November 17th, 2014
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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 17, 2014

Yet another American is beheaded by ISIS. Much of the country is about to feel another wintry blast. And a huge stockpile of fireworks goes off all at once in Italy.

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


From bad to worse: After a year held captive by ISIS, Peter Kassig became the latest American beheaded by the terror group, according to the White House. The American aid worker and former soldier, who also went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig, had gone to Syria to help victims of its civil war when he was captured. One analyst says we should expect more vicious attacks to follow.

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Again? And you thought last week was bad. The early winter storm that socked much of the United States with cold weather last week is expected to make an encore performance. The mercury will plummet on Monday and Tuesday in the Northeast and Southeast, and some parts of the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes could see 4-6 inches of snow.

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Finally: Delayed for months by chaos and conflict, the recovery of wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has finally started in war-torn eastern Ukraine. The plane that carried 298 people was shot down in July over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The wreckage will go to the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from, as investigators try to figure out the cause of the crash.

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Tug of war: No one wants another government shutdown. Remember that debacle last year? But Washington is bracing for an immigration showdown between President Obama, who is expected to take executive action if Congress doesn't act, and Republican lawmakers, who are faced with a key question: Where must they compromise to pass a bill that the President will actually sign?

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Barbara Bowman, who has accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, says some major media outlets ignored her allegations for years. But an attorney for the famous '80s TV dad called the allegations "discredited" - just a day after an awkward interview on NPR in which Cosby didn't say a word about the charges against him.

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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:

Kinda squirrely: Ever try to tie a GoPro camera to a squirrel? No need to. Just tie it to a piece of bread, and feed it to said squirrel. One problem though: How do you get the camera down from the tree?


Where there’s smoke ... : The thing about fireworks is that well, they’re on fire, as these pyrotechnicians in Italy found out when their whole stock of rockets ignited at once.


Separated by a common language: Americans and Australians speak the same language, English - right? Maybe not exactly, as an Australian-American couple shows us in this translation video.

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Busted bustin’ a move: A man secretly records his wife rapping in the car to Salt-N-Pepa - and she ain’t half bad! Well, until she catches on ...


Canine behavioral therapy: How do you cure your dog of door-o-phobia? Pitbull Queso avoids “facing” his fears by walking through the dreaded doorway backwards.


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!

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  1. ElectricLion

    ISIS' rhetoric is that they're freedom fighters fighting for a grand and glorious mission, but their behavior indicates instead that they're just nothing more than savage monsters. I've seen enough monster movies to know what to do: Exterminate them. Stop giving them press time because they don't really have anything to say beyond incoherent babbling and chest-thumping. Those things don't work in civilized society. Round them up and exterminate them for the good of all mankind.

    November 17, 2014 at 8:27 am | Reply
  2. Margaret Morgan

    Girlfriend had her Salt-N-Pepa rap down to a science!!!!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! Awesome fireworks display in Italy although it was a BIG mistake. And I wonder what caused pitbull Queso's strange phobia?

    November 17, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply

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