April 18th, 2014
04:43 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, April 18

The hunt for a Malaysian jetliner could run a quarter of a billion dollars. Rough seas hamper rescue efforts for a sunken South Korean ferry. And Kansas City police nab a suspect in the highway shooter case.

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

1. MISSING PLANE

Adding up: The underwater drone looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 dipped into the ocean today for a fifth time in its hunt for the missing plane. So far, nothing of consequence has been found. While Bluefin-21 has just barely gotten started scanning the deep seas, the costs are adding up. Australia's top transport official says a prolonged undersea search could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used.

2. SOUTH KOREA FERRY

Little progress: The death toll from a sunken ferry boat off the coast of South Korea rose to 28 today. And even though rescue workers have managed to breach the hull, hopes of finding the roughly 270 people still missing dimmed further when the entire boat became submerged. Hopes for survival center largely on passengers finding air pockets to breathe in. Air is being pumped into the hull.

3. KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY SHOOTER

Suspect in custody: Police have made an arrest in those highway shootings around the Kansas City area, up to 20 of them over the past couple of months. The suspect hasn't been named yet, but a news conference is scheduled for this morning. Residents are breathing a bit easier now and not taking the long way around to avoid areas where the shootings had been reported.

4. UKRAINE CRISIS

What's next?: Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the West may have agreed to steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine - but today will be the first test of whether those words will translate into action. All eyes will be on Ukraine to see whether pro-Russian protesters will give up the buildings they seized in recent days. The key to this may be whether Russia uses its influence to make it happen.

5. NOBEL LAUREATE DEATH

Honored author: Gabriel García Marquez is considered one of the most influential Spanish-language authors of all time. The Nobel Prize-winning writer penned "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera." In Latin America, he was simply known as "Gabo." Family and government officials confirmed his death yesterday. The Colombia native was 87.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982

Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982

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

–A fowl friendship: Have you hugged your Chicken today?

- Tumblin': It's a raccoon doing somersaults. Enough said.

- Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?: A teensy bear pays an unexpected visit to an auto repair shop. Let's hope momma doesn't show up too.

- Snow fun: This Miami rescue dog loves the Minnesota snow.

- An ode to food: Stand back! Zarra Brown sings for her supper, or at least to it.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. ElectricLion

    Clinton's too old to run? Seriously? She's younger than Reagan was. He had Alzheimer's while in office, and yet Republicans all over the country, then and especially now, equate him with Jesus Christ Himself.

    April 18, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • gekaap

      Yeah, because Reagan was such a success story. Clinton is too old. Clinton is a baby boomer, and their time in the sun is over. Their way of doing things is over. It's time to we, Generation X, to take the reigns. The ship belongs to us now, let's make some waves.

      April 18, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  2. norm

    We all knew grandma Clinton wouldn't run! It's not Hillary from 08! this is Old Grandma Clinton! She is too old n frail to be commander and chief! It's always noticeable how presidents age once taking office! A young man at the start and an aged man in the end! People thought Mcain was old? Clinton's a corpse! They used the best years of her life but never , ever did I think Hillary could or would run and I'm glad she saved face and she's a acting like a grandmother , better than acting like the commander and chief for the next 4 years! She got one shoe thrown at her ? At she's out!!! Not commander n chief material. Period! She's been tested and she's not presidential material , phew!

    April 18, 2014 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • dr. pantsov

      wow, new record. usually it takes 3-4 comments before some super smart person starts yelling about some political thing. wtg!

      April 18, 2014 at 7:28 am | Reply

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