December 16th, 2014
12:06 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sydney searches for answers. Pennsylvania police hunt for a gunman. And Camille Cosby defends her husband.

It's Tuesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day

1. AUSTRALIA HOSTAGE INVESTIGATION

Why?: Lots of questions remain in the aftermath of yesterday's hostage siege in Sydney. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, "It will take time to clarify exactly what happened." Dead is the gunman, Man Haron Monis, and two hostages. What did the gunman want? Why did he choose the Lindt Chocolate Café as his target? We may never know. Up to 17 people were held at one point before some escaped and police stormed in. Authorities describe Monis as a self-styled Muslim cleric, who was well-known to police and who had embraced a radical Sunni theology.

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2. PENNSYLVANIA SHOOTINGS

Suspect search: An intense manhunt is underway in a Philadelphia suburb for a man suspected of killing his ex-wife and five former in-laws. Bradley William Stone of Pennsburg killed his ex-wife and her mother, grandmother and sister, as well as the sister's husband and 14-year-old daughter, authorities said. But Stone didn't harm his two daughters, who were living with his ex-wife. He took them to a neighbor's residence in Pennsburg, the last place he was seen. There have been several possible sightings of Stone, most recently in Doylestown, but so far authorities have little to go on. Stone was described as armed and dangerous.

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3. SYRIA

Bad and getting worse: A top United Nations official said yesterday that there are no words left to describe the situation in Syria. Nearly 200,000 people have been killed in the 3-year Syrian conflict and one million injured, Valerie Amos, the U.N. chief for humanitarian affairs, told the U.N. Security Council. She said the combative parties there are fighting each other with no regard for the thousands of civilians and children caught in the middle. All parties involved in the conflict "continue to violate the most basic of laws with devastating consequences," Amos said, pointing a finger at the Syrian government, ISIS and other armed opposition groups.

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4. NEW SURGEON GENERAL

Top doc: It took more than a year to accomplish, but the Senate has confirmed Vivek Murthy as the nation's new surgeon general. President Obama tapped the founder of the pro-Obamacare group Doctors for America for the post back in November 2013. America's gun lobby held up the nomination over a letter Murthy had signed calling for new gun control measures following the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings two years ago. The nomination passed on a 51 to 43 vote. Murthy, 37, is America's youngest-ever top doctor, and he is also the first surgeon general of Indian-American descent.

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5. CAMILLE COSBY SPEAKS OUT

Stands by her man: Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, is out in defense of her husband. As sexual assault allegations mount against him, she asked, "Who is the victim?" Over the last month, many women have come forward to accuse Cosby of past sexual assault, a crime the star has never been officially charged with. "He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man," Camille Cosby said in a statement. "A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know."

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

–Optical illusions: Guaranteed to blow your mind.

- Fit to be (bow) tied: Justin Timberlake gets a cool gift from a young fan.

- Getting catty: Welcome to today's edition of Cats vs. Christmas Trees.

- Dancin' fool: We don't know whether to be impressed by or embarrassed for this Vancouver Canucks fan. You be the judge.

- To the rescue: A giant tortoise comes to the aid of his buddy.

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. Margaret Morgan

    Are my comments being rejected for some reason?

    December 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    Please resolve the problem involving my many days of comments still awaiting moderation.

    December 17, 2014 at 12:07 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    You go Sal!!!!!!!! Justin Timberlake's ultimate fan!!!!!!!! Cats vs. Christmas trees- CREEPY!!!!!!!! To watch that giant tortoise come to the aid of his upside down friend was truly amazing!!!!!!!! I love, love, love the Vancouver Canucks fan!!!!!!!! That's what it's all about going to your favorite sporting event, cheering on your team and having good wholesome fun!!!!!!!! Keep on dancing with your bad self!!!!!!!! Enjoy life to the fullness!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply

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