5 Things To Know For Your New Day

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives to speak at the Police Athletic League Luncheon on Dec. 22
December 23rd, 2014
04:06 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New York's mayor tries to defuse tensions. North Korea has its Internet back. And rock and roll says goodbye to an iconic voice.

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

1. NYPD COP KILLINGS

Turning blue: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is catching plenty of heat in the aftermath of the execution-style killings of two of the city's cops over the weekend. Critics - including those in the police force - accuse him of stoking an anti-police fervor that contributed to the deaths of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. He came into office promising police reform. Now he's trying to cool tensions after encouraging people to protest the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed African-American men, at the hands of white police officers. Neither officer was charged. He said the murders this weekend were "an attack on all of us" and called for a hiatus from the protests.

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 22, 2014
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed in their patrol car on Saturday
December 22nd, 2014
04:04 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 22, 2014

Passions flare over New York cop killings. North Korea warns Sony hack isn't the end. And a Florida State panel clears Jameis Winston.

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

1. NYPD COP SHOOTING

Complicated feelings: The killings of two New York police officers over the weekend sparked passionate responses. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and police union officials quickly lashed out at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The governor accused de Blasio of putting officers' lives at risk because the mayor supported recent protests over the killing of Eric Garner by a New York police officer who was not indicted. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Pataki was wrong for making those comments, calling it "an overreaction." Social media users joined the fray, with many objecting to blaming anyone other than the gunman for the killings. Some turned to hashtags #BlackLivesMatter for Garner and Brown - and #BlueLivesMatter to show respect and support for police officers.

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December 19th, 2014
03:39 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 19, 2014

The White House is set to blame North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures. Police investigate the deaths of eight kids in Australia. And the Dow has its best day in three years.

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

1. SONY HACK – NORTH KOREA

Laying blame: It could be today when the Obama administration officially points the finger at North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures. Investigators say it was a sophisticated operation with hackers stealing the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system. As we now know, they pretty much had access to everything. The question is: How will the U.S. respond? There are high-level meetings taking place at the White House to decide exactly that. Officials say they haven't yet decided how to respond to the attack.

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 18, 2014
A man in Miami's Little Havana reacts to White House announcement on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba
December 18th, 2014
02:35 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 18, 2014

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba. The Sony hacker trail points to North Korea. And The Simpsons celebrates a quarter century.

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

1. CUBA

Didn't see that coming: U.S. contractor Alan Gross was freed by Cuba yesterday as part of a landmark deal that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island. A major loosening of travel and economic restrictions on the country are in the works. And the two nations are set to re-open embassies, with preliminary discussions on that next step in normalizing diplomatic relations beginning in the coming weeks. Gross had been held by the Cuban government since 2009. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to set up an Internet network for Cuban dissidents.

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