November 27th, 2013
05:11 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, November 27

A winter storm socks the Northeast, the Pope calls for a change in the status quo and CBS gives Benghazi reporter a leave of absence.

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.”

1. WINTER WEATHER

Bad timing: The Northeast is going to be a soggy, sleety and snowy mess the next couple of days. Yep, just in time for Thanksgiving. The storm that's already pummeled a good portion of the nation is now whipping things up around Philly, New York and Boston. That won't cause any travel headaches for the millions who live there, will it? Pack plenty of patience, folks, as you head to the airport or hit the road.

Indra Petersons, George Howell, Pamela Brown and Rene Marsh are on top of our stories on the winter storm and holiday travel.

2. CHINA, JAPAN, U.S. TENSIONS

Tiny islands, big deal: Everyone is strutting their stuff over the East China Sea - China, the United States and Japan. That's where Beijing said a few days ago that it was implementing a new air defense zone. China wants anyone flying through the area to file flight plans, but that's not happening. Japanese airlines say they won't and the U.S. military flew a couple of B-52 bombers through the area for good measure. So what's all the fuss? China and Japan are feuding over a couple of little islands that both nations claim. They may be near large reserves of natural resources.

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Stay up to date with Chris, Kate and Michaela on "New Day."

3. POPE FRANCIS

WWJD: Were you paying attention to what the Pope said yesterday? He delivered an "apostolic exhortation." It's basically a pep talk for Roman Catholics. Francis called for a change in the status quo. "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," the Pope said. The bottom line from Francis: the church needs to rethink old rules and customs. And that starts at the top.

Father Dave Dwyer and Sister Simone Campbell weigh in at 6 on the Pope's vision for the Catholic Church.

4. GAY WAITRESS TIP

Possible hoax: Remember the young waitress who claimed that a family decided not to tip her because she is gay? There was even a note that said her lifestyle was the reason. Now, there's a twist to the story. A family in the New York area produced a receipt from the restaurant showing they left an $18 tip. They also had a credit card statement to back it up. The restaurant owners are investigating.

Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.

5. LARA LOGAN

Getting the Benghazi boot: "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is taking a leave of absence. She was the journalist at the center of a discredited October report about last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. That's the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Security contractor Dylan Davies told conflicting stories to Logan, the FBI, the State Department and his employee - something Logan and others involved in the report neglected to investigate. Logan publicly apologized in November. There's no word on when she'll be back.

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CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter brings his insight to the fallout from the "60 Minutes" report at 7.

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

- Letting his heir down: The cliché thing to say here would be that rock and country royalty mingled with British royalty, so we won't do that. Let's just say that Prince William, Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift rocked out to an acoustic version of "Livin' on a Prayer" during a charity event at Kensington Palace last night.

- The Brian petition: With dogged determination, "Family Guy" fans are trying to bring back Brian Griffin. The high-brow hound of the animated TV series met his end over the weekend after being squashed by a car. An online petition at Change.org is really racking up the signatures. Last time we checked, the number was over 80,000. The show made Brian's demise seem pretty permanent. Petitioners could be barking up the wrong tree.

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- Pardon me: Priorities. Priorities. President Obama names the National Thanksgiving Turkey today. It was a competition this year between Popcorn and Caramel. Whichever bird got the most votes on the White House website gets the honor. It's good to know that the important government websites are working.

- Hey, plunge this: Here are two words you don't usually see in the same sentence: artisan and toilet plunger. Well, actually that's three, but you get the idea. The Re Made Company is selling what it calls the “quintessential aquatic tool and an icon of American design and ingenuity.” Sounds impressive when you say it that way. These hand-made beauties go for up to $350. If we could get hundreds of dollars for a plunger, we'd be flush with excitement too.

- Self-fulfilling prophecy: Darwin's frog is extinct. Named after the guy who gave us the theory of evolution by natural selection, it just figures that something like this would happen.

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 (14 Responses)
  1. Nancie

    Where was the spoiler alert for Family Guy??? I had successfully avoided all spoilers until I could watch the episode but you guys just posted who they are trying to resurrect in Family Guy without any attempt at all to give us a chance to skip the info. Now the surprise is ruined. It's only been a couple of days guys, not like the info has been around for weeks. Next time give a spoiler alert!!!

    November 27, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
  2. IRC from Texas

    Glory be to the father ... truly agree. all we have is greed in this world and no religion.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
  3. Brandt

    In regards to the gay waitress story, the receipt copy that the family supplied was a customer copy. This is the copy that they take home for their own records. Not the Merchant Copy, the copy that they sign and give back to the waitress / restaurant. Simply put, you don't put a tip or sign the customer copy, you just take that one home with you. They could have easily signed this at a later time when this story broke.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Stefon

      The couple have also shown their credit card bill showing the amount charged was the meal + $18 tip.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • TD

      Did you read the entire story? it says they have the credit card charge to back it up.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • Ed

      You are correct, but the family also provided a credit card statement that appears to confirm the charge, including the tip.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • J.L.

      But they also produced a credit card statement to back it up. It's kind of hard to deny a transaction on a statement that shows exactly where and how much.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Kerry

      They didn't sign the customer copy. I always write in the tip on my copy so I know how much to expect to appear on my credit card statement. I agree with you that one of the receipts was altered later on. I'm just not certain it was the customer copy. Besides, they were anonymous up until now, why would they come out (pun intended) of the woodwork just to lie?

      November 27, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Test

      I always write the tip and total in my customer copy so I can verify when the bill comes or deduct the correct amount from my bank account. I don't sign my copy but I'm only half anal, many are more anal than me.

      November 27, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
  4. Jen

    RE Pope Francis's sentiments; he says some good things but how many thousands of years did it take to get to that point? And rechnically this church has been hit with critism that would teach the street a thing or two to be polite.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
  5. Jason Mazur

    CNN......that plunger story......yeah defiantly a joke, a spoof AKA not CNN newsworthy....funny as hell tho, you guys should open a section like the onion.

    November 27, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • arlyk

      wonder how many orders they got?

      November 27, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • Ed

      That's in the Buzzies section, just things people are talking about. Doesn't have to be news.

      November 27, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply

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