Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The University of Connecticut wins the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship.
April 8th, 2014
03:02 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Search teams are listening closely for more pings off the coast of Australia in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. UConn claims the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship over Kentucky. And taunting may have played in a role in last week's Fort Hood shooting.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Keeping an ear out: Those underwater pulses an Australian navy ship detected over the weekend haven't been heard since, but Australian Defense Minister David Johnston says it's full speed ahead in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Investigators are hoping the signals could be locator beacons from the plane's data recorders, but it's too soon to tell. They hope to pinpoint their location before battery power runs out and they go silent. In any case, the search has grown much smaller. "Instead of looking at an area the size of Texas, we're now looking in an area the size of Houston," aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas told CNN.

2. NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

From 64 to one: March Madness is over. The University of Connecticut howled with delight last night as the Huskies won the 2014 NCAA men's basketball championship. Challenged, but never surpassed, UConn held off the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to collect their fourth crown since 1999. The Huskies never trailed in the game. The women's title game is tonight.

3. OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL

Day 2 for the defense: More than a year after Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the Blade Runner is set to explain why in court today. Pistorius has cried, covered his face, plugged his ears and thrown up repeatedly as earlier witnesses have talked about how Steenkamp suffered, so the moment when Pistorius is forced to discuss the killing himself could be dramatic. It follows yesterday's emotional start that saw him apologize to Steenkamp's family. He pleaded not guilty to murder when the high-profile trial opened last month. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder in his house when he fired multiple gunshots through a door, killing her.

4. UKRAINE CRISIS

Turmoil in the east: Russian special services are coordinating separatist groups in eastern Ukraine and deserve the blame for the revolts there over the weekend. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is the one pointing the finger. "Enemies of Ukraine are trying to play out the Crimean scenario, but we will not let this happen," Turchynov said on TV. Russia annexed Crimea last month.
BTW: A Washington Post blog says only one in six Americans can find Ukraine on a map. Oh well.

5. FORT HOOD SHOOTER

The investigation: Taunting by fellow soldiers may have tripped the trigger in last week's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Suspected shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez had recently asked to transfer, saying he was being picked on by soldiers in his unit, an official familiar with the investigation said. Lopez is accused of killing three people and injuring 16 others before taking his own life. He was being treated for anxiety and depression.

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

–B-a-a-d manners: What's up with this goat? We guess it doesn't matter. The dog is pretty much ignoring his antics.

– Heavenly help: This could be a fake, but it sure seems heartfelt. A little believer asks a big-league question about his favorite baseball team.

– Dancing around the world: Someone is dancing in exotic places again. We've seen this before, but somehow this 60-year-old makes it special.

– Max fun: This crazy kitty likes boxes a lot.

– Unsung hero: This Thai life insurance commercial shares a universal message. Grab a hanky and try not to smile.

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 (12 Responses)
  1. MJ

    I ALWAYS start my day with Five Things to Know for Your New Day !

    April 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Awe, thanks so much, MJ! Hope the information is helpful for you.

      Happy #NewDay~
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  2. Lux Castillo

    Good five things but the Thai commercial was touching!!!! Thank you

    April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  3. Chuckie

    In my day, there were no bonus videos.

    April 8, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  4. Jonathan

    I watched the Thai Life Insurance commercial with little expectations but found it to be very moving. What a great video! I actually teared up, and this guy doesn't tear up so easily.

    April 8, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Widiya

      I was teared up as well. The Unsung Hero just made my day!

      April 8, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
  5. Lynda Castleman

    The Thai video is a great way to start the morning! How wonderful!

    April 8, 2014 at 8:16 am | Reply
  6. TeamCNNCNN

    Thank you all for making our #NewDay so spectacular! We love having you with us, sending comments and questions.

    Much appreciated and have a super Tuesday!
    Lola / CNN VCM

    April 8, 2014 at 7:39 am | Reply
  7. Caleb

    Hey, the bonus videos are back! Thanks! It really is nice to finish the article on something positive. The Thai commercial was touching.

    April 8, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply
  8. flamingolady

    The "Unsung Hero" is a beautiful way to start my day. Thank you!!

    April 8, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  9. Sarah

    Thank you for bringing back the fun stories at the end of "Five Things." It's always nice to see funny, happy, or just plain goofy stuff.

    April 8, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  10. Margaret Morgan

    Good morning CNN. I'm glad the extras are back this morning. It doesn't take expensive toys to keep kitty entertained.

    April 8, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply

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