Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, June 12
A soccer-crazed world celebrates today's start of the 2014 World Cup
June 12th, 2014
05:02 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, June 12

Militants threaten to take over more of Iraq. Sheriff's deputies fired the bullets that ended a Las Vegas shooting rampage. And soccer fans celebrate the start of the World Cup.

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

1. IRAQ VIOLENCE

Militants on the move: Iraqi cities seem to be falling with relative ease, unaided by a military that has bolted and a militant group bent on continuing its march forward. Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is already in the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. And early today, an audio recording purportedly from the Islamist militants threatened a takeover of more, including the capital Baghdad. Keep an eye on this, things are happening fast.

2. CASEY KASEM

Final days: A critically ill Casey Kasem is in the middle of a legal and media battle between his children and their stepmother. Yesterday, a Los Angeles County judge gave daughter Kerri Kasem the authority to have doctors end his infusions of water, food and medicine, reversing his own ruling. No announcement about his care has been made by the family.

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3. LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

New details: Sheriff's deputies delivered the fatal wound that killed a man who, along with his wife, gunned down two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas over the weekend. Authorities said earlier that the woman shot and killed her husband before taking her own life. But Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters yesterday that a review of forensic evidence at the scene and autopsy results showed that police fatally wounded the gunman.

4. BERGDAHL GRILLING

Tense moment: Did you catch the drama on Capitol Hill yesterday? Already hounded by House Armed Services Committee members about the White House overstepping presidential authority in the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl,  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced new questions on why it was taking so long to get the soldier back stateside.

5. WORLD CUP

Soccer madness: Here's the score at the start of the 2014 World Cup: 32 teams and billions of fans for the quadrennial event. Some of them are even floating a few hundred miles above the earth in the International Space Station.

Host Brazil faces Croatia in today's opening match. A champion in the month-long competition will be crowed on July 13.

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

–Take flight: Just try to stop watching this video of a motorcycle jumping over a low-flying plane.

- One in 30 million: A Connecticut fisherman catches a super-rare yellow lobster.

- Furry revelations: In this in-depth interview, we get into the mind of a guinea pig, who's also an only pet. It's a compelling, must-see video.

- McWow: Check out this GoPro footage from mountain bike competition trails in the Scottish Highlands.

- They doe-n't get along: These cat and deer relationships never work out.

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 (2 Responses)
  1. Common Sense

    #1: Hagel, The White House, and Bergdahl all have to have their stories straight when he gets here. I remember being told something about lies and a web or somethign?!

    #2: No kidding militants are getting bold, what did you think would happen? Those people having been fighting for thousands of years and Bush, then the Savior really thought it would just stop? Once Bin Laden was dead there should have been an immediate pull out, bring our troops home, because by the looks of the Southern borders in recent weeks we are being invaded!

    June 12, 2014 at 7:59 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    It would be nice if Project Oceanography has a home for the rare yellow lobster so others can enjoy seeing it. I would like to see it up close. It was Jere Lacoske's lucky day. This is why I enjoy CNN everyday.

    June 12, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply

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