Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 7, 2014
Two days of closing arguments have begun in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius.
August 7th, 2014
03:32 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 7, 2014

The clock is ticking on the Gaza cease-fire. Fear grows over the Ebola crisis. And closing arguments begin in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

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


What's next?: So far, there's no peace deal in Cairo, but there's no fighting in Gaza, either. Entering the third day of a 72-hour cease-fire, officials from Israel and the Palestinian side - including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestine Liberation Organization - gathered in Egypt for talks about how to make the truce last. Will they strike a peace agreement? Will the truce be extended? Stay tuned.

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Fears grow: The Centers for Disease Control has raised its Ebola response to the highest level out of a growing fear the deadly virus may reach the United States. The World Health Organization announced yesterday that 932 deaths had been reported or confirmed as a result of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Nearly all of those deaths have been in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where more than 1,700 cases have been reported.

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Surf's up: You'll have to pardon the people of Hawaii if they are freaking out over an approaching hurricane. It's the kind of thing that rarely happens around there. And there are two headed their way. There's Hurricane Iselle, which looks like it will smack into the Big Island tonight, and the less threatening Hurricane Julio over the weekend. The surfers are loving it. Everyone else, not so much.

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Closing arguments: Prosecutors are making their final case today for a conviction in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on February 14, 2013. The Olympic sprinter admits to firing the bullets that killed Steenkamp, but denies murder, saying he mistakenly thought he was defending himself from an intruder. The defense will present their closing arguments tomorrow. A judge will rule on the case.

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Brutal regime: Former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been found guilty of crimes against humanity. Both were sentenced to life in prison. The men were senior members in the regime that ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. During that time at least 1.7 million people - about a quarter of the Cambodian population - are believed to have died from forced labor, starvation or execution.

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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.

- Got your goat: It's about a month late for the World Cup, but our four-legged friend sure has a head for the ball.

- Jeremy Lin dunk cam: Have you recorded and posted your dunk cam video yet? They're being judged on "creativity, execution and post-dunk celebration," or so says the new L.A. Laker, who has recorded a few dunk cam videos of his own. Don't forget the hashtag #JLinDunkCam so the judges can find it.

- Blame Mumford & Sons: Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues reveal the haunting and hypnotic power of the M & S winning formula.

- Rescue down under: A volunteer rescue team frees a man stuck at a subway stop in Perth, Australia.

- The fire challenge: This spoof points out the stupidity of the craze that has been sweeping social media.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. margate spencer

    another example of distortion by virtue of focus

    August 7, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
  2. Dennis MJ

    The mandolin gets The Hooters vibe going.

    August 7, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues are soooo craaaazy!!!!!!!! I love these guys!!!!!!!! What human strength and compassion was given to the man whose foot was caught between the platform and the car!!!!!!!! My inquisitive mind wants to know did he thank his rescuers and why did he walk away and board the next train? Hmm. OMG!!!!!!!! What is the reason for the sickening fire challenge craze?

    August 7, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  4. drew

    i'm writing about paragraph 2 Ebola i think they should have not brought him here i know its sounds bad but if i were the wife or child of that doctor i would have told him to stay over there i don't think there going to find a cure any time soon one we should not risk millions of peoples lifes for one person the doctor sighed up for it so he should have stayed there now if the cdc were to think they would have sent high educated doctors there to fix this not bring it here and kill 932 people if i were that doctor i would have told them to leave me there because in the long run we will all get it.

    August 7, 2014 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • DCallahan

      How are they supposed to study/cure Ebola in Africa? They don't have the facilities. If the scientists and doctors are ever going to conquer this horrible disease, we'll need to use facilities here in the US, or elsewhere, to study and treat people with the disease first hand. Like it or not, we are one of the countries who is best equipped. Yes, it's a very scary disease. However, if they can cure or vaccinate against Ebola, we all benefit.

      August 7, 2014 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • Hmm

      Most of the 932 deaths occured in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. I also recommend that we all educate ourselves on how Ebola is spread as well. At the end of the day, there probably is a cure but its not being shared because well...that's just the way it has always been.

      August 7, 2014 at 10:17 am | Reply

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