December 9th, 2014
01:08 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eric Garner protests spread to the NBA. A mom demands justice for her 12-year-old son. And British royals hold court in the Big Apple.

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


Taking it to the court: First it was the football field, now it's the basketball court. During warm-ups, Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were among the players wearing T-shirts that said "I can't breathe" - Eric Garner's last words, which have become a rallying cry for protesters after last week's grand jury decision not to indict an officer in his death. The NBA players' show of support for protesters comes a week after five players from the St. Louis Rams walked onto the field and raised their palms in the air, demonstrating the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture that protesters have been using in demonstrations over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Accountability: The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by police in Cleveland last month wants justice in her son's death. "I'm actually looking for a conviction," Samaria Rice said yesterday. Police opened fire after Tamir reached for a pellet gun in his waistband. An orange tip indicating the gun was a toy had been removed, Rice said. A family attorney said the family's primary objective is to "hold the killer of their child accountable." Rice said police tackled and handcuffed her 14-year-old daughter when she tried to come to Tamir's aid. Rice said she was threatened with arrest when she tried to do the same.

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Bracing for a reaction: Thousands of Marines have been put on a higher state of alert ahead of the anticipated release of a potentially explosive Senate report on coercive interrogation techniques used by the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. The alert status means units are ready to deploy at a moment's notice should a U.S. embassy or base come under threat. The long-delayed report details the use of torture under the White House of President George W. Bush. Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Diane Feinstein, a California Democrat, has been pushing for the report's release. "Anybody who reads this is going to never let this happen again," she told the Los Angeles Times Sunday.

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Making progress: Combat strikes against ISIS have put the terror group on the defensive, the commander of U.S. military operations against ISIS said yesterday. "(ISIS) operationally is probably on the defense to hold what they have gained," according to Gen. James Terry. Coalition airstrikes have made it difficult for ISIS to move and communicate, he said. Countries in the region and NATO members will send an additional 1,500 troops to combat ISIS. The United States already has 1,500 American troops in Iraq. Iraqi forces are conducting ground operations.

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Holding court: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting the royal treatment on their tour of the United States. William and Kate chatted with President Obama and Hillary Clinton and rubbed shoulders with entertainment and sports celebs. Some of them even had royal titles of their own. First there was Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z. Her fans call her Queen Bey. There was also an off-court huddle with basketball star LeBron James, often called King James for his mad hoop skills.

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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.

–'Tis the season: Pay attention, this is how you make a hit Christmas song.

- SNL movie trailer: The first Star Wars movie came out in 1977. Anyone else feeling old?

- Island time: Central Michigan football players go nuts when their Bahamas bowl bid is revealed.

- Coming out: YouTube star Connor Franta tells his fans that he's gay.

- Early Birds vs. Night Owls: Who has the advantage?

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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  1. Margaret Morgan

    Awesome Connor Franta!!!!!!!! Always stay true to yourself!!!!!!!! Love you!!!!!!!! Brett Domino I enjoyed your upbeat pop Christmas song!!!!!!!! And CMU good luck in the Bahamas Bowl!!!!!!!! Please, please, please don't put my comments from this morning into awaiting moderation limbo along with my comments from yesterday morning.

    December 9, 2014 at 7:09 am | Reply

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