President Obama takes his case for a Syria strike to the American people, an Indian court convicts four men in last year's gang rape, and a new iPhone is revealed.
It's Tuesday, 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 morning show, “New Day.”
1. POSSIBLE SYRIA STRIKE
Um, what just happened?: President Obama's war drums continue to beat, but an offhand comment from Secretary of State John Kerry has set in motion a diplomatic effort by Russia to ward off a U.S. strike in favor of mediation. What Kerry's comment wrought is either an accidental out for a president hemmed in by his own red line, or a momentum-sucking goof that just erased any chance the president had to engage in a military strike without broader international approval. Will Russia's proposal delay an Obama strike? And how can Obama sway Americans to support military action? His approval ratings are tanking on all fronts; a new poll this morning has more bad news for him. So, Obama's prime-time televised address tonight will be crucial. It'll be the administration's closing argument after a week of courting lawmakers.
We’ll have a team of correspondents live at 6, 7 and 8 to talk about the latest poll numbers and the drama in Congress. And in the 7 o' clock hour, Sen. John McCain – a longtime supporter of taking military action against Syria – will join us. Over at CNN.com, we have 5 things to pay attention to today.
2. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN
Zimmerman, simmer down: Dear George, If it were us coming off a high-profile murder trial, we'd lie low. But you seem to have taken a different approach since your acquittal in Trayvon Martin’s death two months ago. You helped rescue a family out of an overturned SUV. That was cool. But then you were pulled over – twice. And then yesterday, your estranged wife said you punched her father and smashed her iPad. Your lawyer says there may have been some “incidental” contact. Lucky for you, Mrs. Zimmerman says she won’t press charges. But have you seen the drubbing you’re taking online? We think our approach is better.
Victor Blackwell will be live in the 6, 7 and 8 o' clock hours with the latest.
3. INDIA GANG RAPE
Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty: Those were the verdicts today in the trial of four men accused of gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus last year. The vicious attack shocked and angered India, where a woman is raped every 22 minutes. The victim's father wants the four men to hang. We learn tomorrow what the judge decides.
4. ABORTION PILL CASE
Shattered trust, lost life: It’s one thing to not share your girlfriend’s excitement when she tells you she’s pregnant. It’s entirely another to secretly plot her abortion. That’s what John Andrew Welden did. He told his girlfriend she needed antibiotics for an infection. But instead of amoxicillin, he gave her Cytotec, which caused her to miscarry. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to killing their unborn baby. If he’d gone to trial, he’d have risked life in prison.
At 8:30, we'll have an exclusive interview with Remee Lee and her attorney
5. iPHONE REVEAL
Revolutionary or evolutionary?: We know we’re getting new iPhones today; that’s the worst-kept secret in tech. But what we really want to see is: Does Apple have any more tricks up its sleeve? Or are we now relegated to a future of piddly updates? Once upon a time, the iPhone was the world’s top-selling smartphone. Not anymore. Android phones have bigger screens. Heck, some can even snap pics underwater!
Brett Larson, the host of TechBytes, will join us in the 6 o'clock hour to tell us more, and Christine Romans will have the latest on the big unveil at 7.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
- Who wants to die on Mars?: Last month, we told you about Mars One recruiting humans for a one-way mission to the red planet. Guess how many people have signed up so far? TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND! That's 200,000 who know it's a one-way trip but are undeterred. "Everything I’ve done academically and professionally has been for one reason: to leave this Earth and represent humanity on Mars,” says one. Sounds like a line from a TV show. Oh wait, it will be a TV show. How else will organizers pay the $6 billion price tag?
- If it looks too good to be true ... : That video of an eagle swooping down to pick up a baby? Fake! That eHarmony bio of a woman sobbing hysterically about how much she just LOVES cats? Fake! And, as if you needed more proof, there's this now: the worst twerk fail EVER was actually an awesome staged fail! You have to have seen the video. It got more than 9 million views in less than a week. Turns out, it was all an elaborate two-months-in-the-hatching Jimmy Kimmel stunt. Genius!
- Slurp, slurp: You’ve just finished a delicious bowl of ramen and want to enjoy that delicious broth at the bottom. Too bad you can’t suck it up with chopsticks. Julian Lechner had the same problem, but she’s smarter than us: She came up with chopsticks that are also straws, so you can enjoy every last, delicious drop.
- No mother’s maiden name required: Sick of memorizing a dozen different passwords, each with a crazy combination of characters, numerals and capital letters? Behold the Nymi bracelet, which senses your unique heartbeat, then syncs with your phone and grants access to your accounts, your apps, even your car. You can use it to unlock everything in your life. And we mean everything. Kind of eerie, really.
- Is this the worst wedding band EVER?: It is the worst wedding band ever!
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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