Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, June 19
The U.S. Mission in Benghazi is engulfed in flames during the 2012 attack. The suspected mastermind is now in custody.
June 19th, 2014
05:00 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, June 19

Obama says he'll do what he wants about Iraq, authorities nab suspected American terrorists, and a teen stowaway talks about his crazy flight inside a plane wheel well.

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

1. Iraq crisis

Should he stay or should he go? There's a growing chorus that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki must go if there's any hope of unifying Iraq as Islamic militants take city after city, a U.S. senator said. Meanwhile, President Obama is talking about efforts to help strengthen Iraq's security forces against the threat of the militants. And while he said he'll tell Congress what he plans, he said he doesn't need Congress' approval.

2. Texas terror suspects

Right here at home: Cops nabbed two young men in Texas suspected of trying to support terrorist groups in Syria and Somalia. One was scoping out "potential recruits for committing violent jihad overseas" from his Austin home, authorities say. The other 23-year-old was caught before boarding a plane in Houston en route to provide "his services to radical groups." Analysts believe as many as 100 American citizens have traveled to fight in Syria.

3. Benghazi arrest

Like a movie: Interrogators don't expect to have it easy with Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, a Washington law enforcement official told CNN. After all, he's had time to rehearse his story. But an interrogation expert thinks there's a good chance Abu Khatallah will crack, if interrogators punch the right buttons. Others have done so before him.

4. Veterans Affairs troubles

More money, more problems: The director of the embattled Phoenix VA Health Care System is still on the government's payroll - a month after President Obama pledged to hold VA officials involved in fraudulent scheduling practices accountable. One VA official said Director Sharon Helman and two other officials at the Phoenix VA have been "removed" from their positions, but he said the government continues to pay federal employees during the termination process. And he doesn't know if the $9,000 in bonuses that Helman received last year has been paid back.

5. Plane stowaway

Wild ride: The California teenager who defied laws and nature by surviving a plane ride to Hawaii while in a wheel well says he remembers seeing the ocean from 38,000 feet above Earth. "It was above the clouds, I could see through the little holes," Yahya Abdi, 15, of Santa Clara told CNN affiliate KPIX on Wednesday. He was hoping to see his mother in Ethiopia but ended up in Maui.

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

Busted no more: So you've been caught reading TMZ at work. It's cool, we all have. Thankfully, Timesify is here. Just drag the Timesify button to your bookmarks. When the boss is about to catch you keeping up with the Kardashians, just click the button and the screen will look like a New York Times article -– with the text left intact!

Musicless music video: What happens when David Bowie and Mick Jagger dance in the street - without music? Here's what happens:

Good boy! And you were proud when you got Fido to stop climbing on the neighbor. An Israeli dog trainer got these canines to obey commands specifically by their names:

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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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  1. Jenna Jacobs

    I wish that i could have "5 things to know for your new day" emailed daily. I love reading it and sometimes I forget to look at it in the morning! Either way, I love it and thank you!

    June 19, 2014 at 9:15 am | Reply
  2. Steve

    How cool is that? You help employees steal time away from work by explaining and posting links on how to get away with it. How amazingly unprofessional.

    June 19, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman "removed" from her position should be ordered to pay back not only the $9,000 in bonuses but her salary from the onset of the fraudulent scheduling practices. Use this money and the money of her cronies who carried out her criminal orders toward some sort of compensation to the families of the deceased veterans. And then off to federal prison they go. Deplorable and disgusting. And for plane stowaway Yahya Abdi,the angels had to be with him in the wheel well of that plane for him to be able to see the ocean from 38,000 feet above the earth through the clouds and lived to tell it. Amazing!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Would that be the fraudulent practices in just Phoenix or Washington state also. She is, by example, a horrible director and, by action, a horrible person.

      June 19, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  4. Allison Weinig

    The plane stowaway story's written blurb says he was going to Ethiopia, but the video shows he wanted to go to Somolia...

    June 19, 2014 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Allison,
      According to earlier reports, the stowaway teen was headed to see his mother in Africa, where she lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.
      More detail may be found here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/18/us/teen-plane-stowaway/index.html?iref=allsearch
      Thank you for sharing. Happy #NewDay!
      TeamCNN

      June 19, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply

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