John Kerry visits Iraq as the country gets pummeled by militants. Soccer star Hope Solo heads to court after cops say she attacked her sister and nephew. And a Louisiana company is offering a cold summer treat made from pickle juice.
It's Monday, and here are 5 things to know for your new day:
1. KERRY IN IRAQ
Dicey situation: If you think your Monday is stressful, at least you're not John Kerry. The secretary of state landed in Baghdad today to try to help with Iraq's problem of losing swaths of the country to radical militants. But even President Obama said there's only so much the U.S. can do. If Iraq's not willing to help resolve sectarian strife, "there's no amount of American firepower that's going to be able to hold the country together."
2. BOWE BERGDAHL
Baby steps: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no longer a patient at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He's been moved to an outpatient facility where his slow reintegration process continues. Previous captives have completed their program within 10 days. But authorities are taking it slow with Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years.
3. HOPE SOLO
Red carded: Hope Solo, soccer star and controversy magnet, will face a judge today after she was hauled off to jail over the weekend on domestic violence assault charges. Police said she attacked her sister and her 17-year-old nephew. She appeared “intoxicated,” cops said.
4. MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE
Never give up: Australia says it’ll announce a new search area this week in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A re-examination of data could shift the search area hundreds of kilometers south. Another development over the weekend: London’s Sunday Times said the plane’s pilot is the primary suspect. But Malaysian authorities say that's not true.
5. WORLD CUP
Thisclose: If you happened to be the one person in the U.S. who didn’t watch the Americans take on Portugal, here’s how it went down: Portugal led, and the U.S. tied. Then the U.S. led and we were feeling pretty good about it. All the team had to do was NOT. GIVE. UP. THE. BALL. But with just 27 seconds to go, Portugal bounced back with an equalizer.
The U.S. went from this:
Team USA hits the field next in a match against Germany. (An earlier version of this report said that the U.S. team needed to beat Germany to stay in the tournament. It’s not that simple. In fact, it’s kind of complicated - win lose or tie, they still have a shot.)
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
That's a dilly of a pickle: Surely we're not the only ones who love to drink the juice at the bottom of the pickle jar. Nope! A Louisiana frozen treat stand now specializes in pickle juice sno-balls. What else would you want on a hot summer day?
Cat welcomes soldier home: Yes, it's possible - a cat breaks his aloofness and showers a human with love! Finn the cat actually seems happy that his owner is home:
Hedgehog fails to eat finger: Well, if that's what it was trying to do. OK, maybe it’s just a baby hedgehog adorably licking a finger. Either way it's pretty cute:
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!