December 2nd, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Amazon's Futuristic Plans, Testing Delivery by Drone Service

In the not-too-distant future, Amazon deliveries could come by air directly to your doorstep.

The online mega-retailer unveiled plans on Sunday for a new delivery service called Prime Air, which uses unmanned aerial vehicles - or drones - that look like toy helicopters.

The "octocopters" aren't ready to take flight yet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes that the drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated post on the company's website promising aerial deliveries as soon as federal rules change.

"In 30 minutes or less, you would buy something on Amazon, it would get in that little yellow box, it would go in that little drone and it would come to your doorstep if you live within 10 miles of one of their warehouses or fulfillment centers," reports CNN's Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans.

Those FAA rules could come as soon as 2015. The type of flights Bezos proposed are currently not allowed. Unlike some other drones currently used, these would be autonomous - they would fly without a pilot.

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December 2nd, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Congressional Leaders Say Terrorists Gaining Ground

The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011, reports CNN's Brianna Keilar.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, agreed that despite the death of Osama bin Laden and drone strikes aimed at decimating al Qaeda's leadership, President Barack Obama's administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.

"Are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago?" host Candy Crowley asked Feinstein on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I don't think so," the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman replied.

"I absolutely agree that we're not safer today," Rogers added.

Rogers warned that the Obama administration's successes against high-value targets have fostered a false sense of security.

"People think that, well, we've got this thing beat," Rogers said. "And that's just not the case."

In the wide-ranging joint interview with Crowley, Feinstein and Rogers detailed an international climate growing more hostile toward the United States.

Feinstein said increasingly fundamentalist Islamist groups are gaining power and winning the minds of the disenfranchised in the Middle East and Near Asia.

"I see more groups; more fundamentalist, more jihadist, more determined to kill to get to where they want to get," Feinstein said.

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December 2nd, 2013
05:59 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira –December 2, 2013

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December 2nd, 2013
05:03 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 2

Protests in Ukraine and Thailand; deadly crashes in the Bronx, Glasgow and Alaska; and the death of a movie star.

It's Cyber Monday, 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. DEADLY CRASHES

Bronx, Glasgow and Alaska: The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating yesterday's passenger train derailment in the Bronx. Four people were killed and at least 67 others were injured when the Metro-North Hudson Line train jumped the tracks near the Harlem River.

Police in Scotland are going to need several days to clear the wreckage of a helicopter that slammed into a busy Glasgow pub. About 150 people were inside the pub when the chopper crashed Saturday night. At least nine people are dead, and there's still plenty of debris for search teams to pick through.

A woman's heroic effort probably saved lives after a small plane went down in an extremely remote part of Alaska. Four people died in the accident, including her 5-month-old baby, who Melanie Coffee tended to while hiking half a mile out of the dark, foggy wilderness to meet rescuers and then lead them back to the crash site. Five others also survived the accident. They had head injuries and multiple broken bones.

Alexandria Field reports from New York. Matthew Chance is in Scotland.

2. OBAMACARE

Better, but not perfect: Let's face it, the HealthCare.gov website was a mess on day one, and even day 15 for that matter. But how's it doing now - two months after the fact? The Obama administration says there's a "night and day" difference. The Obamacare sign-up website can now handle 50,000 users at one time and 800,000 over the course of a day. Those were two key goals when the site launched on October 1. There are still plenty of bugs to fix, officials admit, but they're happy with the progress.

And this was kind of embarrassing. One of those notorious website glitches showed up yesterday morning, when the "New Day" weekend team put the website to the test.

CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and Elizabeth Cohen check in with their prognosis of the Affordable Care Act website.

3. PROTESTS

Tensions in Ukraine and Thailand: Protesters in the Ukraine are calling for a revolution. They're less than pleased with President Viktor Yanukovych's decision not to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union. Estimates put the crowd at yesterday's demonstration in Kiev's Independence Square at 100,000. At one point, someone used a front-end loader to bust through police lines.

Yanukovych is in a tight spot. He is under severe economic pressure from Russia not to join the EU, and there's a key EU demand that he was unwilling to meet: freeing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, his bitter political opponent. This could get a lot uglier. Protesters are flooding in from the countryside, and the government says it won't back down.

It's a similar story in Thailand, where anti-government protests turned violent over the weekend. Yesterday, the protest leader urged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. He says she has two days to "return power to the people." Today, Yingluck called for talks. Stay tuned.

Michaela Pereira brings us news headlines throughout the morning.

4. PAUL WALKER

Mourning "Fast & Furious" star: Legions of fans fondly remember "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker after the actor died in a fiery crash over the weekend. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in slammed into a light pole and burst into flames about 30 miles north of Hollywood, killing Walker and the driver. Both men had just left a holiday toy drive.

Nischelle Turner joins "New Day" at 6 with the latest in the investigation.

5. CYBER MONDAY

Digital dilemma: To work or cyber shop, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous discounts, or to take arms against a sea of Internet traffic ... yada, yada, yada. While it pales in comparison to Black Friday, Cyber Monday is still a big deal. Folks who keep track of such things say total sales today through retail websites could hit $2 billion. And one other thing: Cyber Monday really isn't. It's more like Cyber Week. You know what you need to do, now get in front of that computer screen and do it.

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Christine Romans brings us the Cyber Monday forecast and recaps Black Friday.

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

- Letter to Santa: We think this kid automatically qualifies for the nice list with this super-cute effort. Instead of simply asking for a Morphibian radio-controlled Killer Whale, this tyke wrote out the entire Web address - all 179 characters - so Santa could just click on the Crayon link.

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- Amazon drones: Say what you will about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, but he sure does dream big. In the next four to five years, the giant retailer wants to offer a service called Prime Air, which would use drones to make deliveries in 30 minutes. They pretty much look like toy helicopters and could carry things that weigh up to 5 pounds. That's 90% of what the company sells.

- Stay classy, North Dakota: Hmmm, do you suppose a new "Anchorman" movie is coming out anytime soon? Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character showed up in the frozen north over the weekend to anchor KX News. It's made with bits of news, so you know it's good.

- Why does the fox jump? We already know what the fox says. So, why does he jump? That's been the great unanswered question, until now.

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- Nice ride: Why is that cop pulling you over? When you own a 1996 Toyota T100, it's because you're speeding. When it's a $100,000 Mercedes G55 AMG, it's because he likes your sweet wheels.

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!

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