February 11th, 2014
04:16 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Georgia says it is prepared for the ice and snow, this time. Hospital patients in North Carolina may have been given an incurable disease. And U.S. commandos nab a terror suspect in 30 seconds.

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


A second chance: Two weeks after a few inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta and made Georgia a punchline to a national joke, it's back. Snow and sleet are on the way, forecasters say. And Tuesday night into Wednesday could be the worst. This time, Georgia officials say they’re ready. An emergency has been declared. The salt trucks are in place. Schools are closed. The National Guard is on alert.

The last ice storm, last month, forced children to spend the night at schools, stranded drivers on interstates and had government officials promising to do better next time. But who could have predicted that “next time” would happen so soon? Mother Nature must have a sense of humor.

Nick Valencia will brief us on winter storm preparations throughout the morning.


Exposed! Here’s something you never want to hear after surgery: You may have been exposed to an incurable disease. That’s what a North Carolina hospital told 18 patients recently. They may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob, the hospital said. The disease is a serious and incurable neurological disorder. It turns out that a patient at the hospital had the disorder, and surgical instruments were not given the enhanced sterilization needed when the disorder is detected. Experts say it is a low chance that the patients will get the disease. And the hospital apologized.

Tune in to the News Headlines segment with Michaela Pereira for this and other stories.


Gone in 30 seconds: A new, dramatic video shows U.S. commandos nabbing a top terror suspect in Libya. And if you blink, you'll miss it. Here's how it went down: A dark car parks in front of a home. A white van stops next to it. Men leap from the van, pointing guns. They pull a man out and shove him into the van. The van speeds away. In less than 30 seconds, the United States had taken suspected al Qaeda member Anas al-Libi into custody. The security video of the lightning-quick capture was published yesterday in The Washington Post. Al-Libi is accused of having a key role in the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa. More than 200 died in those attacks. Al-Libi is now in New York awaiting trial.

This comes at the same time as other terror-related news has surfaced. The U.S. is in talks about making a strike on an American citizen involved with al Qaeda, a U.S. official tells CNN. The official would not say what country this suspect is in. But the report has sparked debate about the government killing its own citizens.

Alberto Gonzales, the former attorney general, will join us at 7 to talk about these stories.


What is this, 1998? It may seem like a blast from the past, but the Monica Lewinsky scandal is now a hot news story again. You remember Lewinsky, the White House intern whom President Bill Clinton famously admitted to having an affair with. That was back in the late '90s. But now there is a new report that Hillary Clinton once told a close friend that Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon." The report also details why Hillary Clinton decided to forgive her husband. The story comes as speculation heats up that the former New York senator and secretary of state is weighing a second run for the White House.

Athena Jones will give an update on this story at 6.


Tomato set to take flight: The man known as the Flying Tomato is set to vie for his a third gold in a row. American star snowboarder Shaun White will compete today in the halfpipe event. Well … hopefully. There has been some controversy about the halfpipe course. Some have said it is dangerous. Some have pushed for the event to be delayed.
The Olympic News Service said "several riders voiced concerns." The report said organizers are scrambling to fix the course. White has already pulled out of one event because of safety concerns, but he has said he has faith the halfpipe course will be ready.

Many will be watching. And this patriotic toddler may be the youngest fan, says his uncle, a CNN iReporter.

Once just a man’s sport, women’s ski jumping makes its Olympic debut today. The jumps will be historic, as they come after a long battle by women who fought, even in court, to compete.

Another sport on social media, inspired by funnyman Jimmy Fallon, has been coming up with Winter Olympic-themed pickup lines. Check these out.

Rachel Nichols will give us the latest on the Games at 6 and 8.

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

- ‘Dumb’ mystery: The mystery behind “Dumb” Starbucks has been solved. Turns out the parody Starbucks that popped up in L.A. this weekend was actually run by a television comedian. And the real Starbucks is not laughing. Neither were local health officials. They closed the “dumb” place down.

- Sam, I am: This one will make you cringe. Samuel L. Jackson took a Los Angeles entertainment reporter to task Monday after the reporter appeared to confuse the actor for Laurence Fishburne.

- Did I do that? A suicide bomb instructor in Iraq made a mistake when teaching a class, local police said. The result was 21 dead after an explosion yesterday in a home near Baghdad. In the rubble of the home, police found a video of the teacher showing how to place a bomb in a car. We don’t have that video, but here’s a classic video on an unfortunate weapons instructor.


- Bad dad or cool dad? We will not pass judgment on this one. You decide.


- Child star: Before Ron Howard, Gary Coleman, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, there was Shirley Temple, one of the most famous child actresses in Hollywood history. She died today, according to her publicist. She was 85. She starred in four massive box-office draws before she turned 10 and went on to an impressive life as an adult. Here's one of her many performances.


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 (15 Responses)
  1. tom

    CNN, the embedded tweets are getting very annoying, just like bleacher report. I am very seriously thinking of going somewhere else for my news......;

    February 11, 2014 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for your feedback, Tom. We'll share your comments with our digital team.

      Have a super #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      February 11, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
  2. revo

    Glad we have laws requiring those sitting in the front seat passenger side to be 12 or greater - to prevent mindless activity like what "Family Race" dad was pulling. Those g-forces could give a child some serious whiplash or worse.

    February 11, 2014 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • almightyshux

      it's people like you that make life boring.

      February 11, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply
  3. Jackal

    Just so you know, whenever you try to make me watch a commercial before a news video, I will close it and not watch your video.

    February 11, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

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      Have a lovely #NewDay!
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      February 11, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
  4. Jade

    Hilary Clinton getting cheated on is only a big story because CNN is making it one. Top story yesterday?! No one cares. Plus, loony toon? Big deal. If the person I was married to cheated on me I'd have a lot worse to say about both of them. No one has ever handled a cheating scandal so gracefully and come out so far on top. Stop trying to sabotage women politicians with these BS stories and topics and let's put focus back on her career.

    February 11, 2014 at 8:16 am | Reply
  5. Steve

    I don't really understand the embedded tweets on this page every day. Am I supposed to recognize the names? Are these people whose opinions I should value? Who are they? Or are they just random thoughts from folks no one ever heard of or cared about?

    February 11, 2014 at 8:05 am | Reply
  6. Jasmin

    Really getting peeved...no Bieber for like 3 days.

    February 11, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
  7. Margaret Morgan

    I'll always remember Shirley Temple as that highly gifted and brilliant beautiful little curly head girl. Shirley Temple will always be THE #1 CHILD STAR! NO ONE WILL EVER COME CLOSE! RIP Shirley Temple.

    February 11, 2014 at 7:53 am | Reply
  8. bwag999

    i don't think the dad was cool. he might have some mad driving skills, but i don't think the child was enjoying it.

    February 11, 2014 at 7:09 am | Reply
  9. JimfromBham

    "Bad dad or cool dad" – Stupid dad. Sure he entertained his child, but the "Gs" they were pulling indicated somewhat erratic and dangerous maneuvers.

    Sort of similar to Justin Beiber's dad, who helped organize the drag race in Florida and who smoked pot with Beiber on the charter airplane back from Canada – parents who want to be "friends" with their children instead of being parents.

    February 11, 2014 at 6:08 am | Reply

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