December 17th, 2014
03:37 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony hackers threaten moviegoers. Pakistan begins to mourn. And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2015.

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

1. SONY HACKERS THREAT

All this over a movie?: The group that says it hacked Sony Pictures over the upcoming film "The Interview" is now threatening moviegoers. In an anonymous post, hackers claiming to be the "Guardians of Peace" said people who see the movie would suffer a "bitter fate." Then came the ominous line: "Remember the 11th of September 2001." Actor Seth Rogen and James Franco canceled all of their upcoming press events following the threat. Tomorrow's New York premier of the film has been called off too. "The Interview" is a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. It's set to open Christmas Day. Some security experts believe North Korea is behind the hacking incident.

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2. TALIBAN SCHOOL MASSACRE

Pausing to honor the dead: Pakistan began three days of national mourning today as horrifying details emerged on a massacre that left 145 people dead, most of them children. Peshawar city was shut down after 132 children were killed in yesterday's hourslong siege at an army school. Markets remained closed as residents attended funerals across the city. "Even the children are dying on the frontline in the war against terror," said Khawaja Asif, the nation's defense minister. "The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is to carry."

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3. CHILDREN'S AUTHOR DIES

Reason for paws: The creator of "Clifford the Big Red Dog" has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic. Norman Bridwell died December 12 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was 86. According to Scholastic, Bridwell's "Clifford" books - and there are dozens of them - have sold millions of copies in 13 languages. Clifford also crossed over to television, starring on the PBS Kids series of the same name.

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Norman Bridwell

Norman Bridwell

4. OIL PLUNGE

Slippery slope: For many Americans, cheap gas is a godsend, especially during the holidays. Oil's slide has been relentless, tanking another 3% yesterday to below $55 a barrel. It's been five years since oil prices were that low. Gas for less than $2 can be found in 13 states across the country. Two weeks ago there was only one gas station in the country selling gas that cheap. Still, low fuel prices aren't good for everyone. It's taken a hit on the stock market in recent days. Enjoy the lower prices while you can. At some point, they'll bottom out.

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5. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Rock on: Please welcome the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. All will be inducted into the Hall in the spring. In order to be eligible for induction into the Rock Hall's 2015 class, an act had to release its first recording in 1989 or earlier. Green Day made it into the Hall in its first year of eligibility. Not bad for a bunch of rock opera-writing punks.

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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.

–Oy vey: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a Hanukkah faux pas last night using the wrong candle to light the other candles on the menorah. It is Jewish custom to first light the center candle then use it to light the others.

- Oh deer: A close encounter of the four-legged kind.

- Trampoline tricks: These folks have some mad skills.

- Bucking bride: Never bring a horse to a photo shoot.

- Megatron meltdown: Sounds like this Transformer spent a little too much time in the sun.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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