Islamist militants stage a brutal attack on a Nigerian village involved in the hunt for hundreds of kidnapped girls. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a pause in eastern Ukraine referendum votes. And Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair essay hits newsstands today.
It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. NIGERIA GIRLS
Boko Haram: Just as the world is getting some of its first glimpses of this Islamist militant group, it's also getting a taste of its brutality. A month after kidnapping hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram has killed hundreds in a village that troops were using as a home base for the search. Monday's bloody attack by the militants follows a pattern of revenge-seeking against anybody perceived to have provided aid to the Nigerian government.
2. BENGHAZI COMMITTEE
Not over yet: The House is expected to vote this week to approve a special committee on the September 11,2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Republicans have long said that the White House knows more than it is letting on about what happened in Benghazi. A Senate report earlier this year said the attack was "likely preventable." Hillary Clinton, who could make a White House bid in 2016, was secretary of state at the time of the attack.
3. MONICA LEWINSKY
Regrets and insights: Even before hitting newsstands, Monica Lewinsky's essay in Vanity Fair provoked its share of reactions across social media, from shrugs to bemusement to outright hostility. The reactions are easy to understand when you're talking about a former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton threatened to bring down his presidency. Now that her essay is out, it reveals a woman still haunted by the events of nearly two decades ago. It also offers insights into someone who has moved on.
4. UKRAINE CRISIS
A softening stance?: Will the referendum still go ahead Sunday? That is what pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine will be deciding today after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged them to postpone the May 11 vote in order to give dialogue "the conditions it needs to have a chance." The referendum, scheduled to take place in Donetsk and Luhansk, was to plainly ask whether eastern Ukrainian residents living there want sovereignty from Kiev.
5. NEO-NAZIS SENTENCED
An about-face: In court, the South Carolina neo-Nazi couple seemed remorseful for the 2013 murder of a sex offender. But they changed their tunes when life sentences were handed down. Then Jeremy and Christine Moody told reporters they'd commit murder again. In July, Jeremy Moody told police he killed a man and his wife because the husband was on the South Carolina sex offender registry. The judge dished out the life terms after he caught the Moodys smiling at each other in court after expressing remorse.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- #WhatIsPretty: Beyoncé has compiled fan Instagram videos and photos into the latest version of her song "Pretty Hurts."
- Brave bulldogs: These fearless pups challenged a New Hampshire black bear and won.
- Annapolis antics: It's finals week at the U.S. Naval Academy.
- Granny's got skills: This grandma still knows her way around a soccer ball.
- Duck, duck, jump: Sometimes you just gotta say "what the heck" and make the leap.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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