November 26th, 2014
02:34 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, November 26

Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson speaks out. Protests related to the Michael Brown case grow from coast to coast. And storm delays await Thanksgiving travelers.

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

 

1. DARREN WILSON
Officer speaks out: Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, in his first interview since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, maintains that he did his job right. Wilson told ABC News yesterday that he's not tormented by that fateful encounter in suburban St. Louis last summer. "I don't think it's haunting," Wilson says. "It's always going to be something that happened. The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right."

 

2. NATIONWIDE PROTESTS
Protests around the U.S.: In Atlanta and Boston and New York and Los Angeles, they marched by the hundreds or the thousands, blocking bridges, tunnels and major highways. They shouted their anger about a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. There were protests in more than 170 U.S. cities.

 

3. FERGUSON PROTESTS
Another night of chaos: Like the night before, the tension in Ferguson, Missouri, got thicker with every tick of the clock Tuesday night. Protesters, kept at bay all evening by riot police and the National Guard, got restive.  Some flipped over a police cruiser, broke out its windows and set it on fire. Police moved in quickly to snuff it out.

4. THANKSGIVING CHAOS
Unfriendly skies:
If you're flying to the East Coast for Thanksgiving, expect delays of three to six hours. A nor'easter is expected to dump heavy rain and snow on the eastern United States today and cause severe delays on what's traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. About 30 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Maine could be affected.

 

5. RARE GIFT
Just in time for the holidays: Will Lautzenheiser got a wonderful gift for Thanksgiving. The 40-year-old quad amputee showed off his two new arm transplants at a Boston-area hospital. "To ... have received this gift is ... obviously life changing," he says.  The former professor of film production lost his limbs in 2011 after a battle with a severe streptococcal infection.

 

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 (14 Responses)
  1. DOROTHY LOSCHIAVO

    REGARDING THE FERGUSON RIOTS: WHY WEREN'T FIRE HOSES USED TO QUELL THESE RIOTERS? THIS DAMAGE & DESTRUCTION COULD HAVE ALL BEEN AVOIDED IF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT & POLICE USED THIS METHOD THAT WAS SO EFFECTIVE DURING THE RACE RIOTS IN CLEVELAND OHIO AND NO ONE WAS KILLED. THEY WERE JUST "COOLED OFF" A BIT. IT WAS VERY COLD IN MISSOURI. WET IS BAD BUT WET & FREEZING IS A REAL RIOT STOPPER.

    November 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  2. Crackerjack Joe

    5 things to start your day and 3 things revolve around Ferguson. I will pass on those 3... I have read, listened, and contemplated enough to know that the only thing going on here is ignorance. The protesters and the rioters are not interested in facts, so as an average American, why should I even care? As far as I am concerned this is nothing but pure entertainment at this point.

    November 26, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
  3. John

    I have noticed you haven't included extra videos at the bottom of the 5 things to know page. Will this trend continue? I miss those.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
  4. Berkeley

    Love my 5 things to know, but where are my daily fluff pieces at the end? Missing something to soften the blow of the seriousness and sadness of the 5 stories of the day.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
  5. therewillbepain

    Come on, nothing on the two reddest states, Mississippi and Arkansas, lifting same-sex marriage bans?

    November 26, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
  6. Phyllis Freeman

    I've been hugely impressed with the interviews conducted by Chris Cuomo this morning between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Although much has been said in the last few days about the Michael Brown shooting, your questioning added a new dimension to the piles of information saturating the media. One issue- why does CNN continue to show a split screen of the looting and burning of the town during every interview? It is as if CNN is proposing that each interviewee needs some sort of "corrective"by showing the destruction caused by some in Ferguson. I see no other purpose for this sort of "commentary." It takes away from your otherwise fine reporting.

    November 26, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  7. shaun

    so why is it that the photo of the officer is always the ones with the "villainous" face and the one of kid is "innocent". There are kinds of photos of the the kid with guns and alcohol and normal photos of the officer. The media has helped to whip this stiuation into a frenzy... shame

    November 26, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
  8. Kerrie

    This is really just 2 new things for my day. The world is spinning madly on and it is your job to do more than spread chaos about Ferguson. Where is the reat of the news?...

    November 26, 2014 at 8:12 am | Reply
  9. drballance

    I find Wilson's account to not be creditable at all. Michael Brown was an upstanding young man who was on his way to college if he had not been shot.

    For Brown to have acted in the manner Wilson says is just not normal. A nice, regular guy getting ready for college does not confront and taunt a law enforcement officer.

    I must call what I see of Wilson's interview BS.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:16 am | Reply
  10. Sherlock Steve

    How can Mr. Wilson say he did his job "right" and can sleep well at night for killing a young kid. Are police schools teaching the next generation of young men shoot to kill rather than shoot to disable? To me, those two shots to the head of Michael Brown says nothing more than a man with blood on his hands that Mr. Wilson went all out to kill Mr. Brown and to insure Mr. Brown will never tell his side of the story. Mr. Wilson had best fear God for the rest of his life now because when God calls Mr. Wilson home, Mr. Wilson will face a court that he will be found GUILTY in nanoseconds.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:14 am | Reply
  11. Carol Parsons

    Just writing because I loved Michaela's story of her family, adopted and biological. It is so filled with love. Thank you for that.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:12 am | Reply
  12. drballance

    I find Wilson's story not believable at all. Brown was going to be off to college the next day. Why, why would he confront an officer of the law in such a manner?

    It just does not make sense.

    November 26, 2014 at 6:11 am | Reply
  13. wallstrwalker

    Off. Wilson looks like a child with a gun!!! – Getting power by wearing a uniform!!! – But very weak idiot!!!

    November 26, 2014 at 6:07 am | Reply
  14. Margaret Morgan

    Wow!!!!!!!! Day 2 without any cute or funny topics!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am | Reply

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