August 29th, 2014
03:30 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 29

The U.S. works on a strategy to go after ISIS in Syria. Russian troops are fighting in eastern Ukraine. And Brad and Angelina tie the knot.

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


No strategy: It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Obama said yesterday. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet." Obama said he's asked America's top defense officials to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as "a safe haven" for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Balance of power: Up to 1,000 Russian troops have crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels, a U.S. official said yesterday. Intelligence shows Russian forces have moved into southern Ukraine with heavy weapons and are fighting there. NATO provided what it said is evidence: satellite images showing Russian troops engaged in military operations inside Ukraine. Commercial satellite images showed the same thing. A rebel leader said up to 4,000 Russians are fighting in eastern Ukraine, some of them active military.

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The sound of a shooting: A company whose video chat service apparently captured audio of Michael Brown's shooting said yesterday the recording was created at the time the Missouri teenager was killed this month. The revelation appears to bolster a man's claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time a police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9. Police have said Brown was trying to grab the officer's gun. Witnesses say the teen was holding his hands in the air when he was fatally shot. Investigators are determining whether to accuse the officer of wrongdoing; no charges have been filed. The audio may help determine what happened.

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Comedian hospitalized: Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement last night after arriving at the hospital following a flight from Los Angeles. A law enforcement official told CNN that Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers, 81, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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Crisis grows: The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said yesterday. The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. "However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities," the WHO said. The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. The total number of cases "could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency," the WHO said.

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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.

–Brangelina nuptials: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tied the knot over the weekend in France, a rep said yesterday. They got married Saturday in a small, private ceremony in a chapel at Château Miraval in the village of Correns.

- Delivery takes flight: Google introduces "Project Wing” delivery drones.

- Dog's life: This Chihuahua puppy is pretty chill, just getting a neck massage, reading the paper.

- Did she or didn't she?: The chocolate doughnut mystery.

- Northern Lights: A hypnotic time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I'm with George above. I would turn off all news sources and live like a hermit, but need to know where the latest black uprising is also so I can stay clear.

    August 29, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    LOL!!!!!!!! That innocent precious little girl with the proof clearly visible on her cute face stood her grounds!!!!!!!! After watching the soothing effect that the neck massage had on the Chihuahua, I'm having one for the very first time!!!!!!!! Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis time- lapse video is breathtaking, beautiful and awesome!!!!!!!! It gave me chills!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!! Google on " Project Wing" !!!!!!!! HAVE AN ENJOYABLE,BEAUTIFUL END OF SUMMER WEEKEND EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2014 at 8:14 am | Reply
  3. delta3sigma

    43 Democrats in the Senate have signed onto a bill to effectively repeal the First Amendment.
    S.J.Res.19 would effectively give Congress the power to control any political speech in the United States.
    Led by Harry Reid, the bill would eliminate the ability of campaigns, political parties and outside groups to spend money in elections. We would all like to see corruption via campaign spending to end, but to eliminate the 1st Amendment is not the way to do it.

    August 29, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply
    • rp1588

      You have it backwards. It is the campaign spending that leads to the violation of the first amendment. Congressmen listen to the paid speech of lobbyists instead of the free speech of constituents.

      August 29, 2014 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Stan

      Wow you sure have drunk way way too much wing nut koolaid. Campaign spending by the Koch brothers and their ilk is out of control resulting in the dissemination of multiple huge lies. It needs to have the light of day shining on it so there is some chance of it being seen as utter propaganda. What we really need is a Constitutional amendment defining a person as a "natural born person" not an artificial entity such as a corporation.

      August 29, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
  4. George

    Wow. Between Ukraine, ISIS and Ebola I'm not sure if I should dive into the survivalist shelter now or just turn off the t-v.

    August 29, 2014 at 6:22 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Oh dear, George! Yes, sometimes the news is hard to hear...but that's why #NewDay has the #GoodStuff.
      Find stories of people doing good things here:
      And we hope you'll share your #GoodStuff stories with us as well!
      Have a lovely weekend~

      August 29, 2014 at 7:17 am | Reply

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