Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 30
A trolleybus explosion in Volgograd, Russia, killed 10 people Monday, a day after another suicide bombing in the city killed 17. The bombings have raised concerns about security before the Sochi Winter Olympics.
December 30th, 2013
05:25 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 30

Russia's dealing with a security nightmare before the Olympics, a mother is scrambling to move her daughter before she's taken off life support, and some Australians and Chinese are having a hard time breaking the ice.

Welcome to the Monday 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 some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

1. TRAPPED SHIP
Breaking the ice: First, a Chinese ship tried to come to the rescue. But the ice was too thick. Then, a French boat came along. But it got sent home.

So surely an Australian icebreaker that’s stronger than the other two can help free the Russian ship that’s been stuck for a week in Antarctica, right? Wrong.

The Aussie boat suspended its efforts today to reach 74 tourists, researchers and crew on board the trapped ship. The weather was just too nasty.

But based on this video, life isn’t too shabby for those stuck on the Akademik Shokalskiy research ship. Especially when you have slow-tempo jazz playing in the background:

Matthew Chance will be live throughout the morning to bring us the latest update on the stuck ship … and the ships trying to rescue it.

2. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
Critical condition: He’s the Michael Jordan of Formula 1, the Babe Ruth of the driver’s seat. But now, Michael Schumacher's future is up in the air after a horrific skiing accident in France.

Never heard of Schumacher? Around the world, the 44-year-old German is known as the most successful driver in Formula 1 history.

Fortunately, just like when he’s driving a race car, Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

Amanda Davies will tell us more about this racing legend and the impact his accident is having around the world in the 6 o’clock hour.

3. RUSSIA BOMBINGS
Deadly deja vu: This isn’t the kind of publicity Russia wanted just before the Winter Olympics. For the second time in two days, a deadly explosion has rocked the southern Russian city of Volgograd. A blast happened during rush hour this morning, killing at least 10 people.

Sound familiar? Another blast at a Volgograd train station killed 17 people yesterday.

As if those aren’t bad enough, the bombings come less than two months before Russia hosts the Sochi Winter Olympics about 600 miles away. Naturally, folks are a little worried about having the Olympics there.

Diana Magnay will be live in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours with the latest on the bombings and why this part of Russia is so volatile.

4. JAHI McMATH
The darkest of deadlines: Imagine having a deadline before your child gets taken off life support – whether you like it or not. For Jahi McMath's family, that deadline is 5 p.m. today. That’s when the 13-year-old girl’s hospital can take her off life support, a judge ruled.

Jahi’s parents are scrambling to find another facility that will take in the brain-dead girl, who suffered complications from tonsil surgery. But the hospital says Jahi is already deceased – and some ethicists agree.

5. AFGHANISTAN WAR
How low is low? We all know the Afghanistan war has been pretty unpopular. But is it less popular than the Vietnam War? You might be surprised.

A new CNN/ORC International poll has some scathing results about what Americans think about the 12-year-old war. Sure, most American troops should be gone by this time next year. But for many, that’s not fast enough.

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

Extreme dog makeover:
Why would anyone do this to their pooch?

Dog Geisha

According to the Daily Mail, to win the pet grooming world championships, that's why.

We wonder if the dogs are fantasizing revenge on their owners. …

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Glowing ice cream: Ice cream is awesome. But how about ice cream made from dark jellyfish proteins that turn bioluminescent when agitated? In other words, it GLOWS when you lick it! But save your pennies. According to maker Lick Me I'm Delicious, one scoop is about $225!

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Here’s looking at you, kid: Ever get the feeling someone’s staring at you? These everyday objects, featured on @FacesPics and thisiscolossal.com, will just add to your paranoia:

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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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 11
November 11th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 11

Millions of Filipinos are grappling with extreme devastation, Richie Incognito defends an expletive-filled message to Jonathan Martin as “coming from a place of love,” and a falling satellite crashed into Earth (but apparently missed you).

