April 11th, 2014
04:06 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, April 11, 2014

Australia's prime minister is confident the signals coming from the Indian Ocean belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Oscar Pistorius takes the stand for a third day of cross-examination. And scientists are growing body parts in the lab.

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


Getting closer or not?: A bit of a mixed message from the Australians today. On one hand, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that officials are "very confident" the signals being picked up in the Indian Ocean are coming from the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. On the other, Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said the most recent signal detected yesterday by an Australian aircraft is "unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes." They both can be right, but it's a bit of a head scratcher until you've had your morning cup of Joe.


College visit: A truck crossed the freeway last night and slammed into a bus carrying students in Northern California, killing 10 people. At least 34 people were taken to local hospitals. The Los Angeles-area students were on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata. The crash happened about 100 miles north of Sacramento.


Oscar on the stand: Oscar Pistorius faces another day of relentless cross-examination Friday as the prosecution seeks to pick holes into his account in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his home. A day earlier, the athlete denied he acted selfishly toward her as Nel sought to portray him as an arrogant hothead who is reckless with guns. No one disputes that Pistorius killed Steenkamp. But the prosecution is trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did so knowingly and intentionally.


Duck. Duck. Hillary: A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service. She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group. "My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped. Does this mean the former secretary of state is a shoe-in for the White House?


Science fiction becomes science fact: Two body parts. One scientific leap. Scientists in the United States, Mexico and Switzerland grew reproductive organs and nasal cartilage in labs, and successfully implanted them in patients, according to two studies released in The Lancet on Thursday. The great thing about the technology is that the implants are grown using the patient's own cells. There's no problem with rejection.


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

–That didn't take long: Last week, David Letterman announced he was retiring as host of "The Late Show." This week, CBS announced Stephen Colbert will take his place. How do we love thee, Stephen? Let us count the ways.

- This is different: Check out this unconventional exercise video by Zach Anner - a comedian with cerebral palsy. It's probably not what you were expecting.

- Chopsticks and chopsticks: Check out this artist who created an amazing Jackie Chan portrait using 64,000 chopsticks.

- Rare fish: You don't see this everyday. It's a rare oarfish caught on video on the coast of Baja, Mexico.

- TGIF: This trio of lazy bull terriers seems to be ready for the weekend. Happy Friday!

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 (7 Responses)
  1. Nikki Hill Cincinnati

    Good choices for the important topics! Hilary Clinton now joins the ranks with George W. Bush after having the shoe thrown at her although I have to admit she handled it better and with humor. I'm happy for Stephen Colbert but I will miss the "Colbert Report" and hope his true personality gets to shine on the Late Show.

    April 11, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  2. Lisabeth @ The Ultimate Chocolate Blog

    This is perfect summary for the morning! I love it! Now I can start work happily and stop thinking about the news.

    April 11, 2014 at 8:38 am | Reply
  3. Dustin G.

    Why did the plane story be #1 over the bus accident, really, why?

    April 11, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    What an amazing gifted artist!!!!!!!! A beautiful piece of art made with 64,000 chopsticks!!!!!!!! Jackie Chan must be so honored!!!!!!!! And the oh so adorable lazy bull terrier puppies- TOO CUTE!!!!!!!! Happy Friday & happy weekend Team CNN and everyone!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2014 at 7:00 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Margaret,
      So glad you enjoyed the stories!
      Thanks for being part of our #NewDay mornings and happy weekend!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 11, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
      • Eric

        I think Margaret was being sarcastic...

        April 11, 2014 at 8:40 am |
      • TeamCNNCNN

        Hi, Eric,
        Thanks for your comment. We'll let Margaret speak for herself on this one, as she's always enjoyed the #NewDay videos.

        Happy #NewDay!
        Lola / CNN VCM

        April 11, 2014 at 9:05 am |

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