President Obama's sorry he didn't live up to his health care promises, CBS is reviewing its Benghazi report and Toronto's mayor threatens to kill in a new video.
It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day." Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show, “New Day.”
1. OBAMACARE WOES
Broken promises: A big “I’m sorry” from the White House for not quite getting the whole Obamacare thing right. First it was the website. Now, President Obama takes the hit for many Americans losing their insurance plans even though he said they wouldn’t. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News. Republicans have hammered Obama since insurers started discontinuing coverage for some as a result of the Affordable Care Act. What’s next? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she has an “important announcement” related to Obamacare today.
Athena Jones will be live at 6, 7 and 8 with more details.
2. CBS NEWS
Misleading report? Did a source lie to CBS News? That's the question after the news company said it's reviewing a "60 Minutes" report on Benghazi over questions about a source’s account. The report raised doubts about the Obama administration's response to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya. The source, a former defense contractor, claimed he witnessed the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others last year. CBS did not provide details on its decision, but said it has new information "that undercuts" the source's account.
We'll bring you the latest on this story all morning.
3. SUPER TYPHOON
Historic punch: One of the strongest storms in recorded history slammed into the Philippines today. It plowed across a cluster of islands in the heart of the country, snapping palm trees with its howling winds. At least one person is dead and tens of thousands evacuated. And the trail of devastation is slowly coming to light. Trees are down, flooding is widespread and communication in some areas is entirely wiped out. President Benigno S. Aquino III is warning that the nation faces a calamity. "Let me repeat myself: This is a very real danger,” he said.
Andrew Stevens will fill us in on the latest all morning.
4. ROB FORD
The sequel: First, it was a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford purportedly smoking crack. Now there’s a second one, this time of him ranting and swearing. In the latest bizarre video obtained by the Toronto Star, he threatens to kill someone. “I'm gonna kill that (expletive) guy. I'm telling you, it's first-degree murder," the agitated mayor shouts. The context of the video is unclear. But with the latest revelation, the mayor says he has made some mistakes. “I was extremely, extremely inebriated," he says. And attention is now turning to his well-being.
Zoraida Sambolin will be live at 6 and 8 with more details.
5. IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS
Getting closer to a deal? Is there a breakthrough in the nuclear talks with Iran? Things are serious enough that Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the negotiating table today in Geneva. If there is an agreement on how to rein in the Iranian nuclear program, the U.S. promises a carrot. President Obama says Iran will get "very modest relief" from economic sanctions if it halts advances in its nuclear program.
Karl Penhaul will give us the latest at 7.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Cat’s meow: If you can't train your pet to grab you a beer from the fridge, at least you can make it talk. Just upload a picture to the “My Talking Pet” app, and it will animate its mouth and eyebrows. Not sure if this is brilliant, or just a prelude to interspecies insubordination.
Together, yet apart: This tub gives you some couple time, but with a little more space. The only question is – do you want that space so bad that you’re willing to pay $55,000 for it? Maybe not. But it sure makes tubby time so much fun.
A tangled web: Ladies, this one's for you. Next time you’re thinking of a little hanky-panky with a married man, remember this website. Shesahomewrecker.com posts pictures and details of alleged mistresses, not the cheating husbands.
Twitter IPO #success: It’s official. Wall Street #hearts the little blue bird. It made a stellar debut yesterday on its first day of public trading, leaping over 70% past its IPO price. “Phew!” tweeted Anthony Noto, the IPO’s lead underwriter. It was a pretty rough day for stocks not named Twitter. Phew, indeed.
Aspiring cosmonaut? This video of a boy turning 360 degrees on a swing in Russia makes us want to leave the office and head to the playground. Throw in the dramatic music, and that’s it, we’re outta here!
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!
The U.S. is hitting restart after a partial shutdown, we discover that Kenya mall terrorists took turns to pray in between shootings, and officials say an airline baggage handler set off dry ice explosions just for fun.
Welcome to the Thursday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day.” Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items and let you know about the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”
1. SHUTDOWN OVER
Time to hit restart: OK, let’s start with the good news. The shutdown is over. The debt ceiling crisis is gone. The bad news: We could be right back there soon. Congress got a deal. But it only funds the government until January 15. So right after New Year's, we could be watching Democrats and the GOP squaring off again. This battle dragged on for 16 days and took $24 billion out of the economy. Could it be worse next time? We'll see. But for now, the fight is over. Folks can go back to work today! And so many things we missed will soon come back. Like the zoo panda cam, and NASA, and paychecks.
Our correspondents will give us the latest details and break down what’s next at 6, 7 and 8.
2. KENYA MALL ATTACK
Relaxed and ruthless: They chatted on their cell phones while they sprayed bullets at terrified shoppers. They shot at random. And at times, they took breaks from the incessant gunfire to pray. Closed-circuit video obtained by CNN shows a new angle of last month’s Westgate Mall massacre. Though the video has no sound, the terror on the victims’ faces is loud and clear. But with more details comes more mystery. Nearly a month after the slayings of 67 people, there are still questions. Chief among them is: What happened to the cold-blooded killers?
Nima Elbagir will join us from Nairobi at 6, 7 and 8 to give us more details about this chilling video.
3. AIRPORT DRY ICE BLASTS
No one's laughing now: Next time you think about exploding dry ice at an airport, don’t. Just don’t. Not in this era of terrorism. Not in a place with closed-circuit TV. Apparently, a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport did not follow this simple logic. He allegedly exploded the dry ice bombs this week. His motive? Amusement, police say. The bombs exploded; nobody laughed. Terminal 2 was closed briefly; he’s facing a long time in prison. The good news is no one was injured. “This guy was playing around. It was kind of a game to him,” Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing says.
4. CAFETERIA SEX ACT
Lewd lunch: Two Georgia teens are in hot water, school officials say, after giving a live show at a school lunch. A female student offered to perform a sex act on a male student right in a crowded cafeteria, officials say. And it allegedly happened as other students formed a wall to block the view of teachers in the lunch room. Teachers heard students talk about it and got all the details. But no information on the act itself was released, you know, privacy laws and all. The two teens are facing public indecency charges and we suppose some very angry parents.
5. BULLYING DEATH
Tragedy and questions: The story is shocking and sad. Rebecca Sedwick,12, killed herself last month. Cops say she was bullied and charged two young girls, ages 12 and 14, with aggravated stalking. They made Rebecca’s life a living hell, police say, bullying her at school and online. All because Rebecca once dated an ex-boyfriend of one of the suspects, police say. But now we hear the other side of the story. The father of one of the suspects will join us at 7. You will be amazed at his explanation.
Chris Cuomo will fill us in at 6 and 7.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
Dancing in the rain: This might be staged, but who cares? This gas station attendant definitely dances like everyone’s watching. On top of a customer's car. Makes us want to dance in the rain, too. Or not.
Couch poochtato: After a hard day of napping, getting ear rubs and taking walks, pups get home to no TV programming tailored for them. Not anymore. DOG TV's got that covered. Subscriptions start at about $10 a month. Maybe we’re in the wrong business?
Rickroll in Klingon: You’ve not really experienced Rick Astley’s music until you’ve heard it in "Star Trek" language. Someone out there translated his famous song, “Never Gonna Give You Up” into Klingon. Just think a karaoke version of the song performed by people in costume. And did we mention it has subtitles? Click if you dare.
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!