5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, June 11
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June 11th, 2014
01:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, June 11

A neophyte boots the 2nd most powerful House Republican from office. A judge issues a ruling that could affect your kids' education. And things go from bad to worse in Iraq.

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

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January 28th, 2014
02:49 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A deep freeze sends the South shuddering. Obama faces a big test. A folk icon passes away. And Mexico's sole entrant to the Winter Olympics competes for the title of "best dressed."

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

1. WINTER WEATHER

The big chill: The Deep South will be in the deep freeze. The Big Easy will become the Big Icy. And Hotlanta will be more like Hurtlanta. It'll be brrrrutally cold today, folks. C-O-L-D!! As in French Quarter-shutting-down cold. As in the world's busiest airport-canceling-hundreds-of-flights cold. As in, the polar vortex-don't-play cold.

"Limbs will break. Trees will fall. Power will be out."
- Robert Latham, emergency management director for Mississippi, where up to 4 inches of snow may fall

Bundle up, stock up and stay safe. If you hit the road, take a fully charged cell phone. And if you go to the store, don't be greedy - save a loaf for your fellow man.
More: Deep freeze stretches down to Gulf Coast

We'll have Ted Rowlands, Chad Myers and Indra Petersons - all through the morning, all bringing you the latest

2. STATE OF THE UNION

A defining test: This time last year, President Obama laid out several priorities in his State of the Union address. How many did he get through Congress? Zip. Congress ignored his calls for a new jobs program, for new gun controls and for sweeping immigration reform.

That's why tonight's address is a biggie. Can Obama rebuild his standing? Force action on some of his priorities? Or will this be another year of gridlock - a gateway to "lame duck" status?
More: State of the Union speech is crunch time for Obama

This morning, senior White House correspondent Brianna Keilar will offer us a preview of the address. Commentators Kevin Madden and Paul Begala will give us their take. In the 7 o' clock hour, we will hear from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and in the 8 o' clock hour, from White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

3. NORTH CAROLINA POLICE SHOOTING

"God's will will be done": That's Jonathan Ferrell's mother, Georgia, after a second grand jury indicted the cop who shot her unarmed son to death. The word "second" is important here. The first one refused to.

You may remember the case: Officer Randall Kerrick of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD fatally shot Ferrell after a woman - home alone with her 1-year-old child - called 911 and reported someone was trying to break down her front door. This was last September, and Ferrell was reportedly seeking help after a car crash.

Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Kerrick. But prosecutors sent the case back. And yesterday, the officer was indicted on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

"It is the first step towards justice"
- Charles Monnett, Ferrell family attorney

More: 2nd grand jury indicts officer in shooting of ex-FAMU football player
At 7, Jean Casarez will break down why prosecutors sought a second grand jury and why the defense is vehemently objecting.

4. MIZZOU RAPE INVESTIGATION

A complicated case: Sasha Menu Courey was a freshman on the University of Missouri swim team when she was allegedly raped by a football player. Her parents say she told a campus nurse and a campus doctor about it, but the school didn't investigate. The school says it wasn't told about the suspected attack because one of its policies doesn't allow staffers to report sexual assaults without a victim's consent.

Courey committed suicide in 2011. And now, after a piece by ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the school has referred the case to the Columbia PD for investigation.

"Our detectives will do the best they can. ... It was not reported to us until now, and we are almost four years behind."
- Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard

More: Police investigate alleged rape of collegiate swimmer who died in suicide

5. PETE SEEGER

An icon passes: He was an iconoclast. A legend. A tireless activist who gave voice to the voiceless until the very end. Pete Seeger, the man considered the father of folk music and who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died yesterday. His grandson told CNN that the 94-year-old singer died of natural causes.

Regardless of how old you are, there's bound to be one Pete Seeger song or another that has touched you, roused you to action or, at the very least, prompted you to hum along: "Where have all the flowers gone," "Guantanamera," "Turn, turn, turn."

We learned of Seeger's death early this morning. And the tributes and tweets followed almost immediately.

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

– Just say No: So, this is a police dash cam video of a man being pulled over and arrested, while his girlfriend sobs hysterically. Except it isn't. The dude planned the whole thing with the cops as a romantic (??) ploy to propose to his woman. You'd think she'd say no after a stunt like that. But alas. "It went from being the most devastating thing I have had to witness, to feeling the most ecstatic I have ever felt."

