April 17th, 2014
05:19 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, April 17, 2014

A report says only one lifeboat was deployed when a South Korean ferry sank. There's little hope for a breakthrough when Ukraine and Russia meet. And a new video emerges a year after a deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion

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


Frustration mounts: The death toll officially stands at 9, but 287 more passengers remain missing after the sinking of a South Korean ferry. Families are desperate for news about their loved ones, but little of it was being delivered. CNN affiliate YTN reported today that only one out of 46 lifeboats attached to the sunken ferry was deployed. A fact that won't bring much comfort to those waiting for updates on missing family members.


Cold War echoes: Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis today, even as fresh violence erupted in the nation's east. The talks in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief to find ways out of the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. The developments come as the U.S. is talking more sanctions to punish Russia. Kiev and the West believe Moscow is stirring up the unrest.


Girls freed: Three days ago, heavily armed militants raided a Nigerian school and seized 129 girls. All but eight of them are now free, according to the military. It wasn't immediately clear how the girls were freed or what condition they were in. They were herded out of bed and onto buses on Monday after Boko Haram militants won a fierce gunbattle with government forces. The militants want to make Nigeria into an Islamic state.


One year ago: Jeff Tobola wasn't ready to release the video until now. The pain was too great. But a year after an explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant killed 15 people and destroyed 120 homes, the time was right. Tobola started recording the fire on his cell phone just a second before the blast sent shock waves through the town of 2,800.


Mission update: Search crews are analyzing the latest data from an underwater drone looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Bluefin-21 has now searched about 35 square miles in its first three trips to the floor of the Indian Ocean. If no traces of MH370 are found, Malaysia's acting transportation minister says they'll "regroup and reconsider" how to move forward with the search.

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

- College bound: Down Syndrome teen Noah is super excited about being accepted to college.

–Battling through: Harry Hudson is a 20-year-old musician, but he's also a cancer patient. This video features his new song "Learn 2 Love." Download it on iTunes and you can help fund cancer research.

- This is a big deal: Check out these micro-robots.

- Point of view: University of Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman shows us what it's like to be him on the football field.

- Off track: This is a reminder of what could happen if you try to take a selfie too close to a moving train.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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  1. LJA

    Harry Hudson's song and video is so inspiring. Thank you CNN for sharing this story with us. It's nice to see a young person who has gone through so much try to make something good from his pain. This young mans story gives me hope. The video is so touching to watch and is so real. Anyone who has dealt with cancer or someone who has cancer can relate to this excellent video. After watching this video I can say that my day really isn't as bad as I thought it was.

    April 19, 2014 at 1:27 am | Reply
  2. abum190

    Just so you know, people with special needs prefer that you say "[insert name here] with [insert disability/disorder/impairment here]", so it would have been "Noah, a teen with Down syndrome". Some may not care one way or the other, but some will see it as furthering the perception that they are defined mainly by their disability. I know you meant no disrespect or offense- it's an awesome video.

    April 17, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for your comments, abum190. We'll share with those who need to see this.

      Have a lovely weekend!
      Lola / CNN VCM

      April 18, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  3. KJS

    Great story on the teen with Down Syndrome being accepted to college!

    April 17, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    Noah congratulation on your acceptance to college!!!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!! Harry Hudson " Learn 2 Love" is beautiful!!!!!!!! You two young men are truly inspirational!!!!!!!! You two have made my day so bright!!!!!!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2014 at 7:21 am | Reply

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