Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, September 15, 2014
U.S. citizen Matthew Miller sits in court in Pyongyang, North Korea.
September 15th, 2014
04:44 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, September 15, 2014

Football fans boycott the NFL over domestic violence, Hillary Clinton fries up steaks in Iowa, and an American is sentenced to hard labor in North Korea.

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

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February 18th, 2014
03:50 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Turbulence roughs up airline passengers, the U.S. gets its first ever ice dance Olympic gold, and the U.N. says North Korea tortures like no other place on Earth.

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. PLANE TURBULENCE

An abrupt ejection: Things were going smoothly. The plane was descending, and 119 people on United Airlines Flight 1676 were going to arrive shortly in Billings, Montana. But then turbulence blindsided the flight and sent passengers and crew flying out of their seats. One woman hit the ceiling so hard, it cracked the panel above her head. And no one knows why the plane acted this way.

Rene Marsh goes through the motions of the mishap at 6, 7 and 8.

2. OLYMPICS

History on ice: Finally! Gold for the United States in ice dance – its first ever. American Olympians have been hit-or-miss this year, but Meryl Davis and Charlie White have delivered big in Sochi. The skating couple’s been magnificent every time they’ve carved across the ice. But yesterday’s performance was – whoa! Breathtaking.

Today, men will be pumping their legs to come in first at speed skating and ski biathlon. Men's snowboard cross builds up to finals, and ... wait, Sochi has the complete schedule for you right here:

Rachel Nichols sums up Sochi at 6 and just before 8. Then, Kelly Clark, the winningest snowboarder ever, joins us live before we wrap at 9.

3. JIMMY FALLON

A thunderclap! And now? Jimmy Fallon was wearing his Cheshire Cat grin last night. He took to the “Tonight Show” stage as its brand new host to a roar of applause, and when it died down, he took his first jab at himself. "I am Jimmy Fallon, and I will be your host – for now." He rattled off some kitchen table chatter about who he is. But then he launched a rocket of a premiere show, including an evolution of hip-hop dancing with Will Smith ….

… and a performance by U2 on the roof of 30 Rock.

Nischelle Turner will recap the new guy's premiere just before 7, and you'll get a special guest critique at 8.

4. CRAIGSLIST KILLER

Killed, lied or both? How many people has the alleged Craigslist killer killed? Miranda Barbour told a reporter at least 22, but fewer than 100. That’s such a large number that at least one criminologist has doubts. He wonders how she could have pulled them all off. After all, she’s only 19. Police have connected her and her husband to at least one twisted murder: a man they lured with a Craigslist ad.

Rosa Flores delves into the demented story at 6 and 8.

5. NORTH KOREA

Most horrible atrocities: Imagine being forced to drown your own baby in a bucket of water. It’s one of the many horrors the U.N. described yesterday in a report alleging crimes against humanity by North Korea’s regime. The document includes a catalog of torture, murder, slavery, mass starvation and sexual violence so bad that the U.N. says there’s nothing like it anywhere else on Earth.

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

Hotshot Akshat: Remember Akshat, the break-dancing, hip-hopping little boy on “India’s got Talent"? Mr. Adorable has busted some new moves – stateside – on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Cattywampus: A cat prancing around on ceiling tiles brings down the house. And comes away with all nine lives intact.

Paparazzi-pus: Undersea photography. Such a tranquil hobby. Until that octopus tells you to get that @#&$! camera out of his face!

Smarter than a fifth-grader: Alexis probably is. She has an IQ of 140 and a membership card to the genius club Mensa. And she’s only 3.

Genius kids: Albert Einstein couldn’t quite figure out how gravity works. But these goats are pretty darn good at it.

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!

February 6th, 2014
04:53 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, February 6, 2014

A man goes on trial for a killing after a spat over loud music, Jay Leno signs off on "The Tonight Show" after 22 years, and the Games begin - at last.

Welcome to the Thursday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. SOCHI OLYMPICS

Let the Games begin: Hear ye, sports junkies! The gods of Olympia have parted the black clouds of terror woes over Sochi! Pierced them with the splendid light of nimble athletic striving! Thursday, they send out figure skaters to carve serpentine streaks onto pristine ice. And Friday the opening ceremony bursts forth to bedazzle the globe. And let’s face it: It’s safe enough to go to Sochi - says Mitt Romney. He’d go, but he can’t. Sorry, no time.

