November 26th, 2013
05:08 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 26

A winter storm soaks the soggy South, former players sue the National Hockey League, and the FDA orders a genetic testing company to stop sales.

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.”


Wintry storm, holiday travel: This storm sure is persistent. Not satisfied with whipping up on California and the Southern Plains, the wintry system is ready to give the Deep South a good soaking today. Flash flooding is possible. The Eastern Seaboard is the next stop, where forecasters say it will continue its march, dumping rain, ice and snow. New England is the final stop, just in time for Black Friday.

All of this can't be good for holiday travelers. And there will be plenty of them. AAA says 43 million Americans will trek at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. The storm system iced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport over the weekend, canceling hundreds of flights. Airlines are already bracing for the impact in the Northeast. Some are letting customers change flights with no rebooking fees - check with your carrier.

Join Indra Petersons, Rene Marsh and Alina Machado throughout the morning with their storm updates.


Case closed: There are lots of details, but the investigation into last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut doesn't answer the big question: Why? Why did 21-year-old Adam Lanza go into his old elementary school and gun down 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself?

The 44-page summary released by investigators yesterday gives us some clues - like Lanza was mentally ill and had become obsessed with school shootings and mass murders - but in the end comes to no conclusion.

Susan Candiotti joins us at 6.


Courting the Affordable Care Act: The next stop for the troubled health care reform law could be the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a provision that requires employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services. This is a constitutional issue for plaintiffs like craft store chain Hobby Lobby. Its owners say being forced to provide insurance coverage that includes "morning-after" pills goes against their Christian values, First Amendment rights and amounts to abortion. The justices could announce today whether they will take up the case - one that has already split appeals courts across the country.

Elizabeth Cohen is in at 6 to talk about the "morning-after" pill.


No-contact hockey: Some who like the sport the way it is are afraid it's headed that way. Yesterday, 10 former National Hockey League players filed a lawsuit against the NHL, asking for a dramatic overhaul of the sport. Court documents ask for an end to the most violent elements in hockey: fighting and body checking. It says: "The time has come for the NHL to elevate long-term player safety over profit and tradition." This lawsuit comes just a few months after the NFL paid $765 million to settle concussion-related lawsuits by 4,500 former players.

Michaela Pereira updates news headline throughout the morning.


Genome what we're talking about? Google-backed genetic testing firm 23andMe is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has ordered the company to stop sales of its home testing kits, saying there's no proof that they're valid.

23andMe offers $99 saliva testing kits that customers can use at home and then send to the company for reports on their heritage, their body's likely reaction to medications and their genetic risk for dozens of health conditions. Customers can track their results online. The FDA says the company has yet to provide evidence the kits do what they promise to do.

Check in with "New Day" throughout the morning to stay up to date on everything you need to know.

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

- No, not Brian: TV show creators kill off beloved characters at their own peril. And right now, the folks at "Family Guy" are in some deep doggie doo-doo. Fans are crying foul after Brian the Dog took the eternal dirt nap in Sunday's episode. He got run over by a car.

This is serious stuff. There are more than 70,000 comments on the show's Facebook page, and the Twitterverse is in mourning.

- Thanksgivukkah - The Movie: There's a rare holiday nexus this week: Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.


Only once about every 70 billion years (yes, we're exaggerating) do the two coincide. Actually, the last time was 1888. All this setup is so we can show you a fake movie preview by "Funny or Die."

- Celebrity GPS: Free navigation app Waze is going all Hollywood on us. It's inked a deal with Universal Pictures to provide celebrity voices for our turn-by-turn directions. Comedian Kevin Hart is the first. This is going to make rush hour traffic a bigger joke than it already is.

- "Bound 3": This was bound to happen - in an alternative universe. Kanye West's latest video "Bound 2" - you know, the one with wife-to-be Kim Kardashian riding topless on his motorcycle - gets a shot-by-shot parody remake by "Pineapple Express" buddies James Franco and Seth Rogen. In this Bizarro World, Franco is West and Rogen is Kardashian. Something is seriously wrong here. (Warning: Extremely explicit lyrics throughout the video)

- How to fight a baby: This is cuddly, cute and funny. No babies were hurt in the making of this video.

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Just Sayin'

    Here's a few more things to start your day:

    The Plan B drug (and similar meds) may be ineffective based on a woman's weight. European packaging has issued this warning, but it's yet to be issued on products in America. Considering that this product is being sold to minors without the consent of their parents, you'd think the government would issue a warning.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will restrict much of what you can do/see/say on the internet and America is the biggest proponent of these restrictions. Talks are secretive (of course), but Wikileaks has revealed some interesting documents about it.

    Monticello mayor Gordon Jenkins was recently arrested for DUI and went on a racist tangent for hours while in police custody (available on video), calling people "crackers" and "peckerwoods", among other pleasantries. He's still mayor. Interesting that CNN hasn't reported this after their exhaustive reporting of Toronto mayor Ford.

