5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, August 19
August 19th, 2013
05:31 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, August 19

Three soldiers could learn their fates. Seven bear maulings in five states. And one nasty wildfire in Idaho. It’s Monday, 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 new morning show, “New Day.”

1. EGYPT

Blood flows: For years, the northern Sinai has seen its share of attacks on soldiers. Al Qaeda affiliates have long had a foothold there – and they’d launch attacks even when now-deposed President Mohamed Morsy was in office. This morning, 25 soldiers were killed there. Is the ambush connected to the relentless violence in the capital? We don’t know. We do know that it follows the deaths of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members yesterday. And it’s an indication that Egypt’s in turmoil on all fronts. Today, Morsy supporters say they’ll march again. The cops say they’ll break it up.
And Sen. John McCain says that it’s high time we cut off our $1.3 billion annual aid. “We have no credibility,” he said on CNN's “State of the Union.”

Reza Sayah joins us from the streets of Cairo this morning with the latest developments.

2. U.S. WEATHER

I’ve seen fire, and I’ve seen rain: One part of the country is bone dry and burning; another is soaked and may be flooding. The Beaver Creek wildfire in Idaho is tormenting firefighters who’re doing their best to keep it from spreading. It’s already swallowed more than 100,000 acres in an area that’s home to many pricey spreads. Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis have second homes there.

The South, on the other hand, will be soggy. There’s a stalled front that’ll bring heavy rain and dangerous conditions to many rivers and creeks. And in South Florida, strong winds and choppy surf stirred up rip currents throughout the weekend. Cops were called out to rescue swimmers 50 times. Unfortunately, they couldn’t save an elderly couple off Miami Beach.

CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons will have today’s forecast, and Dan Simons will be live from Idaho with more on the wildfires at 8.

3. BEAR ATTACKS

Taking a toll: It's of little solace to the seven people attacked by bears since Thursday, but this rarely happens. Deer and humans have more deadly contact than bears do. So do fire ants. But in the last four days, bears have attacked hunters, hikers and joggers in five states. One expert says we’re venturing out of the cities and recreating in their space. The good news is no one died, though a 12-year-old girl in Michigan is recovering from deep cuts to one of her thighs. She was surprised by a black bear while jogging.

Zoraida Sambolin has a report on the amazing number of attacks at 6 and 7.

4. ROYAL HAPPENINGS

Royal mother, child make headlines again: Princess Diana and her son, Prince William, are both in the news this morning – but for entirely different reasons. Royal watchers are buzzing after a new conspiracy claim – that the British military was involved in the princess's death in that car crash in 1997. Cops are knocking down the claim: “This is not a re-investigation.” A few weeks from now is the 16th anniversary of Diana's death, and the British premiere of "Diana.”

William recently became a dad, and the future king sat down with CNN’s Max Foster to talk about life with little George and his passion for saving endangered species in Africa. A documentary, "Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope," premieres on September 15 at 10 p.m. But this morning at 8, you can catch snippets of the interview.

5. COURT DOCKET

Days of reckoning: This week, three soldiers - Nidal Hasan, Bradley Manning and Robert Bales - could learn their fates. Pfc. Manning will probably be first, as all that’s left of his court-martial for leaking classified documents are closing arguments during the sentencing phase. The judge could rule today.

For Sgt. Bales, the sentencing phase begins today. He’s already admitted to gunning down 16 civilians during a rampage through two Afghan villages last year. The guilty plea means he won’t be sentenced to death. But a jury will now decide if he should get life in prison without a chance for parole.

Finally, in Maj. Hasan’s trial, it seems the admitted Fort Hood shooter is less interested in trying to persuade the judge not to sentence him to death and perhaps more eager to prove he’s a martyr.

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

- I wasn’t that into coke: Lindsay Lohan preferred booze to cocaine, she tells Oprah Winfrey. It‘s just one of those things the other crazy kids at the party were doing, and she only did it 10 to 15 times. The bonus (for her) - it did allow her to drink more, she says. Lohan, who’s been a big mess these past few years, tells the talk show legend that she can turn it around as long as she stops being her “own worst enemy.”

- Twitter battle royale: Two of the social media site’s heavyweights – Lady Gaga (40 million followers) and Perez Hilton (6 million) went tweet-to-tweet over the weekend, a bizarre twist in what had been a very loving relationship in the past. Hilton tweeted that Katy Perry’s record was better than Gaga’s. Then the crap really hit the fan when Gaga tweeted that Hilton was stalking her by looking at an apartment in her building. Pity the tweets have been deleted! Oh, you kids, we will remember the happier times.

- That’s a weird-looking rock: Paul Franklin scraped his knee on a rock at the beach, and the dang injury wouldn’t get better. A doc gave the Franklin family some meds, which helped, but there was a growing black bump under the skin. Mom gets the bump out and what do you know - it’s a snail. And the escargot has a new home with Paul and a new name – Turbo.

- That’s gonna leave a mark: A wedding photographer was trying to get a really cool shot of the bride and groom a few days before the wedding by using a little quadcopter and a small video camera. The idea was to fly just over them. Now if we’re telling you about this, you know it didn’t go as planned.

