March 31st, 2014
02:26 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, March 31

More leads, but no success, in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The slow, dangerous task of recovering continues in Washington. And a new U.N. report on climate change urges governments to act now.

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

1. MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES

Hope and despair: More objects were pulled from the waters this weekend, but so far nothing's been linked to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Yesterday, an Australian aircraft spotted four orange items and called them "the most promising leads." Today, we learned they were fishing equipment.

For families of the passengers, the wait has been agonizing. And the mixed messages from Malaysian officials haven't helped. Last week, they were told everyone aboard had died. Then on Saturday, Malaysia's acting transportation minister said there could be survivors.

"We are here struck with sadness and urgency"
- Jiang Hui, the families' designated representative.

 

MORE: Get up to speed on the latest developments

 

2.WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE
Grim task, determined souls: The terrain's treacherous. The debris full of contaminants. And the weather, merciless. And yet the searchers are unrelenting as they soldier on. "We are all hoping for a miracle and people are doing everything humanly possible looking for that miracle," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told CNN yesterday.

It's been a week since a massive mudslide unleashed hell in the state's North Cascades Mountain. The official death toll stands at 21. Thirty are still missing. The search for them is slow, dangerous and full of challenges.

"The slide hit with such force that the rescuers are not finding full, intact bodies"
- Jason Biermann, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

MORE: Washington mudslide death toll climbs, yet hope remains

 

3. UKRAINE CRISIS
Promises of diplomacy ...: ... but not much more. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for four hours yesterday.
The result? Russia says it wants a diplomatic solution - but it's not moving its troops from the Ukraine border. Kerry says no real progress can be made until that happens. They planned to continue discussions and shook hands.

MORE: Kerry: Russia supports finding a diplomatic solution to crisis in Ukraine

 

4. CLIMATE CHANGE
Your forecast for the next century: It'll be hotter, drier and hungrier, and the chance to turn down the thermostat is slipping away. A new U.N. report, out today, says the threats posed by a warming climate are "increasingly clear." It urged governments to act before some options are closed off for good.

"The choices we make today are going to affect the risks we face through the rest of the century"
- Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute

MORE: Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says

 

5. MARCH MADNESS
And there were four:
Regular season games: 5,000+
Conference tournament games: 286
NCAA tournament games: 64
Teams left standing: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin

We can't wait for next week! And guys, if your team loses, please don't go lobbing beer cans at cops - like they did in Tucson, after Arizona lost to Wisconsin on Saturday.

MORE: Kentucky beats Michigan 75-72, earns Final Four spot

 

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

 

Birthday tears: This lil' girl knows what we've known all along: getting older is overrated.  Hate to break it to ya' kid, but more tears await. Many, many more.

 

 

Sing a different tune: A change in key turns happy tunes into sad, weepy songs.  We betcha Pharrell will give this video a thumbs down.

 

New Internet craze: Forget twerking and planking.  Whaling's the new in thing.

 

Insanely spectacular: Dane Jackson plummets down a 60-foot waterfall.  Now this is what we call making a splash!

 

It's a girl? :( : This Arizona boy does not want ANOTHER sister. The rest of the three-minute video goes something like this, "I don't like girls!! It's always girls!! I hate girls!!! I don't want five girls! It's too much!!! I wanna leave!"

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. Wyatt

    If you don't count the play-in games, there are only 63 games to the tournament (32+16+8+4+2+1 = 63). Counting the play-in games, there are 67. Neither of which numbers are the 64 mentioned.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:32 am | Reply
  2. janesauric

    Why would parents post videos of their children having emotional breakdowns? Children should do the same back to their parents. Post footage of mommy and Daddy fighting, getting drunk or yelling at the children.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  3. charles

    No wonder CNN has no viewers. Obamacare doesn't even make the headlines on Deadline Day.

    March 31, 2014 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Charles,

      John King is discussing now on air. More on #InsidePolitics at http://www.cnn.com/insidepolitics

      Thanks for making us part of your #NewDay.

      Happy Monday!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 31, 2014 at 7:34 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Charles, It is only sorta the Deadline Day! How can a moving target be a deadline.

      March 31, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  4. Gil Gallegos

    Is Putin's goal to become the next Hitler and invade ultimately all of Europe ?

    March 31, 2014 at 6:08 am | Reply
    • Mike Higginbotham

      Yes, he has been trying to restore the Soviet Union since the day the wall came down.
      People seem to be ignoring the fact that annexation and treaty obligations are the two things that started the two world wars....

      March 31, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply

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