Another deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood. A milestone of misery in Syria. And fears of a Russian incursion in Ukraine.
It's Thursday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
1. FORT HOOD SHOOTING
Not again: Haven't we been through this before? Fort Hood, that sprawling Army post in Texas, is seared in our collective memory for that awful incident in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Hasan went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding 32. Wednesday afternoon, it happened again.
Spc. Ivan Lopez, dressed in military fatigues, and carrying a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, walked into a unit building, opened fire, got into his vehicle, walked into another building and opened fire again. He killed three people and wounded 16, before he put the gun to his head, pulled the trigger and took his own life.
2.FORT HOOD GUNMAN
Why?: The man who opened fire at Fort Hood was a married father of a little girl, a veteran who served four months in Iraq, and a soldier undergoing treatment for mental health issues. There aren't indications that this was a terrorist act, but there are reports there may have been an argument in one of the unit areas. "Obviously, we are digging deep into his background, any criminal or psychiatric history, his experiences in combat," the post's commanding general said. All of the things you would expect us to do are being done right now."
3. MISSING PLANE
Not giving up: All 227 passengers have been cleared of any role in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Investigators have scrutinized those who prepared food for the flight, those who packed the cargo, and those who were to receive the cargo in China. And search crews have scoured the vast southern Indian Ocean for days for a sign - any sign - of the missing plane. Today is Day 27. So far, nothing.
"We'll keep going til hell freezes over"
- Kim Beazley, Australia's former defense minister
4. SYRIA CIVIL WAR
A milestone of misery: Today, the number of refugees from war-ravaged Syria into Lebanon crossed the 1 million mark. That's not 1 million total. That's 1 million into that small nation. The overall total is staggering - well past 2.5 million. According to the UN, a Syrian becomes a refugee every 15 seconds.
5. UKRAINE CRISIS
Just 12 hours: That's how little time it'll take Russian troops to move into Ukraine, says NATO's military chief. With 40,000 troops massed near the border, Russia has all the components necessary for a quick incursion, says Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander Europe.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
A baby spider is called a spiderling: Do you know what a dancing baby Spider-Man is called? Adorbz!
"Get a load of that tongue": The honey badger guy voices this video for CNN about pangolins (for John Sutter's powerful piece about the most trafficked mammal you've never heard of)
Traffic Terrific stop?: More like terrific stop! Another video from the positive #prankitfwd campaign. This time cops pull over drivers to hand them crisp $100 bills
Junk food:: A man in India claims he’s addicted to eating bricks, mud and gravel, and claims he can down 6 pounds a day with no adverse health effects. (We checked to make sure this wasn't posted on April 1)
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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