5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Tuesday, January 7
This has been a year for Florida State's Jameis Winston. First he wins the Heisman and then his team wins the title.
January 7th, 2014
05:24 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Tuesday, January 7

As the historic freeze grows, senators battle the cold to get to a key vote, and one of the only states feeling a little warmth wins a national championship.

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

Breaking records: How cold was it? It was so cold, even polar bears and penguins were being kept indoors yesterday. Zoos in Pittsburgh and Chicago said they were keeping those animals indoors to dodge the deep freeze. Humans were doing the same. Who could blame us? Yesterday brought a historic chill. It's part of an Arctic blast that plunged deep into the central United States on Monday, leaving Nashville 40 degrees colder than Albany, New York; Memphis 20 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska; and Atlanta colder than Moscow - Russia or Idaho, take your pick. And it’s not over. In fact, it's growing.

Forecasters say this cold snap could last until tomorrow or longer. Authorities have blamed 15 deaths on the cold so far, 11 of them from traffic accidents. The freeze is also causing major concerns for farmers.

Indra Petersons, George Howell and Tory Dunnan will report live on this story.

Late rally: Now Auburn may know how it feels. Auburn. Auburn spent this season rallying from behind and winning in the most exciting ways to somehow make it to the Bowl Championship Series title game. But last night, it was Florida State that played the role of heartbreaker. No. 1 Florida State re-emerged in the second half and rallied to defeat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in the big game. The Seminoles (13-0) outscored the Tigers (12-2) 24-10 after halftime to win their third national title. It was FSU's second BCS crown and third national title.


Joe Carter will be live to give a recap and reactions to the game.

Delayed: This was not supposed to be another weather blog entry. But in some ways, it is. A key procedural vote on an extension of unemployment insurance benefits was delayed yesterday. Why? Because more than a dozen lawmakers could not make the vote because of travel delays caused by bad weather. The vote has been rescheduled for today, and about 1.3 million Americans are affected by the issue. This has been a contentious issue in the past.

Jim Acosta will be live on this story.

Old-school basketball: This may have been a good NBA basketball game 20 years ago. But now, it’s a mystery what Dennis Rodman and his collection of old-timers are going to do in North Korea tomorrow. It’s been announced that Rodman will take part in a controversial basketball game on the birthday of Kim Jong Un, the country's young, unpredictable leader. The game tomorrow will feature Rodman’s crew of NBA old-timers against the North Korean Senior National Team. The names? Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker, Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith. And while some of these guys were good, none of them have played on an NBA all-star team this century. This comes just weeks after North Korea shocked the world by announcing the purge and execution of Kim's once-powerful uncle.

Arrested again: Mary Kay Letourneau. You probably remember that name. She’s the teacher who made headlines in the late '90s when she was arrested and served more than seven years in prison for raping one of her sixth-grade male students. (They later got married after she got out of prison and he grew to legal age). Letourneau got into trouble again recently, but this will not make major headlines. She was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license and failure to appear, according to authorities in Washington state.

Pamela Brown reports on this story at 7.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:

Quitting cat: There’s the saying that if first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Yeah, well, this cat has never heard that.

Poor Michael Bay: Ouch. There has been a lot of talk about this recent meltdown from famous director Michael Bay. As this video will show, not all of us are public speakers. But then again, not all of us are responsible for directing the "Transformer" series, "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor."

How cold is it? Cold enough for a guy in Canada to get more than 3 million clicks for showing what happens when you put boiling water in a water gun. …

Stadium zipline: This is what you do when you are one the worst football teams in the NFL. Staring at you, Jacksonville. Staring at you.

Race for his daughter: Tear-jerker alert. Chris McDonnell raced the 2013 Ironman championship to fulfill a promise he made to his daughter, Grace, a first-grader who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

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 CNN.com/NewDay, and go have a GREAT NEW DAY!

