5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, October 10
Kendrick Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up gym mat in January. Authorities say he suffocated trying to retrieve a sneaker. His parents question that. He'd have turned 18 today.
October 10th, 2013
04:39 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, October 10

Libya's prime minister is kidnapped and released under strange circumstances, we may be spared the debt ceiling debacle, and Kendrick Johnson would have turned 18 today.

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 morning show, “New Day.”


Light at the end of the tunnel vision: The government’s still partially shut down. House Republicans say they aren’t budging from that. But it looks like we could be spared the debt ceiling debacle. Late last night, GOP sources told us that lawmakers are preparing a proposal to temporarily raise it. And yesterday, President Obama said he would accept a short-term deal. The two sides meet today. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

There’s another bit of good news: The shutdown has meant the Defense Department can’t pay benefits to families of fallen troops. Yesterday, it struck a deal with the Fisher House Foundation to pick up the tab for now. The private charity will dole out the money. The Pentagon will pay it back when the shutdown ends.

Barbara Starr joins us at 6 from the Pentagon. Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is on at 8.


Furlough can you go: Yesterday we told you about the bizarre side effects of the shutdown, but the examples keep piling up:
Three children from the Spirit Lake Tribe will not reconcile with their mom this week because the Bureau of Indian Affairs social worker is on furlough, according to this report. The government paid $47,000 for a mechanical bull for the Utah National Guard. And just days before the shutdown, the State Department awarded a contract to a  glass designer to make stemware for U.S. foreign embassies. The cost? Up to $5 million!
But wait, there’s more!
Two women were slapped with a $275 ticket for hiking in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. They wonder why the government is paying rangers to keep people out, instead of paying them to let people in:

And since the park service won’t cut the grass in front of the Lincoln Memorial, this South Carolina man decided to do it for them:

Brianna Keilar is live throughout the morning to bring us up to date on the continuing impact.


Left in the cold: It's like a scene from a scriptural parable: Dark carcasses of cows and steers lie motionless in silent clusters across swaths of South Dakota. An early blizzard this week killed as many as 20,000 head of cattle. But ranchers say they're the real victims. This year's federal farm bill got hung up in Congress before the shutdown. There's no money to help the ranchers, and the governor's asking for donations.


Dizzying developments: The prime minister of Libya was kidnapped this morning – or was he? His office says absolutely. But the gunmen who plucked him from a Tripoli hotel say they merely "escorted" him away because he’s been charged with corruption. The justice ministry says there’s no warrant for his arrest. But the interior ministry says the militias work for them. Hours later, he was released, unharmed. Confused? So are officials on the ground.

Nic Robertson will be live from Tripoli to make sense of this complicated situation.


Outrage upon outrage: Kendrick Johnson’s suspicious death at 17 was awful enough for his parents. But imagine how they felt when they discovered that every organ from the teen’s body, from the pelvis to the skull, had been removed - and his body stuffed with newspaper and department store circulars. The explanation for that – like everything else in this case – defies logic for the anguished parents. The parents will talk to the media this morning.


BONUS BIGGIE!! Give a little love, have a little hope: On the show this morning, Anderson Cooper will reveal 10 everyday people who make this world a little better. These 10 CNN Heroes were all nominated by our worldwide audience. Starting today, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite to be CNN Hero of the Year. All of them are doing incredible things in their communities. And being able to shine a spotlight on them is one of the reasons we find our jobs so rewarding. Read about their inspiring work here.

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

- Oops, Awkward!!: Azerbaijan has released the results from its big presidential election. Only hitch? It did so before voting even started. It's kind of hard to explain your way out of this one, President Ilham Aliyev. The government is blaming the app's developer, saying the 2008 election results were accidentally sent out as part of a test. Hmm. That explanation might have worked except it lists candidates for this election, not the one five years ago.

- Flush with excitement: There are people who line their entire bathrooms with gold. Surely, they don’t want an ordinary roll of toilet paper hanging in there. For them, an Australian who calls himself "toilet paper man" has designed a 22-carat gold roll. Interested? It's yours for a cool $1 million. He'll even deliver it in person with champagne in hand.

- This is how DC lawmakers are behaving: Like a bull terrier and a crab having a stare down.

- This is how DC lawmakers should behave: Like a group of ants working together to move a giant nacho chip.

- And finally, your Thursday morning 'aww': This birthday wish from a 2-year-old to her mom is melt-your-heart cute.

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 (13 Responses)
  1. Bobby Correll

    As a current navy reservist, I sit by my phone talking to my mother as she drops my father off at the airport to leave for afghanistan for a year and a half, I'm scared of what would happen/not happen if something were to happen if he were injured. I can't believe that the very government that we fight for won't take care of their service members. It's sad that the funding comes from donations. WOW. To think I have another year left before i'm free. I've always been a proud sailor, but now, I question my need to serve! God bless America and our service member fighting!

    October 10, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
  2. Damon L.

    Are you kidding me? I go to cnn.com and click on '5 Things you Need to Know For Your New Day' thinking I will find something inspiring. I find Kendrick Johnson's story. What a horrible thing to see. It is a true and total tragedy what happened to him, and I feel for his family, truly. It does not, however, belong on the "need to know for your new day" blog. I will not be coming back to cnn.com for a very long time, if ever. Good job, CNN. Another person jumps over to foxnews, usatoday and others for his daily news..... disgusting people, who made this decision!?

    October 10, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      We have the #GoodStuff at http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/

      Happy Thursday!
      CNN VCM

      October 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. barbara butler

    l am ashamed to call myself a Veteran and ashamed at the President and BOTH parties for stopping burial benefits. WE are good enough to defend this country but not good enough to receive benefits. OMG this is SHAMEFUL.

    October 10, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      This is truly heartbreaking, Barbara. We certainly home some resolution will happen very soon.

      For more information on #FisherHouseFoundation visit http://www.fisherhouse.org.

      Have a lovely #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      October 10, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      Don't be ashamed of being a veteran. Ever. You did your part to defend your country as you promised. It's the politicians and the people who voted for them that let YOU down.

      October 10, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
  4. snotfair

    Good Morning CNN! Hit `Off` instead of `Snooze` Praying that somehow someway justice will be served 2 those involved in Kendrick Johnson`s death & cover-up. $47,000 4 a bull!? Our tax dollars @ work- but how fitting 4 congress. Maybe use it as their mascot & name him BS! It certainly isn`t a bull market! A former boss taught me how 2 know- the `U` in bull stands 4 up! (my tip 4 the day) To Baby Boehner I say end your tantrum & get our government OPEN 4 BUSINESS NOW! No need 2 have more useless & timewasting so-called `meetings`- Remember the Bull? HAVE A GREAT & SAFE DAY CNN!

    October 10, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      We all want to hit that button!

      Happy #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      October 10, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply
  5. Tyler Traveler

    Love the 5 a Day. I live overseas with poor Internet. This helps me quickly see what's happening today. Thanks CNN.

    October 10, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      =) Glad you're enjoying this, Tyler.

      Happy #NewDay!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      October 10, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
  6. Fed up

    Park rangers are not getting paid. They are working for with no pay until this gets resolved.

    October 10, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
  7. Lis

    "This is how DC law makers are behaving" – the only real difference between that video and what's really happening is that I could watch what happened in that video over and over again and thoroughly happy. I cringe with disgust every time I hear anything about DC and politics.

    October 10, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  8. MontanaTrace

    On Indian Reservations, Elder Home Care has stopped. Water irrigation projects, stopped. On larger Reservations, rural bus services, stopped. Rest stops on expressways, closed.

    Term limits!

    October 10, 2013 at 5:16 am | Reply

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