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. EGYPT PROTESTS
It's the final countdown: Here's where things stand in Egypt. The army gave Morsy an ultimatum: You have until 4 this afternoon to come up with a power-sharing agreement. That's 10 in the morning our time. Morsy's already said he's not going to budge. And the army is not happy.
"We swear by God that we are ready to sacrifice our blood for Egypt and its people against any terrorist, extremist or fool."
The deadline's inching closer. The deaths are piling up.
Christiane Amanpour will answer a crucial question in the 6 oclock hour: Is Egypt on the brink?
2. ARIZONA FIREFIGHTERS
19 names, 19 stories: They were husbands, best friends, soon-to-be fathers. A heartbroken Arizona - and the rest of us - are learning more about these brave firefighters - and we're all grieving.
Kyung Lah will bring us the latest updates on this terrible tragedy live from Yarnell throughout the show. And over at cnn.com, we are remembering them with this interactive.
3. EDWARD SNOWDEN
Planes and pains: It’s not looking good for the NSA leaker. The Bolivian presidential jet was grounded over reports he was in it and several South American leaders are not happy. Snowden's bid for asylum is getting stonewalled at every corner. We've heard about America's Most Wanted. Snowden's turned into the world's least wanted.
Throughout the show, we'll have Fred Pleitgen from Moscow to tell us what options are left for Snowden.
4. ROYAL BABY
Pink or blue?: That’s the question as the world awaits the royal bundle of joy. Science (yes, we're turning to science) seems to lean toward a girl.
One thing's for sure: William and Kate's baby is already more popular than we’ll ever be. Big bucks are already being made off of the little heir. And he/she will cuddle with a plush toy kangaroo hand-made by former Aussie PM Julia Gillard.
5. POPE JOHN PAUL
It's a miracle: You may want to practice saying “Saint John Paul.” The late pope is on the verge of becoming a saint, we learned yesterday.
All that's left is for Pope Francis to sign off on which of several miracles he'll be credited with.
Barbie Nadeau will have all the details from Rome throughout the show.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- North Carolina's sneak Sharia attack: The state bill started off as a ban against Sharia law. Then lawmakers tacked sweeping abortion restrictions into it. You know, two birds, one stone? There's a final hearing today. There's outrage on the Internet.
- Contraband? Instagram!: Ever wonder what happened to that pocket knife you mistakenly left in your hand luggage? Check the TSA's Instagram feed. One of its first posts is a loaded gun found in a carry-on bag in Austin. Don’t mess with Texas, indeed.
- Jail time for teen's Facebook #sarcasm: Justin Carter's dad says he was just shooting off his mouth during a video game argument. Cops say he was making a terror threat with his talk of shooting up a school. The 19-year-old's on suicide watch in jail now.
Miguel Marquez breaks it down for us in the 6 o’clock hour. And a petition calling for his release has more than 40,000 signatures.
- Record haul: A fisherman reeled in a rockfish older than the state of Alaska - in Alaska. The 39-pound beast is believed to be 200 years old, way before the U.S. acquired the state from Russia in 1867.
Folks are not amused – some are saying he should have let the elderly creature enjoy its twilight years in peace.
- Purr-fect ending!: A firefighter rescued a limp, tiny kitty from a blaze in California. An oxygen tank and lots of water later, the little ball of fur sprung back to life. It was all captured on video, and since sharing is caring, here goes:
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 have a GREAT NEW DAY.