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 30
A trolleybus explosion in Volgograd, Russia, killed 10 people Monday, a day after another suicide bombing in the city killed 17. The bombings have raised concerns about security before the Sochi Winter Olympics.
December 30th, 2013
05:25 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, December 30

Russia's dealing with a security nightmare before the Olympics, a mother is scrambling to move her daughter before she's taken off life support, and some Australians and Chinese are having a hard time breaking the ice.

Welcome to the Monday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day." Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s morning show “New Day.”

Breaking the ice: First, a Chinese ship tried to come to the rescue. But the ice was too thick. Then, a French boat came along. But it got sent home.

So surely an Australian icebreaker that’s stronger than the other two can help free the Russian ship that’s been stuck for a week in Antarctica, right? Wrong.

The Aussie boat suspended its efforts today to reach 74 tourists, researchers and crew on board the trapped ship. The weather was just too nasty.

But based on this video, life isn’t too shabby for those stuck on the Akademik Shokalskiy research ship. Especially when you have slow-tempo jazz playing in the background:

Matthew Chance will be live throughout the morning to bring us the latest update on the stuck ship … and the ships trying to rescue it.

Critical condition: He’s the Michael Jordan of Formula 1, the Babe Ruth of the driver’s seat. But now, Michael Schumacher's future is up in the air after a horrific skiing accident in France.

Never heard of Schumacher? Around the world, the 44-year-old German is known as the most successful driver in Formula 1 history.

Fortunately, just like when he’s driving a race car, Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

Amanda Davies will tell us more about this racing legend and the impact his accident is having around the world in the 6 o’clock hour.

Deadly deja vu: This isn’t the kind of publicity Russia wanted just before the Winter Olympics. For the second time in two days, a deadly explosion has rocked the southern Russian city of Volgograd. A blast happened during rush hour this morning, killing at least 10 people.

Sound familiar? Another blast at a Volgograd train station killed 17 people yesterday.

As if those aren’t bad enough, the bombings come less than two months before Russia hosts the Sochi Winter Olympics about 600 miles away. Naturally, folks are a little worried about having the Olympics there.

Diana Magnay will be live in the 6 and 7 o’clock hours with the latest on the bombings and why this part of Russia is so volatile.

The darkest of deadlines: Imagine having a deadline before your child gets taken off life support – whether you like it or not. For Jahi McMath's family, that deadline is 5 p.m. today. That’s when the 13-year-old girl’s hospital can take her off life support, a judge ruled.

Jahi’s parents are scrambling to find another facility that will take in the brain-dead girl, who suffered complications from tonsil surgery. But the hospital says Jahi is already deceased – and some ethicists agree.

How low is low? We all know the Afghanistan war has been pretty unpopular. But is it less popular than the Vietnam War? You might be surprised.

A new CNN/ORC International poll has some scathing results about what Americans think about the 12-year-old war. Sure, most American troops should be gone by this time next year. But for many, that’s not fast enough.

Afghan troops generic

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:

Extreme dog makeover:
Why would anyone do this to their pooch?

Dog Geisha

According to the Daily Mail, to win the pet grooming world championships, that's why.

We wonder if the dogs are fantasizing revenge on their owners. …

Dog Bert Ernie

Glowing ice cream: Ice cream is awesome. But how about ice cream made from dark jellyfish proteins that turn bioluminescent when agitated? In other words, it GLOWS when you lick it! But save your pennies. According to maker Lick Me I'm Delicious, one scoop is about $225!

Glowing ice cream

Here’s looking at you, kid: Ever get the feeling someone’s staring at you? These everyday objects, featured on @FacesPics and thisiscolossal.com, will just add to your paranoia:





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 CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 27
What do Bill Murrary and Abraham Lincoln have in common?
December 27th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 27

Ice storm power outages persist in the United States and Canada, men breach security at two airports, and help nears for a Russian ship stuck in Antarctic ice.

It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Four days without power: Baby it's cold outside - and inside, too - especially when you have no heat. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Northern United States and southeastern Canada haven't had power for at least four days because of ice bringing down tree limbs and power lines. At least 19 people have died in weather-related incidents since Saturday. Snow is expected in many of the same areas Friday.

