March 18th, 2014
02:32 AM ET

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

China finds no terror links to its nationals aboard the Malaysian jetliner. The battle for Crimea gets messier.  And a judge rules that Chris Brown must face the music.

It's Tuesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."


New day, old questions: Another day breaks with no answers on vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As sometimes conflicting theories rage about where the plane might be, crews from 26 nations are scouring vast swaths of ocean and land for traces. Authorities say every one of the 239 people on board is both a possible victim and a possible suspect - until proved otherwise. But China says it found no terror links to its about 150 citizens aboard the jetliner.


Battle for Crimea:  This is getting messier. Not too long after Crimea voted to divorce Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin notified parliament of the accession request. The move defies the United States and Europe, and sets the framework for annexation. And the West is not amused. It has slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials while Ukraine says it won't accept the territory's annexation. But is the West making the right call by refusing to recognize the results?


New tips about the birth of the universe?  There's no way for us to know exactly what happened some 13.8 billion years ago, when our universe burst onto the scene. But scientists announced a breakthrough in understanding how our world as we know it came to be. And if the discovery holds up to scrutiny, it's evidence of how the universe rapidly expanded less than a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.


Facing the music: Orange is the new Brown wardrobe. A Los Angeles judge ordered Chris Brown to stay in jail despite pleas from the singer's lawyer yesterday. He was locked up on a probation violation warrant after he was booted from a court-ordered drug rehab program. Yesterday wasn't a good day to be a celebrity. Rapper Kanye West got two years of probation for attacking a photographer.


Hi honey, I'm leaner! An Army wife gave her husband a big surprise. A 100-pound surprise, to be exact.  Larry Shaffer returned from Afghanistan to a limber, trimmer wife.  She weighed about 260 pounds when he left and less than 155 pounds when he returned a year later. "I just sat in bed one night and was like, 'I can do this,' " Misty Shaffer says of getting in shape. " 'I need to do this.' "

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

–Tempting offer: Buy this New York City penthouse, and they’ll throw in a Rolls-Royce Phantom!  Listing price? $25 million. But, hey, at least it comes with a parking spot.

- Bulldog puppy rolls down a hill: Watch this, and go awww. Unless you hate puppies.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Chris

    I really love this section of CNN's website. Insightful way to start your day. But is Chris Brown and Kanye West really that important? Don't start celebrity news reporting on this please. Pretty pretty please.

    March 18, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  2. me too

    I think if the ppl of Crimea want to belong to Russia, let them go. The key word being GO. That would be like Mexico claiming New Mexico as their own. If the ppl there wanted to go, that's fine. But you gotta leave. That is American soil!!

    March 18, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
  3. Latash

    glad to see someone is finally holding Cris Brown accountable for his childish and frantic behavior!

    March 18, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
  4. chrisrapier

    The question about Crimea is how legitimate can the results of the referendum be when it was overseen by Russian troops? Also, there referendum was called with 10 days notice – absolutely no time was allowed for debate or discussion or campaigning. You can also look at it this way – 60% of the population of Crimea are ethnic Russians. That means 40% of the population has had a less than great history with Russia (ask the Tartars for example). However, 95% of the vote was in favor of secession. That's a deeply unrealistic result.

    That being said, the Russians were *never* going to allow their primary warm water naval base out of their hands. It's far too strategically important to them. They would go to war over it. The Western countries just didn't have as much at stake and everyone knew that. The annexation of Crimea was basically a done deal from the beginning.

    March 18, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
  5. Rick

    On the big bang artical ; You admit that we`ll never know what happened over 13.8 billion yrs. ago. I beg to differ; Read the first ten words of the bible and you`ll be off to a good start !

    March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • Alias

      Why should I pick the bible over any other religious book?

      March 18, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
  6. Prophecy

    It seems that John Paul Jackson was right. Though he mostly spoke of Russia blackmailing Poland to form part of the larger Russia. Anyone interested should YouTube him.

    March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
  7. Victor Allen

    All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. – United Nations declaration. Just because US failed to install a pro-US dictator doesn't mean that Crimean people haven't spoken.

    March 18, 2014 at 9:46 am | Reply
  8. Nikki Hill Cincinnati

    Congratulations to the soldier's wife who put in the work and effort to not only improve her health, looks and self confidence but also their marriage. I wish them all the best in a happy and healthy marriage!

    March 18, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
  9. MontanaTrace

    Crimeans are Russians. Would the world expect them not to reunite with the Mother Country? Does it make Russia look like they are stealing the region? Is this a chance for the US to try and make Russia look bad?

    March 18, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply
  10. Bacchus

    Did someone say"Cold War"? We better nuke them all, just not that puppy

    March 18, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
  11. Common Sense

    Putin is seen as dangerous because Obama is not playing world police officer...I didnt vote for Obama, but good for him we should stay out of it. Let Europe and the GREAT UN worry about it. Secondly this was democracy in action, people voted and wanted to join Russia!!!

    March 18, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply
  12. Margaret Morgan

    Loving the Rolls-Royce Phantom!!!!!!!! Forget the penthouse. LOL

    March 18, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  13. Hollywood

    Putin is a dangerous man and should be brought before the Hague.Welcome back to the cold war......

    March 18, 2014 at 6:18 am | Reply

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