Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 22
Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly have both been released from Emory University Hospital.
August 22nd, 2014
12:58 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 22

James Foley's captors demanded an outrageous ransom. American Ebola patients are released from hospital. And the tide may be turning in Ferguson, Missouri.

It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

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5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 12
The sign language interpreter during Nelson Mandela’s memorial was seen by millions worldwide. But no one understood him.
December 12th, 2013
05:23 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 12

A  6-year-old boy is suspended for kissing a girl, a sign language interpreter is criticized for his work and the Senate pulls an all-nighter.

It's Thursday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. MANDELA MEMORIAL SIGNER

Say what? In this case, the pictures weren't worth a single word. The sign language interpreter signed vigorously throughout Nelson Mandela’s memorial. He was seen by millions worldwide, but apparently understood by no one. He had a sign language of his own. “I wanted to go to the FNB stadium and grab that man from the stage,” says Abram Maripane, a sign language trainer. The interpreter stands by his performance, though. He told CNN affiliate Radio 702 that he’s been trusted with other big events in the past. “There was no one at all that said I interpreted wrong.” He also told the station he has schizophrenia and is receiving treatment.

In true Twitter fashion, there’s already a spoof account on him.

Pam Brown is live with the latest at 7.

2. SCHOOL SUSPENSION

I kissed a girl … : And the school really didn’t like it. It suspended the 6-year-old first-grader and said his record will show he “sexually harassed” the girl. All this for kissing a classmate on the hand! A tsunami of backlash followed, and last night, the school reversed course. It said he can return to school and changed his offense from “sexual harassment” to “misconduct.”

3. TEEN DUI WRECK

Stricken with affluenza:  To families of the victims, Ethan Couch is a killer; a teen drunk driver who killed four people. To the defense, he’s a victim of "affluenza.” Or more precisely, the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him. A judge seemed to agree with his lawyers, saying Couch needs treatment. He sentenced the 16-year-old to 10 years’ probation and no jail time. His relatives were stunned.

Alina Machado will break it down for us at 6.

4. MANSION BREAK-IN

Selfie destruction?  It sounds like the teen edition of “The Hangover.” A bunch of kids allegedly break into a swanky LA pad last month and throw a bash.  They trash the home and bag some loot, including a suit and a $250,000 stuffed leopard.  Not satisfied with the damage, cops say, they brag about it on social media. Bad move. Those selfies led cops to three 18-year-olds and 13 minors this week, who now face burglary, grand theft and trespass charges.

 

5. PRESIDENT'S NOMINEES
The wrangling continues:
Republicans and Democrats are at it again. The Democrats are trying to get the president's nominees approved before they break for the holidays, and the Republicans are saying not so fast. The Senate burned the midnight oil to approve Cornelia Pillard to the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this morning. And  that’s just the beginning, the GOP says. It says it plans to delay the list of nominees to various senior posts. Not to be outdone, Democrats say they'll be in session around the clock if that's what it takes to get nominees approved.  Next up, the House prepares to vote on the budget today. Grab your popcorn – the all-nighters may become the new norm.

Joe Johns will have the latest all morning.

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

Dreaming of a white Christmas?  Folks love the idea of twinkly lights, hot cocoa and snow on Christmas morning. That’s why the National Climatic Data Center created this map to show whether your dream will come true this year. (Spoiler alert: If you live in the South, fuhgeddaboudit)

On a high note: What happens when the Soweto Gospel Choir - disguised as supermarket workers - erupts into a song for Mandela? Awesomeness and tears, that’s what.

Bringin’ it back:  When you hear David Thibault, 16, sing "Blue Christmas," you’ll think Elvis is back in the building.

Who cares about the Oxford comma? Not Sky News, that’s for sure. Its editors learned the hard way when they sent out this poorly worded alert. And with it, they became the latest social media sensation. And not in a good way.

Snow angels are so last year: British artist Simon Beck put them to shame when he walked through the snow, leaving behind visually breathtaking track prints.

And a bonus buzzy ...

Nice play, W:  Cade Foster’s had a rough few days. His three missed kicks cost Alabama a game on November 30.  Death threats followed.  But apparently not from George W. Bush. The kicker posted a letter bearing the former president’s letterhead on his Instagram account. Talk about No. 43s sticking together.

