The storm system that just won't quit soaks the Northeast. The world awaits the release of the first report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes a break from his re-election campaign to seek help for alcohol abuse.
It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. SEVERE WEATHER
It's got to quit sometime: The slow-moving storm system that brought deadly tornadoes to the Plains and the Deep South, and flooding from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, is winding down. But not before dumping a load of rain from Washington to New York. There's lots of flash flooding and folks are getting caught by surprise in their cars.
2. MISSING PLANE
Report pending: The Malaysian government will release the preliminary International Civil Aviation Organization report to the public today. It will detail evidence collected in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Boeing 777 vanished nearly two months ago. An extensive international search has found no evidence of the plane.
3. STERLING SCANDAL
Legal leak?: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life. And he admits he made the racist comments on a recording leaked to the media. But was it legal? His alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, said she recorded the conversation. Her attorney says it was with his permission. If true, then it's OK. But Sterling's side hasn't weighed in. Whether legal or not, the damage has been done.
4. ROB FORD
Taking a break: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is on the sidelines of his re-election campaign while he seeks help for alcohol abuse. The move came hours after a local newspaper reported on a new video that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine. In a statement released yesterday, the embattled mayor said, "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence."
5. AMANDA KNOX
Exclusive: Tune in tonight when New Day's Chris Cuomo interviews Amanda Knox, a day after an Italian court released its explanation for her conviction in the death of former roommate Meredith Kercher. In the 300-page report, the Florence court said it made the decision in part because of evidence showing that more than one person killed the British student. The special airs at 10 p.m. ET.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Going to the dogs: This hound steals the show at a Western Oregon University softball game. Every team needs a rover, right? Or are we barking up the wrong tree on this one?
- Hey, you're cute: Courtney Friel, a reporter with CNN affiliate KTLA in Los Angeles, gets asked out on a date by a shirtless man during a live report.
- This cliff is just right: Mama and baby bear are out scaling the Santa Elena Canyon on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hold on tight.
- Baby booty bump: Let's make a rule right now. Moms should never twerk with a toddler in the room.
- What's the fuss about?: This little guy captivates the crowd with his impromptu goal at a Chelsea soccer match.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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