5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 30
August 30th, 2013
05:31 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 30

The U.S. may have to go it alone after the British parliament says no to military action in Syria, a ray of hope for an American detained in North Korea, and Atlanta's pair of furry "royal babies."

It’s Friday, and here are “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.”

Solo military action? Handling Syria alone is not what President  Obama wants, Defense Secretary  Chuck Hagel says. But that scenario is looking more likely. British lawmakers rejected military action last night, putting the U.S. in a tough spot. So what's next? Obama says he has not decided how to respond to the alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians.  His administration briefed Congress last night, and though no decision was made on military action, a senior official tells us a unilateral move is possible. Meanwhile, Syria says it's not going down without a fight. Will the U.S. go it alone or assemble a coalition of the willing?

"New Day" will address that question and cover all angles on Syria all morning. Frederick Pleitgen is in Damascus, Barbara Starr is at the Pentagon, Dana Bash is in Washington, and Atika Shubert is in London. Over at CNN.com, we’ll have more coverage, including a Q and A on how we got here.

Concussion lawsuit: For years, the National Football League and its retired players have been at odds over how to address head injuries that occurred on the field.  Yesterday, both sides reached an agreement, and the pro league will fork out  $765 million to settle the suit filed by thousands of plaintiffs. The money will fund a host of things, including medical exams and research for retired NFL players, and litigation expenses. The amount is just a fraction of the annual  $10 billion the league makes in revenues.

Andy Scholes will give us details at 6 and 7. 

Red alert: Makers of Extra Strength Tylenol are taking an unusual step. Come October, caps will have giant red signs reminding users that the drug contains acetaminophen. The goal is to reduce accidental overdoses. And experts say too much of it can cause severe liver damage as well.


Elizabeth Cohen is live at 6 with the latest details.

North Korea prisoner: It’s been a long, frustrating road for Kenneth Bae, the American imprisoned in North Korea. But there’s a ray of hope. A U.S. envoy is heading there today, hoping to secure his release from a labor camp sentence for “hostile acts."

Since his sentencing this year, others such as former NBA star Dennis Rodman have also called for his release. Rodman asked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter to "do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose." Not a word from Kim. But we've heard from Bae, who made a plea for his release in a video last month.

Paula Hancocks will be live from South Korea with the latest at 6.


Zoo Atlanta cubs: What's cuter than one baby panda? Two pandas! These little fuzzballs are the only surviving panda twins in the United States. "New Day" visited their Zoo Atlanta home, and boy do we have loads of cuteness for you. And their hands-on mommy is quite a charmer, too.

Alina Machado will be live at 8 to take us on a tour of the nursery that will make us all go, awww ...

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

Wanna live in a spaceship? Head over to New York City and drop some serious cash. About $15 million to be exact. The “space ship” five-bedroom home features track lighting, blue bedrooms and futuristic silver couches. You'll get extra street cred if your pals are "Star Trek" fans.  Check out these pictures.

Word nerds, rejoice:  Our friends over at Buzzfeed put together a list of words typically mispronounced. And it's awesome.  Here's a sample,  complete with their pronunciations. It is simply written, so an exegesis seems unnecessary.  In terms of what we like to post, this is the apotheosis.  We totally love the dénouement. Enough with the showing off. Moving on ...

"Revenge porn": And speaking of moving on, this one's for the bitter, scorned lovers.  You know, the ones who lash out by posting sexually explicit photos or videos of exes online? This trend has spawned websites that profit off these images. But some states could make this illegal, which means bitter exes may have to find another way to console themselves. Or better yet, find someone else to love!

Lucky cats: Lions may be kings of the jungle, but for nearly two hours, two kittens ruled the concrete jungle yesterday . The fearless felines risked all nine lives meandering the New York subway, causing part of it to shut down and personnel to cut off power for a search.

Unlucky dogs: These little ones were hoping to take a dip in the pool. But they seem a little confused by the lack of water. Sigh.  Better luck next time, pups!


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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Graham Williams

    Good to know if I ever get in an international dispute, I can always depend on Dennis Rodman to have my back.

    August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply

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