Fallen baseball star A-Rod may have to tell all about alleged steroid use, House Democrats and Republicans agree on how to spend $1 trillion, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is to speak again on Bridgegate - this time at his State of the State address.
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. CINEMA SHOOTING
Theater tragedy: It started with a father texting his daughter in a Florida cineplex. It ended with him dead on the theater floor. The saga unfolded before moviegoers in Wesley Chapel, a town near Tampa. The previews were still running when he sent the text, setting off an argument with a 71-year-old retired police officer behind him. The men argued and argued before the former officer left and then came back. They argued some more before shots were fired, killing the 43-year-old dad and wounding his wife.
Tory Duncan reports at 6 and 7
2. CHRISTIE SPEAKS
Address under duress: State of the State addresses aren't usually occasions when the eyes of a nation are fixed on a governor. But that'll be the case this afternoon when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his. A source close to the governor tells CNN he will discuss the current controversy surrounding the George Washington Bridge. And there's another storm brewing for Christie. Federal officials are checking into the possibility that he misused relief funds his state received after Superstorm Sandy to make himself look good. The catastrophe pushed Christie onto the center of the national stage and made him look pretty electable to people far from the Jersey Shore. There has since been talk of a Christie presidential bid in 2016. A Democratic critic in New Jersey called for the investigation, after Christie and his family appeared in ads promoting New Jersey tourism to the rest of America.
Erin McPike gives us a preview at 6, 7 and 8.
3. SWEARING TODDLER
I’ll be darned: Remember that Nebraska 2-year-old cursing like a sailor in a viral video? A juvenile court judge in Omaha now says the toddler can stay with his mother, but can’t go back home. How’s that work, you ask? Both will be placed with the same foster family, since both are juveniles. Their original home was deemed too dangerous for both of them, because of a history of gang involvement. Another kid at the home was wounded in gunfire, a county prosecutor said, and the boy’s 38-year-old grandmother has done jail time on gun charges.
4. SPENDING BILL
What? No shutdown? It may be time for a double take. Democrats and Republicans in the House have agreed on a roughly $1 trillion spending package that will fund the government through the end of this budget year. No shutdown this time, no debt ceiling threats, no nothing. Just negotiations, agreements and sticking to previously made plans. The partisan battleground that raged for about three years over government spending and pushed the U.S. government to the financial brink seems to have fallen silent. Whew! The bill will mean cuts to lots of agencies, but pensions for disabled veterans are safe. The Senate still needs to sign off.
Hey, ever seen a trillion dollars? Pundits like to astound and shock us with what they figure it looks like. We can’t confirm the illustration, but it’s interesting to watch – keep an eye out for the sign that says $1 trillion.
A conservative group also used a pile of paper to skewer the spending bill. It’s a goodly stack. But hey, it must take some pretty specific guidelines to spend a trillion.
5. ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Coming out swinging: Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez isn't going down without a fight. But in the process, the slugger may have let out a dirty little secret. Tucked deep in the lawsuit Rodriguez filed Monday against Major League Baseball to get his suspension vacated is a detailed report about his alleged steroid use. And boy, is it detailed. The report alleges injections of banned drugs, secret meetings and big money payoffs. Some of these accusations have leaked out in recent days as Rodriguez's fight with baseball has gotten uglier and uglier. But this report, compiled by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, is a graphic look at the case against Rodriguez.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
Name my baby, maybe: A man in Canada is asking netizens to come up with a name for his baby. So far, Amelia seems a sure bet to win as first name, but there’s a neck-and-neck race for the middle name. Either Mae or All-Spark. The second one is a “Transformers” reference if you’re scratching your head. The couple say they still reserve the right to pick their own names for their kid. That’s a novel idea, naming your own kid.
God bless the 49ers: It’s easy to tell which team Pastor Tim prays will make it to the Super Bowl in a few weeks. When the start of San Francisco’s playoff game coincided with the kickoff of his worship service, the Lutheran pastor huddled with the congregation, preached an extra-short sermon and called a spiritual timeout, so he could watch his team. Make sure you watch the end of the video. BTW: The 49ers won.
A non-thinking cap: You think Google and the NSA know everything about you? Just wait. There’s a lot of buzz about possible future technologies to read your mind by scanning your brain. Italian designers are ready to defend your thinking cap with special accessories. They light up to warn you when someone is pointing a scanner at you, so you can react. Quick! Stop thinking now!
OMG! Emoji IRL!: What?? That’s text message-ese for: “Oh my God.” (You knew that part already.) “Emoji in real life!” Emoji is a Japanese expression for emoticons and other miniature pictures that folks add to their text messages, like a smiley face or a heart. Check out this Tumblr account dedicated real-life versions of these images.
Geronimo! This ski jumper may get more attention in this viral video than he does during the Sochi Olympics in a few weeks. Norwegian Anders Jacobsen straps on a helmet cam for an in-your-face plunge into the snowy depths. The video has gotten more than half-a-million views in less than a week.
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