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 new morning show, “New Day.”
1. MANDELA HEALTH
Keeping watch, saying prayers: Nelson Mandela is so many things to people around the world – hero, inspiration, father figure. His health has many pondering life without Madiba. One woman told CNN: “When it is his time, we wish his soul could just rest. He spent so long in jail and struggling."
CNN’s Robyn Curnow is at the hospital in Pretoria and will have the latest developments.
2. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Graphic testimony, disturbing pictures: The ugly part of murder trials are often the disturbing photos of the scene. On Tuesday, prosecutors showed pictures of Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. Understandably, his father and mother left the courtroom.
CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin will join us at 7 to talk about the photos and other testimony from Day 2. And correspondent George Howell will be live from outside the courtroom to tell us what we can expect today.
3. HIGH COURT RULINGS
This is it: There are 14 countries where same-sex marriage is legal, and the U.S. isn’t one of them. Today, the Supreme Court, on its last day of this term, will deliver opinions on two same-sex marriage cases. One guess which side Lady Gaga's on:
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 24, 2013
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will let you know at 7 what to expect when the court announces its decisions later in the morning.
4. EXTREME WEATHER
Hot, hot, hot: Good news for anyone selling air conditioners, the heat wave blazing in much of the country will go on. We know it’s summer and places like Arizona are supposed to be hot, but 92 degrees is scorching - especially when that’s the temp at midnight. Las Vegas may have a dry heat, but the important word there is “heat.”
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) June 25, 2013
Meteorologist Indra Petersons will tell us at 6 just how hot it’s going to get.
5. ABORTION BATTLE
Showdown in Texas: Knowing she'd be on her feet for a while, Wendy Davis put on some comfortable sneakers before taking the floor for an impressive 10 hours as she attempted to filibuster a controversial abortion bill. When she was told to stop, the crowd loudly took over. The bill is dead - for now. A tweet from President Obama’s account gave the Texas democrat his support.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
Jesus–this might be the first people's filibuster in political history. Literally, the CITIZENS are now filibustering. Wow. #standwithwendy
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 26, 2013
CNN’s Nick Valencia will fill you in at 7 on a wild night in Austin.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Zip it: A seemingly innocent tweet by Alex Rodriguez about his hip recovery caused Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman to shout this message: STFU. Hey, maybe he should give A-Rod a break. He’s still new to this Twitter thing.
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
Rage pays: "I think (Edward Snowden) should live a happy life in Ecuador," Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello told TMZ. To fly him there, Morello said he'll help pay the bill, using the cash he’s not donating to the president. But it’s not just the Dems, he’s mad at …
Repubs: rape apologists, pro torture, anti-voting rights. Dems: drone murders, spy on everybody, mewling. #LetsStartOver
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) June 25, 2013
Police have a ticket to write: Talk about incentive to be in court. Cops in Atlanta have been told their pay raises and traffic ticket revenue go hand in hand. Fewer cases dismissed; more money for bumps in pay. Too bad no one speeds in Atlanta. CNN’s Victor Blackwell spoke to the police union and will have more on the story at 8.
Like a bridge over troubled waters: We’ve all seen reporters wading through floodwater, but Indian TV journalist Narayan Pargaien took disaster reporting to new heights. For a brief moment he was head and shoulders above his colleagues - and one flood survivor when he recently got an awkward ride atop a man across a rising river. Guilty, with an explanation, he says. Dude should have just taken a canoe.
Duct tape fixes everything: Australian Pascale Honore has one of the best smiles ever. And you’re going to smile too when you see this paraplegic do something she never thought she could do – thanks to a friend and some adhesive.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/68901496 w=500&h=281]Duct Tape Surfing from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.
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 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY