Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Police stand guard as demonstrators protest at the courthouse where a grand jury will look into Michael Brown's death.
August 21st, 2014
01:32 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 21, 2014

A mission to rescue James Foley before his death fails. Protests in Ferguson abate. And U.S. airlines reap billions in profits.

It's Thursday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Failed mission: Earlier this summer, Special Ops units flew into Syria on a mission to rescue American journalist James Foley and others. But when they reached the target location, no one was there. That's the latest revelation about Foley's finals days in the hands of ISIS, which taunted his family in an e-mail a week ago, saying he would be killed. That's what ISIS did, in a gruesome videotaped beheading.

MORE: U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, others in Syria failed


Two months: It looks like it might be that long before a local grand jury decides whether to bring charges in the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch began presenting the case yesterday. The same day, the crowds were smaller and calmer in Ferguson - a departure from the confrontations between police and protesters the last couple of nights.

MORE: Prosecutor says he's 'not going to rush it'


Not yet: In Virginia, residents voted to ban same-sex marriage. An appeals court struck down that ban last month and said the state should start providing marriage licenses to gay couples. Yesterday, the Supreme Court stepped in and issued an order that effectively said: No, gay and lesbian couples can't legally wed in the state for now.

MORE: No same-sex marriage in Virginia for now


Heading home: Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital today. Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol.

MORE: American Ebola patient to be released after clean blood tests


Windfall: The top U.S. airlines earned profits of $3.8 billion in the first half of 2014. That's up from $1.6 billion during the same period last year. Think they'll slash fares a bit now? Or maybe give us some better in-flight snacks? We're guessing not.

MORE: Airline profits up in first half of 2014

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

- I believe I can fly: It takes a little coaxing, but when this little French bulldog puppy learns to jump into his owner's arms ... precious!


- This is why YouTube was invented: So that some guy can post a video of a lizard in a tiny cowboy hat riding a tortoise.


- Pool pawty: Digg had a great headline for this video: "Disneyland is no longer the happiest place on Earth"

- Whoa! A sprint car flies into the stands and nearly takes out someone.


- Whoa! Part II: I'm sure tomorrow we'll find out this is part of a viral ad campaign. For now, watch this unbelievable ending to a motorbike accident


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!

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Zaveilou

    Thank u for the latest news

    August 22, 2014 at 4:46 am | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.