December 1st, 2014
04:30 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 1

President Barack Obama takes a look at Ferguson unrest Monday, an American couple is still being held in Qatar after being cleared of charges, and Cyber Monday's got Black Friday squarely beat.

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

1. FERGUSON
Hands up for a hug: A moment of reconciliation has emerged from the avalanche of images showing protests over the fatal shooting of Mike Brown. A photo of a white cop hugging a black teen in tears at a protest in Portland, Oregon, has gone viral. Ferguson is high on Obama's agenda Monday with a Cabinet meeting on law enforcement. Then he sits down with elected officials, civil rights activists and faith leaders to talk about building trust in American communities.

2. QATAR AMERICAN COUPLE
Freed and still detained: The fight for their freedom seemed won. An appeals judge in Qatar on Sunday cleared American couple Matthew and Grace Huang of a conviction in the death of their 8-year-old adoptive daughter. Off to the airport they went, hoping finally to return home after nearly two years of being snagged in Qatar's justice system. But they didn’t make it. Immigration officials took away their passports after a new warrant was issued for their arrest, leaving them stranded in the country.

3. A FLAT BLACK FRIDAY
The rush is…off: Black Friday? Who cares anymore? - it's Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, 5.1 million fewer shoppers vied for goods in crowded stores Friday over last year, many opting for cyber-shopping instead. Even before Monday's cyber specials, shoppers were forsaking highways and crowds for online sales. Overall traffic was also down over the long weekend. But gun sales boomed Friday, setting a record for federal background checks – 175,000 in one day, or about three every second, according to the FBI.

4. MUBARAK CLEARED
Stunning reversal: Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of peaceful street protesters who cried out for change in 2011. They wanted President Hosni Mubarak gone. His military government fell, and a year later, he was convicted for issuing orders to shoot. Then the military came back into power, and Mubarak got a retrial - a lengthy one. Over the weekend, a judge dismissed the charges.

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEATH
Did concussions do him in? They weren’t directly the cause of death; Kosta Karageorge, 22, appears to have shot himself. He didn’t show for college football practice last week at Ohio State University, and he was reported missing. Then over the weekend he turned up dead with a handgun next to his body. Karageorge liked rough sports; he was also an avid wrestler. Concussion symptoms plagued his brain, his mother said. She got a last text message from him. It read: "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f***ed up."

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 (3 Responses)
  1. Name*Gabby Morrow

    Where are the videos on 5 Things????? None last week. None this morning. Come on , folks!

    December 1, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
  2. KellyO

    What happened to the extras? That have the internet buzzing? Animal Vids make my day that much brighter and I miss an extra dose of Smiles before my day begins. Please bring them Back!!!

    December 1, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
  3. Ivory Dorsey

    PRAY FOR HEALING! "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. "~2 Timothy 2:15
    There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly behooves any of us. To talk about the rest of us. Edward Wallis Hoch

    December 1, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply

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