The NBA commissioner hands the owner of the L.A. Clippers a lifetime ban. More severe weather is in the forecast for the eastern United States. And an Oklahoma death row inmate dies in a botched lethal injection.
It's Wednesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."
1. STERLING SCANDAL
Banned for life: The reviews are in. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver scored a slam-dunk yesterday in banning L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life. A $2.5 million fine was also part of the deal. Oh yes, and there was a basketball game, too. The Clippers rebounded to win Game 5 of their playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, 113-103. L.A. leads the series 3-2.
2. SEVERE WEATHER
Lots of rain: Severe thunderstorms may roar across the southeastern United States again today, bringing with them a slight risk of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. About 37 million people are at risk in places like Jacksonville, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Virginia Beach; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Atlanta, the National Weather Service said. Heavy rain will be the norm.
3. OKLAHOMA EXECUTION
Lethal injection botched: One execution stopped midcourse, another postponed. Oklahoma corrections officials looked for answers yesterday after the death of inmate Clayton Lockett, who convulsed and writhed on the gurney after drugs to carry out his death sentence were administered. The execution was halted, but the result was still death. A second execution scheduled for yesterday has been put on hold while the state investigates.
4. MISSING PLANE
Look here: A private company says it has found what it believes to be plane wreckage in the ocean, but those searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 dismiss the claim. For one thing, the site where GeoResonance says it found the wreckage is in the Bay of Bengal, several thousand miles away from the current search area. The Malaysian government says it's worth checking into. The Australians, who are leading the search, say they'll keep looking in the southern Indian Ocean.
5. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY
Returning to school: They left school two weeks ago on a field trip with hundreds of classmates. They came back today without the scores of students who died at sea. About 70 survivors from the sunken South Korean ferry visited a memorial at Danwon High School in Asnan, the school that sent 325 students on a field trip to Jeju Island. There were plenty of tears and the knowledge that life will no longer be the same.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Epic battle: Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone square off in a lip sync battle royal. Watch your tongue.
- Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos: Need we say more?
- How not to celebrate: A graduate's backflip completely flops
- Who wants to go out? We think Yoda the Chihuahua does, once he stops spinning in circles.
- Mommy's having a baby: Future big sister is pretty happy about it, just hide all breakable glassware. Her squeals of delight are dog-whistle shrill.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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