December 11th, 2014
02:03 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 11, 2014

A river in the sky is hosing San Francisco, a girl in Mississippi was apparently burned to death and the officer who slung his arm around Eric Garner's neck says it wasn't a chokehold.

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

River in the sky: San Franciscan’s can trade in their usual garb of sweaters and windbreakers for mariner’s rain gear today. Rain by the bucket has the region - otherwise officially known as drought central - shutting down schools, sandbagging shops. Why the sudden dousing? A so-called “atmospheric river,” a band of intense cloud moisture a couple of hundred miles wide, has split off from the tropics and is washing into the West Coast. Gusty storm systems piling in on top of it are catapulting big waves at the shoreline.

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Teen set on fire? Horribly burned, 19-year-old Jessica Chambers walked towards fire rescuers on a Mississippi country road over the weekend. They strained to hear what she tried to tell them as flames licked her car in the background. Her voice was raspy. Someone had probably poured accelerant down her throat before setting fire to her, her father said police told him. She had burns over 98% of her body and died in a local hospital. Police are looking at her cell phone and surveillance video of her taken at a gas station for clues.

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Not a chokehold: The officer who threw his arm around Eric Garner’s neck in July says that wasn’t a chokehold he was using. Daniel Pantaleo told NYPD internal investigators that it was a takedown technique taught at the police academy. He said he didn’t put any pressure on Garner’s windpipe. The video of the takedown and news of Garner’s subsequent death have triggered street protests from coast to coast by people who thought they saw a chokehold.

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Thought they had him: The U.S. Air Force has been gunning for an al-Qaeda bomb maker from France and thought they had him. But new intel leads officials to believe that David Drugeon of the Khorasan Group survived bombings, although it looks like a drone strike on his vehicle last month injured him badly. He’s European, which could make him mobile in the West. That and his bomb-making skills make him a particularly dangerous terrorist. Drugeon converted to radical Islam at 14 after his Catholic parents divorced.

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“I’d do it again in a minute:” Those are Dick Cheney’s words. He seemed mad at the recent Senate panel’s report on interrogation tactics used in the fight against terror in places like Gitmo - waterboarding, etc. Many feel they amount to torture. “The report’s full of crap,” the former Vice President said in a Fox News interview. Getting tough on terror suspects with mock executions, beatings, “rectal rehydration” - and much more - helped track down 9/11 culprits, he said. He’d order it up again. He also said former President George W. Bush was informed about the techniques.

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There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Margaret Morgan

    Still awaiting moderation? What's the problem this time? Please respond.

    December 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  2. Royden

    After reading all that horrible news, it's nice to have some humor or off-the-wall stuff to look at. Please don't for get the fun videos and postings you usually include with "5 Things"

    December 11, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  3. Amy Morrissey

    I miss the also trending videos, they are not posted everyday like they used to be. Sometimes it is needed to put a smile on your face from the daily depressing news.

    December 11, 2014 at 10:07 am | Reply

    You have to be kidding me!!!!

    December 11, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply

    No videos!?

    December 11, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
  6. Nubby

    Where are the uplifting stories? No cute pics??

    December 11, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  7. tarura

    Forgot one more thing for this morning – must give America daily bashing !

    December 11, 2014 at 8:20 am | Reply
  8. Fish

    When we stoop to the level of our adversaries we have lost to them!!! Nuff said!!!

    December 11, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply
  9. Margaret Morgan

    Nothing happy, cute or silly to comment on this New Day? It really doesn't matter since my comments from the last three days are still awaiting moderation.

    December 11, 2014 at 6:40 am | Reply

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