Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 3, 2014
Brittany Maynard, second from right, visits the Grand Canyon with her family in October. The visit was the last item on her bucket list. She ended her life under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act."
November 3rd, 2014
01:25 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 3, 2014

Republicans could be on the verge of taking over the Senate, a right-to-die advocate ends her journey, and a daredevil walks between two Chicago skyscrapers - on a tightrope and blindfolded.

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


Last-minute sprint: It's that time, when hundreds of politicians make a mad dash to earn your vote. At stake: All 435 seats in the House and party control in the Senate. And at this point, Republicans look like they could gain control of the Senate. But what if the Senate splits? For Vice President Joe Biden, that would be a BFD.

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Rocky road to space: A lock-unlock lever on the doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo was moved earlier than it should have been, the National Transportation Safety Board said. But the agency's acting chairman stressed it was unclear whether pilot error, mechanical problems or a host of other possibilities caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in the air, killing one of the two co-pilots. And it's not clear what will happen to the program that was going to shuttle a slew of celebrities into space.

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'Love and peace to you all': Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old right-to-die advocate, ended her life by taking medication under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act." Maynard, who had stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, had recently checked off the last item on her bucket list. Her death was announced the same day another terminally ill young woman, Lauren Hill, received her wish of playing in a collegiate basketball game.

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600 feet above ground: Apparently, it's not enough to walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a tightrope. Daredevil Nik Wallenda thought it'd be a good idea to do part of it blindfolded, too. So he did.

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5. $3 GAS

Can this get any better? Yes. Prices at the pump nationwide are the lowest they've been in nearly four years, and in most of the country, that's under $3, AAA said. And there's more good news: AAA expects prices to dip even further and stay "relatively low" heading into the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons. So now you really have no excuse to visit the in-laws for the holidays.

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

Hairless cat does not like Halloween: Or maybe he just doesn't like shirtless men crawling on the floor with Halloween masks on.


Daylight Saving Time, the movie: Did you miss the time switch this weekend? Bet your day resembled a time-warp/sci-fi movie like this one:


Hot peppers, tuxedos and tango: What do orchestra performers look like performing "Tango Jalousie" while eating the world's hottest chili peppers? Find out here:


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 (3 Responses)
  1. Justin

    I'm glad a tight rope walker is more important than IPCC's recent climate change report.

    November 3, 2014 at 8:12 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    Love and peace to you Brittany Maynard. Correction- it's Daylight Saving Time not Daylight Savings Time.

    November 3, 2014 at 6:26 am | Reply

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