June 9th, 2014
02:02 PM ET

Police: Driver Charged in Tracy Morgan Crash was Awake 24 Hours

A truck driver charged in a weekend crash that killed a man and injured comedian Tracy Morgan and others in New Jersey was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident, a criminal complaint filed in the case says.

Kevin Roper, 35, is charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto in the Saturday morning crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The wreck took place about 1 a.m. Saturday when the limo van Morgan was in was hit by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

The collision killed Morgan's fellow passenger, comedian James McNair - who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.

Comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were among the injured, as was a man named Jeffrey Millea.

Morgan's publicist said he's showing signs of improvement.

"He has been more responsive, which is an incredibly encouraging sign," publicist Lewis Kay said Sunday.

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June 9th, 2014
12:00 PM ET

The Bergdahl Exchange: the Weekend Developments

The negotiated release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban figures has turned into a whirlwind of controversy - some of it political and some of it from the very soldiers he served with in Afghanistan.

New information on both fronts came to light over the weekend, including new details on Bergdahl himself, the conditions he faced in captivity and how he's adjusting to his freedom - both physically and mentally.

  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was kept in a pitch black cage for weeks at a time
  • Sec. John Kerry says released Taliban figures will be monitored
  • If they turn to violent ways, they could die violent deaths, he says
  • Law enforcement official: The Bergdahl family has received e-mail threats


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June 9th, 2014
06:12 AM ET
Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, June 9, 2014
Smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan.
June 9th, 2014
04:48 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, June 9, 2014

Las Vegas police search for answers after two cops and a shopper are gunned down. The release of a U.S. soldier generates more controversy. And prisoners at a Canadian jail stage a Hollywood-style escape.

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


Shooting targets cops: A married couple yelled "revolution" before gunning down two Las Vegas police officers at a pizza restaurant yesterday. After doing that, they then ran across the parking lot to a Walmart, where they killed a shopper. The duo's shooting rampage ended when the wife fatally shot the husband and then herself as police closed in. More details are expected at a news conference in a few hours.


Hours of chaos: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack last night at the country's largest and busiest airport. Twenty-eight people died in the fighting. The Taliban said the assault was in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in November that killed former chief Hakimullah Mehsud.


Filling in the blanks: There were lots of new details over the weekend on the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Taliban kept him in a dark box for weeks after an escape attempt, a U.S. official said. Bergdahl, who was held for five years, is recovering at a U.S. military hospital in Germany. This week, the Obama administration will continue to brief members of Congress on the negotiations that led to his release. Many lawmakers don't like the way things were handled.


Getting better: Tracy Morgan is still in critical condition but showing signs of improvement after a weekend car crash along the New Jersey turnpike. The comedian suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg when a semitrailer hit his limo van. The accident killed fellow comedian Jimmy Mack and injured several other people who were traveling with him. The driver of the truck faces criminal charges.


Flight time: We've seen this before, but it's always a bit of a surprise. Three men escaped from a Canadian jail by helicopter over the weekend. The chopper swooped into the courtyard, picked up the prisoners and flew off into the night sky. A manhunt is underway.

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

- Early Father's Day surprise: Ronald McDonald House Charities in Canada and WestJet reunite Marc Grimard with his sick child and family. Grab a hanky before hitting play.

- New toy: Leave a French bulldog puppy alone with a springy door stopper, and this is what you get.

- First day on the job: Not too hard to believe, but why were his co-workers standing by to record this epic fail?

- Baby got orchestra: Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, some things just don't belong together. Take Sir Mix-a-Lot and a symphony. You be the judge.

- Bambi gets stuck: Enjoy this tender moment as a young deer is freed from a fence as Mama watches nearby.

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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