- Price of doing business: Now this probably happens more than we realize, but sideline reporters can have it rough. Sure, it seems like they only do a few minutes of work a week, but they can get run over by big burly athletes - or worse, get hit by a ball, right in front of the camera.

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 – Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
July 31st, 2013
05:11 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Welcome to the Wednesday 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. MANNING AND SNOWDEN

Leakers in limbo: Edward Snowden sits in a Moscow airport hotel; Bradley Manning sits in a jail cell. Snowden’s dad told the Washington Post yesterday that the feds wanted to fly him to Moscow to talk his son into coming back to the States. But they couldn’t guarantee that he’d get to speak to Snowden. His response? “I’m not going to sit on the tarmac to be an emotional tool for you.” The dad was on CNN yesterday too, where he told Jake Tapper he wants Snowden to stay in Moscow. He’s not confident of a fair trial, especially after the guilty verdicts in the Manning case.

As for Manning, the sentencing phase of his trial begins today. Yesterday, he was found not guilty of the most serious charge – helping the enemy. But he’s still on the hook for 20 other charges – and all of them carry lengthy prison terms. But it’ll take a few days before the judge decides whether Manning should be sent away for years or decades for leaking those military documents to WikiLeaks.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will join us at 7 about what’s ahead for Manning.

2. STOMACH BUG OUTBREAK

Bad greens blamed: Let’s start with the good news: Officials say that prepackaged salad mixes that caused hundreds of people to get a stomach bug are all gone from store shelves in Iowa and Nebraska. But people continue to get sick with cyclospora, which has symptoms like diarrhea and nausea. And people are getting sick in other states too. Is the salad in a bag to blame there also? Great, as if my nieces and nephews need another reason to avoid their veggies.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta will have more on the outbreak all morning.

3. TSA MISCONDUCT

Screen the screeners: Sleeping on the job. Stealing our stuff. Giving their buddies a pass. As if the folks who feel us up before we get on an airplane aren’t unpopular already. Now comes this government audit that finds more than 1,900 cases of misconduct by TSA agents. And that’s just the "tip of the iceberg," says a lawmaker.

That’s bad, we’ll grant you. But what about the airline worker and his fiancée who took advantage of the chaos after the Asiana crash? They supposedly went through the bags that had stacked up because of delays at the San Francisco airport, stole the stuff they found and took them to Nordstrom for cash refunds.

Rene Marsh joins us with a full report on this story.

4. FRUITVALE STATION SHOOTING

No immunity: Many Americans were stunned when they saw the cellphone video of Oscar Grant being shot and killed by a transit officer at a station in Oakland. The case caught the eye of the national media, led to months of protest in the city, and was the basis for a movie that just hit the theaters. The officer served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Now Grant’s father would like to sue Johannes Mehserle. Yesterday, a judge said the officer cannot claim immunity and the suit can proceed. Here's a preview of the movie:

5. WEINER AND FILNER

Another bleepin’ day: Whoa. Things are getting uglier by the moment. First, a former intern writes a piece for the Daily News that says others like her were using the Weiner campaign to catch the attention of his wife, who works for Hillary Clinton. Then the communications director mentioned (very poorly) in the Daily News piece by the intern fires back, calling the intern the C-word - and some other names she should know better than using. The media goes crazy. Weiner’s spox says, “My bad.”

Out West, where San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner asked the city to pay his legal costs as he fights sex harassment claims, the city council came back with a response: We’re not only NOT going to do that, but we expect you to pay OUR legal bills if we’re dragged into your lawsuits. And there appears to be an eighth woman who’s accusing him of questionable behavior

At 7, Rosa Flores will have the latest on the controversy with the Weiner campaign.

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

- To hell with the bags:If you were told at the airport your fees for seven bags would be $1,400, what would you do? Well, you wouldn’t have that problem unless you’re named Paris Hilton. But a man going from Seattle to JFK did. And when faced with the big bill, he just ditched four of his bags and took off. Security closed off a section of the ticketing area when the bags were found unchaperoned.

- Everyday’s Caturday on the Internet: For 16 minutes, little Benton the kitty got big play on the front of the Chicago Tribune website, surrounded by the word test like 100 times. The site’s social media editors told Gizmodo that a test with the publishing system went wrong and the paper is working to make sure it doesn’t happen again. To which one person replied: “If you're working to make sure it doesn't happen again, I'm cancelling my subscription.”

It's like the internet swallowed a Gertrude Stein poem and pooped this out 16 minutes later.—Gizmodo writer Brian Barrett

- Right back at ya: A graffiti artist came upon a public worker removing his graffiti from a wall and decided to use the moment as inspiration for his next work … on the same wall. The Daily Mail spoke to the artist who goes by the tag “DS.” DS says he took photographs of the worker man, then returned later to immortalize him in the act.

Look, everyone's happy! It's not quite as epic as posing with a tiger a la Vladimir Putin. But Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram and the photos are propagandastically fantastic. There's al-Assad talking to a little girl by the side of a hospital bed. There's his wife wiping away a little boy's tear. There's the two of them being mobbed, greeted, hugged by adoring masses.