Welcome to the Monday 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 some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

TYPHOON HAIYAN

Beyond despair: Imagine clutching your children during the wrath of a cyclone, only to have 16-foot-tall wall of water crash through your city, rip them from your arms and wash them away into the ocean.

That’s exactly what happened to some parents in the Philippine city of Tacloban. As many as 10,000 people are now feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan - perhaps the strongest storm in recorded history - leveled villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said he still doesn’t know “how many people were sucked back out into the ocean.”

“Even my own people were in shock, there are too many people dead,” he said. “We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road.”

We have a team of reporters on the ground to bring the latest on the typhoon’s aftermath throughout the morning. And at 8 tonight, Anderson Cooper will broadcast "AC360°" live from the Philippines.

DESPERATE NEEDS

How to help: No food, no shelter, no electricity. Bodies scattered on the streets. Overflowing hospitals unable to treat any more patients.

That’s the brutal reality for many Filipinos who survived the typhoon but lost their homes, livelihoods and virtually everything else.

"Get international help to come here now - not tomorrow, now," survivor Magina Fernandez pleaded. "This is really, really like bad. Bad. Worse than hell."

International aid groups are seeking donations, but many are struggling to reach those suffering in remote areas made nearly inaccessible by the typhoon.

Anna Coren will be live throughout the morning from Cebu, Philippines, for the latest on relief efforts.

RICHIE INCOGNITO SPEAKS

Not so incognito anymore: Seems like everyone's been talking about Richie Incognito’s alleged bullying of another Miami Dolphin except, well, Incognito himself.

But here's his first sitdown interview since ex-teammate Jonathan Martin quit:

The 319-pound guard - who’s now suspended from the Dolphins - acknowledged the racist and vulgar language in his voice mails and texts to Martin but said it was “coming from a place of love.”

“It sounds like I'm a racist pig. It sounds like I'm a meathead. It sounds a lot of things that it's not. And I want to clear the air just by saying I'm a good person,” Incognito said in an interview for "Fox NFL Sunday."

Nischelle Turner will tell us more about the saga in the 6 and 8 o’clock hours. And in the 7 o’clock hour, former offensive tackle Todd Wade will shed some light about what really goes on in NFL locker rooms.

DOCTOR CONVICTED OF MURDER

Laughing after the funeral: For weeks, prosecutors have said Dr. Martin MacNeill murdered his wife, Michele, by pushing her to get a facelift, giving her an excessive mix of drugs to take after surgery and then drowning her - all so he could be with his younger mistress.

Over the weekend, a Utah jury agreed and convicted him of murder.

Even MacNeill’s daughters turned against him. One daughter, Rachel, testified that her dad was joking about being a single man right after her mom’s funeral:

Now the doctor who once enjoyed the high life faces 15 years to life in prison.

Michele MacNeill’s sister and niece will join us live in the 7 o’clock hour to talk about their emotional roller coaster and reaction to the verdict.

SATELLITE FALLS FROM SPACE

Watch your head: So a 2,000-pound satellite runs out of fuel in space and crashes into Earth. What could possibly go wrong?

Many earthlings wondered when and where the 16-foot satellite would make its grand entrance. But fortunately, "the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported," the European Space Agency said.

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

What are you smoking? Miley Cyrus just had to do something to upstage her own twerking, didn’t she?

Yep. This time, while accepting an MTV Europe Music Award, she pulled out what looked like a joint from a Chanel bag, lit it up and proceeded to smoke it on stage.

Dog insists on using crosswalk: Next time you feel like jaywalking, take a cue from this incredibly well-behaved canine in Russia:

Wingsuit + narrow Utah canyon = awesome ride: Thanks to this daredevil, you can soar through narrow crevices - without the risk!

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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a great new day.

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, October 28
Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, has died at 71.
October 28th, 2013
05:13 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, October 28

The U.S. is falling out of favor with some BFFs, a rock legend who inspired generations dies, and four jail inmates go to the shower - and escape.