Beware the toothpaste:  When you pass security, you might have to cough up your toothpaste - and makeup - to Transportation Security Administration. The Department of Homeland Security is telling airlines flying to Russia to watch out for explosives hidden in everyday paste tubes.

Nick Paton Walsh reports on security in Sochi at 6 and 8 a.m.

2. LOUD MUSIC KILLING

Death and pizza: Michael Dunn told cops he had a spat over loud music, opened fire after feeling threatened and possibly seeing a gun, then drove off and ordered pizza. That was a year and three months ago; now, he’s on trial, accused of first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis. Jordan and three other African-American teens were in the car when Dunn allegedly put eight bullets into it. The teens were unarmed. Dunn has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case has drawn parallels to that of the killing of Trayvon Martin, but Dunn's attorney says he has no plans to raise the Florida's stand your ground law as a defense.

3. UNCOUNTED SUICIDES

Invisible no more: It’s not just the soldiers. Military family members kill themselves, too. The Pentagon keeps track of soldier suicides, and now, it may start counting family members who resort to it, too, in hopes of learning something that will help stop them. It’s tough losing a son or daughter to war. Scott Warner couldn’t stand it after his son's death in Iraq, so he swallowed a handful of pills with vodka. Luckily he lived, and maybe his story will help others.

4. JAY LENO

Fare thee well: Or not. With this guy, there's no telling. Thursday night is Jay Leno's last show after 22 years. But he’s left before - in 2009. A year later, he was back in the driver's seat on “The Tonight Show." Next up: Jimmy Fallon.

Nischelle Turner reports on Leno's sign-off at 8 a.m.

5. WINTER WEATHER

Catching a break: Finally some good news for the good folks in the Northeast. That third snowstorm that was heading their way? Was supposed to be the biggest one? It’s now expected to drop just a few inches as opposed to a few feet. And it’s not coming until the start of next week.

Margaret Conley and Chad Myers report on the weather at 6, 7 and 8 a.m.

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

Heavenly wonder: Only a child can discover the splendor, the newness, the wonder of falling rain. Let her tender, gleeful innocence melt your heart away.

Man-eater makeover: When you think shark, don't think "Jaws"; think beauty. Sharks have gotten a bad rep, and we’re killing too many of them: 100 million a year. Time for an image makeover.

Naked snow zombie: Students at an all-women's school are in an uproar over a statue that's part of the school museum's art installation. It’s a very, very realistic depiction of a man sleepwalking in his undies outdoors.

sleep public

Somebody had pity on him being half-naked in the snow and dressed him.

Mr. Kangaroo Universe: This is one ripped marsupial. That’s a bodybuilder pose he’s striking. Good thing he’s behind that fence.

Hill Billy tsunami: Tractor speeds headlong - on purpose - into standing water trapped under an overpass. Sppuhh-llaaashh!!!

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!

January 22nd, 2014
05:22 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A good third of the nation is shivering in the deep freeze, NFL star Richard Sherman is only sort of sorry for the post-game rant he let out on live TV, and after a dreary inauguration day, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a snow day off.

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day.”

1. WINTER WEATHER

Waiting game: Pull up a chair and sit a spell. Er … make that two days. Such is life at New York's LaGuardia Airport, where a major winter snowstorm and lots of flight cancellations mean packed hotels. So, comfy airport chairs are the only option for a horde of sleep-deprived air travelers. Many won’t be getting off the ground before tomorrow, so they sit and watch more snow pile onto the winter wonderland in New England. Forecasters say that the northeast third of the country will freeze out at temps 15 to 30 degrees below normal.

Snow can be a lot of fun, too, as CNN’s Jason Carroll found out when he landed in the middle of a New York City snowball fight.

Indra Petersons gives us the weather outlook and Rene Marsh looks at the flight situation at 6, 7 and 8; Pamela Brown talks about treacherous traffic at 6 and 8; and at 7, Athena Jones looks at how snow shut down the nation's capital.

