Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 1
Deadly storm system moves into the Northeast, dumps inches of rain
May 1st, 2014
05:32 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 1

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."

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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.
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 (9 Responses)
  1. jhg45

    Thanks for the headlines and especially with all the bad news, the video of the pup looking for a good piece of leather made my day, someone call the Cubs Vineline and sign him up.

    May 1, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  2. Wayne

    I enjoy the more intense stories in a quick look area for the heads up – I just wish there was a more positive list of stories too. I've deleted several news apps because I'm not wanting to read about random killings, child death, rape, murder in other places. It's not that I don't think it's terrible..I just don't want to be spammed with it. It'd simply be great to be able to read about all the good that's happening...it'd be very motivating.

    May 1, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Wayne,
      Thank you for your input. #NewDay understands the need for positive news, which is why we provide the #GoodStuff.
      Find the #GoodStuff here: http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/
      Happy #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM
      #GoThere

      May 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  3. shehar39

    The Benghazi hearing on the hill starts at 9:30..

    May 1, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  4. Jay

    The New Day Blog is definitely an important part of my daily routine. Thanks so much for this!

    May 1, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Wow, Jay! Thanks for your very kind comments, and for including us in YOUR #NewDay~

      Happy Thursday~
      Lola / CNN VCM
      #GoThere

      May 1, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  5. Margaret Morgan

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shouldn't seek reelection. Mr. Ford should enroll himself immediately into a rehabilitation facility to address his addictions. I wish him well.

    May 1, 2014 at 8:16 am | Reply
  6. Mike T

    I really enjoy the New Day blog, but lately the same stories are being covered every single day. I know there are updates to past stories and that is fine and could even be its own section, but I know there is more stuff happening out there. Thanks.

    May 1, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for sharing your concerns, Mike. We'll pass them along in our daily report to CNN's senior management.

      Have a lovely #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM
      #GoThere

      May 1, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply

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