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 new morning show, “New Day."
1. ZIMMERMAN VERDICT
Not guilty - but not over: The jurors in the George Zimmerman trial found him not guilty over the weekend. But that doesn't mean his troubles are over. The NAACP is asking people to sign an online petition demanding that the feds file a civil rights suit against him. So many people went to the site to sign up that it crashed. His lawyers say there's also the matter of his safety. He's a "marked man," they say. His brother says he'll keep the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin.
"I think he has more reason now than ever to think that people are trying to kill him because they express they're trying to kill him, all the time, every day, on my Twitter feed, on the Internet." - Robert Zimmerman Jr.
They shut down parts of a Los Angeles freeway ...
... and stopped traffic at Times Square.
Most of them have been peaceful, but cops arrested nine people in LA, where protesters tossed flashlight batteries and chunks of concrete at them.
Alina Machado, George Howell, Danny Cevallos and a host of other correspondents will update us with the latest throughout the show. And on CNN.com, we bring you up to speed with all the developments with this recap.
2. 'GLEE' ACTOR DEATH
The glue of “Glee”: That's how a director described Cory Monteith. The "Glee" actor was found dead in his hotel room Saturday. He was only 31. Police have ruled out foul play, and officials will carry out an autopsy today. The actor played Finn on the show, and was always very open about his struggles with addiction. His death stunned fans and friends alike. A Facebook page set up in his honor has nearly 700,000 likes.
Nischelle Turner will have more on the story in the 7 o'clock hour.
3. ROYAL BABY
Tick tock, tick tock: Time is running out, the duchess is waiting, and so's the rest of the world. Prince William's baby is due any day now, and royal watchers are going bonkers. Boy, are they speculating – and making bets. Will the little tot be swaddled in blue or pink? What will she (or he) be named?
Max Foster will fill us in on all things royal baby at 7. And over at CNN.com, we have a whole page, covering every conceivable angle. You're welcome.
4. ASIANA AIRLINES CRASH
Bogus names, real lawsuit?: Asiana Airlines says it'll sue our Oakland affiliate after the TV station read the names of the pilots of the ill-fated Flight 214. Why? Because the names were fake and racially offensive. But it's letting the NTSB off the hook. It was an NTSB intern who confirmed the fake names to the station. But let's not have this take away from the awful tragedy. Over the weekend, we learned that a third person died of her injuries. And the victim who was struck by a fire truck was covered in flame retardant, making it hard for responders to see her.
5. SNOWDEN SAGA
But wait, there’s more … : Edward Snowden apparently has more information that could be the United States’ “worst nightmare.” And he's not afraid to release it – especially if anything happens to him. Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, who first reported the former CIA contractor's intelligence leaks, told us so this weekend.
“The U.S. government should be on their knees every day praying that nothing happens to Snowden.”
Phil Black will be live from Moscow with more details all morning
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Worst pitch ever? Singer Carly Rae Jepsen threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Astros game yesterday. And … let’s just say you can call her maybe, just don’t call her a pitcher. The pitch barely cleared the dirt on the mound, and could rival Mariah Carey’s as the worst one. Ever.
She’s a good sport about it though.
- Whew, we can finally sleep at night: "Sharknado" is not real? Imagine that. The Accuweather folks have an amusing plot-point-by-plot-point breakdown of why you never have to worry about tornadoes sweeping up sharks and raining them down on California. And you can't fight sharks with chainsaws. Bummed? Here’s something to lift your spirits. The awesomely campy Syfy flick now has a music video: (The ballad of) Sharknado. It’s directed by the movie director. Enough said.
- Where's her invisibility cloak?: Of all the spells JK Rowling has cast in her wildly popular Harry Potter series, this was one piece of wizardry she couldn't pull off. Turns out a crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith is her work. The book, “The Cuckoo's Calling,” came out in April. But once she was outed as the author, sales have jumped - get this - 507,000% !!
- Trapped in a sand dune : A little boy swallowed by sand dunes in northern Indiana is lucky to be alive. And he has some quick-thinking rescuers to thank for that. They dug for three hours to get to 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, never giving up hope. The boy's in critical condition now, but doctors think he'll make it.
- Don't pick up a hitchhiker ...: Unless it happens to be Dave Matthews. A couple on their way to one of his shows found him stranded by the side of a road. His bicycle had popped a tire, and he didn't have a cell phone on him. So, they gave him a ride to the show. He gave them dinner, front-row seats and a shout out from stage.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Oh, one other thing. Today's the day you'd been counting down to (or not): The return of Twinkies.
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.