5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, November 20
Bob Dylan in concert at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in 1969
November 20th, 2013
05:24 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, November 20

Two are still missing in an air ambulance accident in South Florida; George Zimmerman can't have guns while out on bail, and a river garbageman collects CNN’s Hero of the Year award.

It's Wednesday, 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.”


Scouring the waters: An air ambulance has gone down off the coast of South Florida after dropping off a patient flown in from Mexico. Four people were on board - two pilots, a doctor and a nurse. The bodies of a man and a woman have been recovered, but their identities haven't been released. The cause of the crash is not clear. The pilot issued a distress shortly after takeoff, followed by: "Mayday, mayday, mayday."


John Zarrella reports live from Fort Lauderdale throughout the show.


Son stabs father: A top Virginia politician lies in a hospital bed with multiple stab wounds after what state police say was an attempted murder and suicide. State Sen. Creigh Deeds is in fair condition. Police found his 24-year-old son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, dead from a gunshot wound. His family had sought psychiatric treatment for him  before his death, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, but he was released because no psychiatric bed could be located in western Virginia. The incident took place at Deeds' home in Millboro, about 150 miles west of Richmond.

Chris Lawrence brings us the latest at 6 and 8.


Farewell to arms: A Florida judge has ordered George Zimmerman to give up guns while he awaits trial on charges he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend. The condition was part of a $9,000 bail agreement. Zimmerman faces a felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. His brief jail stint turned out to be perfect timing for his estranged wife, who's been trying to serve him with divorce papers since September. Her people knew exactly where to find him. It was just four months ago that Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin.

Alina Machado is live at 7 on the Zimmerman case. CNN human behavior expert and psychologist Wendy Walsh stops by too.


Five-to-four vote: A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop Texas from implementing a part of a new abortion law. Doctors must now have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they provide abortion services. The law is considered among the most restrictive in the country. Abortion-rights groups say more than a third of centers that had provided abortions in Texas have now stopped. Opponents believe the state's new abortion law violates the constitutional rights of women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.

In New Mexico, Albuquerque voters rejected a ban on late-term abortions. It's believed to be the first attempt on a city level to impose such restrictions. If the proposal had passed, it would have banned abortion after 20 weeks - with a few exceptions.

Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.


River garbageman: Chad Pregracke is the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year. His nonprofit group Living Lands & Waters cleans up waterways across the country. About 70,000 volunteers have joined him, helping Pregracke collect more than 7 million pounds of trash in the past 15 years. It's hard to wash away good works like that.

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" airs Sunday, December 1, at 8 p.m. ET.

BONUS BIGGIE: Buckle up for a 24-hour tour of Earth's busiest airport as CNN.com rolls out its behind-the-scenes look at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

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

- iDiots: You mean robots can be self-absorbed too? This short film shows our mechanical friends falling prey to all of our smartphone foibles. The creators say don't take it too seriously. After all, this isn't WALL-E.

- Life, love and death: People magazine names Adam Levine the "Sexiest Man Alive." The Maroon 5 frontman says he's "amazed and stunned." Anyone else fall into that category?


Songstress Kelly Clarkson is going to have a baby. She let us in on the news via Twitter.

There's a new revelation in Brittany Murphy's death, nearly 4 years later. In 2009, the L.A. County coroner ruled pneumonia killed the "Clueless" actress. But a toxicology test ordered by her dad suggests she may have been poisoned. Another expert calls the notion "ridiculous."


- Mommy-daughter art: Artist Mica Angela Hendricks did not want her 4-year-old daughter anywhere near her new sketchbook. Then her daughter said: "If you can't share, we'll have to take it away." Yep, the darling daughter threw some oft-used "mommy words" back in her face. But from those words sprang a beautiful collaboration. Mom draws the heads. The young pup draws the bodies.


- Girl power: Check out GoldieBlox - a toy company with a mission. It's out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. "We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally." If this video is any indication, it looks like the future is in good hands.


