Obama says he'll do what he wants about Iraq, authorities nab suspected American terrorists, and a teen stowaway talks about his crazy flight inside a plane wheel well.
It's Thursday, and here are 5 things to know for your "New Day"
1. Iraq crisis
Should he stay or should he go? There's a growing chorus that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki must go if there's any hope of unifying Iraq as Islamic militants take city after city, a U.S. senator said. Meanwhile, President Obama is talking about efforts to help strengthen Iraq's security forces against the threat of the militants. And while he said he'll tell Congress what he plans, he said he doesn't need Congress' approval.
2. Texas terror suspects
Right here at home: Cops nabbed two young men in Texas suspected of trying to support terrorist groups in Syria and Somalia. One was scoping out "potential recruits for committing violent jihad overseas" from his Austin home, authorities say. The other 23-year-old was caught before boarding a plane in Houston en route to provide "his services to radical groups." Analysts believe as many as 100 American citizens have traveled to fight in Syria.
3. Benghazi arrest
Like a movie: Interrogators don't expect to have it easy with Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, a Washington law enforcement official told CNN. After all, he's had time to rehearse his story. But an interrogation expert thinks there's a good chance Abu Khatallah will crack, if interrogators punch the right buttons. Others have done so before him.
4. Veterans Affairs troubles
More money, more problems: The director of the embattled Phoenix VA Health Care System is still on the government's payroll - a month after President Obama pledged to hold VA officials involved in fraudulent scheduling practices accountable. One VA official said Director Sharon Helman and two other officials at the Phoenix VA have been "removed" from their positions, but he said the government continues to pay federal employees during the termination process. And he doesn't know if the $9,000 in bonuses that Helman received last year has been paid back.
5. Plane stowaway
Wild ride: The California teenager who defied laws and nature by surviving a plane ride to Hawaii while in a wheel well says he remembers seeing the ocean from 38,000 feet above Earth. "It was above the clouds, I could see through the little holes," Yahya Abdi, 15, of Santa Clara told CNN affiliate KPIX on Wednesday. He was hoping to see his mother in Ethiopia but ended up in Maui.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
Busted no more: So you've been caught reading TMZ at work. It's cool, we all have. Thankfully, Timesify is here. Just drag the Timesify button to your bookmarks. When the boss is about to catch you keeping up with the Kardashians, just click the button and the screen will look like a New York Times article -– with the text left intact!
Musicless music video: What happens when David Bowie and Mick Jagger dance in the street - without music? Here's what happens:
Good boy! And you were proud when you got Fido to stop climbing on the neighbor. An Israeli dog trainer got these canines to obey commands specifically by their names:
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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!