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April 24th, 2014
05:31 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, April 24

Malaysia keeps the wraps on its preliminary Flight 370 report. Three American hospital workers are killed by a guard in Afghanistan. And we're just a day away from a vote that could change college sports forever.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

90% done: Malaysia has a preliminary report on the disappearance of Flight 370 but isn't releasing it publicly. The country says it has nothing to hide. So why not release it? Families with loved ones on the flight have been begging for information. Withholding it will increase their frustration. At sea, the underwater search for MH370 continues. A probe has scanned 90% of the designated search area, with no significant results.

2. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY

Mourning the loss: Classes resumed at Danwon High School near Seoul, South Korea, today. It's the first time the school has been open since hundreds of classmates went down in a passenger ferry last week. The halls are emptier now, and the sense of grief was great as hearses ushered pictures of the dead and missing onto campus. Authorities say 171 people are dead and 131 still missing.

3. VETERAN DEATHS COVER-UP

Secret scheme: At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that up to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor. Word of the arrangement came from a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

4. AFGHAN HOSPITAL ATTACK

Deadly violence: At least three American hospital workers died in Afghanistan today after a cop standing guard at the facility opened fire on them, Kabul police said. A fourth American was wounded in the attack at CURE Hospital. The police guard shot himself but survived and is being questioned. The motive for the attack wasn't immediately clear.

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL UNION

NW vote: No matter what the ballots say, tomorrow will be historic for college sports. By noon, members of Northwestern University's football team will have cast ballots to decide whether they will form a workers union and start demanding more rights. A majority of the players must vote in favor of the union for it to be successful. Because the university is appealing, it may be months before we know how the players voted. Meanwhile, the NCAA may let the big conference increase scholarships to cover the cost of living, and not just the cost of tuition, for athletes. Coincidence?

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

– New exercise video: This workout regimen still has a few bugs in it but is already very popular on the West Coast.

– Play dead: Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Check out this Russian Subaru commercial.

– A bouncing baby giraffe: The birth announcements will be going out soon from Metro Richmond Zoo in central Virginia. Jessie and Tonka had a baby boy this week. Their "little one" stands over 6 feet tall and weighs around 175 pounds.

– Snow fun: Here's another one of those great GoPro videos. This time, a snowmobile jumps off a cliff. Bring a change of underwear.

– Get down with your funky self: "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams raps Snoop Dogg's classic "Gin and Juice." It's racked up about 5 million views so far.

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 23rd, 2014
04:53 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A community says goodbye to the hundreds of South Korean students lost in the ferry sinking. The United States plays a role in fighting al Qaeda in Yemen. And an American climber tells how his Sherpa saved his life on Mount Everest.

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

1. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY

Student memorial: Hundreds of people paid their respects today to the students lost in last week's ferry sinking off the South Korean coastline. No survivors have been found since 174 people were rescued on the day the ship went down. More than two-thirds of those on board were students from Danwon High School in Ansan. They were on a field trip. The death toll is up to 150. About the same number of people are still missing.

2. MISSING PLANE

Debris, or not debris? Officials are looking at an "object of interest" that washed up on the coast of Western Australia. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan says it appeared to be sheet metal with rivets in it, but he warns that "the more we look at it, the less excited we get." The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is nearly seven weeks old, and up to this point, no physical evidence linked to the jetliner has been found. The hunt continues in the Indian Ocean.

3. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

No special treatment: The U.S. Supreme Court says Michigan can keep its law banning the use of race in college admissions. In a 6-2 vote, the justices decided that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. It bars publicly funded colleges from granting "preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."

4. YEMEN OPERATION

Uncle Sam chips in: The United States provided lots of help during raids against suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen over the weekend. American forces ferried Yemeni commandos in Russian-made helicopters to remote locations to engage the militants, a U.S. official said. The operation resulted in the deaths of at least 65 suspected terrorists. No American forces took part in the fighting, we're told.

5. MOUNT EVEREST

Saved by his Sherpa: American climber Jon Reiter is alive today because his Sherpa saved his life, pushing him out of the way of an oncoming avalanche on Mount Everest. The event, the deadliest single day in the mountain's history, killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three others are missing and feared dead. The deadliest year on Everest was 1996, when 15 people died.

Bonus Biggie. PLANE STOWAWAY

Beating the odds: That 15-year-old boy who survived a flight from California to Hawaii by hitching a ride inside a plane's wheel well says he was just trying to get to Somalia to see his mother, a law enforcement official told CNN. He didn't get anywhere close to Africa, but the teen should consider himself lucky after surviving the nearly five-hour flight in subzero temperatures with little oxygen at heights up to 38,000 feet.

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

– Cuteness galore: Check out these baby foxes romping in an English garden.

– Horsepower: This starts out as some adorable centenarians giving advice on living a long and honorable life, but just watch what it morphs into.

– Something practical: These high school seniors have developed a ketchup cap that keeps the first squirt from being a watery mess.

– Irresistible force: In this corner, we have a river of ice. In the other corner, we have a bridge. Guess which one wins.

– Aahh chahh: This little wizard thinks he's controlling the TV with his wand.

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 22nd, 2014
05:26 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nearly 200 girls remain missing after being abducted in northern Nigeria. The death toll grows as more bodies are recovered from a submerged South Korean ferry. And there's been a rare American win at the Boston Marathon.

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

1. NIGERIAN GIRLS KIDNAPPED

Life in the north: More than a week ago, 230 girls were abducted from a school in northern Nigeria, and about 190 are still missing. As tragic as it is, these sorts of occurrences aren't unusual. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has regularly bombed churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children; and assassinated politicians and religious leaders. Related violence has killed 1,500 people in the first three months of this year alone.

2. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY

More bodies found: It's a grim scene as South Korean divers recover body after body from the hull of a passenger ferry that sank last week. The death toll keeps ticking upward. The number of dead reached 108 Tuesday afternoon; the number of people still missing stood at 194. It's still considered a search and rescue effort, but no one's been found alive since shortly after the ferry went down Wednesday.

3. BOSTON MARATHON

A rare win: For the first time since 1983, an American won the men's division at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Meb Keflezighi crossed the finish line with an official time of 2:08:37. Kenyan Rita Jeptoo placed first in the women's division for the second year in a row, setting an unofficial course record with a time of 2:18:57. Security was extremely tight after last year's deadly bombing. There were no major incidents this time around.

4. UKRAINE CRISIS

Biden visit: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Kiev, Ukraine, today in a show of support for the embattled interim government. He'll deliver a new aid package - a bundle that includes new economic and energy aid as well as other governance assistance. Ukrainian leaders are struggling to keep the country afloat amid financial problems and a showdown with Russia in the nation's pro-Russian east. Russia has already annexed Crimea.

5. HAWAII PLANE STOWAWAY

How did this happen? There are lots of questions after a 16-year-old boy hopped an airport fence in California and rode to Maui in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines plane. How he survived the trip is the first question. But since he did, the second question is: How did he manage to accomplish the feat without being seen by anyone? Security cameras clearly show him in San Jose on Sunday, where his adventure began, and then crawling out from underneath the plane in Hawaii. In any case, he's lucky to be alive.

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

– Cheeky hamster: This lil' guy can sure put away the carrots.

– Tricky tree: Remember your simple machines lesson from grade school? This is called a lever.

– Oooh, ahhhh: This is what you get when send a GoPro up on quadcopter in the middle of a fireworks show. Pretty cool.

– Too cute: Here's a happy baby to start your day with a smile.

– Wasted chow: This "Love Letter to Food" asks us to think about how much of it we waste.

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 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!

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