April 21st, 2014
05:12 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, April 21, 2014

South Korea's President blasts the captain of a sunken ferry boat. The Ukraine standoff takes on a "Cold War" feel. And a 16-year-old says he hopped a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane.

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

1. SOUTH KOREA SHIP

Serious charges: South Korean President Park Geun-hye gets real in her assessment of the captain and some of the crew in the deadly ferry sinking. "The actions ... are akin to murder," she said today, after weekend reports of chaos and confusion as the disaster unfolded. At least 64 people have died and 238 others remain missing. The captain and six others have been arrested.

2. YEMEN AL QAEDA STRIKES

Militants killed: A "massive and unprecedented" assault targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Yemen, a government official told CNN today. The operation includes drone strikes and Yemeni commandos and is "going after high-level AQAP targets," according to the official. The government's not commenting directly on this, but the official says at least 30 militants have been killed.

3. MISSING PLANE

45 days: Frustrated families keep the faith in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But emotions were raw and tempers short when Malaysian government officials met with Chinese families today. Meanwhile, the underwater drone scanning the Indian Ocean floor hasn't found anything in its first eight missions. It's already scanned about two-thirds of its designated search area with nary a trace of the missing plane. Mission No. 9 began today.

4. UKRAINE

East-West tensions: Is the Cold War back? Because it kind of feels like it is. Pro-Russian administrations are popping up all over eastern Ukraine, after pro-Russian protesters overran government buildings and set up roadblocks. Russian troops are near the border. Washington makes a show of support, sending Vice President Joe Biden to Ukraine's capital to meet with the acting President and other key lawmakers. He'll stay for a couple of days and then head back.

5. HAWAII PLANE STOWAWAY

How does this happen? A ground crew finds a teenager stumbling around the tarmac in Maui, dazed and confused. He's got an almost unbelievable story. He says he stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines plane from San Jose, California. If the 16-year-old's story pans out, he survived for almost five hours, at altitudes that reached 38,000 feet, without oxygen and in subzero temperatures. Investigators have surveillance video of him hopping the fence at San Jose International Airport, so it's possible.

Boy who says he stowed away in the wheel well of a jet is loaded into an ambulance.

The boy is loaded into an ambulance.

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

- Safety can be beautiful: Air New Zealand takes the preflight safety video and makes it sexy.

- Blazing hot: Music sounds better when it's on fire. This is nerdy and cool, all at the same time.

- Doggy drama: Rocco loves to chase squirrels and goes a little bit nuts when he can't.

- Salad pig: This little porker likes his greens.

- Pushed too far: You can chase a moose for only so long before its stands up for itself.

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!

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  1. Crashman

    I love how the commentary below the moose video says "we weren't chasing the moose, we were following it." Tell that to the moose. He was running and the snowmobiler was racing to keep up with him. I'm sure the moose felt he was being chased. Irresponsible behavior. These people were lucky they weren't trampled by the moose.

    April 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply

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