Mortars fired toward Israel two hours into cease-fire. The U.S. imposes new sanctions against Russia. And Nelson Mandela's daughter talks about his final days.
It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
A timeout: Israel and Hamas agreed to a U.N request for a temporary cease-fire that runs today from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. ET. At least three mortars were fired from Gaza into southern Israel about two hours after the pause in hostilities, the Israeli military said. More than 220 people have been killed since tensions flared last week, including four boys who died yesterday when a shell from an Israeli gunship exploded near them on a beach near Gaza City. Rockets from Hamas have killed one Israeli.
2. RUSSIA SANCTIONS
Upping the ante: The United States is rolling out new sanctions against Russia for failing to take steps to end the Ukraine conflict, President Obama said yesterday. These are additional pocketbook measures, targeting Russian banks, energy and defense companies. "We have to see concrete actions, and not just words," the President said. The Pentagon says Russia has increased troops at Ukraine's border.
3. TECH CASES
Yahoo lawsuit: A Yahoo executive is countersuing a former employee who accused her of sexual harassment. Yahoo senior director of engineering Maria Zhang called the charges "outrageously false" in a defamation lawsuit filed yesterday against former software engineer Nan Shi. Shi is also suing Yahoo and Zhang for emotional distress and wrongful termination.
Google exec death: Alix Catherine Tichelman pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, prostitution and other charges in the death of Forrest Timothy Hayes, a 51-year-old married father of five who was found dead in November on his 50-foot yacht. Authorities say Tichelman gave the Google executive an injection of heroin and then, as he began to die, she sipped her wine, gathered her belongings and walked away.
4. CALIFORNIA DEATH PENALTY
Delayed justice: A federal judge has ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional, calling its administration "dysfunctional." In making his ruling, Judge Cormac J. Carney said the delays in implementing an execution are so lengthy they constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." Of the more than 700 inmates on death row in California, about 40% have been there longer than 19 years.
5. MANDELA'S FINAL MONTHS
The final days: Nelson Mandela's daughter tells CNN that his final months were excruciating to watch, but his final breaths were peaceful. For a year before his death, Maki Mandela says her father was on dialysis for kidney failure and a ventilator to help him breathe. He was fed intravenously through tubes into his stomach, and his arms and hands grew swollen due to the medications he was receiving. The Nobel Peace prize winner died in December at age 95
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–No. 3: "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies Lorde's "Royal" in the latest video from his new album. You'll love the twist at the start of the second verse. "Weird Al" is releasing one new video each day this week.
– Cute bar trick: Here's something not everyone can do.
– Working on the fly: The dangers of live TV reporting.
– Words in their mouths: Two 30-year-old men lip sync random conversations between their moms. It's WAY better than it sounds.
– Fetch: Dogs with disabilities still like to chase sticks. Two paws up for this video!
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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