February 17th, 2014
04:35 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, February 17

An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot allegedly hijacks his own plane. George Zimmerman opens up in a CNN interview. And in Syria, radical rebels terrorize northern towns.

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


The life after: George Zimmerman says he's not haunted by memories of the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. The former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 killing of the teen discussed the trial and his newfound notoriety with Chris Cuomo. The exclusive airing today will touch on various issues, including his life now. "It was provocative. He gave us a lot of time. He wanted to deal with everything," Cuomo says.

Chris Cuomo's one-on-one with Zimmerman will run all morning.


A war on two fronts: In Syria, rebels are fighting the government - and themselves.  Their conflict pits moderate and Islamist rebels against radicals from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  ISIS is so radical that even al Qaeda has distanced itself from it. CNN has obtained videos showing the brutality of the group that, alas, is commonplace. Last month, rebel groups banded together and launched an offensive in northern Syria against the ISIS. But the carnage and bloodshed continue.

Arwa Damon will be live all morning with this story, which gives a rare glimpse inside Syria.


Blood, sweat and tears: We're in the home stretch of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Today will determine whether we'll get to see a repeat of one of the most intense rivalries in sports (the U.S. vs. Canada in women’s ice hockey), and it’ll offer us a taste of the chaotic world of snowboard cross. Oh, and Bob Costas plans to return after being sidelined with an eye infection. But sometimes, it's not about the competitions. That was pretty clear last night when social media unleashed its wrath on NBC's Christin Cooper, whose interview left American skier Bode Miller in tears. Cooper repeatedly asked the skier about his deceased brother.

Rachel Nichols is live all morning with a wrap-up of the Olympics. 


"I've killed lots of others": A Pennsylvania teen says she's killed so many people, she stopped counting her victims after No. 22. Miranda Barbour, 19, says she first killed when she was just 13 after she joined a satanic cult. Since then, she says she’s killed in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. One source told CNN her claims could be "the real deal."


Stranger than fiction: An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot allegedly hijacked his own plane, diverted it to Geneva, Switzerland, slid down the cockpit window with a rope and sought asylum. Instead of asylum, he got handcuffs. The flight was headed to Rome but  landed at Geneva International Airport, where police arrested the man, who is believed to be in his 30s.

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

Picture imperfect:  That awkward moment when your picture ends up as one big eyeball. We've all been there. OK, maybe not, which is what makes this so awesome.

Roses are red. Customers are blue:  1-800-flowers didn't have a very good Valentine's Day. And neither did some customers, whose flowers and candy never showed up.

Love chains: Joseph Andrew Dekenipp went from jailbird, to lovebird, and back to jailbird. The Arizona man escaped from jail to be with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. He was busted three hours later at the restaurant where he was meeting her.

Raccoons, they're just like humans: And they love to pop bubble wrap, too.

Get outta ze restaurant!: French chefs don't want you taking those "food porn" pictures that end up on social media.  The dishes are their "intellectual property," and folks who snap photos ruin it for future diners, some say. Bonne chance!

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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