Crazy cold weather is about to take over, the last Americans detained in North Korea come home, and something wild just flew over Texas.
It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. FRIGID WEATHER
"Bomb cyclone" strikes: That's not a term we made up. That's what legit meteorologists say is behind the brutal forecast that could leave Minneapolis under a foot of snow and parts of Montana below zero degrees this week. But even if you don't live up there, chances are you'll still need to really bundle up. This cold snap will probably affect 200 million people.
2. NORTH KOREA FREES AMERICANS
At last: After months (or even years) detained by the North Korean regime, Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are back on U.S. soil. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered their release after a U.S. official visited, with a letter from President Obama in tow. Bae and Miller were the last two known Americans held captive by the North Korean government.
Unstoppable nurse: Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend are planning to travel to southern Maine after her 21-day monitoring period ends this week. Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities. A judge eventually ruled in her favor. While Hickox has tested negative for Ebola, the virus is continuing its deadly march in West Africa, where it has killed almost 5,000 people.
More U.S. troops: So the U.S. is going to double the number of troops to help train Iraqi soldiers and militia fighters to help battle ISIS. Does that mean all the U.S. and allied airstrikes in recent weeks were for naught? No, President Obama told CBS' "Face the Nation." He said this is just a sign of a new phase. Meanwhile, it's still uncertain whether airstrikes Saturday hit ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
5. TEXAS FIREBALL
Did you see that? What burns five times brighter than a full moon and flies through the air with its tail sticking out behind it? "This was definitely what we call a fireball, which by definition is a meteor brighter than the planet Venus," a NASA official said. "This event was so bright that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away, which makes it extremely unusual."
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
Dog teaches baby to use bouncy chair: and gets some pretty good vertical himself!
Owl greets with big smile: Who said dogs are the only ones this happy to see their owners?
Bam, bam! Is that a bird or a laser gun making that noise? This fowl has probably sent many people ducking for cover.
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!