April 15th, 2014
02:37 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Troubles surface as the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 goes underwater. The Boston Marathon bombing is remembered one year later. And this morning's lunar eclipse leaves the moon red faced.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Time to try it again: The first deployment of an underwater vehicle to hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was aborted early, sending the drone back to the surface 14 hours before expected. Crews will try to send the Bluefin-21 probe back into the Indian Ocean today, weather permitting. So what went awry the first time? Ocean charts didn't match what the probe was programmed for, so it aborted the mission. It's a safety mechanism. It could take up to two months to scan the entire search area.

2. EBOLA OUTBREAK

A swift killer: There's another Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but this one is different. Normally limited to remote jungle villages, the disease has infiltrated Conakry, the capital of Guinea. It's a bustling city of 2 million people, with lots of potential victims. This is a deadly virus. The mortality rate for Ebola is higher than 50% and in some outbreaks reaches 90%. There is no cure. Over the last three weeks, at least 112 people have died, including 14 health care workers. Officials are focusing on isolating the victims to keep this outbreak from spreading, because it can be spread only through direct contact. Only time will tell if they've been successful.

3. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING ANNIVERSARY

One year later: It was an ugly day that started an ugly week. Double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured at least 264. Within a couple of days, investigators identified two suspects. We later learned that they were brothers - 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - who emigrated from Russia to the U.S. By Friday of that week, there was a carjacking and a shootout with police. The older brother was run over by the younger brother as authorities tried to handcuff him. He later died from his injuries. A city went on lockdown. A badly wounded and bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended in Watertown after a manhunt. He awaits trial in November. Federal prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty. This year's marathon is set for Monday.

4. BLOOD MOON

Total eclipse: Did you stay up late or get up early to catch the "blood moon" this morning? It was a total lunar eclipse. Folks on the East Coast were pretty much shut out, but Denver, Dallas and Los Angeles got a clean shot for the most part. The moon took on a red sheen as it passed through the Earth's shadow. Normally it's a rare event, but you'll have three more chances to catch a view of a "blood moon" over the next 18 months: October 8; April 4, 2015; and September 28, 2015. After that, you'll have to wait until 2032 to see it again.

5. UTAH BABY DEATHS

Seven found: Police arrested a 39-year-old woman in Utah yesterday after authorities found the remains of seven infants at a home where she used to live. Megan Huntsman has been booked on six counts of murder. According to police, she gave birth to the infants over a 10-year period and then killed them. There was no immediate explanation of why there were six murder charges instead of seven.

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

- Time to fly: This Southwest Airlines flight attendant has some fun with the normally boring preflight safety speech.

- He shoots, he scores: Does this make Rob Ford a soccer bully? The Toronto mayor scores twice on a young goalie, then apologizes for kicking the ball too hard.

- A snoot full: When you're used to getting your water from eucalyptus leaves, your drinking skills apparently leave something to be desired. Case in point, this koala, who keeps sneezing, because water is getting up his nose.

- Smoking the competition: It seems that vending machines are going to pot.

- Beyond their years: "Dancing with the Stars" has nothing on these kids.

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 (One Response)
  1. Hollywood

    The e bola outbreak could someday become a world pandemic. We need to find a cure and a vaccine.

    April 15, 2014 at 8:21 am | Reply

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