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!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 11
October 11th, 2013
05:14 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 11

No deal yet on the government shutdown, some strange stuff went on when Ariel Castro died, and the Nobel Peace Prize results are out.

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. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Deal or no deal? That’s the question as the partial government shutdown enters its 11th day. The good news is President Obama and House Republicans are now talking. They've been bitterly divided along party lines for weeks, routinely throwing barbs but rarely trading proposals. The other good news is House Republicans offered a plan to temporarily halt a U.S. debt default. The president listened.  Both sides agreed to keep on talking. But just because they’re talking doesn’t mean there’s a deal on the debt ceiling, yet. And today, they’ll keep talking.
Meanwhile, outraged citizens are getting more creative. A new website urges furloughed employees to pass time by drunk-dialing Congress to express dismay about the shutdown.

Christine Romans, Brianna Keilar and Candy Crowley will be live at 6, 7 and 8 with more details.

2. NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

And the winner is … :   With the announcement,  the global spotlight is back on the Syrian conflict.  The Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded it to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international watchdog helping eliminate Syria's stockpiles.  The Nobel committee said the award was for the agency's longstanding efforts, and not for work in Syria, but it highlights the risks involved in disarming the nation. Of the hundreds of nominees for the award, Malala Yousafzai was getting the most buzz.  She stood up for education, and got shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago.  Her wounds were near fatal, but she survived.  The militants thought they silenced her, but they amplified her voice worldwide.

Christiane Amanpour joins us at 6 to tell us more about her wide-ranging interview with Malala. Erin McLaughlin will be live at 6 with more details after the Nobel announcement.

3.ARIEL CASTRO

Jailhouse schlock: As if Ariel Castro’s heinous crimes weren't strange enough. Now that he is dead, it seems his suicide may mean trouble for the prison guards in charge of him. They could even get fired. Ohio’s corrections department has started a probe into the death of the man convicted of raping three girls for about a decade. And two guards may not have done their jobs right quite right. They were allegedly tardy on their rounds to check on prisoners and may have fudged their log books. The probe also put out a sensational allegation that Castro’s may not have hanged himself but instead had an accident. The corrections department report submitted some information that might indicate "the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation." Paula Gorniak, the coroner who did Castro’s autopsy, knocked that one down hard: “It was suicide.” She said that anyone making other claims was “outside of their lane.”

Pamela Brown is live at 6 and 7 with the latest.

4. GYM MAT DEATH

More questions:  Could surveillance video answer the questions many are asking about the suspicious death? Kendrick Johnson family attorneys think so. The teen was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at a southern Georgia high school in January.  Authorities say he was suffocated in the mat while looking for a sneaker. His family says he was murdered. And they believe the surveillance video, now being withheld, will tell the true story. “There is one eyewitness that we know is available,” attorney Chevene B. King Jr. said yesterday. “For some unknown reason, this tape has been withheld.” The teen's relatives are not the only ones searching for answers. Federal authorities are looking into the case, too.

5.EDWARD SNOWDEN

To Russia, with love: The former U.S. spy agency contractor may have a guest soon. His dad, Lon Snowden, is in Russia, proclaiming his love and hoping for a reunion.  He also says his son should win the Nobel Peace Prize. The U.S. doesn't share his sentiment. It calls Edward Snowden a fugitive and wants to have a talk with him about leaking U.S. spy program details to the media. But the younger Snowden is in a secret location and has been under the radar since he fled to Russia in June.  But he reappeared briefly to receive an award from former intelligence leakers.

Nic Robertson and Phil Black will bring us the latest from Moscow.

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

Animal attraction: Remember when dad would come home from work and you’d run to the door to greet him?  Yeah, elephants do that too.  We’re not sure what’s going on here – we don’t speak elephantelese – but they sure seem happy to see each other. And it’s like the rule of the Internet: Animals doing almost anything is cute.

Catzillas: And continuing our animal-themed buzzies this morning, take a look at this website , which mixes brides and cats in a oh so playful way. Forget boring old bouquets, just Photoshop a few pictures and voila, bridesthrowingcats.com. Spoiler alert: No real kitties were harmed in the making of this meme.

Gooey breakfast: There’s Grape-Nuts, and there’s cat vomit. And one TV anchor mistook one for the other.   Scot Haney, a Connecticut weatherman, thought he spotted some leftover breakfast on the floor while filming the evening news. He dug in, live on camera.  Only to come back later and say it was cat vomit.  No word on why he decided to eat food from the floor. But his video has gone viral, with collective chuckles worldwide.