- You can call me Zim-mazing: Bob Dylan's 1965 classic tune "Like a Rolling Stone" goes high-tech and interactive. The new video is set up like a 16-channel TV. And all are synced to the song. No matter which station you select - BBC news, a shopping channel, a children's show, a TV drama or even a Bob Dylan concert - all are a part of the sing-along. You can see the video here: video.bobdylan.com


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 (12 Responses)
  1. snotfair

    GOOD MORNING CNN! My prayers 4 Senator Creed & what another stark reminder that the availability of care w/out the red tape & loopholes 4 the mentally ill is drastically needed in our country! All of this tragedy could have been avoided had the hospitals found 1 bed 4 Gus Creed. Please- no more stories on the new OJ! This piece of feces fits the classic abuser profile- Deny Abuse Deny Abuse. Enough! Hats off 2 the Massachusetts school 4 cancelling the rest of football season due 2 the spraypainted word n***er on 1 of the player`s house foundation! HAVE A GREAT & SAFE DAY CNN!

    November 20, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  2. King

    Speaking of Health care and such, what about the man who got set up and framed in Oklahoma by the Attorney General and had his business illegally shut down while stealing millions from state medicaid funds that was supposed to be used for diabetic children and adult supplies?

    November 20, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  3. Eddie

    What about Madonna crowned the world highest paid musician for 2013? All other media outlets have covered the news.

    November 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  4. EasyWind

    That Bob Dylan video made my day, hands down *Peace

    November 20, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
  5. wade

    President Obama's job approval rating has plunged to the lowest of
    his presidency, according to a new CBS News poll released Wednesday, and
    Americans' approval of the Affordable Care Act has dropped it's lowest
    since CBS News started polling on the law.

    Thirty-seven percent now approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, down from 46 percent in October
    - a nine point drop in just a month. Mr. Obama's disapproval rating is
    57 percent - the highest level for this president in CBS News Polls.
    THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY and CNN does not even have it listed! CNN the NON NEWS NETWORK. LOL..

    November 20, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
  6. Common Sense

    Robert your sense of journalism isnt journalism at all. You want CNN to be a mouth against the Koch brothers and lie about any sabotage of the ACA, when it isnt needed. The law itself is imploding as I write this, because this is what when Govt over steps its bounds to control people.

    November 20, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      This particular logical fallacy is called poisoning the well. Because event A lead to event B once, event A will always lead to event B. You tea party guys are very helpful in teaching younger people proper thought and argument. You are great examples of current American education standards.

      And we all know Social Security, Medicare, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, etc. have all been disastrous failures. I mean they really have if you're in the 1%. These acts of government control make it so much harder to create giant economic depressions in which the super rich get even richer.

      On a positive note, you teabaggers are destroying the Republican party. We have to tip our hats to you for that.

      November 20, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • King

        HAHA Kevin, they do make it interesting come election time.

        November 20, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  7. Ruby Russell

    I would like to comment on the Massachusetts high school matter and the use of the n***** word. I lived in the town of New Bedford, Mass. For 2 years and that word was sprayed around like water. There was a poster with students graduating, the black student was shown with blackened out teeth, the n***** word sprawled and the diploma was blackened out and replaced with hand cuffs....and no one cared. Well I cared!!! No one cared how I felt...my empathy to anyone who has to face anything like this still in this day. I've seen plenty...I'm a proud, Black female, 57 years old and counting.

    November 20, 2013 at 7:29 am | Reply
  8. robert constant

    Where is the news story about the Tea Party. Koch Brothers Anti abortion referendum in Albuquerque having been soundly defeated?
    Where is the story of the Conservative Republican Koch Brothers spending millions to sabotage the roll out of the Affordable Care Act?
    What has happened to what used to be straightforward common sense journalism? I am afraid CNN has forgotten.

    November 20, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Robert,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Please send to CNN at storyidea@cnn.com, so we may share with the various units.

      Thanks for watching and happy #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      November 20, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • Ed

      The New Mexico abortion vote is included under the Texas abortion story.

      November 20, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply

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