February 14th, 2014
04:05 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, February 14

The winter storm roars, again. Verdict due any day now  in the killing of a Florida teen over loud music. And the U.S. takes on Russia in Olympic men's curling.

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


Hear it roar, again: Enough, already. Really, weather gods, you win. This winter storm is proving to be  a pain in the you-know-where. Just when the Southeast got some relief yesterday, the storm roared to the Northeast. Snow, sleet and pellets of freezing rain tumbled from the sky. And the end is far from over. Another round was expected to hit the region overnight, with some places in Massachusetts seeing up to 24 inches of snow before the storm runs its course.  It's also brought its share of tragedy. At least 16 deaths have been blamed on the storm nationwide. Despite its messy trail, it's had some light moments.


Indra Petersons and Rene Marsh will be live all morning with the latest.


Verdict watch: Day two of jury deliberations ended without a verdict yesterday. The sequestered jury continues today in the trial of a Florida man accused of shooting a teen to death over a loud music altercation. Michael Dunn, 47, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, at a gas station parking lot.  Dunn says he acted in self-defense when he opened fire on four teenagers in an SUV in Jacksonville in November 2012.  Prosecutors contend it was an act of murder. The jury contends … well, that’s what we’re yet to find out. But meanwhile, the jurors are asking for more details, including the surveillance video from the gas station where the shooting occurred.

Michael Dunn’s defense attorney joins at 7 and CNN legal analysts Jeffery Toobin and Sunny Hostin will break down the case for us at 8.


CNN exclusive: A year ago today, South African Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend,  model Reeva Steenkamp. The celebrated paralympic athlete never denied killing her, but says he mistook her for an intruder. And he’s breaking his silence during the anniversary of the tragic day that changed his life forever.  "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved – and continues to love Reeva," he said in a statement this morning.  He also tweeted today for the first time since her killing. CNN has exclusive photos of the couple in happier times.

CNN's Robyn Curnow is live at 6 with details on the exclusive and the latest on the trial.


Son-in-law arrested: Authorities say they have the who. Now the question remains why.  Why did a son-in-law allegedly plant a package bomb that exploded at the home of his wife’s parents? Federal officials say a note was attached to the package that exploded Monday, tearing through the couple’s house in rural Tennessee. Days later, neighbors remain bewildered and authorities are not disclosing the motive. Investigators arrested the son-in-law yesterday.  Richard Parker, 49, faces  two counts of felony first-degree murder.


Race for gold:  Today’s events include freestyle skiing aerials, men’s figure skating and men's curling. And the face-off between Russia and the United States in the latter is a must-watch. Sure, they have combined for just two wins, but c'mon. It's U-S-A versus Russia! You'll also want to watch the unbeaten Chinese take on the world champion Swedes. And who said wardrobe malfunctions only happen during awards ceremonies? In the slopestyle qualifying runs yesterday, Sweden's Henrik Harlaut nearly flashed the world when his saggy pants dropped. Um, good thing he had on that pair of stretchy blue undergarments thingis.  He finished in sixthth place. But it’s safe to say he won first place in the backside exposure category.

Rachel Nichols will give us a wrap-up of the day’s events at 6. 

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

Grounded romance:  Sorry, procrastinating husbands. Those Valentine's Day flowers will not be arriving by drone this year. The FAA has shot down a Michigan florist's promotional stunt, which had a lot of people all excited.  Not gonna happen. It's   illegal, the feds said. But if it had, here’s a glimpse of how it’d have gone down.


Wicked weather tribute: Sick of snow? Boy, do we have a drink for you. This  soda company has created a lemon-lime drink called “sick of snow.”

Foxy love: This Fox sure loves its belly rubs.


That's what friends are for: Matt Damon pokes fun at his BFF, Ben Affleck, about that disaster of a movie, "Gigli," among other things.   [youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojZmJPr4jHE&feature=youtu.be"%5D

Here croons the bride ... : This bride decided to sing her own song while walking down the aisle to meet her groom. Her choice of song is pretty darn ideal.


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 (4 Responses)
  1. NeoKat1

    One thing I only care about. Marriage is only between a man and a woman. The reason it is being allowed and promoted is because we have one very immoral president at the helm who only cares about votes for his party and can only care less about the negative impact his immoral laws have on our society.

    February 14, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
  2. Amanda

    The Swiss skier actually chooses to wear his pants that large (a 4x). He uses suspenders to keep the from truly falling down. Not actually a wardrobe malfunction.

    February 14, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  3. rips

    #1 thing you should know. Several democrats running for reelection have called on IRS to investigate those responsible for running ads about them and their support for Obamacare. Really, Dems called in IRS to investigate and stop conservative groups? Shocking

    February 14, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
  4. Jasmin

    There is no news unless it includes the biebs

    February 14, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply

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