April 9th, 2014
03:46 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, April 9

Australia picks up two more signals in the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Oscar Pistorius testifies for a third day in his murder trial. And the University of Connecticut claims its second national basketball title as the women's team defeats  Notre Dame.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Now there are four: The Australian ship Ocean Shield has picked up more fresh signals that officials hope are locator beacons from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A pair of underwater pulses were first detected over the weekend. Three days went by, then two more were recorded yesterday. Angus Houston, the head of the Australian operation, says they believe they're searching in the right area, but they need to see some wreckage to confirm they've found the "final resting place of MH370." At the very least, the four signals mean search teams can comb a much smaller area looking for debris from the flight.

2. UKRAINE CRISIS

Unrest in the east: There are claims and counterclaims as tensions rise in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian protesters have seized government buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv. Russia warned yesterday that any use of force could lead to civil war. Russia's foreign ministry suggests "American experts" are helping Ukrainian forces prepare for a crackdown. Russia also said today that there's no reason to worry about all those troops massed along the border. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that Russian forces and special agents have been behind the "chaos" in eastern Ukraine.

3. OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL

Emotional testimony: Track star Oscar Pistorius is back on the stand for a third day as he continues to tell his story of what happened on the night he fatally shot his girlfriend. The athlete sobbed in the witness stand yesterday as he described how, gripped by fear, he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked toilet door, thinking she was an intruder. He pleaded not guilty to murder when the high-profile trial opened early last month. It's scheduled to continue until the middle of May.

4. KISSING CONGRESSMAN

Loose lips: Rep. Vance McAllister says he won't resign over a video released this week showing him passionately kissing a staffer in his office back in December. McAllister is married and has five kids. “There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” The staffer, Melissa Hixon Peacock, no longer works for him.

5. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

UConn Part Deux: Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team grabbed its  own national title last night, beating Notre Dame 79-58. The UConn men were crowned champs on Monday after defeating Kentucky. It's only the second time the men's and women's teams from the same school have won championships during the same season. And UConn did it that time too, during the 2003-2004 campaign.

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

–Cat-astrophic guitar solo: Can't a minor guitar god shred in peace? Nope. His cat wants to steal the spotlight.

– Coping Skills 101: A hail storm destroys the windshield of this young woman's car. Oh the humanity!

– Spoiler alert: If you're a fan of Archie Comics, read no further. The venerable comic book franchise has revealed that beloved character Archie Andrews will die in "Life with Archie" #36 in July. The "Life with Archie" series tells stories of future scenarios for Archie and his friends in Riverdale. The present-day Archie stories will not be affected. Wow, that's a relief. We just hope Archie doesn't read ahead and get depressed.

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– Hold my hand, I'm scared!: This lil' guy needs some reassurance as the family car goes through the car wash.

– Reporter overboard: How do you say "oopsie" in Dutch? This reporter falls off a boat during an interview.

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 (6 Responses)
  1. Viola kincheloe

    only CNN #1 news!!

    April 9, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Wow! Thanks so much, Viola.

      So happy to have you with us as part of our #NewDay.

      Happy Wednesday!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  2. Chris Witek

    Now why can't the female staffer caught canoodling with Rep. Vance McAllister just release her own statement asking for forgiveness from God, her husband, etc. & then also refuse to resign?

    April 9, 2014 at 7:40 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    Enjoyed all 5 " little biggies" this morning. Have to buy Archie Andrews comic book in July.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply
  4. JimfromBham

    The cat just wanted him to change to music to country, either folk rock or PDQ Bach.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply

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