September 9th, 2014
01:30 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Domestic violence does Ray Rice in. 'Jihadi John' is close to being ID'd. And we're on watch for iWatch.

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


Double-barrelled discipline: The controversy had stretched for months, but in the end, the resolution came quickly: First, Ray Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens. Then, minutes later, he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The catalyst for the sudden change? A video acquired by TMZ, showing Rice punching his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator - then dragging her limp body halfway out the door, and dropping her on her face with her skirt hiked up.

Rice had already been disciplined by the NFL for this incident, receiving just a two-game suspension. After the video came out, the NFL quickly released a statement noting, "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today." That only sparked more questions: If TMZ had obtained the video, why hadn't the NFL? What other flaws had there been in the league's investigation?


Unmasked: He's the man known as 'Jihadi John' - speaking with what sounds like a British accent and holding a knife to American journalist James Foley's throat just before his beheading. Now, U.S. and British authorities are honing in on who they believe is the man: a Brit linked to an extremist group based in London. Officials are not naming him yet, citing the investigation and concerns that ISIS still has American hostages.

Meanwhile, the family of slain hostage Steven Sotloff believes ISIS paid as much as $50,000 to rebels who alerted the militant group that the American journalist had entered Syria. Barak Barfi, who last saw his friend the morning Sotloff was kidnapped, told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" that the family had learned from "sources on the ground" that a member of a moderate rebel group phoned ISIS.



You and me and baby makes ... four: You can pretty much divide the world into two camps: those who crave every last detail about Prince William and Kate, and those who couldn't care less. Yesterday was a great day for the first camp when Buckingham Palace announced the couple's expecting their second child. With Scotland voting next week on whether to separate from the U.K. , the Guardian newspaper actually ran a poll, "Will the new royal baby save the union?" The answer: no. But talk about pressure on a fetus!


Yikes!: This isn't good. A federal investigation has found that Homeland Security is totally "ill-prepared" for something like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic - or something worse, such as a global Ebola outbreak. In 2006, Congress gave DHS $47 million to prepare for such a national medical crisis. And the department did go shopping; it spent millions on this equipment that might now be completely worthless, missing or unnecessary.


The big reveal: There will come a day - and one hopes, in the not-too-distant-future - where we will no longer wait with bated breath for every new Apple announcement. But alas, that day isn't today. Expect lots of ink as the tech giant announces its new products: a new iPhone and a smartwatch. But unless they shoot lasers, we won't be impressed.

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

- Going green: We're betting this sharbador (Shar Pei + Labrador) will do for broccolli what Popeye the Sailor did for spinach


- Maximum cuteness: This is a two-week-old baby elephant blowing bubbles. What more needs to be said?


- One for the record books: Maibam Itomba Meitei has spent 14 years perfecting his record - the most consecutive pinky pullups!


- Bad trip: This man pulls out of his garage and straight into a tornado


- Busted!: This cat's thought bubble? "It's not what you think."


soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dude

    Well it's obvious isn't it? She wanted money from his NFL career as well. People will put up with a lot of abuse to get so near that amount of money.

    September 9, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  2. kjhho

    Obama's loyalty lies with the Sunni Muslims. His father was a Sunni. He did not hesitate to invade Libya to usher in a radical Sunni "government". He does not want to stop ISIS because they are Sunni and he would like nothing more than to see a war between the 20% Shia Muslims and the 80% Sunni. This is his aim and it fits nicely with the Shia wishes as well. When Obama appears to support the Iranians in their quest for nuclear weapons it's not just an appearance. He actually wants a nuclear armed Iran. Why? Obama knows Iran will use them either against Israel, any Muslims dream, or Sunni's, maybe even a western country. Either way it would be a green light to wipe Iran off the map. Obama, like most Sunni Muslims, believes the number of lives lost by any side is of little consequence if the ultimate goal is achieved, a world dominated by Sunni Muslims. The Shia believe the exact same thing but, of course, with a Shia outcome. Both sides are willing to destroy anyone to achieve their goal including killing their own. This is the truth about Muslims on both sides but make no mistake the destruction of America and Israel, Christians and Jews is the highest priority. This is Obama's number one on his agenda.

    September 9, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
  3. Katie Duncan

    Announcement is spelled wrong in the title of #5...have a great day!

    September 9, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thanks, Katie. We have corrected.
      Have a great #NewDay!

      September 9, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  4. JRice

    That grey cat is adorable.

    September 9, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  5. Margaret Morgan

    Why wasn'tthe Ray Rice- Janay Palmer video shown in it's entirety? Domestic violence destroys, maims and kills children, women and men everyday. Yet Janay Palmer chose to marry Ray Rice anyway. Go figure. If in fact Goodell viewed the whole video and withheld that information he has to in all fairness relinquish his position as commissioner.

    September 9, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Margaret,
      The NFL said they did not have access to the video. They just released a statement about this, which was read on air.
      Stay with CNN for more on this story at this link:
      Happy #NewDay!

      September 9, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  6. ronald dewitt

    why on earth is the british royals baby top news? why is k. kardashian even ever mentioned? why is bieber news in any way. it is an insult to humanity that those people is presumed to be of interest

    September 9, 2014 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • Domanik

      In fairness, what you consider news may not be the same as someone else. Most talked about topics = news.

      September 9, 2014 at 8:10 am | Reply
  7. Jack Granger

    World is on fire!

    September 9, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply

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