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!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 30
August 30th, 2013
05:31 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 30

The U.S. may have to go it alone after the British parliament says no to military action in Syria, a ray of hope for an American detained in North Korea, and Atlanta's pair of furry "royal babies."

It’s Friday, and here are “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 new morning show, “New Day.”

1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR
Solo military action? Handling Syria alone is not what President  Obama wants, Defense Secretary  Chuck Hagel says. But that scenario is looking more likely. British lawmakers rejected military action last night, putting the U.S. in a tough spot. So what's next? Obama says he has not decided how to respond to the alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians.  His administration briefed Congress last night, and though no decision was made on military action, a senior official tells us a unilateral move is possible. Meanwhile, Syria says it's not going down without a fight. Will the U.S. go it alone or assemble a coalition of the willing?

"New Day" will address that question and cover all angles on Syria all morning. Frederick Pleitgen is in Damascus, Barbara Starr is at the Pentagon, Dana Bash is in Washington, and Atika Shubert is in London. Over at CNN.com, we’ll have more coverage, including a Q and A on how we got here.

2. NFL AGREEMENT
Concussion lawsuit: For years, the National Football League and its retired players have been at odds over how to address head injuries that occurred on the field.  Yesterday, both sides reached an agreement, and the pro league will fork out  $765 million to settle the suit filed by thousands of plaintiffs. The money will fund a host of things, including medical exams and research for retired NFL players, and litigation expenses. The amount is just a fraction of the annual  $10 billion the league makes in revenues.

Andy Scholes will give us details at 6 and 7. 

3. TYLENOL WARNING
Red alert: Makers of Extra Strength Tylenol are taking an unusual step. Come October, caps will have giant red signs reminding users that the drug contains acetaminophen. The goal is to reduce accidental overdoses. And experts say too much of it can cause severe liver damage as well.

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Elizabeth Cohen is live at 6 with the latest details.

4. KENNETH BAE
North Korea prisoner: It’s been a long, frustrating road for Kenneth Bae, the American imprisoned in North Korea. But there’s a ray of hope. A U.S. envoy is heading there today, hoping to secure his release from a labor camp sentence for “hostile acts."

Since his sentencing this year, others such as former NBA star Dennis Rodman have also called for his release. Rodman asked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter to "do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose." Not a word from Kim. But we've heard from Bae, who made a plea for his release in a video last month.

Paula Hancocks will be live from South Korea with the latest at 6.

5. DOUBLE PANDA-MONIUM

Zoo Atlanta cubs: What's cuter than one baby panda? Two pandas! These little fuzzballs are the only surviving panda twins in the United States. "New Day" visited their Zoo Atlanta home, and boy do we have loads of cuteness for you. And their hands-on mommy is quite a charmer, too.

Alina Machado will be live at 8 to take us on a tour of the nursery that will make us all go, awww ...

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

Wanna live in a spaceship? Head over to New York City and drop some serious cash. About $15 million to be exact. The “space ship” five-bedroom home features track lighting, blue bedrooms and futuristic silver couches. You'll get extra street cred if your pals are "Star Trek" fans.  Check out these pictures.

Word nerds, rejoice:  Our friends over at Buzzfeed put together a list of words typically mispronounced. And it's awesome.  Here's a sample,  complete with their pronunciations. It is simply written, so an exegesis seems unnecessary.  In terms of what we like to post, this is the apotheosis.  We totally love the dénouement. Enough with the showing off. Moving on ...

"Revenge porn": And speaking of moving on, this one's for the bitter, scorned lovers.  You know, the ones who lash out by posting sexually explicit photos or videos of exes online? This trend has spawned websites that profit off these images. But some states could make this illegal, which means bitter exes may have to find another way to console themselves. Or better yet, find someone else to love!

Lucky cats: Lions may be kings of the jungle, but for nearly two hours, two kittens ruled the concrete jungle yesterday . The fearless felines risked all nine lives meandering the New York subway, causing part of it to shut down and personnel to cut off power for a search.

Unlucky dogs: These little ones were hoping to take a dip in the pool. But they seem a little confused by the lack of water. Sigh.  Better luck next time, pups!

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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