August 15th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 15

Protesters vow to carry on in Egypt, Bradley Manning apologizes and the cause of the UPS crash is up in the air. It’s Thursday and here are the “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.”


Welcome to the new world, same as the old world:Egypt is under a state of emergency that bars people from gathering without permission and lets police jail them indefinitely. It’s the kind of repressive police state that Egyptians lived under for 30 years under Hosni Mubarak before he was thrown out of office. Now, after the bloodiest day since that revolution, the military-government-in-civilian-garbs has put it back in place. Its aim is to contain supporters of the democratically elected post-Mubarak President Mohamed Morsy, who feel their victory was stolen when he was ousted.  The Muslim Brotherhood says it’s going to keep protesting. Will the U.S. - the largest aid donor to Egypt – keep the money flowing?

Reza Sayah is live in Cairo and Dan Lothian has more on the U.S. response to the deadly crisis. And over on, we have an analysis on what the U.S. ought to do next


Grisly scene, horrific deaths: Firefighters found Christina Anderson face down in a garage. She was dead, covered with a tarp, a crowbar next to her body. Near her, a dog shot in the head. The burned body of her son, Ethan, was discovered in what was left of the burned house. In warrants that were unsealed yesterday, police say James DiMaggio tortured and killed the mother and son, then set the house and garage on fire - and abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. Another interesting detail: DiMaggio and Hannah exchanged 13 phone calls on the day she was taken before their phones went silent.

Casey Wian has the latest developments in the story this morning.


Cause up in the air : One witness says he thought he heard an engine backfire. Another says she believes the plane was sputtering as it flew over her home. A UPS plane crashed before dawn in Birmingham, Alabama,  yesterday, killing the two pilots. Investigators don’t have much to go on yet, as they have to wait for the scene to cool down before they go in to get the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage. They did say that there were no distress calls before the plane went down a half-mile from the runway.

David Mattingly will update us at 6 and 7 on what authorities know and what they hope to learn.


‘I only wanted to help people’: Bradley Manning had his say yesterday during the sentencing phase of his court martial. And to the disappointment of his supporters, the soft-spoken Army private apologized for leaking tens of thousands of pages of classified documents. He told the judge that he should have worked within the Army’s system. He also said that when he sent the documents to WikiLeaks, he was dealing with personal issues, one of them being his gender identity crisis. WikiLeaks responded to the news by saying Manning’s statement had been “extracted by force.”


The wife speaks: Choking back tears, Michael Jackson’s ex-wife told jurors that doctors tried to “outbid” one another and forced the pop icon to take what she says were dangerous and unnecessary drugs. "Michael had a very low pain tolerance, and his fear of pain was incredible. And I think that doctors took advantage of him that way," Debbie Rowe said. She said Jackson started taking pain meds after he was burned in 1984 while making a commercial for Pepsi. She’ll return to the stand today, which will be the 70th day of testimony of the trial that pits the Jackson family against the King of Pop’s concert promoter.

Ted Rowlands is covering the trial and shares his report on Rowe’s tearful testimony at 7.

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

–$36 a day? Per kid?: Maybe you can’t put a price on the joy a child brings to your life, but you can put one on how much it’ll cost you to raise your loved one - $241,080. And that’s before college! The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the price has gone up 3% in just two years, and you can blame that on the costs of health care, educations and child care.

- “A sweet and generous soul:” Her friends remember Gia Allemand as a pageant contestant turned reality TV show star with a big smile and a cheerful attitude. They were stunned to learn Allemand, 29, died yesterday, two days after an apparent suicide attempt. Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, said she was the most beautiful person - outside and inside – that he had ever known.

- Up in smoke: When you tweet that you want someone to bring you a joint at work and the cops reply, you have two options. You can mock the police or you can play it off as a joke. Make that three options. You can also pack up your stuff, because YOU’RE FIRED from your job. Right, Canadian man who goes (or went) by the Twitter handle @Sunith_DB8R?

- Literally a different meaning: This is going to give grammarians a headache, literalists a migraine and language nerds a nervous breakdown. The definition of literally is no longer the literal definition of literally. Several dictionaries have also added the informal, non-literal definition. Hooray for who bucked the trend.

–Is that a monkey or your head? Or is it a gorilla? Seriously, dude, that is one interesting tat. Did you lose a bet? To a monkey? As the folks at Comedy Central say, good luck with that. Just don't let them see you leave. Or wear a hat.

Yes, we will do one more. Panda mom loves her new baby … to eat …. no, hug!


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!

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sharron Mainor

    Thanks for the update! I appreciate this service. 🙂

    August 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  2. Marcia

    Nick – you are including FUTURE Social Security, Medicare as well as future Interest payments in your number.

    Those amounts should be taken care of through taxation – assuming the Republicans do not destroy the fabric of this country first.

    The top 1% has most of the money so get them to help us out with the debt. They aren't being Job Creators..... Most new jobs are small businesses (1 to 3 people).

    August 15, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
  3. Nick

    Here's a sixth thing to start your day. Economists are saying the real US debt (including off-balance sheet liabilities) is actually $70 trillion, not $17 trillion. As domestic and foreign investors realize that the only way we can meet our spending obligations is to print massive quantities of money the result will be sky-high inflation and interest rates and a prolonged reduction in output and employment. This has happened in every other country that tried to spend far beyond its ability to pay.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  4. snotfair

    Pondering about & praying 4 Gia Allemand. What dark abyss could she have fallen into 2 commit suicide by hanging herself?! Allegedly she & her boyfriend were having problems but they were still together. Another beautiful, young soul gone. I don't comment on the continued unrest in Egypt,Syria,Iraq,Iran,Israel because their conflicts have been in existence since b.c. & will unfortunately continue beyond our lifetimes. All the peace talks seem 2 fizzle after a few days & round in circles they go. School begins soon & the teachers in tornado-devastated town of Moore r still rebuilding & hoping they will be ready for the childrens' 1st day. As a neighbor 2 Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA I am relieved 2 hear that Tom Brady's MRI showed no injury 2 his knee! Go Pats! Have a great & safe day CNN:)

    August 15, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
  5. floyd schrodinger

    You just noticed that you have no privacy on g-mail? You have NO privacy online anywhere. I noticed some time ago that after I did a search for a specific item, all those annoying pop up ads were for those items. Then I searched for weird items just to check, sure enough, those pop ups and flashing ads were for those same weird items. Big Brother has been watching us for a long time. It's not the government we have to worry about, it's the advertisers.

    August 15, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply

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