April 3rd, 2014
02:48 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, April 3

Another deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood. A milestone of misery in Syria. And fears of a Russian incursion in Ukraine.

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


Not again: Haven't we been through this before? Fort Hood, that sprawling Army post in Texas, is seared in our collective memory for that awful incident in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Hasan went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding 32. Wednesday afternoon, it happened again.

Spc. Ivan Lopez, dressed in military fatigues, and carrying a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, walked into a unit building, opened fire, got into his vehicle, walked into another building and opened fire again. He killed three people and wounded 16, before he put the gun to his head, pulled the trigger and took his own life.

MORE: 4 dead, including shooter, at Fort Hood


Why?: The man who opened fire at Fort Hood was a married father of a little girl, a veteran who served four months in Iraq, and a soldier undergoing treatment for mental health issues. There aren't indications that this was a terrorist act, but there are reports there may have been an argument in one of the unit areas. "Obviously, we are digging deep into his background, any criminal or psychiatric history, his experiences in combat," the post's commanding general said. All of the things you would expect us to do are being done right now."

MORE: Here's what we know about the Fort Hood shooter


Not giving up: All 227 passengers have been cleared of any role in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Investigators have scrutinized those who prepared food for the flight, those who packed the cargo, and those who were to receive the cargo in China. And search crews have scoured the vast southern Indian Ocean for days for a sign - any sign - of the missing plane. Today is Day 27. So far, nothing.

"We'll keep going til hell freezes over"
- Kim Beazley, Australia's former defense minister

MORE: Flight 370 search: 'It could take months, it could take years'


A milestone of misery: Today, the number of refugees from war-ravaged Syria into Lebanon crossed the 1 million mark. That's not 1 million total. That's 1 million into that small nation. The overall total is staggering - well past 2.5 million. According to the UN, a Syrian becomes a refugee every 15 seconds.

MORE: A Syrian refugee's desperate act


Just 12 hours: That's how little time it'll take Russian troops to move into Ukraine, says NATO's military chief. With 40,000 troops massed near the border, Russia has all the components necessary for a quick incursion, says Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander Europe.

MORE: NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly


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


A baby spider is called a spiderling: Do you know what a dancing baby Spider-Man is called? Adorbz!




"Get a load of that tongue": The honey badger guy voices this video for CNN about pangolins (for John Sutter's powerful piece about the most trafficked mammal you've never heard of)


Traffic Terrific stop?: More like terrific stop! Another video from the positive #prankitfwd campaign. This time cops pull over drivers to hand them crisp $100 bills



Junk food:: A man in India claims he’s addicted to eating bricks, mud and gravel, and claims he can down 6 pounds a day with no adverse health effects. (We checked to make sure this wasn't posted on April 1)

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 (6 Responses)
  1. mb2010a

    Well, aren't you a Debbie Downer...Happy Thursday!

    April 3, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  2. SomeRandomCoolGuy

    I normally read these to start my morning off with something interesting but the guy eating mud and bricks was a little too much and I kind of lost my appetite. That's just gross..

    April 3, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    I always begin my morning with reading the articles that make me smile and laugh. But not this day. I read the five biggies. So much tragedy,sadness and misery. The world is going straight to hell.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • Laura

      The world is not going straight to hell. All of the simple of acts of kindness that are occurring all over our world simply didn't make the news. There is goodness everywhere. Yes, bad things happen and I'm not in denial about that, but the good outweighs the bad.

      April 3, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • Gil Camacho

      Oh Margaret, it's sad but soooo true, too much negative things and it seems our governments all around the world are bent on making bucks instead of leading their people to a better place on this planet. We could achieve so much but instead greed and murder rule. Ehhhhh

      April 3, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
      • Common Sense

        thats your issue...you are waiting to be led by a person you dont now and may or may not have voted for because of what other people have said about that person! That alone is tragic! Dont wait for anyone to lead you anywhere! Lead yourself, do the best you can with what you have, and ABOVE ALL ELSE dont rely those who you dont truly know to do for you, when you should be able to do for yourself!

        April 3, 2014 at 10:34 am |

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