The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters a "more difficult" phase. The Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes in South Africa. And Shelly Sterling backs the NBA's lifetime ban of her estranged husband for making racist comments.
It's Monday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
1. MISSING PLANE
Let's try this: The results have been fruitless so far in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. More than 300 search flights. Over 3,000 hours in the air. A staggering 4 million square kilometers of ocean. And nothing to show for it. Today, search officials announced that a new, "more difficult" phase was beginning. Australia estimates the cost at about $60 million. Even at that price tag, nothing is guaranteed.
2. CIRCUS ACCIDENT
Human chandelier: It sounds beautiful and exquisite, but suddenly turned horrifying as it crashed to the ground yesterday at a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, Rhode Island. Eight performers hanging by their hair fell when the apparatus holding them about 30 feet in the air failed, the circus said. Another performer was injured on the ground.
3. PISTORIUS TRIAL
Back in court: It's been a couple of weeks, but the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumed in South Africa today. The 27-year-old admits that he shot and killed his cover model girlfriend, but he denies that he murdered her, saying he thought she was an intruder in his house in the middle of the night. The prosecution aims to prove Pistorius intentionally shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp last year. The defense team hopes to cast doubt on that claim.
4. STERLING AND THE NBA
New twist: Perhaps it's not surprising, but Shelly Sterling supports the tough stance the NBA took against her estranged husband after he made racist comments in a phone call recorded by his mistress. The league banned Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. Shelly Sterling said in a statement that the team and the league need to work together to find new leadership. There was no mention of Commissioner Adam Silver's plan to force Donald Sterling to sell the team.
5. UKRAINE CRISIS
Struggling: Ukraine is losing battle after battle to maintain order in the country's east. Pro-Russian sympathizers and militants continue to overrun government positions. And rare government gains are short-lived. It raises questions about the ability of the army and police to confront the uprisings that Kiev says are backed by Moscow. Russian officials say the Kremlin is not involved.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- 100 days of dance: He doesn’t have moves like Jagger – or Astaire for that matter – but watch this guy bust a move to the same song day after day after day after …
- Synchronicity: This what you get when you let fifth-grade boys put together their own talent show skit. They clearly have a dry sense of humor.
- Dogs down under: Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” is just about everywhere these days. Now it’s gone to the dogs – and a cat – in Australia.
- Pachyderm blues: Get down with your elephant self.
- Minor difference: Attention, please. Give a listen to this haunting version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Chase Holfelder.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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