. In this Bizarro World, Franco is West and Rogen is Kardashian. Something is seriously wrong here. (Warning: Extremely explicit lyrics throughout the video)
- How to fight a baby: This is cuddly, cute and funny. No babies were hurt in the making of this video.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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