- Dash cam: Gone in 60 seconds? That would be generous. A manhunt is on for an inmate who made a bold escape in Garland County, Arkansas, by slithering past prison guards, bolting through a 12-by-30-inch reception window and jumping into a getaway car. And it’s all caught in glorious Technicolor on surveillance camera.

And one more. Watch this video where a skateboarder flips from one board to another. It’s amazing.

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!

July 30th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Welcome to the Tuesday 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 our morning show “New Day.”

1. FLORIDA PROPANE FIRE

Like bombs going off: When the propane tank cylinders began exploding at the central Florida refilling plant late Monday night, authorities braced for the worst. And for hours, it looked as if their fears were well founded. There were 53,000 20-pound cylinders of propane at the plant - more than a million pounds in all. Loud blasts, one after another, sent huge plumes of fire into the night sky. One resident said it sounded like “bombs were going off.” And even though the damage was massive, fortunately no one died. Now, the focus will be on what caused the blasts.

Adriana Hauser is headed to the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares and will have live updates this morning.

2. POPE FRANCIS ON GAYS

A new direction, in tone: Pope Francis is quite different from his predecessor. He’s not about changing doctrine. Instead, he’s changing perceptions about the Catholic Church. Take, for example, what he said about gays during his flight home from a Brazil trip.

“When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized” 

The reaction was interesting. Some thought it was a groundbreaking reversal by the head of the Catholic Church. But it was more a change of tone, not substance. But many homosexuals who feel the church is judgmental may see this as a new spirit of welcoming and acceptance.

The Rev. Edward Beck, a Catholic priest and author of three books, will join us at 6 to share his thoughts.

3. BRADLEY MANNING VERDICT

High noon for Manning: Set the alarm for 1 o'clock in the afternoon (that's 13:00 hours). That’s when Bradley Manning learns his fate: Is he a whistle-blower, or a traitor who betrayed his country? The Army private, who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, faces 22 charges. And he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

CNN’s Barbara Starr will let us know at 8 what to expect today and what might come next for Manning.

4. ANTHONY WEINER SCANDAL

Weiner not #winning: It’s not like he was looking for Eliot Spitzer’s endorsement, but Anthony Weiner’s fading campaign took a bit of a blow when the former governor told MSNBC that Weiner should not be mayor of New York. The Clintons are steamed too. More importantly, a poll that once had Weiner winning the race shows he’s now in fourth place. Most New Yorkers say he should forget about being mayor. But Weiner says he’s going the distance.

Weiner's opponent and the candidate who’s leading the polls, Christine Quinn, will be our guest at 8.

5. SAN DIEGO MAYOR CONTROVERSY

Can you help a mayor out? The San Diego mayor who’s being sued for sexual harassment wants the city to cover his legal expenses. So his lawyer sent a letter to the city council - the same one that's asked him to quit his post. We don’t know if the council greeted the news with a collective "huh?" But it will meet behind closed doors tonight to figure out how to proceed.

Those are your five biggies for the day. You should also make sure to tune in at 6 or 8 to hear Dr. Sanjay Gupta explain what’s going on with the outbreak of a stomach bug called cyclospora.

Here are a couple of other stories that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Let me explain this v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y: Reza Aslan says he feels bad for Foxnews.com anchor Lauren Green. Surely you’ve seen his painful interview with her where she asks –- over and over again - how a Muslim can write about the founder of Christianity and he answers her purposely listing his credentials. Aslan, an author and religious scholar, tells CNN’s Piers Morgan that he understands that people often feel academics are attacking their faith when they write about religion. But he says he’s not. He also says he didn’t even write about Christianity because he wrote about Jesus, who was a Jew, as a historical figure. Let the controversy continue.

- Who wants to be a baby daddy? Oh, to be on a game show and win a new car. Or a trip to Paris. Or maybe a stack of cash. How about an abandoned kid? That’s what two surprised couples won recently on a game show in Pakistan. It just so happens it’s sweeps time, but the host of the show swears it’s not a publicity stunt.

- 50 shades of red Can you say awkward? London’s fire department says more and more lovers are calling these days because they can’t get out of their handcuffs. You can probably blame it on the effect of popular best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." In the last three years, fire crews have been called out 79 times on such calls. The book is also pretty popular with inmates at Guantanamo, a U.S. congressman says. Jim Moran says he was told it’s requested even more often than the Quran. Really?

- Cup of Joe camera: The last thing you’d want as a weary traveler would be to try to figure out how to work some coffee machine at the airport that had no buttons, no coin slot. For the love of all things caffeinated, come on! There was such a machine in a South African airport, and the secret was it worked through facial recognition. If a person yawned … free cup of coffee. If they scowled? Guess they were denied.

- Son’s final goodbyes: NPR host Scott Simon used Twitter to share his heartbreak during his mother's final days. It began with the occasional update from the hospital ICU and ended Monday night with her final transition, and with Simon asking "When did I stop holding her hand?" The updates are carefully and artfully worded, and the response from Twitter users has been mostly positive.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. But wait! There’s one more. It involves a comedian, his bicycle and a huge roll of bubble wrap. C’mon, you have to watch this.

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