August 9th, 2013
05:55 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 9

Welcome to the Friday 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.”


Perhaps more dangerous than thought:The agonizing wait for family and friends of Hannah and Ethan Anderson continues. As ID tests on a child's body found in a burned out house continue, police now say they think the man suspected of taking Hannah - and possibly Ethan - has homemade explosives. So they want people to know that if they see  James DiMaggio’s car, it is NOT safe to approach it. DiMaggio’s ex-wife tells HLN’s Nancy Grace that he was never violent toward her in their short marriage. She added that she thinks his relationship with Hannah’s mother, who was found dead on Sunday after a fire at his home, was just platonic. Meanwhile, Nevada became the fourth state to issue an Amber Alert in the disappearance.

Former FBI Agent Steve Moore joins us at 6 to give his insight into the case. At 7, we’ll hear from Andrew Spanswick, a friend of James DiMaggio.


Temporary relocation: Officials have said recent threats to American embassies and consulates haven’t been specific. But yesterday, the U.S. evacuated its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, because, as senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials tell CNN, there was a direct threat. "We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official says. American citizens are being warned against travel to Pakistan. It’s worth noting the diplomats were moved from Lahore to Islamabad, so it shows the U.S. wants to keep them close so they can one day send them back.


Gruesome image on social media: Hours before he argued with his wife, Derek Medina posted a photo of the couple out to dinner with their 10-year-old daughter. After he argued with her, he posted another photo - of her blood-covered body. And believe it or not, people shared it until Facebook removed it. Police say Medina didn’t call 911, but instead put on clean clothes, went to a police station and confessed to shooting her after a fight. Police raced to the home, where they found the wife’s body and the little girl, who thankfully had no physical injuries.

Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news. - Derek Medina on Facebook


He did a 180: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s medical marijuana mea culpa got a lot of attention yesterday. If you missed it, the long-time neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent says he should have done more diligence on the subject of cannabis. He explains why he made his mistake, but says medical marijuana shouldn’t be given to some people.

Sanjay will be on New Day at 7 discussing a promising new anti-malaria drug. You can watch his special “Weed” this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.


Yes, he’ll be moving on: $448 million divided three ways minus taxes is … still a boatload of cash. So Paul White, you’re retired as of now, right? No, but he ain’t working for The Man anymore. "I'm not going to be one of those people who says I'm going to keep working. (But) I'm never going to work for someone again."

John Berman has more on the story on the winner from Minnesota.

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

–LeBron gets cut: We had this image of his head poking way above others in the jury box, but LeBron James didn’t get a chance to hear the evidence in a criminal trial yesterday. He answered the call to jury duty, but was sent home when one case ended in a guilty plea and the other resulted in a warrant for the absentee defendant. James was a good citizen, showing up early, and a smart one, bringing a book to read.

- That guy looks like Biff: In "Back to the Future," Marty McFly helps his parents get together in 1955 then returns to 1985. The makeup artists on the film had to age Lorraine and George (and nemesis Biff) 30 years. Well, with the classic comedy almost 30 years old, one redditor who goes by Native-New-Yawkah decided to do a side-by-side comparison of the made-up adult Thomas Wilson, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Turns out the movie could also see the future for at least one of them. And uproxx does one for Marty (from the first sequel) and Michael J. Fox.

- Oldie, but really, really goodie: And by oldie, we mean it was posted two years ago. But we’re extremely impressed by this gentleman’s hip-hop and techno skills – using a ukulele. We say again, a ukulele. We skip ahead in the video to the part where James Hill uses the chopsticks. Yeah.

- Special introductory, er, lifetime offer : Russian credit card company sends man offer for credit card. He doesn’t like the terms, copies their form but changes the interest to 0% for the life of the card, eliminates all fees, waives the credit limit, then mails the application back. Company sends him a card anyway. You see where this is headed? It’s now in court.

- Good news for ‘Bad’ fans: So many people have been waiting a long time for Sunday and the return of the AMC hit “Breaking Bad,” which ranks among the greatest shows of all-time. Star Bryan Cranston says these final eight episodes are going to be very satisfying. “It’s a very Breaking Bad ending.”

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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  1. snotfair

    PS. What time do you guys get up to meet the 6AM 'Things to Start Your Day' deadline? Thank you 4 the interesting read each morning!

    August 9, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
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      August 12, 2013 at 8:46 am | Reply
  2. snotfair

    HANNAH ANDERSON continues 2 occupy my mind. I am praying & asking the Lord 4 her 2 be found safe & alive SOON! I wonder if the police & FBI are using a psychic intervention 2 assist them w/ their search? Just a thought. May 8-9-13 be the happiest day in HANNAH'S life<3 Back to the Future & Michael J. Fox- a classic & a tenacious(sic?) man of class! His foundation 2 battle Parkinson's Disease should be on everyone's list of charities 2 donate to. Incredible & uplifting research & medicine! Have a great & safe day CNN:)

    August 9, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply

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