The U.S. targets two terror suspects, it's government shutdown week two, and Nobel efforts will be rewarded.
It's Monday, 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. TERROR RAIDS
You can run, but you can't hide: In two raids nearly 3,000 miles apart, U.S. military forces went after two high-value targets over the weekend. And while officials have yet to say whether the operations were coordinated or directly related, they show Washington's reach, capability and willingness to pursue alleged terrorists. One operation took place Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, when U.S. forces captured Abu Anas al Libi, an al Qaeda leader wanted for his role in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Al Libi's wife watched men capture her husband and says allegations against him are false.
In the second raid, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in southern Somalia targeted a top leader of Al-Shabaab, which was behind last month's mall attack in Kenya. The SEALs came under fire and had to withdraw before they could confirm whether they killed their target.
"One could have gone without the other. But the fact that they did them both, I think, is a real signal that the United States - no matter how long it takes - will go after these targets." - Retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona
Barbara Starr and Joe Johns are live throughout the morning with what happened and what's next.
More blood, some hope: It was a weekend of extremes in the Middle East. Let's start with the bad. Fifty-one people were killed in more violence between Muslim Brotherhood protesters and security forces in Egypt. People actually swam across the Nile River to escape arrest.
In Syria, the civil war keeps dragging on, but the effort to clear the regime's chemical weapons stockpile has started. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syrian personnel are using torches and angle grinders to disable things like missile warheads, aerial bombs and other equipment. But how will we know when Syria's chemical weapons are all gone? That's like asking when the civil war will end.
Michaela Pereira has news headlines all morning long.
3. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Same ol' same ol': Here's the progress report from the weekend. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. This is day seven of the partial government shutdown, and it seems the focus is already shifting from paying for day-to-day operations to picking up the tab for the nation's debt. Congress has until October 17 to up the borrowing limit or we run out of money. The U.S. taps out at $16.7 trillion. House Speaker John Boehner says spending cuts and no new taxes will have to be part of any deal. Other Republicans also want the repeal of Obamacare tied to raising the debt ceiling. But you knew that.
Did we mention that it's a partial government shutdown? Lots of government employees are still working, and about 300,000 furloughed civilian defense workers are being recalled this week. Of course that's no consolation to the half-million who won't be going into work this morning. That's about a quarter of the federal government workforce.
Here's a shutdown snippet for you. The website for the Office of Justice Programs is offline "due to the lapse in federal funding." It hosts Amber Alert information. But first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move website is still working. It's dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.
Candy Crowley joins "New Day" at 6. Brianna Keilar is live at 6 and 7. Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Rep. Vin Weber give their insights on the shutdown stalemate at 8.
4. MOTORSPORTS MAYHEM
Grandstand horrors: Tragedy strikes weekend events across North America. A monster truck crashes into a crowd in northern Mexico, killing at least 12 people. Maybe the event's name should have been a clue: "Extremo Aeroshow." In Texas, a last-lap crash sends three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti airborne and into a fence, spraying spectators will debris. Thirteen people in the stands were hurt during yesterday's Grand Prix of Houston, but none more seriously than Franchitti, who suffered a concussion and fractures to his spine and ankle.
Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd, although the couple separated this year.
And there was a scary wreck over the weekend at the American Le Mans Series race at Virginia International Raceway. Track workers came within feet of getting nailed by a couple of race cars. Not much room for error.
Mark McKay reports at 6 and 7. Spectator Carl Daniel tells us what he saw in Houston.
5. NOBEL PRIZES
The geeks of the week: If a bit shorter on glitz and red carpet than American award shows, the Nobels still are a pretty big deal. A week of Nobel Prize news began today in Stockholm, Sweden, with the announcement of the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine going to two Americans and a German: James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof. They were honored for discoveries of machinery regulating a major transport system in the body's cells. Anyone else lost? Here's what the rest of the week holds: physics on Tuesday and chemistry on Wednesday. And then, on Friday in Oslo, Norway, this year’s burning Nobel question will be answered: Will Dennis Rodman win the Nobel Peace Prize? Don’t think that’s likely? Then you’re not listening to the ex-NBA star, fashion trendsetter and probably the most pierced person ever to visit North Korea. “I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong,” Rodman said this summer.
There will be Nobel updates all week long on "New Day."
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Thank you: In 1999, Lorna Griggs gave birth to a daughter, who died just 52 minutes later. But before Talitha was snatched away from this life, a nurse recorded her handprints and footprints and gave them to Lorna so she had something to remember her baby by. All these years later, Lorna shares her touching, tender story with iReport: "So wherever you are, young nurse with the brown hair who was working at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas around lunchtime on Thursday, September 30, 1999, thank you. You gave my baby an hour or so of your time. And through that act, you gave me a lifetime of memories."
- Don't screw up "Star Wars": A Portland, Oregon, ad agency is out with advice for J.J. Abrams, the new caretaker of the "Star Wars" franchise: 4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again. There's also an online petition. More than 14,000 have signed already. After "Star Trek: Into Darkness," no one wanted to leave it up to chance.
- Hannah Montana is dead: Still need more evidence? Miley Cyrus hosted "SNL." You can't get much more grown up than that. She even spoofed the government shutdown. That's very adult stuff.
- Sneaks on a plane: Nine-year-old boy runs away from home. Boy hangs out at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Boy sneaks through security. Boy boards airplane and flies to Las Vegas without a ticket. Boy returns home. Boy, someone is in trouble.
- Your Monday morning "aww": This rare baby white lion learns how to roar for the first time. Let it inspire you to keep on keeping on.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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