November 13th, 2014
02:42 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, November 13, 2014

The White House looks at its Syria policy. Profits at SeaWorld flounder. And Colorado pot sales stall.

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


Changes possible: The Obama administration appears to be rethinking its Syria policy and how it's targeting ISIS, senior U.S. officials and diplomats are telling CNN. The review is a tacit admission that the initial strategy of trying to confront ISIS first in Iraq and then take on the group's fighters in Syria, without also focusing on the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was a miscalculation. In just the past week, the White House has convened four meetings of the President's national security team. "The President has asked us to look again at how this fits together," one senior official said. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes denies any formal review is underway.

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Heavenly results: Did you see what scientists did yesterday? They landed a space probe on a comet about 310 million miles from Earth. Pretty impressive stuff. It's never been done before. At least not by earthlings. The mission took off from Earth 10 years ago and traveled 6.4 billion miles before arriving in early August at the comet. The space probe will conduct nine different types of experiments on the comet's surface and send back data to the European Space Agency.

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Floundering: Another wave of bad news for SeaWorld. Attendance is down and so are stock prices. The company said profits could fall as much as 16% for the year. "Clearly 2014 has failed to meet our expectations," said CEO Jim Atchison. SeaWorld said in its earnings release that "negative media coverage" was still weighing on business. Blackfish, a documentary promoted by and aired on CNN last year raised criticisms of SeaWorld's allegedly cruel animal treatment.

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The earth moved: Yes, that was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the central Plains yesterday. Not the sort of thing you'd normally expect in the nation's heartland. The epicenter was near the Kansas-Oklahoma border, about 33 miles southwest of Wichita. Folks felt it in neighboring states too, with one report coming in from Irving, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the U.S. Geological Survey said. No injuries or heavy damage were reported.

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Up in smoke: It appears that Colorado's booming pot industry has hit a bit of a bump. Sales of marijuana for recreational and medical use fell in September for the first time since Colorado legalized it in January, according to the latest data. Colorado brought in $7.2 million in taxes and fees from recreational and medical marijuana sales in September. That's down from $7.7 million in August. The dip is somewhat surprising considering that sales had been rising steadily since Colorado became the first state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone age 21 or older. Industry insiders say sales will pick up again as tourists hit the slopes this winter.

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

- Sound familiar: Things IT people never say

- Kitten therapy: The feline way to ease stress.

- Holiday cheer: Bring a few tissues to watch this ad that recreates a Christmas miracle from World War I.

- Footloose ninja: Kevin Bacon would be proud of Jake Murray's video to get on American Ninja Warrior.

–Reflex reaction: Maybe a cat psychologist can explain this.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. HasherIva

    Kitten/cat therapy is the best.

    November 13, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  2. Nick

    And let's not forget that Obama is also set to bypass the legislative process with respect to immigration. This proves that he simply wants to be a dictator and not have his actions constrained by the Constitution. Hopefully Congress can in some way preempt his actions, or at least have them immediately placed in front of the SCOTUS for review and removal. Talk about poisoning the well...he might as well have walked up to Capitol Hill and slapped every representative of the people in the face, Republican and Democrat.

    November 13, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • idiots

      Someone should slap you in the face.regan and daddy bush did the same exact thing in regards to immigration and executive order. That is a fact for some reason people like you don't ever seem to know the truth about anything really .most likely cause your dumb and gullible witch is exactly what the rich republicans want. stupid white people who believe every lie they hear the republicans you vote for want to destroy you and this country you think is so great .so keep being dumb and blind since it seems to be working for you.maybe you should read instead of watching tv

      November 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply

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