Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Israeli soldiers walk back across the border from Gaza. A new cease-fire began today.
August 5th, 2014
02:50 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A three-day cease-fire begins between Israel and Hamas. Another American with Ebola is being brought back to the United States. And a nationwide fruit recall expands.

It's Tuesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day


Truce: The Israeli military withdrew its ground troops from Gaza this morning as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire with Hamas began. The move wasn't a total surprise since IDF said it was wrapping its work of destroying some 32 militant tunnels that run under the border. The tunnels have been used for attacks on Israel. Just before the truce began, a barrage of rockets from Gaza went up, Israel said. More than 1,900 people have died in the fighting, the vast majority are Palestinians.

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Life flight: A second American suffering from Ebola is expected to arrive in Atlanta today from Liberia, where she contracted the often-deadly virus. Her plane departed early Tuesday morning, a source told CNN. Missionary Nancy Writebol is traveling aboard an air ambulance equipped with an isolation unit. It will land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, and from there she'll be rushed to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital about 20 miles away.

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The battle for Iraq: Kurdish forces in northern Iraq remain in control of the nation's largest hydroelectric dam after fending off an assault by the radical Islamic State, the dam's director said. Earlier reports said fighters with the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had overrun the facility. They were pushed back after gaining access to a housing compound for employees who work at the dam just north of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, Abdul Khaliq al-Dabbagh, the director of the Mosul Dam, said.

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Displaced Iraqis seek refuge Monday after the Islamic State took their hometown

Displaced Iraqis seek refuge after the Islamic State takes their hometown


Another case: The parents of a newborn, who died after being left in a hot car in North Carolina last month, have been charged with the child's death. Sherrie Tiesha Clay and Shakee Duquan Robinson were arrested yesterday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse, according to Statesville police. Both parents are being held in the Iredell County Jail on $200,000 bond.

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Intestinal mischief: If you've bought California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots lately, even the organic kind, check the label carefully. The Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California, has expanded a voluntary recall of its products. The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis. The symptoms associated with this serious infection included high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea.

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

–The Jordan and Taylor show: Taylor Swift surprises Jordan, a young fan suffering from leukemia at Boston Children’s Hospital. Jordan is thrilled and sings along to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

- Real food debut: Baby gets his first taste of anything other than breast milk.

- The cows come home: Farmer Derek Klingenberg serenades his cattle with a trombone version of Lorde’s "Royal" - and they come running.

- Bird brain: Toucan Sam makes a nuisance of himself in front of a traffic camera in Brazil.

- Surprise: A lion cub sneaks up on an unsuspecting dog at the Cornellskop Animal Training Farm in South Africa.

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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  1. Margaret Morgan

    CNN team I finally found the extra special video you wanted me to see. And yes it did put a smile on my face along with the ones I watched and commented on this morning. Now I understand what you meant by an extra video. Thanks!!!!!!!! What a beautiful special day I'm having!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  2. connie K

    I did not see this "column" available yesterday morning; was freaking out! I can't start my work day without y'all! So happy to see it was back today... such a great job y'all!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:44 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    LOL!!!!!!!! One more extra special video for my birthday????????!!!!!!!! I would be curious to see the first one!!!!!!!! Lust caution uncensored video social Didn't see a thing!!!!!!!! Thank goodness!!!!!!!! CNN team it was the thought that counted!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! You're really making my birthday special!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  4. Margaret Morgan

    I want the CNN team to know that I am not the mother of a murdered child. I was extending my love to John Walsh. Thank you for your thoughts and kind words. Now let me start this VERY SPECIAL NEW DAY TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 with IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! Now for my comments: Love, love, love Jordan and Taylor singing and dancing. I made it a threesome!!!!!!!! Farmer Derek Klingenberg serenading his cattle as they came over the horizon ( that's what it's called right)? One led by dancing while the others mooed or were they booing? LOL!!!!!!!! Love seeing a baby eating food for the first time. Always precious, priceless and amusing!!!!!!!! Thanks CNN team for all the HAPPY THINGS ON MY SPECIAL DAY!!!!!!!! I hope I left space for the other commentators!!!!!!!! Or maybe I should say for my comments!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Happy Birthday, Margaret!
      Thank you for sharing your birthday morning with CNN and NewDay~

      August 5, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      And here's one more extra special video we hope you enjoy for your birthday!
      From CNN affil #WFTS –
      Happy Birthday!

      August 5, 2014 at 9:27 am | Reply
  5. marnigreenwald

    I really appreciate the Five Things to Know for Your New Day in that it always ends with feel good stories. It really helps me start my day out out on a positive note. Keep up the good work! #Toucans

    August 5, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply

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