Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, May 5, 2014
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers do the "human chandelier."
May 5th, 2014
04:55 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, May 5, 2014

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 enters a "more difficult" phase. The Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes in South Africa. And Shelly Sterling backs the NBA's lifetime ban of her estranged husband for making racist comments.

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


Let's try this: The results have been fruitless so far in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. More than 300 search flights. Over 3,000 hours in the air. A staggering 4 million square kilometers of ocean. And nothing to show for it. Today, search officials announced that a new, "more difficult" phase was beginning. Australia estimates the cost at about $60 million. Even at that price tag, nothing is guaranteed.


Human chandelier: It sounds beautiful and exquisite, but suddenly turned horrifying as it crashed to the ground yesterday at a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, Rhode Island. Eight performers hanging by their hair fell when the apparatus holding them about 30 feet in the air failed, the circus said. Another performer was injured on the ground.


Back in court: It's been a couple of weeks, but the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumed in South Africa today. The 27-year-old admits that he shot and killed his cover model girlfriend, but he denies that he murdered her, saying he thought she was an intruder in his house in the middle of the night. The prosecution aims to prove Pistorius intentionally shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp last year. The defense team hopes to cast doubt on that claim.



New twist: Perhaps it's not surprising, but Shelly Sterling supports the tough stance the NBA took against her estranged husband after he made racist comments in a phone call recorded by his mistress. The league banned Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million. Shelly Sterling said in a statement that the team and the league need to work together to find new leadership. There was no mention of Commissioner Adam Silver's plan to force Donald Sterling to sell the team.


Struggling: Ukraine is losing battle after battle to maintain order in the country's east. Pro-Russian sympathizers and militants continue to overrun government positions. And rare government gains are short-lived. It raises questions about the ability of the army and police to confront the uprisings that Kiev says are backed by Moscow. Russian officials say the Kremlin is not involved.

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

- 100 days of dance: He doesn’t have moves like Jagger or Astaire for that matter but watch this guy bust a move to the same song day after day after day after …

- Synchronicity: This what you get when you let fifth-grade boys put together their own talent show skit. They clearly have a dry sense of humor.

- Dogs down under: Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” is just about everywhere these days. Now it’s gone to the dogs and a cat in Australia.

- Pachyderm blues: Get down with your elephant self.

- Minor difference: Attention, please. Give a listen to this haunting version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Chase Holfelder.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. AllisonP

    We are covering a circus accident and Sterling but not the 200+ girls kidnapped in Nigeria by terrorists? Very sad.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Allison,
      CNN has been covering this story for some time, and will continue to do so in-depth on multiple shows this evening, beginning with Erin Burnett OutFront at 7pm ET.

      More here:

      Thank you,
      Lola / CNN VCM

      May 5, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • AllisonP

        Thanks for your response, Lola.

        May 5, 2014 at 11:09 am |
  2. janesauric

    After almost two months, the fact that there is STILL no news about the Malaysian plane is STILL your number one story? Earthquakes and wildfires go unmentioned and the circus disaster is number two on your ranking of importance. The plane is still missing, there is no new information; until that fact changes, maybe move it down on your list of priorities.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  3. stumpzzz

    Good videos today. Every weekend I come to work surprised that they have YET to find anything related to flight 370 :/

    The 5th grade swim video was cool.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    I danced while watching the twelve dogs and the cat doing their thing to " Happy". The song is contagious!!!!!!!! Danced some more while watching 100 days of dancing!!!!!!!! That young man has rhythm!!!!!!!! The fifth grade boys' talent show skit was imaginative and hilarious!!!!!!!! Loving this " New Day" !!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Awe, thanks Margaret! Your post made our #NewDay – we have big smiles on our faces~

      Happy Monday and thanks for sharing your mornings with us.

      Lola / CNN VCM

      May 5, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply

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