Chad Myers updates the weather throughout the morning.


Climbing the fences: Jumping a high-security fence at an airport isn't part of the usual holiday fun. But two men - at two separate airports in Newark, New Jersey, and Phoenix - reportedly did just that on Christmas Day. One showed "indications of possible drug and alcohol impairment," authorities said. The other was wearing women's clothing and was not interested in anything at the airport - instead he was seeking safety from someone who frightened him, police said. Both men were charged with trespassing and released.

Alexandra Field joins the "New Day" crew at 6, 7 and 8.


Priest to be released: Monsignor William Lynn was the first Roman Catholic priest sent to jail for covering up the crimes of other priests. Now an appeals court says he can go free. He could be released as soon as Friday. Lynn was convicted of child endangerment last year for not removing a defrocked priest from active ministry after learning he had molested a teen. Lynn's attorneys convinced a Superior Court panel of three judges that the law only applied to people who directly supervised children. The Philadelphia district attorney says his office will likely appeal the ruling.


Monsignor William Lynn's attorney will appear on "New Day" during the 7 a.m. hour.


Transfer requested: The family of Jahi McMath wants to transfer the 13-year-old girl to another facility after a judge concluded this week she is brain-dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy. A family attorney says Jahi would need to have tracheostomy and gastrostomy tubes put in before she could be moved - something Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California is refusing to do at this point. A hospital official says the judge's ruling instructs the facility to maintain the status quo and it doesn't believe "performing surgical procedures on the body of a deceased person" is appropriate.

Pamela Brown updates news headlines throughout the morning.


Stuck in the ice: A trapped expedition vessel could be freed soon as two ice-breaking ships neared it Friday. The Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in Antarctic sea ice four days ago during a storm. Chinese and French icebreakers are within a few miles, and an Australian ship is also en route. There are 74 aboard the Russian vessel, which is about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Tasmania.

Diana Magnay updates this story at 6 and 8.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Delta fares: A glitch of some sort is responsible for sending online air fares for Delta Air Lines into the bargain basement. For a few hours Thursday, folks were snapping up cross-country flights for a song. One customer said she bought tickets between Tallahassee, Florida, and Los Angeles for $27 each way. Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said the airline would honor the incorrectly priced fares, which were offered on the airline's website and other travel sites where it lists tickets.


- It's a bird. It's ... not a plane: Of course, you can get cheaper fares, if you don't use an airplane at all. This guy flying in a wingsuit sails perilously close to the ground down Couloir de l'Ensa near the resort town of Chamonix in southeastern France. We just hope the wingsuit comes with a change of underwear.

- The flying TARDIS: "Dr. Who" fans are going to love this. A couple of guys in England have created a flying version of the show's TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). It's kind of a combination time machine and spacecraft for those of you not familiar with the British science-fiction TV show. It's remote-controlled. Flying lessons are a must.

- $5 Bill Murray: We're pretty sure this qualifies as a federal crime, defacing U.S. currency to make it look like an "Saturday Night Live" alum, but it's still a lot of fun. Apparently Honest Abe and Bill Murray bear a striking resemblance to each other - at least if you use enough ink.


- One man, many stunts: Aung Zaw Oo seems to have a knack for this stunt and trick thing. He does them all the time - and we do mean ALL THE TIME. Here's his 2013 showreel.

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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 26
Was this the worst Congress ever? A new poll seems to answer Americans' views on that question.
December 26th, 2013
05:12 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, December 26

It's the day after Christmas and may not be the best day for Congress or UPS. A new poll suggests this last Congress could have been the worst ever, and UPS struggles to catch up.

