October 18th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 18

Yet another political storm is brewing, two convicted murderers are still on the loose, and men can now get Channing Tatum's body in less than five seconds.

Welcome to the Friday edition of “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.”


My head hurts: Even though the government is back up and running, it’s hardly kumbayah in Washington. Some people are drunk-dialing Congress. The headaches and nausea still linger. But before you even have time to recover, the next round of fights is about to begin.

In one corner, President Obama has his sights set on passing a new budget, immigration reform and even a farm bill. Some Republicans are game with talking it out, saying they want to reach common ground to avoid another traumatic shutdown.

Then you have folks like tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz, whose office said he’s not ruling out another shutdown in the next few months. The guy’s like Teflon – even criticism from his own Republican party doesn’t stick.

Jim Acosta and Renee Marsh will be live at 6, 7 and 8 o’clock to tell us what’s ahead for the circus known as Washington.


Death by facelift? If prosecutors are right, Dr. Martin MacNeill murdered his wife by pushing her to get a facelift and giving her a glut of drugs to take after her surgery – all so he could be with his younger mistress.

If Dr. MacNeill is right, 50-year-old Michelle MacNeill died accidentally while he was at work.

Both sides are now duking it out in court as the doctor’s murder trial continues. The couple’s two oldest daughters have been fixtures at pretrial hearings – holding up pictures of their mom and trying to get their dad convicted. Friday marks the second day of a trial that could last five weeks.

Jean Casarez and Nancy Grace will bring us the latest in this bizarre case in the 8 o’clock hour.


Two weeks, no answers: From the loudspeakers of New York police cars, Avonte Oquendo's mother calls for him.

She begs for the 14-year-old autistic boy to walk toward the flashing blue-and-white lights of the emergency vehicles that have been combing the streets of Queens for him.

"Avonte, this is your mother. You are safe. Walk toward the lights," her message repeats.

Avonte can’t communicate verbally. The hope is that he’ll hear his mother’s familiar voice and follow it.

The boy was last seen on surveillance video running out of Center Boulevard School in Long Island City on October 4. A reward for his safe return has ballooned to $77,500.

Hear from Avonte’s parents as the search continues for their son in the 6 o’clock hour.


Still on the loose: Talk about an enormous fumble. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were serving life sentences for murder when they managed to just waltz out of a Florida prison.

Jenkins left prison on September 27, and Walker skipped out on October 8. But authorities didn’t realize they had escaped until this week. Eventually, they figured it out: Forged papers ordering the inmates’ release were sent to the prison – including the fake signature of a real judge.

Now the widow of Roscoe Pugh Jr., who was killed by Jenkins, is reliving a nightmare.

"Seems like my whole world came down on me,” Crystal Pugh said. “I thought I would never have to see them again in life because they had life sentences."

In the 8 o’clock hour, hear what the Pughs’ son has to say – 15 years after he saw his dad get shot right in front of him.


Can her resume get bigger? Malala Yousafzai has racked up more global accolades in her 16 years than most of us will in a lifetime. Today, that list gets even longer when she meets the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.

The Taliban shot her in the head. And they say they’d do it again. But even death threats haven’t stopped stop her from rallying for girls’ education in Pakistan.

Pretty gutsy. And she’s not done yet:

Even though she’s a warrior, she can still be cute. When CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked if she would accept the Queen’s invitation, Malala replied, “Yes, I’m going because it’s the order of the Queen.”

Max Foster will tell us more in the 6 o’clock hour about Malala’s visit with Queen Elizabeth.

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

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New dad selfies - Whether you say "haha" or "aww," you're right:

Insane mountain bike backflip - If you think you're a hardcore mountain biker, watch this video and think again:


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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dorothy K

    Giving cheney a heart is such a WASTE! Evil

    October 20, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
  2. Zolicon

    Here is something You should know.It is another day in the Rat Race know as Human life.

    October 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  3. Johnnie Zarecor

    Is it just me or does Ted Cruz resemble Joseph McCarthy both literally and figuratively?

    October 18, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
  4. Vats

    How is it that there is nothing on the status of our healthcare system? A visiting queen, missing boy and murder trial is bigger news than the monster government program that doesn't work? Clearly CNN is just another arm of the governments PR machine. I guess letting American's know that the info they put into this system isn't getting to the providers correctly isn't considered news. It's a new day, but same old story.

    October 18, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  5. Jenni

    I really like the idea of the day's top 5 as a quick way to stsay informed. However, I'd like to see some accuracy in what is just a summary of cnn articales. I've been following #4 and neitehr man was serving a life sentence.

    October 18, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
  6. Chris

    So Cruz has 167K followers (~.05% of America) and in 24 hours, less than 1100 people have retweated his post. That definitely sounds like America agrees with him. *rolls eyes*

    October 18, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  7. patrick

    why arent the NFL THursday and Monday night football games on TV any more?? I looked everywhere last night for the Thursday nite game, nothing...

    October 18, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Wagbear

      apparently you didn't 'look everywhere'. Thursday night games are now on the NFL network and Monday night games are on ESPN, I believe.

      October 18, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • paul

      Monday night games on ESPN. Thursday night games on NFL network.

      October 18, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • Adam

      Thursday night games are on NFL Network and Monday night are on ESPN.

      October 18, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • john

      NFL network, I watched it on Directv

      October 18, 2013 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • Mal

      They're on TV. Thursday night is on the NFL Network which may not be in your package and Monday Night I believe is on ESPN.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Vats

      Thursday nights are on the NFL network. Monday is on ESPN.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  8. snotfair

    Good Morning CNN! The guys on the hill better come-up w/ a No Shutdown plan soon. The American people will not take another shutdown w/ these imbiciles- not the 2nd X around! Maybe the escapees r in Disneyworld? They`re allegedly from Orlando- hope they`re caught soon! Have a Great & Safe Day CNN!

    October 18, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
  9. Tigas

    18 days in and no ObamaCare enrollment stats?

    October 18, 2013 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • Seriously

      Hard to collect stats when you're furloughed.... why is EVERYTHING a conspiracy?

      October 18, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply

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