5 Things To Know For Your New Day

December 19th, 2014
03:39 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 19, 2014

The White House is set to blame North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures. Police investigate the deaths of eight kids in Australia. And the Dow has its best day in three years.

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

1. SONY HACK – NORTH KOREA

Laying blame: It could be today when the Obama administration officially points the finger at North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures. Investigators say it was a sophisticated operation with hackers stealing the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system. As we now know, they pretty much had access to everything. The question is: How will the U.S. respond? There are high-level meetings taking place at the White House to decide exactly that. Officials say they haven't yet decided how to respond to the attack.

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 18, 2014
A man in Miami's Little Havana reacts to White House announcement on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba
December 18th, 2014
02:35 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba. The Sony hacker trail points to North Korea. And The Simpsons celebrates a quarter century.

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

1. CUBA

Didn't see that coming: U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed by Cuba yesterday as part of a landmark deal that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island. A major loosening of travel and economic restrictions on the country are in the works. And the two nations are set to re-open embassies, with preliminary discussions on that next step in normalizing diplomatic relations beginning in the coming weeks. Gross had been held by the Cuban government since 2009. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to set up an Internet network for Cuban dissidents.

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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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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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