2. RICHARD SHERMAN

No regrets? He was still in the zone. That’s how Richard Sherman explained a roaring rant he let out after an NFL playoff game Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback had just made THE big play of the game, when he tipped the ball away from 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, and secured the 'Hawks spot in the Super Bowl. Turns out Sherman had an old personal beef with Crabtree, and while he was still pumped, he used the post-game mic to vent straight at him, wrasslin’ style. People ranted back at him on social media, including some comments with racial undertones. Sherman’s calmer now, and he tells CNN in an exclusive interview that he is not too terribly sorry, although he feels his attack was immature.

It didn't take long for somebody to pick up on the wrasslin' quality of Sherman's smackdown and launch a parody:

Rachel Nichols talks about the rant at 6 and 8.

3. LEVINSON AND IRAN

Time to come clean? The family of Bob Levinson, who disappeared in Iran seven years ago, has long known he worked for the CIA. But they have been afraid to say so. For years, they say, the U.S. government told them it would put Levinson in more jeopardy to tell the truth. But now they say they must. Making the disclosure could be the key to bringing him home, they told CNN in an exclusive interview. U.S. officials have consistently denied publicly that Levinson was working for the government. And yesterday was no different. Officials declined to comment when questioned by CNN yesterday. But the family says it wants Washington to open up publicly about Levinson’s intel work – before it’s too late.

4. SYRIA PEACE TALKS

A long shot: The world’s top diplomats are meeting today in Switzerland with the ambitious aim of ending the civil war in Syria. But the conflict that has killed 100,000 people shows no signs of ending anytime soon. The worst of enemies will share the diplomatic roundtable, as representatives of Syria’s government meet there with members of the rebel opposition. They’ve been at each other’s throats for nearly three years, and as they sit at the table, back home their men will still be killing each other. Analysts think the chances of reaching a solution soon are dim.

5. CHRIS CHRISTIE
When it rains, it pours: Make that “snows.” Yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was inaugurated for a second term, but otherwise, he had a pretty rotten day. State lawmakers announced they’d make a super-committee to investigate charges surrounding the bridge controversy. A prominent Republican called for Christie to vacate an important party post, and former Olympic star Carl Lewis accused Christie of pressuring him not to run for office - an accusation that a Christie spokesman denied as “sour grapes.” A snowstorm upstaged Christie’s inaugural speech and forced him to cancel his evening gala and post-inaugural events planned for today. Maybe a snow day off isn’t so bad after all.

Erin McPike reports on Christie's woes at 6, and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican colleague, joins us at 8.

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

When we say “buzzing” … : Remember how that viral cellphone video got Toronto’s mayor caught smoking crack? Another one yesterday created more online … um … buzz for Rob Ford, who promised he’d stop drinking after hitting the bottle way too much. Ford went for some late-night munchies – and was really, really sloshed. Out came a cellphone, and bam, new scandal video!

Buffett’s b-ball bracket billion: Wanna make $1 billion? Yeah, with a “b.” That’s pocket change for Warren Buffett, because he’s about the world’s fourth richest person. He’ll fork it over, if you can come up with the perfect prediction of how the NCAA playoffs will go – every game, every win, every loss. The perfect bracket.

Heavenly ballet: A flock of birds etch the most moving poetry with their wings into the sky. This evergreen viral video will leave you speechless!

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

Ä’ll be bäck: We all know Arnold Schwarzenegger can be funny; he proved that in “Kindergarten Cop.” Here he goes again. Top off the “Governator” with a funny wig and a mustache, hide some cameras and let him get weird on people working out, and this is what you get.

Quiet inspiration: Derrick Coleman’s story is making the rounds. He’s the hearing impaired running back for the Seattle Seahawks who’s made it to the Super Bowl. A little girl in the same boat felt inspired by his success and wrote him a sweet little letter.

Here's an extra buzzy to get you started into your day.

Cute kitties! Well, until they’re all grown up in a couple of years. A robot camera rolls up to some lion cubs to check them out … or is it the other way around?

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Be sure to tune into “New Day" from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay, and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY.

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