Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 12
In San Francisco, the storm left some highways flooded.
December 12th, 2014
12:34 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 12

Congress averts government shutdown, barely. Massive storm whacks California, Oregon and Washington. And CIA chief defends harsh interrogations.

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

A few more days: Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown that was to take effect at midnight. The House approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill, and the Senate will get a two-day extension of current funding levels to give itself time to approve the House bill.


Paleontologist predicament: Imagine spending your entire career searching for something buried somewhere within the Earth - and then the federal government seizes your discovery when you find it. That's the predicament paleontologist Peter Larson found himself in after he and his team unearthed a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in 1990, preserved for some 67 million years in what is now the state of South Dakota.


West Coast hit:  A massive storm whacked California and Oregon, killing at least one man and knocking out power in urban areas. Phillip Crosby died when a tree fell on his tent in south Oregon.


CIA defends harsh interrogations: In a rare news conference, CIA chief John Brennan defended harsh interrogation techniques as providing "useful" information to authorities, including in the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. But he said it is "unknowable" what information could specifically be attributed to those techniques.


Cops looking through phone records: Days after Jessica Chambers was set ablaze, police are searching her data and text records after obtaining warrants that compelled Google and her cell phone provider to give authorities access.  Questions abound about how the 19-year-old and her car ended up severely burned in this wooded area. Chambers died Sunday. Her family said she suffered burns over 98% of her body.

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

    Every comment that I had made this entire week beginning with Monday, December 8, 2014 straight through to include Friday, December 12, 2014, are still awaiting moderation. Is there anyone who can explain why?

    December 13, 2014 at 5:31 am | Reply
  2. Amy Morrissey

    5 Things to Start Your Day much better than Five Things To Know for Your New Day-TO WORDY!!
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:29 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    Please show my comments for the last several days so that I'll be able to see and read all comments made by others. Please release me from awaiting moderation limbo and let me go!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!!!!!

    December 12, 2014 at 9:22 am | Reply
  4. Le Memester


    December 12, 2014 at 8:53 am | Reply
  5. ElectricLion

    Gee, Mr. Brennan, seems fairly simple to me: Compare what the prisoner told you when you were civil to him to what he told you while you were ripping his fingernails off. "Unknowable?" Seriously? You can do better than that. Why do we keep appointing people who can't even tell a plausible lie?

    December 12, 2014 at 7:39 am | Reply
  6. nancy

    I want to read not watch the 5 topics of the day

    December 12, 2014 at 7:39 am | Reply
  7. Margaret Morgan

    No cute or funny topics or videos?

    December 12, 2014 at 5:23 am | Reply

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