January 26th, 2014
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5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, January 27, 2014

A gunman's journal may hold clues to why he opened fire at a mall store. A cruise ship with more than 600 sick passengers is headed back. And today may be a key test of Russia's Olympic preparedness.

It's Monday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Elusive answers: This much is known: Darion Marcus Aguilar drove up in a cab to the The Mall in Columbia, Maryland, went into a shop for skaters and opened fire. He killed two shop employees - 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson - before taking his own life. The question bedeviling investigators now is: Why? Why did the 19-year-old do it? It doesn't appear that he knew the victims.

Police released this photo of shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar.

"I know there's a lot of interest in the motive for this, and I have as much interest in that as anybody."
- Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon

Clues, if not the answer, may lie in the gunman's journal. Cops say that in it, he expressed "some general unhappiness with his life."
More: Cops: Mall gunman expressed 'general unhappiness' in journal

The mall reopens today. And throughout the morning, Erin McPike will bring us the latest in the investigation


Royal pain: For more than 600 passengers aboard the Explorer of the Seas, the cruise has become just that. The Royal Caribbean ship set sail from New Jersey on Tuesday, but it's now headed home because there's been an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness on board.

Passengers and crew are throwing up and fighting diarrhea. The cause isn't clear, but the symptoms are consistent with norovirus.

"I started with upset stomach and vomiting, and that lasted all night and into the morning"
- Passenger Joseph Angelillo

More: Royal Caribbean cruise cut short after more than 600 are sickened

This morning, we'll hear from senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen about cruises and outbreaks.


Turn the page: A wrenching court fight ended yesterday when Marlise Munoz was finally taken off a ventilator. The pregnant woman was brain dead, and her family wanted her body released for burial. But the hospital said its hands were tied. A Texas law says you can't hold back life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant woman.

"May Marlise Munoz finally rest in peace, and her family find the strength to complete what has been an unbearably long and arduous journey."
- Munoz family statement

More: Brain-dead Texas woman taken off ventilator


Winter War Games: The Games are less than two weeks away, and all we're still talking about are security concerns. The U.S. is putting two warships in the Black Sea and keeping a transport aircraft on standby in Germany. It's an unfortunate necessity. Islamic militants have made it quite clear that they'll try to disrupt the Games.

"You'd hope that the U.S. wouldn't be sitting around waiting for a telegram from Russia going 'hey, come and get your people' "
- Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes

Today will be a key test. The Olympic torch passes through Dagestan, a militant hotbed.
More: Welcome to Sochi, the security Games

Correspondent Ivan Watson's in Sochi, keeping an eye on the torch run. At 7, we'll talk to family members of some of the athletes competing, and also with our national security analyst, Fran Townsend


We're up all night to get lucky: Some did - like our favorite robot duo Daft Punk. And some got robbed (the McCartney-Dave Grohl collab over Muse for best rock song? Really?). But we didn't tune in just to see who got, as Jay-Z put it, a gold sippy cup.
We tuned in for Pink's jaw-dropping acrobatics:

... for Pharrell's Arby's-inspired hat, which spawned its own Twitter handle:

... for Queen Latifah marrying off 34 couples (gay and straight) during "Same Love":
... and for the five minutes of sheer, stunning awesomeness that was Kendrick Lamar TEARING THE ROOF OFF with Imagine Dragons!!

More: Daft Punk wins album and record of the year at 2014 Grammys
Even more: Moment-by-moment coverage

At 7 and 8, entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner will bring us the highlights and the lowlights

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

- Dance like no one's watching: Our friends at Mashable have prepared a nifty little guide to Taylor Swift's Grammy dance moves. Because, as they put it, "Like bad fashion, boring acceptance speeches and awkward hosts, Taylor Swift dancing at awards show is a basic staple."

- When doves cry: Pope Francis calls for peace in Ukraine and releases two white doves. A seagull and a crow promptly attack them.

- Chilling plot: This book changes temperature and vibrates depending on the plot. Why? Because how cool is it when words come alive?


- Plan B: ICYMI: Here's "SNL" mocking Russia's anti-gay laws: a heterosexual skating team.

- You're gonna hear me roar: No, not this "lion"


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. jeremie patriot

    #1 Death, #2 outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, #3 Brain-dead Texas woman , #4 Winter War Games, #5 celebrity convention. What a disappointment if these are the 5 topics of the day, there are more pressing issues in this country that need widespread attention. news worthy of your top 5? I think not.

    January 27, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  2. Jasmin

    What? No Beiber news?

    January 27, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply
  3. usxpatriate

    So, this is how it ends.......

    January 27, 2014 at 7:31 am | Reply
  4. usxpatriate

    6 and more importantly.

    The media has less and less coverage of how the NSA and GCHQ are spying of many of us everyday. Every political statement against it is just lip service to fool us into a false security that the government is actually going to cull the powers of the NSA.

    The power the NSA has accumulated is worth more and far more effective and powerful than any nuclear arsenal. If they can create a virus (Stuxnet) that can remotely shut down centrifuges in Iran, they can infiltrate strategic computer command systems. It is foolish to think that the men behind the screen are going release any of their control. Why would they? The president has no control over them. Congress can't even find out what they're up to. The only changes will be in their ability to embed themselves deeper and deeper until the are completely undetectable and completely unstoppable.

    If your privacy and freedom are worth anything at all to you, you owe it to yourselves and your children, along with their futures, You should visit,


    You find videos from a professional tech conference relaying exactly what the capabilities of the NSA and GCHQ all backed by official government documents. Go, watch, learn, share, VOTE! Your well informed vote is the ONLY thing capable of saving society from the soon to be all encompassing control by agencies we so blindly ignored for way too long.

    January 27, 2014 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • usxpatriate

      Moderator, I am appealing to your journalistic side as well as your sense of justice for yourself and your children to approve the above post. I can't believe that you don't see the need for the people to know these things.

      January 27, 2014 at 7:40 am | Reply
      • usxpatriate

        The last line is suppose to mean "I refuse to believe....."

        January 27, 2014 at 7:41 am |
  5. tiffany n robert farmer

    Will work for room in board in silver lake mn

    January 27, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply

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