    Remember the story CNN ran about the 'gay' waitress who was denied a tip because of her lifestyle? Seems like the couple who allegedly denied the tip has "proof" that the allegations weren't true. They provided a receipt for the cost of their dinner – plus tip, as well as a Visa bill for the total amount. They'd like people to know that they would never behave in the manner they've been accused of.

    Obama's been rather busy in LA, collecting donations from those ungodly 1%ers to fund the next round of 'democratic' elections. I guess that's one way to redistribute the wealth.

    November 26, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  2. Irony

    Individuals crying that the Affordable Care Act is violating individuals rights are the same "praising" employers suppressing others rights. It seems these same folks like the fact that poor people cant get health care. They are more than willing to pay taxes that support bombings and death world wide (much of which is considered criminal by Earth's citizens) and they worry about birth control. Doing any of that in "the name of God" is not only un-Christian, it's a sin.
    History repeats, the same type of person that didn't want blacks at their drinking fountain, doesn't want gays ruining their marriage, doesn't want the poor to have a choice. Only the obvious flaw here is its not your drinking fountain, marriage, or choice. Your negative energy will eat you alive, let it go. Judge not, talk to people, one at a time. Understand where each individual you meet is coming from, and maybe you can help. One at a time, thats how change happens.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
  3. Dan

    Plan B is now available over the counter. OTC drugs are not usually covered by insurance. Seems that the Hobby Lobby argument has been rendered pointless.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
  4. Michael Sutherland

    Obama care or not, here is the thing. All birth control can cause abortion, not just the morning after pill. Birth control, well the traditional kind, works in a couple of ways. It alters the bodies hormones to prevent ovulation. If that fails and ovulation occurs it makes the cervical mucous thick to prevent sperm from passing. Lastly if that fails and the egg is fertilized, it prevents the fertilized egg from implanting into the uterine wall. So in theory, all healthcare insurance that covers any form of birth control, "supports abortion."

    November 26, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • NiniK.

      That's not abortion, it's prevention of conception. Abortion requires fertilization and implantation of an egg. If neither of those things occur, there's nothing to abort. That's like saying every time a woman has a period she has aborted a life because that egg did not get fertilized. Altered menstration is NOT abortion.

      November 26, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • Snolupe

      Wow. You obviously know nothing about contraception, how it works, the female reproductive system, how that works, or about what constitues a well-crafted argument – hint, you're not supposed to just make up 'facts'.

      November 26, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
      • NiniK.

        That is actually how oral contraceptives work. Why don't you come up with a better argument, or do your research before you start just out right bashing someone, for no reason. This is supposed to be a place for thoughtful discussion amongst adults, keyboard warriors who can't bring an intelligent counter arguement need not apply.

        November 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  5. RichardSRussell

    Contrary to the Supreme Court's outrageous decision in Citizens United, corporations are NOT people. They don't have brains, therefore they don't have thots, therefore they can't have consciences, therefore they have no basis for claiming "moral objections" to following the law of the land.

    If a mall store called Aztec Heritage wanted to claim "religious liberty" as a basis for ripping out somebody's heart every day at noon, would that be OK with the Hobby Lobby ideologs?

    November 26, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • cavepainter

      Of course not, simply because, contrary to a common misconception, "religious liberty" does not mean "I can do whatever I want if I call it a belief."

      The issue that Hobby Lobby has is that they are a privately owned company. Forcing a private business do to something against the beliefs of its owners is equal to forcing the private individuals who own such a business to violate their own beliefs or face legal punishments.

      November 26, 2013 at 9:34 am | Reply
  6. RichardSRussell

    Contrary to the outrageous decision of the US Supreme Court in Citizens United, corporations are NOT people. They don't have brains, therefore they don't have thots, therefore they don't have consciences, therefore they don't have morality, therefore they have no basis for asserting that, AS CORPORATIONS, they have any moral objections to what's required by the law of the land. If you had a mall store called Aztec Heritage, and they wanted to rip somebody's heart out every day at noon as part of their "religious liberty", would that be OK?

    November 26, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
  7. mike in NH

    Hobby Lobby champion of the little people against the Washington machine. I'll by all my hobby and craft supplies from them.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  8. joe

    So after days and days of posting the article about the family who refused to leave a tip for a lesbian waitress, CNN does not post an article that reveals the entire thing was a scam.

    nbcnewyork com/news/local/Gay-Server-Tip-Lifestyle-Receipt-Discrepancy-233040811

    November 26, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Joe,

      Thank you for your note.

      #NewDay just covered the story on air, and will likely update online later this morn.

      Have a lovely #NewDay. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

      CNN VCM

      November 26, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  9. N&W 1000

    God bless Hobby Lobby for challenging Obamacare; what an awful law; only 27,000 have signed up-SURELY there are more democrats, progressives, and liberals in the Country who are willing to take a stand on principle and sign up-that that?

    God bless all the tens of millions losing their doctors, plans, choices, etc...all those to whom Obama lied when he said you could keep your doctor, keep your plan, keep your coverage, make your own choices, etc....he said that about 500 times.

    November 26, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
  10. Phillip Pisciotta

    Hanukkah and Thanksgiving – your date is wrong. The last time was 1918. The next time will be 2070.

    November 26, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply

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