April 7th, 2014
05:27 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, April 7, 2014

There are promising developments in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at age 93. And Kentucky and UConn will settle the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tonight.

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


Getting closer: After weeks of searching vast swaths of ocean, investigators now have their "most promising" lead yet in finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A pinger locator in the Indian Ocean has detected signals consistent with those emitted by a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, the head of the Australian agency coordinating search operations said Monday. "We are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be," retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said. It could take days before officials can confirm whether the signals did indeed come from the plane, which fell off radar on March 8 with 239 people on board.


Legendary actor dies: Actor Mickey Rooney, one of Hollywood's brightest stars in the 1930s and 1940s, died yesterday in California, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said. He was 93. In addition to his own film success, Rooney also starred as half of one of the most famous screen partnerships in film history, teaming with actress Judy Garland in a number of films in the "Andy Hardy" series. He also starred with her in several Busby Berkeley musicals, including 1940's "Strike up the Band" and "Babes on Broadway" a year later. From 1939 through 1941, Rooney was the No. 1 box office draw in the United States.

Cats and dogs: So it comes down to Kentucky and Connecticut. The two teams tip off tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Neither team was expected to make it this far. Kentucky was a No. 8 seed in its region, while Connecticut was No. 7. With just seconds left on the clock, Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison sank a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a 74-73 win over Wisconsin in the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament Saturday night. Connecticut made it to the title game after the Huskies ousted top-seeded Florida 63-53 earlier in the day.

Unsettled: Things are pretty dicey in parts of the Ukraine. Pro-Russia protesters have broken into security and administrative buildings in the nation's east. Yesterday, a Russian soldier shot dead a Ukrainian navy officer in an officer's dorm in Novofedorivka in Crimea, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said. The Ukrainian officer was getting ready to leave for mainland Ukraine from the Black Sea peninsula. Russia annexed Crimea last month.

Checking out: The archbishop of Atlanta announced over the weekend that he will vacate his $2.2 million mansion in early May. The decision came after a meeting with members of several church councils and parishioners in Archbishop Wilton Gregory's headquarters north of Atlanta. Gregory moved into the 6,000-square-foot home in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood in January. The property will be sold and the proceeds invested in the needs of the Catholic community, according to the statement. The archbishop will move into another available Archdiocesan property.

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 (12 Responses)
  1. Kendell

    I am also a fan of the extras appearing after after the Five Things.

    CNN can make up for things with mention of the Women's Championship tomorrow. Akin to the Men's game tonight and being in the Five Things, the Women's game should be in tomorrow's... especially with being a combined 76-0 going into the game. It should be something to see!

    April 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  2. Abby

    I actually appreciate not seeing the extra fluff-videos at the bottom. I find that it tends to clutter up what should be a quick briefing of actual news stories.

    April 7, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  3. Lynn

    Once again, disappointed with CNN for lacking in any mention of the Women's Final Four or Championship match up!! Come on CNN!!!!

    April 7, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Lynn,
      Most sports coverage on CNN is available through The Bleacher Report.
      Here's a link to that story: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2019651-womens-tournament-2014-final-four-scores-bracket-and-championship-schedule

      Happy #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  4. Kara

    I read the Five Things to Know every day. Often times, I'm too busy to read the headlines, but this condensed version quickly gets me up to speed on what's important. I miss the cute videos at the bottom that tend to balance it out. Who doesn't love an adorable puppy video to start their day?

    April 7, 2014 at 9:15 am | Reply
  5. Katie

    Thanks, Lola, I'll check them out! They will definitely help with a case of the Mondays!

    April 7, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  6. Caleb

    I enjoy reading these "5 things" in the morning and also look forward to the little extra stories at the bottom. Maybe they can be brought back.

    April 7, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
  7. Katie

    Disappointed that there aren't any extra stories at the bottom today, those bits of news, often light hearted, really help in starting the day!

    April 7, 2014 at 8:21 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Katie,
      Thanks for letting us know you enjoy those stories. We'll make sure to share your comments with the digital producers.

      FYI, when you need a little video "snack" to lighten your day, go to CNN.com/video and type "Distractions." You'll see a number of happy videos to enjoy.

      If you're looking for #GoodStuff stories, you'll find those here: http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/

      Happy #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 7, 2014 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Lynn

      I agree with Katie!!

      April 7, 2014 at 9:38 am | Reply
  8. Margaret Morgan

    Enjoyed " The Andy Hardy" series. RIP Mickey Rooney.

    April 7, 2014 at 7:15 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Margaret,
      Thanks for sharing with us today. Hope you're having a lovely Monday.

      Happy #NewDay!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 7, 2014 at 7:39 am | Reply

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