– Take notes, Mr. Traffic-Stop Proposer: This is how you do romantic: Guy surprises his fiancee by restoring her childhood teddy bear. Whitey was in two pieces - head ripped off; his nose, ear and eyes missing; and his stuffing gone. And he was very, very special. "Whitey was given to her as a gift during her mother's baby shower for Jess, so he is technically older than she is!" Her reaction is priceless!

– Christmas redemption:  Did you blow it with your Christmas gifts this year?  Struggled with what to get that guy who has everything?  How about a RAPTOR CAGE used in "Jurassic Park"? It could be yours for only $100,000 (well, probably more by the time bidding wraps up).  It’s worth it though; it even comes with a full-size raptor (though we're guessing it’s a prop).

– Weather cancellation: Said one Redditor: "And that's why they'll never find Sasquatch."

– Sports made fabulous: Finally, we give you Hubertus von Hohenlohe, eclectic rich German nobleman and Mexico's sole entrant at the Winter Olympics. The 55-year-old's an alpine skier and a six-time Olympian. He's never medaled and doubts he'll take the gold this time. But he wants to win the title of "best dressed." And so, he'll compete in this mariachi-themed costume:

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 26th, 2014
11:14 PM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, January 27, 2014

A gunman's journal may hold clues to why he opened fire at a mall store. A cruise ship with more than 600 sick passengers is headed back. And today may be a key test of Russia's Olympic preparedness.

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

1. MARYLAND MALL SHOOTING

Elusive answers: This much is known: Darion Marcus Aguilar drove up in a cab to the The Mall in Columbia, Maryland, went into a shop for skaters and opened fire. He killed two shop employees - 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson - before taking his own life. The question bedeviling investigators now is: Why? Why did the 19-year-old do it? It doesn't appear that he knew the victims.

Police released this photo of shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar.

"I know there's a lot of interest in the motive for this, and I have as much interest in that as anybody."
- Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon

Clues, if not the answer, may lie in the gunman's journal. Cops say that in it, he expressed "some general unhappiness with his life."
More: Cops: Mall gunman expressed 'general unhappiness' in journal

The mall reopens today. And throughout the morning, Erin McPike will bring us the latest in the investigation

2. CRUISE SICKNESS

Royal pain: For more than 600 passengers aboard the Explorer of the Seas, the cruise has become just that. The Royal Caribbean ship set sail from New Jersey on Tuesday, but it's now headed home because there's been an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on board.

Passengers and crew are throwing up and fighting diarrhea. The cause isn't clear, but the symptoms are consistent with norovirus.

"I started with upset stomach and vomiting, and that lasted all night and into the morning"
- Passenger Joseph Angelillo

More: Royal Caribbean cruise cut short after more than 600 are sickened

This morning, we'll hear from senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about cruises and outbreaks.

3. BRAIN-DEAD WOMAN CASE

Turn the page: A wrenching court fight ended yesterday when Marlise Munoz was finally taken off a ventilator. The pregnant woman was brain dead, and her family wanted her body released for burial. But the hospital said its hands were tied. A Texas law says you can't hold back life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant woman.

"May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey."
- Munoz family statement

More: Brain-dead Texas woman taken off ventilator

4. SOCHI OLYMPICS

Winter War Games: The Games are less than two weeks away, and all we're still talking about are security concerns. The U.S. is putting two warships in the Black Sea and keeping a transport aircraft on standby in Germany. It's an unfortunate necessity. Islamic militants have made it quite clear that they'll try to disrupt the Games.

"You'd hope that the U.S. wouldn't be sitting around waiting for a telegram from Russia going 'hey, come and get your people' "
- Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes

Today will be a key test. The Olympic torch passes through Dagestan, a militant hotbed.
More: Welcome to Sochi, the security Games

Correspondent Ivan Watson's in Sochi, keeping an eye on the torch run. At 7, we'll talk to family members of some of the athletes competing, and also with our national security analyst, Fran Townsend

5. GRAMMY AWARDS

We're up all night to get lucky: Some did - like our favorite robot duo Daft Punk. And some got robbed (the McCartney-Dave Grohl collab over Muse for best rock song? Really?). But we didn't tune in just to see who got, as Jay-Z put it, a gold sippy cup.
We tuned in for Pink's jaw-dropping acrobatics:

... for Pharrell's Arby's-inspired hat, which spawned its own Twitter handle:

... for Queen Latifah marrying off 34 couples (gay and straight) during "Same Love":

... and for the five minutes of sheer, stunning awesomeness that was Kendrick Lamar TEARING THE ROOF OFF with Imagine Dragons!!

