November 12th, 2014
05:24 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The U.S. and China strike a climate change deal. A space probe has a date with a comet. And a blast of frigid air chills 200 million Americans.

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


Greenhouse gases: The U.S. and China have announced a climate change agreement that would limit carbon emissions. The deal came at the end of a trade summit in China, attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Under the agreement, the United States would cut its carbon emissions between 26-28% - from levels set in 2005 - by 2025. China, for its part, would peak its carbon emissions no later than 2030 and would also increase the use of non-fossil fuels to 20% by 2030. Did you get all that? The administration hopes the announcement by the two superpowers will spur other nations to follow suit.

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Headed to the surface: The Rosetta mission to land a probe on Comet 67P is past the point of no return, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday. "There is no going back now," the agency said after the spacecraft's lander was released for its trip to the surface. If it succeeds it will be the first time a spacecraft has landed on a comet. The Philae lander separated from the mother ship Rosetta around 3:30 a.m. ET to begin its 7-hour descent. We should know around 11 a.m. ET, if Philae landed safely.

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Brrrrrr: An early blast of cold air will leave more than half of the United States shivering into the weekend. About 200 million people will be affected by the severe cold, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. The unseasonably cold temperatures associated with an arctic air mass will continue to surge southward through the central United States. Temperatures are forecast to be 20 to 40 degrees below normal for areas east of the Rockies into the Great Plains.

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Deadly consequences: At least 11 women have died and 62 were hospitalized after undergoing sterilization surgery at a government-run mobile health clinic in India, authorities said. Six women were in critical condition, health officials said. It's part of a decades-long, government-wide initiative to curb population growth in the world's second-most populous nation. The program is not forced or required, but reproductive health activists say it's unethical.

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Mourning a rap icon: "Big Bank Hank" of Sugarhill Gang died yesterday of complications from cancer. The New York native was 57. Sugarhill Gang's pioneering hit "Rapper's Delight" brought hip hop to mainstream audiences 35 years ago. It was the first rap song to reach the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard charts. In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked "Rapper's Delight" at No. 248 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Big Bank Hank

Big Bank Hank

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

–Stringing us along: Check out Chargaux's violin cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

- Himalayas bus ride: Bring a change of undies.

- Baby's dance card: This little one loves to boogie (as long as the music's playing).

- Retro games: The Internet Archive has released more than 900 classic arcade games, online for free.

- What's your guess?: Pat Sajak totally loses it on a recent episode of "Wheel of Fortune."

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Angie

    RIP Hank. 🙁

    November 12, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    OMG!!!!!!!! I would NEVAH EVAH go on a Himalayan bus tour!!!!!!!! Boogie on cute baby!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply

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