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April 17th, 2014
05:19 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, April 17, 2014

A report says only one lifeboat was deployed when a South Korean ferry sank. There's little hope for a breakthrough when Ukraine and Russia meet. And a new video emerges a year after a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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

1. FERRY BOAT SINKS

Frustration mounts: The death toll officially stands at 9, but 287 more passengers remain missing after the sinking of a South Korean ferry. Families are desperate for news about their loved ones, but little of it was being delivered. CNN affiliate YTN reported today that only one out of 46 lifeboats attached to the sunken ferry was deployed. A fact that won't bring much comfort to those waiting for updates on missing family members.

2. UKRAINE CRISIS

Cold War echoes: Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis today, even as fresh violence erupted in the nation's east. The talks in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief to find ways out of the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. The developments come as the U.S. is talking more sanctions to punish Russia. Kiev and the West believe Moscow is stirring up the unrest.

3. NIGERIA ABDUCTIONS

Girls freed: Three days ago, heavily armed militants raided a Nigerian school and seized 129 girls. All but eight of them are now free, according to the military. It wasn't immediately clear how the girls were freed or what condition they were in. They were herded out of bed and onto buses on Monday after Boko Haram militants won a fierce gunbattle with government forces. The militants want to make Nigeria into an Islamic state.

4. TEXAS EXPLOSION ANNIVERSARY

One year ago: Jeff Tobola wasn't ready to release the video until now. The pain was too great. But a year after an explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant killed 15 people and destroyed 120 homes, the time was right. Tobola started recording the fire on his cell phone just a second before the blast sent shock waves through the town of 2,800.

5. MISSING PLANE

Mission update: Search crews are analyzing the latest data from an underwater drone looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Bluefin-21 has now searched about 35 square miles in its first three trips to the floor of the Indian Ocean. If no traces of MH370 are found, Malaysia's acting transportation minister says they'll "regroup and reconsider" how to move forward with the search.

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

– College bound: Down Syndrome teen Noah is super excited about being accepted to college.

–Battling through: Harry Hudson is a 20-year-old musician, but he's also a cancer patient. This video features his new song "Learn 2 Love." Download it on iTunes and you can help fund cancer research.

– This is a big deal: Check out these micro-robots.

– Point of view: University of Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman shows us what it's like to be him on the football field.

– Off track: This is a reminder of what could happen if you try to take a selfie too close to a moving train.

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!

April 14th, 2014
05:26 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, April 14, 2014

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 goes underwater. Russian protesters hold their ground in eastern Ukraine as another government deadline passes. And authorities arrest a life-long white supremacist in two Jewish center shootings.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

A new phase: It's been almost a week since any underwater pulses have been heard, so Australian authorities said today that they will stop listening for pings coming from the floor of the Indian Ocean and will now deploy an underwater vehicle. "We haven't had a single detection in six days," Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said. "It's time to go underwater." They'll use the Bluefin-21, a probe with side-scan sonar technology that creates pictures from the reflections of sound rather than light.

2. UKRAINE CRISIS

Now what? A Ukrainian government deadline for pro-Russian protesters to lay down their arms and leave occupied buildings passed early today with no sign of it being heeded in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk. The protesters were given until 2 a.m. ET to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces. But the deadline passed with no movement at the regional government building in Donetsk, which has been occupied for more than a week. Previous deadlines have passed with no consequence. NATO says Russian armed forces are massing on Ukraine's eastern border and could invade, while Moscow says they are merely carrying out military exercises.

3. JEWISH CENTER SHOOTINGS

Three dead: A Missouri man with a long history of anti-Semitism is suspected of killing a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City, and a woman at a Jewish assisted living facility nearby. The 73-year-old man, Frazier Glenn Miller, faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court today. At least two of the three victims were not Jewish.

4. OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL

Week No. 6: Oscar Pistorius was back on the stand for a second week today, facing more relentless cross-examination as the prosecution challenges his account of the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about her death. Pistorius shot her last year through a closed toilet door in his South African luxury home in Pretoria. The trial is scheduled to continue until the middle of May.

5. NEVADA RANCH STANDOFF

Free to roam again: A tense, weeklong showdown appeared to end over the weekend between the federal government and supporters of a Nevada cattle rancher battling the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights on federal land. Call it an Old West showdown. It centers on a family that has been ranching in Nevada since the 1800s. The bureau says the family owes about $1 million in back fees because its cattle grazed on federal land. The family disagrees, and authorities feared violence as supporters gathered outside the gates where the feds were holding the family's cattle. The cattle that were corralled are free to roam again, but this isn't settled yet. We're still not sure how things will round up.

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

– Barely playing: This polar bear isn't quite ready for Ultimate Frisbee, but who wants to tell him he can't join the team?

– Charge: This baby elephant acts all tough during a safari in Zambia but quickly packs her trunk and runs.

– Up in flames: It's all fun and games until the birthday girl's hair catches on fire.

– Comic fix: Check out this new Batman short. Fans of the Dark Knight will love it.

– K9 cuteness: Run for your lives. It's a ... it's a ... it's a dachshund in a coat sleeve.

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!

April 4th, 2014
01:53 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, April 4

The search begins for fading pings from the Malaysian jet's data recorders. A community asks why after the Fort Hood shooting. And severe weather hits the central United States.

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

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April 2nd, 2014
01:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for your New Day – Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A mighty quake rocks Chile. A convicted spy could go free. And Obama moves on to his next fight.

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

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