It's Thursday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Peace on Earth: From the typhoon-rattled Philippines to conflict-torn Syria to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican - all very different places, but all held similar wishes of hope on Christmas. Pope Francis gave his first Christmas Day address Wednesday. He spoke about the phrase "peace on Earth."  The pontiff told tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the Vatican exactly where he wants that peace to happen. In Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Holy Land, the Pope said. In the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II called for quiet reflection. In Hawaii, where President Barack Obama is on vacation with his family, he urged Americans to embrace the Christmas spirit.

And of course the one who embraced the Christmas spirit was ol' Santa Claus. St. Nick was spotted everywhere in the last couple days. He was seen skiing, surfing, riding a fire truck, at the New York Stock Exchange , even scuba diving. …


Erin McLaughlin and our team will provide a recap of Wednesday's festivities.


Scary Christmas: Tens of thousands did not get the Christmas they were expecting, and many may still be in the dark. Many were without electricity in Michigan, southern Ontario and parts of the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after winter storms struck. Bonita Thomas told us she spent Christmas in a shelter trying to stay warm after her building in the Flint, Michigan, area lost power. She said she tried to tough it out in her apartment, but it just got too cold. Thomas had to go to the shelter, joining some 75 people there. "It was just getting too hard to bear," she said. The bad news is some utility companies in the area said the last outages might not be fixed until the weekend.


Jennifer Gray will be live on this story.


Special delivery: Some delayed Christmas gifts may be arriving Thursday from UPS. And the company spent Wednesday apologizing for the problems that left some Americans with gifts missing from under the Christmas tree. The delivery giant said it was hit with bad weather and an influx of online shopping after Black Friday. And that one-two punch caused the company to stumble and not keep up with demand. "We're terribly sorry," spokeswoman Natalie Black told CNN. “We know how hard it is for everyone to receive their holiday packages, and we're working around the clock to resolve this issue." The apology has not stopped the stream of criticism from some frustrated shoppers.

But if UPS thought things are about to slow down, it may be in for a surprise. The after-Christmas sale season is beginning, and some analysts think it's as important as Christmas.

Nick Valencia will be live on this story.


Worst ever: It's been called the “do-nothing” Congress and many other labels. But how about “worst ever” for a new label for the 113th Congress? Wow. That’s how many in a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday see it. Two-thirds of those questioned said the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, with 28% disagreeing. "That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young, old - all think this year's Congress has been the worst they can remember," said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. A look at the numbers shows that in 2013, Congress spent more time at the office but got less done than at any time in recent history. How much got done? There are many measures of congressional activity, but one has sparked the "do-nothing" label:  bills passed. This year Congress passed 64 bills, which is the lowest amount in modern history. Last year, Congress, passed 148.

Dana Bash will be live on this story.


More fighting: Four Navy SEALs were injured Wednesday as a small number of U.S. troops were in South Sudan trying to help in the conflict there. In the South Sudan city of Bor, the evidence of the conflict was everywhere. On Christmas Day, the stores were looted, emptied of everything. The hospitals had no medicine. Even the doctors ran to save their lives. On both sides of main roads, streams of people carried all their belongings. Even chairs. The fighting between rival ethnic groups, which began in the middle of December, has led to mass killings as evidenced by mass graves, the United Nations has said. The U.N. Security Council has just voted to add thousands more troops to its peacekeeping forces there.

Arwa Damon will report on this story.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Christmas fails: Now that you got your gifts, you can take time and laugh at some of Santa’s most unfortunate moments.

- Terrible Christmas gifts: Remember this? A TV host asked parents to buy horrible Christmas gifts for their kids and film their reactions. Oh, no.

- A hot engagement ring: This Craigslist post offers a tempting deal: a 1.5-carat engagement ring in the original box for $1,800. The only catch? Well, according to the poster, it was worn by “Satan herself.”


- Meatball on carousel: Look, it’s a cute doggie running and yelping gleefully on a merry-go-round. Give it a look! No, seriously, it’s pretty adorable (if a little repetitive).

- Basketball dance-off: This kid starts out a little shy at the one-minute mark but then pulls out more Michael Jackson moves than any one person needs.

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 NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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