October 29th, 2014
12:24 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, October 29

An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket explodes. Ferguson's police chief may resign. And we know why North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was MIA.

It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."


An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket burst into flames yesterday along the eastern Virginia coast, causing a huge fireball. The rocket and cargo spacecraft were set to launch at 6:22 p.m. with 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. "There was failure on launch," NASA said. "There was no indicated loss of life."

Police chief to resign: The police chief of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, who faced criticism over his department's handling of the Michael Brown shooting, is expected to step down.  Police Chief Thomas Jackson is resigning as part of an effort to reform the police department, according to government officials. But he has denied the reports and says "nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign."

Reason for his MIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who recently disappeared from public view for about six weeks, had a cyst removed from his left ankle, a lawmaker says.  South Korean officials said a cyst was found on Kim's left ankle earlier this year. That cyst may have caused muscle nerve damage and prompted him to have ankle surgery between September and October, lawmaker Lee Cheol-woo said.

4. Packages may contain bacteria: A Pennsylvania company has issued a voluntary recall for its baby wipes because some packages may contain a bacteria that's  resistant to common antibiotics. The wipes being recalled are: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings. They were sold to: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's and Diapers.com.

U.S. federal buildings: The Homeland Security chief is intensifying security for more than 9,500 federal buildings and their 1.4 million daily visitors after the attack near Canada's parliament. New security measures will guard against "continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere" after two attacks last week on Canada's government.


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

Old meets new: Man uses hip-hop music to remake an old video of a couple dancing decades ago.

Spooky produce: Forget Jack-o-lanterns. Farmer Tony Dighera is growing Frankenstein-shaped "Pumpkinsteins" in his fields.

Good dog, indeed: This pooch fetches beer from fridge. Can we adopt him?

No fun walk: Hidden camera shows harassment a woman endures while walking alone in New York City.

Scary good fun: Baseball team performs "Thriller" flashmob. One word: awesome!

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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. pjswords

    The link to the SDSU baseball team's "Thriller" flash mob is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM9qmqeoWZg.

    October 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Team New Day

      Hi all- thanks for flagging the incorrect video Pamela. It should be correct now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM9qmqeoWZg

      November 4, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    Are there any other commentators besides me today?

    October 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  3. mjanusik2013

    The link for the baseball flashmob leads you to the wrong video.

    October 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  4. mjanusik2013

    The video for the baseball flashmob is the wrong video.

    October 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  5. Margaret Morgan

    Forthe third day my comments are still awaiting moderation. My feelings are hurt. What have I done wrong? Please tell me.

    October 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  6. Amy P

    The last video is not a flashmob. Wrong video posted?

    October 29, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  7. Allan

    I think the Thriller video link is not right

    October 29, 2014 at 10:15 am | Reply
  8. Bill

    @CNN Today you get a fail on the upload. The last video is a great interview, but no "Thriller' was performed.

    October 29, 2014 at 9:38 am | Reply
  9. HughJ

    Flash mob? Maybe someone slipped the wrong video in?

    October 29, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  10. Margaret Morgan

    Thank goodness that was an unmanned rocket!!!!!!!! Love the Frankenstein Pumpkinsteins!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2014 at 9:31 am | Reply
  11. Pooky

    Slow Kim Kadashien day, CNN?

    October 29, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply
  12. pete

    The link for the baseball flash mob is incorrect.

    October 29, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  13. Jbbb

    Wrong vid for thriller flash mob.

    October 29, 2014 at 8:26 am | Reply
  14. Don

    Obama's plan to bring African Obola victims to the U.S. for treatment. (See administration memo, not reported by CNN.)

    October 29, 2014 at 8:09 am | Reply
  15. Jen

    For anyone looking for the 'Thriller' flash mob video, it's 4/79 on the playlist. Doesn't seem to come up automatically, so the caption is incredibly misleading.

    October 29, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply
  16. EJ

    The "No fun walk" video was interesting, but regardless of what some of those guys motives were, many were simply speaking. Most were simply acknowledging her presence. I definitely would call this harassment. Some of them really did look like nice guys. Some women need to get over themselves.

    October 29, 2014 at 7:32 am | Reply
  17. kimid1959

    Um – you posted a video of SDSU football. Not the San Diego Thriller sequence. Unfortunately I watched for several minutes thinking it was in there somewhere – NOT.

    October 29, 2014 at 6:14 am | Reply
  18. Steve

    Dont think that last video has the correct link to youtube, didnt see any flashmob!

    October 29, 2014 at 6:01 am | Reply

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