Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, March 13, 2014
Harlem explosion collapses two five-story apartment buildings
March 13th, 2014
05:13 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, March 13, 2014

More clues, but more questions in the missing Malaysian jetliner investigation, diplomats are working overtime to find a solution for Ukraine and a drunk driver plows into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Texas.

It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day

1. MISSING PLANE

More clues, few answers: The puzzle over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew even more complex today when a report emerged suggesting the missing plane may have flown on for about four hours after its last reported contact. The report from the Wall Street Journal said U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying on data automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet's engines.

2. HARLEM EXPLOSION

Emerging from the rubble: When an explosion in Harlem collapsed two buildings yesterday, Collin Patterson was in one of them. He worked at a piano shop there. The blast was so intense, that it made the pianos fly up from the floor, then rubble crashed down around Patterson. But he crawled out alive, miraculously. At least six others weren’t as fortunate. They died. And police are still searching for nine more people who are missing.

3. UKRAINE

Diplomatic push: Politicians and diplomats are working overtime ahead of this weekend's referendum that could see Crimea declare its independence from Ukraine. The vote will take place as Russian forces have secured the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the German parliament on the matter, saying it was unconstitutional. Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk will speak before the U.N. Security Council this afternoon. And U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for London this evening to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meeting is expected to take place tomorrow.

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4. PISTORIUS TRIAL

Door details: Oscar Pistorius' lawyer grilled a police expert for a second day. Defense attorney Barry Roux picked at forensic expert J.G. Vermeulen's testimony on the validity of evidence presented by the door in the Olympic sprinter's murder case. Yesterday, Verneulen demonstrated how the Olympic runner bashed a bathroom door with a cricket bat after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pieces of it are missing, and Roux wants them accounted for.

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5. SXSW ACCIDENT

Car runs through crowd: At least two people died and 23 were injured at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, police and city-county medical officials said, when a drunk driver ran through a crowd early today. Police have a suspect in custody. Of the victims, 23 have been taken to hospital, Austin police said on Twitter. Five of them are in critical condition.

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Bonus Biggie. GIRL SUES PARENTS

On pins and needles: Life at the Canning home must be tense. Daughter Rachel moved back in with her parents after taking them to court. She said they forced her out of the house, and so they owe her living expenses. And private school tuition. And college tuition. They said, nope; Rachel ran away, because she didn’t want to mind. A judge chided the teen for acting rude and denied some of her demands. But the suit isn’t over yet. It goes back to court in April.

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

–Totally nuts: Mohammad Rashid sets a world record by smashing 155 walnuts with his forehead in one minute during the Punjab Youth Festival in Pakistan this week.

- Lots of bacon: A North Carolina hunter bagged a 500 pound wild boar while hunting. He says it will feed his family for a good year. That's a lot of sausage, pork chops and tenderloin!

- Tanks a lot: Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and he's got a tank. It's big. It's bad and it crushes stuff. Enter a contest, give some money to a charity and you might get to drive it too.

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 (3 Responses)
  1. lenny

    Great job cnn staff

    March 13, 2014 at 10:07 am | Reply
  2. joshua D

    Its interesting and hard to believe how you can bring up a guy who smashes walnuts with his head and not say something about weed 2. Medical canabis and the issues behind it need to continue to be spoken about. Get the word out and be the change please. im surprised that the network is not giving it more support seeing how one of your own members made it. Make this a big deal and it could lead to faster results and a life made bearable for those who need it. That my friends is a big deal.

    March 13, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Joshua,
      Thanks so much for your comments. You'll find lots of information about Weed 2 under http://www.CNN.com/weed,
      where many are discussing the very issues you address here.

      We hope you'll check out that link.
      Happy #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 13, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply

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