Welcome to the Monday 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 some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

1. NSA FALLOUT

Quit spying on me: Boy, are they ticked. First it was the German chancellor who took President Obama to task over claims that the U.S. has been tapping into her cell phone calls for, oh, about 10 years.

Then there was a French report that the U.S. listened in on 70 million phone calls between its citizens. But the House Intelligence Committee chairman said that’s rubbish, adding that "if the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks.”

Now, the avalanche of secrets dumped by NSA leaker Edward Snowden suggests the agency listened in on 60 million Spanish phone calls in just one month.

Jim Sciutto will be live at the top of the 6, 7 and 8 o’clock hours to tell us about the European officials headed to Washington this week to have a few, ahem, words with the administration.

2. BLIZZARD IN THE ROCKIES

Trick, not treat: The Montana mountains might get a foot of snow between now and Tuesday, and folks in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado could also get pummeled. So you might want to bundle up and rethink that Miley Cyrus Halloween costume.

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Indra Petersons will be live in the 6, 7, and 8 o’clock hours to give us the latest on what to expect from this pre-winter winter weather.

3. INMATES ESCAPE

That seemed easy: The manhunt is on for a quartet of Oklahoma inmates who escaped from jail – through the shower.

The four men were locked up on charges ranging from burglary to meth possession to parole violation. Apparently, they just busted through a maintenance hatch above the shower, crawled through a pipe space beneath the roof and knocked out a concrete block or two and - voila! - entered another room. That led them to an unlocked side door, which they simply pushed open to freedom.

The local sheriff even said officials didn’t realize they had escaped until someone saw the inmates walking near the courthouse - in their orange jumpsuits.

George Howell will be live in the 6 and 8 o’clock hours to tell us the latest on the search for the escapees.

4. STATE FAIR DEBACLE

Nightmare on the midway: The last thing you’d expect from a state fair ride is for the operator to mess up the safety devices. But that’s apparently what happened at the North Carolina state fair, authorities said – and now five people are injured after the ride went berserk.

"We're at the state fair and the ride went upside down and dumped everybody out. There's people who are bleeding really bad," one 911 caller said.

Now the operator, Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, is behind bars, charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

Alina Machado will be live from North Carolina in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours to tell us more about the case and what the suspect’s attorney has to say.

5. LOU REED DIES

Rock pioneer dies: He was a rock ‘n’ roll icon who took the genre into some darker corners, inspired musicians like David Bowie and groups like U2, and, of course, walked on the wild side.

Lou Reed died Sunday at age 71 after fronting The Velvet Underground and then tackling taboo topics as a solo artist. Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker said Reed "influenced probably millions of people into maybe reading more, into playing music.”

"When I have been on tour, there have been kids from 15 years old to 60 years old commenting on how they were influenced by Lou and the Velvets," she said.

Simon Vozick-Levinson of Rolling Stone will be live in the 6 o’clock hour to tell us more about Reed’s legacy.

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

Drone ghost: Creep out the kids with nerdiness! Turn your drone into a creepy ghost with red eyes. You guys have drones, too, right?

Halloween treat FAIL:

"This is the most worst I've ever tasted."

"I threw up."

"It tastes like poopy pinata."

Well, "A" for effort. Crest goes all out in its Halloween video where kids get to sample "healthy" candy that tastes like vegetables and vitamins. But just face it. Your kids aren't going to eat anything healthy for the next week.

Say what? Maybe he's got a baaaad cold. Maybe he stayed out too late last night. Whatever the case, sounds like this poor sheep needs to rest his voice:

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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY.

October 24th, 2013
05:20 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, October 24

Yet another student is accused of killing a teacher, much of the country will get smacked with bitter weather, and the parents of a stick figure are the ones to beat in this year's battle for the coolest Halloween costume.

