August 12th, 2013
05:46 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, August 12

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.”


"It’s now healing time": That’s what Hannah Anderson’s father tweeted to CNN this weekend when the 16-year-old girl was found after an agonizing manhunt for the 40-year-old man who’s suspected of killing her mother and brother - and kidnapping her. A tip from some horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming to the Idaho wilderness Saturday where James DiMaggio was killed in a confrontation. Hannah was OK.

There’s more good news in an Amber Alert case on the other side of the country. Last night, police found a 2-year-old boy in Rhode Island alone on the streets who’d disappeared after a double homicide. Earlier in the day, cops detained two men in connection with the case, but the details and how everything ties together are still unclear.

The horseback riders who spotted James DiMaggio and Hannah in the mountains of Idaho will join us at 7. Hannah’s grandparents will be our guests at 8.


Hunkered down and waiting: At two massive makeshift camps that have been their home for six chaotic weeks, supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy say they’re ready. Ramadan’s over; the Muslim festival of Eid has come and gone. Could the fierce crackdown the government’s hinted at come any minute? "The youngest child among us will be a lion against them," one protester said. How the interim government responds will be a defining moment in this complex standoff.


Will the defendant please rise? Several big cases are making their way toward resolution this week, and a couple of others are moving through the legal system. We may have a verdict in the racketeering case of reputed mob boss "Whitey" Bulger. We’re waiting to see if Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced after he was convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. And Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, will continue to defend himself - if you can call it that.

Two other high-profile cases may be on their way to trial. Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez waits to find out if a grand jury will indict him on murder charges. And a Texas teen who’s accused of terroristic threats for a Facebook post, where he said he’d shoot up a kindergarten, will have his lawyer ask that the case be tossed out. We have a neat little summary on all of them here.

Pamela Brown will have the latest on the teen accused of threats on Facebook at 8.


“My son has spoken the truth”: Edward Snowden’s father had angry words yesterday for the people who call his son a traitor, and he criticized the commander in chief. Lon Snowden, who says he’ll soon head to Russia to see his son, told ABC that his son has made more sacrifices than the president ever has. The president says that if the Snowdens feel that what Edward did was just, he should come back to the U.S. and prove his case in court. And to that, Lon Snowden said: Yeah, like there’s any chance we could get a fair trial.

In other Obama news, folks are NOT happy about this rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair. A rodeo clown dons an Obama mask and sticks a broom in his backside. "Hey, I know I'm a clown,” he says. “He's just running around acting like one. Doesn't know he is one."

Dan Lothian will bring us up to speed on the Snowden saga at 7 and 8.


N.Y.C. to Beijing in a flash: Tesla and SpaceX guru Elon Musk has given us just few clues about his futuristic super-fast transportation system. Today we’re supposed to get more details. Here’s what we know so far: Musk has described the Hyperloop as "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table." It would be solar-powered, yet produce more energy than it uses. And it’ll get you from New York to Beijing in two hours.

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

BONUS BIGGIE!  Do yourself a favor. Carve out some time today for this amazing piece of journalism from CNN’s Ann O’Neill. She has the story of Maria, a 7-year-old girl who was killed in 1957. For decades, hers was the coldest of all cold cases in the country. The journey to the truth was a long one - and still, some big questions remain.

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

- Fight over virtual punches: Political foes are bickering over online games where the player can use a computer mouse to “punch” Hillary Clinton. Conservatives say you weren’t this upset when it was Sarah Palin. For now, both games remain online.

- You’re fired: Does it seem weird that a guy named Abel Lenz was fired for taking a picture? Here’s what happened. There was a conference call that was supposed to be a pep talk for about 1,000 Patch employees about the future of the hyper-local news sites. But then Lenz snapped a pic of AOL top boss Tim Armstrong. So he got the ax. With 1,000 of his co-workers listening in. Ouch!

- Yay, good news! We hear your complaints about the lack of good news in the blog. So in an effort to restore your faith in your fellow man, we give you these.

Canadian biker stops to help woman stuck in wheelchair

Other biker stops to help blind man back to the sidewalk

A rapper helps a homeless family

- Michelle and Bo pose for a photo: Now, we realize that people posting photos of their pets can be annoying. And people posting pictures of themselves can be even more annoying. And people who post pictures of themselves with their pets can be. … Well, this one is actually kind of adorable - at least 32,000 Instagram followers of first lady Michelle Obama think so.

- They like to crush nuts: So you’re a pacu fish, kind of out of your element in the waters of Scandinavia, and you see something bouncing in the water up ahead. You think it’s a bag full of nuts and you take a big bite. But … GROSS! It’s not, it’s a naked man and his. … Don’t blame us for bringing you the news. This is an actual concern: "Anyone choosing to bathe in the Oresund these days had best keep their swimsuits well tied." You’ve been warned.

Now, that’s all you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Oh and one more thing: A dog with a ball learns how to play fetch by himself.

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!

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. H.R.Paul

    The motorcyclist (not either involved with the blind individuals)...has a page on you tube clearly displaying aggressive and inappropriate driving practices on a motorcycle. He is everything we hope not to see on the street in regards to a seasoned rider. He displays child like behavior that only encourages auto drivers to be annoyed with him, and the biker responds and feeds off the responses. This is not how we se ourselves in the community, and this faux rider with little to know riding skills should be banished from your pages as to what bikers commonly refer to as a SQUID.

    August 12, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  2. Joe

    This format is stupid. I too clicked on a banner for the AOL story and had to scroll through a bunch of nonsense to get to it. Terrible format.

    August 12, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for sharing your feedback, Joe. We'll send to the producers for further review.

      Have a lovely day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 12, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  3. scanboy

    I clicked on the banner for a story about an employee getting fired for taking a picture of a company executive. I thought I might learn something about the development of corporate policy regarding social media. Nope. Nada. Zilch. And I had to scroll past the five stories that had headlines to find it.

    Poor form CNN.

    August 12, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply

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