February 18th, 2014
03:50 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Turbulence roughs up airline passengers, the U.S. gets its first ever ice dance Olympic gold, and the U.N. says North Korea tortures like no other place on Earth.

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


An abrupt ejection: Things were going smoothly. The plane was descending, and 119 people on United Airlines Flight 1676 were going to arrive shortly in Billings, Montana. But then turbulence blindsided the flight and sent passengers and crew flying out of their seats. One woman hit the ceiling so hard, it cracked the panel above her head. And no one knows why the plane acted this way.

Rene Marsh goes through the motions of the mishap at 6, 7 and 8.


History on ice: Finally! Gold for the United States in ice dance – its first ever. American Olympians have been hit-or-miss this year, but Meryl Davis and Charlie White have delivered big in Sochi. The skating couple’s been magnificent every time they’ve carved across the ice. But yesterday’s performance was – whoa! Breathtaking.

Today, men will be pumping their legs to come in first at speed skating and ski biathlon. Men's snowboard cross builds up to finals, and ... wait, Sochi has the complete schedule for you right here:

Rachel Nichols sums up Sochi at 6 and just before 8. Then, Kelly Clark, the winningest snowboarder ever, joins us live before we wrap at 9.


A thunderclap! And now? Jimmy Fallon was wearing his Cheshire Cat grin last night. He took to the “Tonight Show” stage as its brand new host to a roar of applause, and when it died down, he took his first jab at himself. "I am Jimmy Fallon, and I will be your host – for now." He rattled off some kitchen table chatter about who he is. But then he launched a rocket of a premiere show, including an evolution of hip-hop dancing with Will Smith ….


… and a performance by U2 on the roof of 30 Rock.


Nischelle Turner will recap the new guy's premiere just before 7, and you'll get a special guest critique at 8.


Killed, lied or both? How many people has the alleged Craigslist killer killed? Miranda Barbour told a reporter at least 22, but fewer than 100. That’s such a large number that at least one criminologist has doubts. He wonders how she could have pulled them all off. After all, she’s only 19. Police have connected her and her husband to at least one twisted murder: a man they lured with a Craigslist ad.

Rosa Flores delves into the demented story at 6 and 8.


Most horrible atrocities: Imagine being forced to drown your own baby in a bucket of water. It’s one of the many horrors the U.N. described yesterday in a report alleging crimes against humanity by North Korea’s regime. The document includes a catalog of torture, murder, slavery, mass starvation and sexual violence so bad that the U.N. says there’s nothing like it anywhere else on Earth.

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

Hotshot Akshat: Remember Akshat, the break-dancing, hip-hopping little boy on “India’s got Talent"? Mr. Adorable has busted some new moves – stateside – on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Cattywampus: A cat prancing around on ceiling tiles brings down the house. And comes away with all nine lives intact.

Paparazzi-pus: Undersea photography. Such a tranquil hobby. Until that octopus tells you to get that @#&$! camera out of his face!

Smarter than a fifth-grader: Alexis probably is. She has an IQ of 140 and a membership card to the genius club Mensa. And she’s only 3.

Genius kids: Albert Einstein couldn’t quite figure out how gravity works. But these goats are pretty darn good at it.

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