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 some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

1. TEACHER KILLED

It’s happened again: A beloved math teacher is killed, allegedly by a student, for no obvious reason. This time, cops say 14-year-old Philip Chism beat 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer and then ditched her body in the woods behind their Massachusetts high school.

What did the boy do after Ritzer’s death? According to one source, he went to the movies. Prosecutors intend to try Philip as an adult for murder.

All this as the country is still reeling from a school shooting Monday in Nevada, where authorities say a 12-year-old boy killed a math teacher and wounded two students before turning the gun on himself.

Pamela Brown will be live in the 6, 7 and 8 o’clock hours with the latest on the Massachusetts case. We’ll also hear from one of Ritzer’s best friends on how the young teacher was living her dream.

2. EARLY WINTER

Blame Canada: Time to grab the winter coats and snow shovels. The season’s first deep freeze is on the way, thanks to a wave of cold air from Canada.

Snow and frigid weather will sweep into the Midwest and East Coast, just in time for the weekend. Folks in upstate New York near Lake Ontario might see up to a foot of snow dumped on their lawns.

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And Southerners, you’re not immune: The first hard freeze is expected to coat states from Missouri to the Carolinas with frost.

George Howell will be live in Chicago at the top of the 6, 7 and 8 o’clock hours to tell us more on what to expect.

3. OBAMACARE HEARING

Let the finger-pointing begin:
Contractors who helped create the afflicted HealthCare.gov website will be in the hot seat today. Expect them to blame each other and the government - but not themselves. They said they would in prepared testimony for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Obamacare enrollment site descended into a technical abyss after it was launched on October 1. Even the nation’s health chief said no one told the President about the problems until after the site went live.

Jim Acosta will tell us in the 6, 7 and 8 o’clock hours about how the Obama administration is trying to do damage control.

4. KIDS AND GUNS

Two boys, two outcomes: Andy Lopez Cruz didn’t even have a real gun on him. But the replica AK-47 he was carrying around on a California street was enough to make a sheriff’s deputy shoot and kill him. Andy was 13.

Authorities said Andy was turning around when the barrel of the “assault rifle” rose up and turned toward the deputies. So one of them shot him.

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In Washington state, a boy who brought a real gun (plus 400 rounds of ammo) to school had a different fate. The 11-year-old was booked into a juvenile detention facility and faces an attempted murder charge.

It’s not clear what the boy was planning. But he didn’t just have a gun and ammo – police said he also packed multiple knives.

5. MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED

A second chance: Remember Michael Skakel, that Kennedy relative who’s been locked up over the death of a teen girl? Well, his conviction got overturned – and he might get a new trial.

The cousin of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been trying to clear his name since he was convicted of murder in 2002. He was accused of killing 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975.

A Connecticut judge gave Skakel, 53, a chance for a fresh start Wednesday when he said the defense attorney in his first trial did a slipshod job. Kennedy called the move a “blessed event.” But the girl’s mom is convinced Skakel is the one who killed Martha. "I have not given up," Dorthy Moxley said. "If there is a new trial, I will be there."

Deb Feyerick will be live in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours to tell us what's next.

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

Turn your kid into a stick figure: These parents might have the coolest kid's Halloween costume yet:



Too cold in the office? There's a bracelet for that:
A thermal wristband developed by MIT engineering students (natch) claims to raise or lower a person’s body temperature - by almost half a degree Celsius each second! The wristband sends thermal pulses to the wrist, and the blood there circulates quickly throughout the body. No more thermostat fights!

Hold that pose! You know your wet dog looks silly when he shakes himself dry. Imagine what he looks like each nanosecond his face is flopping around. Carli Davidson wanted to know, too, so she used a high-speed camera and made a book called "Shake." The result? Awesomeness.

Creepy or cute? While we're on the canine beat, the owner of a Siberian husky decided to make a tiny plush doll of the dog - from the husky's own fur. No word yet on how the real dog feels about this ...

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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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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