March 19th, 2014
02:35 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Time's ticking away in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner, Toyota will pay $1 billion to settle a federal investigation, and a new report says women 60 and older are more likely to get Alzheimer's than breast cancer.

It's Wednesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."

1. MISSING PLANE

The clock ticks. The search widens: The box containing the missing Malaysia Airlines flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders has batteries designed to keep it sending out pings for 30 days. The clock is ticking. The search is now in its 12th day and covers an area roughly the size of the continental United States. That leaves 18 days until the batteries are expected to run out. Investigators hope the recorders may reveal vital information about why Flight 370, carrying 239 people, veered off course and disappeared from radar screens. But first they have to find it.

2. UKRAINE

What now? Ukraine's Prime Minister called Russia's annexation of Crimea a "robbery." But in Moscow, there were cheers yesterday as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was joining the Russian Federation. After all, he said, some 97% of Crimeans had voted for the change.

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Things are tense in the peninsula on the north shore of the Black Sea. A member of the Ukraine military was killed, another wounded and more captured yesterday when masked gunmen seized their base near the Crimean regional capital, Simferopol. Ukraine's Defense Ministry authorized its forces to open fire if necessary to protect themselves. Western powers have criticized Russia and implemented sanctions, but Russia has yet to blink.

3. TOYOTA SETTLEMENT

$1 billion agreement: Not cooperating with the feds can cost you big. The Justice Department could announce as soon as today a billion-dollar settlement with Toyota to put to rest a federal investigation of the automaker's handling of customer complaints about cars that would unexpectedly accelerate. The investigation looked into allegations that the Japanese automotive giant initially misled federal authorities in 2009. Toyota recalled millions of cars in 2009-10 because of the problem.

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4. WOMEN AND ALZHEIMER'S

More likely than breast cancer: If you're a woman age 60 or older, you have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer's disease - twice the chance of breast cancer. That news is in a new report from the Alzheimer's Association. If you're a man, the odds are 1 in 11. The disease affects more than 5 million Americans, two-thirds of them women. The new details about this disease and its impact on women come from a survey of more than 3,000 women commissioned by the Alzheimer's Association.

5. TEEN LAWSUIT

Never mind: That high school senior who sued her mother and father for financial support and college tuition dropped her lawsuit yesterday. Eighteen-year-old Rachel Canning ran away after her parents forbade her from seeing her boyfriend and took away phone and car privileges after she was suspended for skipping school. Canning said she was emotionally and psychologically abused, but a judge decided otherwise. She moved back home a week ago.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

–Obama's March Madness: With great power, comes great responsibility. ESPN is touting President Obama's bracket picks for the NCAA basketball tournament. We get to see the whole shebang at 9 a.m. ET on the network, but his final four is already out - Florida, Arizona, Michigan State and Louisville.

- Hop like a bunny: Someone forgot to tell this Boston terrier pup that it's not a rabbit.

- Equal time for cats: What's that definition of insanity again? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This cat appears to be certifiable.

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!

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Beverly

    Who cares about Obama's March Madness picks. Maybe his world is "just a game," but mine isn't.

    March 19, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  2. Helen Borgerding

    Good Morning! Michaela, I miss seeing you on KTLA in the mornings, but am happy for your new adventure! I'll be tuning in to see you on CNN 🙂

    March 19, 2014 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Helen,
      Be sure to watch Michaela at 8 am PT on At This Hour, with John Berman.
      Visit the show on Facebook.com/thishour or on Twitter @ThisHour.
      Have a lovely day!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 19, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  3. Nick

    Thanks for doing these early morning catch ups.

    March 19, 2014 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Nick,
      Glad you're enjoying the #5Things.

      Happy Wednesday!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 19, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    It's always nice to have something to smile and laugh about first thing in the morning. That Boston terrier puppy is adorable.

    March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Margaret,
      We agree! Sad news needs to be balanced with some #GoodStuff.
      Don't forget to check out New Day's Good Stuff section for some great, positive news!
      Here's the link: http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/

      Happy New Day!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 19, 2014 at 7:42 am | Reply

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