More: Daft Punk wins album and record of the year at 2014 Grammys
Even more: Moment-by-moment coverage

At 7 and 8, entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner will bring us the highlights and the lowlights

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

– Dance like no one's watching: Our friends at Mashable have prepared a nifty little guide to Taylor Swift's Grammy dance moves. Because, as they put it, "Like bad fashion, boring acceptance speeches and awkward hosts, Taylor Swift dancing at awards show is a basic staple."

– When doves cry: Pope Francis calls for peace in Ukraine and releases two white doves. A seagull and a crow promptly attack them.

– Chilling plot: This book changes temperature and vibrates depending on the plot. Why? Because how cool is it when words come alive?

– Plan B: ICYMI: Here's "SNL" mocking Russia's anti-gay laws: a heterosexual skating team.

– You're gonna hear me roar: No, not this "lion"

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 – Christmas Day
December 25th, 2013
02:16 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Christmas Day

It’s Christmas. And whether you celebrate it or not, we’re sure you can get behind the spirit of the holiday – it’s about hope, about love, about believing in the impossible.

With that in mind, here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. When we pull together, wonderful things happen
Any other day, we'd talk about the partisan bickering in Washington, and how it’s at a fever pitch.

But today, let’s focus on how people with good intentions, a whole lotta heart and a can-do attitude can make a world of difference.

Take 8-year-old Laney Brown. She’ll never see Christmas again. Her doctors say leukemia will take her soon. As one of her dying wishes, she wanted some people to come by her house for a night of caroling. And boy, did they! At first it was hundreds of people, then thousands. Then it was 10,000!

2. The best presents aren’t under the Christmas tree
On this Christmas Day, about 150 Marines are standing by to fly into violence-wracked South Sudan to help evacuate Americans. Keep them in your thoughts.

But today, let's talk about military homecomings those joyful reunions that make you reach for the box of Kleenex (or, if you're old-school, your hanky).

Take Air Force Maj. Jason Wood's middle-school daughter. She thought she was attending a pep rally when out he popped from a giant gift box.

3. Don't be a Grinch
Any other day, we'd tell you about the loud noise that was mistaken for gunshots inside a Long Island mall and triggered a brief lockdown all apparently due to a clumsy shoplifter. Or the Washington Santa who was out delivering gifts to needy kids when he was shot with a pellet gun. Or the UPS backlog that may mean missing gifts for you.

But today, let's not be a Grinch. Not even about the commercialization of Christmas, because  some of those commercials are pretty sweet.

By now, you've all seen the genius stunt by Canada's West Jet, where it  asked boarding passengers for their Christmas wishes and then delivered the gifts at baggage claim. This Apple ad also does a nice job of tugging at ye olde heartstrings. It's about a teen who spends the entire holiday season playing on his iPhone, with a aww-inducing twist at the end.

4. Family comes first – always
We write about heartbreak every day. That's because we get our hearts broken every day by stories such as that of the volunteer firefighter who responded to a fatal car crash last night – only to find the victim was his daughter.

But today, let's focus on the mother who took to Facebook to have her son’s ashes scattered so he could "see the mountains that he never got to climb, see the vast oceans that he would have loved, see tropical beaches and lands far and away" and how strangers from India to Jamaica responded in droves.

Or on the little girl who used  sign language at her Christmas concert so her deaf parents didn't miss a thing.

Or on our very own Ed Payne a regular writer of this blog whose daughter flew home from Tanzania to surprise the family on Christmas Eve. “I picked her up at the airport unbeknownst to Laura and Corynne. I said I was going to work, but I lied. I hope she forgives me.

We’re thinking, Yes!

5. War is over if you want it
A brutal civil war in Syria. A near-genocide in South Sudan. Bloody attacks in Iraq. And on and on.

This Christmas, let’s borrow a page from John Lennon's songbook and save one wish for the world:
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

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