March 25th, 2014
04:05 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nasty weather postpones the search for debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner, Russia gets the boot from the G8 and New York police clip the wings of World Trade Center BASE jumpers.

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


Not getting any easier: It's not getting any easier to find possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Here's how a top Australian defense official described it. "We're not searching for a needle in a haystack," Mark Binskin, vice chief of the Australian Defence Force, told reporters. "We're still trying to find where the haystack is." Nasty weather over the search area in the southern Indian Ocean grounded reconnaissance planes today. They'll try again tomorrow.


Out of the club: The world's leading industrial powers gave Russia the boot from the G8, making it the G7 again. Russia's response? A big yawn. "G8 is an informal organization that does not give out any membership cards and, by its definition, cannot remove anyone," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said ahead of yesterday's vote. The move to suspend Russia is the latest response from major countries upset by Russia's annexation of Crimea. Limited sanctions have also been imposed.


Grounded: Four guys from the New York area in trouble for a stunt they pulled off nearly six months ago. Three in the group climbed to the top of One World Trade Center on September 30 and parachuted more than 1,300 feet off the skyscraper, while the fourth kept lookout from below, said an attorney for one of the men. Yesterday, the NYPD charged them with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure. There may be a bit of a security problem at the nation's tallest building, just last week a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey was arrested for trespassing after climbing to the top of the building.



Hope is running out: No one was pulled out alive yesterday at the site of a massive landslide in rural Washington state. A local fire chief puts it this way: "The situation is very grim." As of late last night, 14 people were dead and another 176 were unaccounted for. The hillside gave way after a month of heavy rain. The debris from it covers a square mile.


Largest ever: An Egyptian court handed out more than 500 death sentences yesterday, all to members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The changes came out of violent riots in the southern Egyptian city of Minya last August, and included the murder of a police officer. The uprising followed a police crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsy. It's the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt, according to a semiofficial government news site.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in November.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in November.

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

–Doggy #fail: This is downright embarrassing. Max the German Shepherd is less than graceful in his attempt to catch a tennis ball. We bet Fluffy is having a good laugh over this one.

- Rocker chick: Watch an 8-year-old Japanese girl shred like nobody's business.

- Starbucks fake out: Those of you who collect Starbucks mugs (and you know who you are) are going to love this. The American brewmeisters are selling these coffee cups in Japan that look like they're full even when they're flipped upside down or on their sides. You might want to have your first cup o' Joe before tormenting your mind with a fake mocha latte. They're made by a company called nendo. No word yet on whether they're coming to America.


- Barking up the wrong tree: The joke is on rover as this magician from Finland pulls the ol' bait and switch on man's best friend. The pups are a bit confused.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10
Today is another big day for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a slew of documents are set to be released in the bridge scandal.
January 10th, 2014
05:19 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Friday, January 10

Gov. Christie apologizes again and again, Dennis Rodman's whereabouts are a mystery and the family of Kendrick Johnson is still searching for answers one year later.

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


Rebuilding a bridge: Gov. Chris Christie spent yesterday firing some of his closest allies and then apologizing for the bridge scandal. But will it be enough to quell this growing controversy? Time will tell. Yesterday Christie was contrite and apologetic during a nearly two hour news conference. He said he was sorry that his top aides and a political ally targeted a local mayor with a scheme to tie up traffic in his town as punishment for not supporting Christie for re-election. He said he was out of the loop and not aware of what his staff had done. "I knew nothing about this,” Christie said. After the news conference Christie went to apologize to the mayor personally.

Today could be another crucial day for Christie. New Jersey officials looking into the bridge scandal are set to release nearly 1,000 documents. What’s in those documents may add to the growing legal questions now facing the governor's administration, which is under scrutiny by the U.S. Attorney's office, with the help of FBI investigators. Ah, oh. Probably not the best situation for a man thought of as a frontrunner in the upcoming race for the Republican presidential nominee.

Pamela Brown, Joe Johns, Jeffrey Toobin and the rest of our team will give us the latest on this story.


Leaving the country: The female diplomat embroiled in a controversy that has strained ties between New Delhi and Washington, is on her way back to India from the United States. This case has caused protests in India. And amazingly, it stems from the diplomat's alleged underpaying of a housekeeper. Devyani Khobragade, the diplomat, said she would pay her housekeeper $9.75 an hour. But she wound up paying only $3.31 an hour, authorities say. So U.S. investigators arrested her on charges of lying on her application for that housekeeper. They say they treated her like other people they arrest, strip-searching her and holding her in jail until she paid a bond to get out. Yet the December 12 arrest has infuriated some in India, who say the U.S. humiliated one of its foreign service officers. This led to protests. Khobragade was indicted this week.

Jim Sciutto will be live on this story.


Deal or no deal? A deal to extend to unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans hit some turbulence yesterday. It seemed like a done-deal in the morning. Well at least lawmakers were saying they had cobbled together enough votes between the two parties to begin debate on the bill. But, by the afternoon, things had fallen apart. And the finger-pointing began. The sticking point is the 55-member Senate Democratic caucus can't pass the bill without help from Republicans to clear procedural hurdles that require 60 votes to pass. And as you might guess, it has been difficult to reach that magic number. The clock is ticking. There is another key vote set for Monday and lawmakers are hoping to get a deal set before then.

Jim Acosta will be live on this story.


One year later: Last year, on this day, Kendrick Johnson did not return home from his high school. He was 17. And the teen's family is still searching for the reason that he died. Local authorities had said the teen's death was accidental. They had said the teen slipped and fell in the school gym, got wedged in a gym mat and died. But Johnson's family never believed that story. And other experts have said investigators missed clues that could have suggested foul play. But a lot has changed since Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up in gym mat in Georgia high school last year. The FBI is investigating the suspicious death. And the teen's family says they hope they are closer to finding out the truth. "That is my child and we are going to fight until we get the truth," said Jacquelyn Johnson. "That is all we ever asked for."

Victor Blackwell will be live on this story.


Where art thou? More members of Dennis Rodman's basketball team exited North Korea today. But Rodman's whereabouts are still a mystery. Charles Smith, one of the ex-NBA players who traveled with Rodman to North Korea to play a basketball game, spoke to reporters at Beijing. "We accomplished that mission," Smith said. "All the players that were there, American tourists, even our documentary film crew, I think we could all agree that the trip was just simply incredible." The trip to North Korea has made headlines all over the world after Rodman lost his temper during an interview with on CNN's "New Day." Rodman issued an apology for that outburst yesterday and blamed it partly on drinking.

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

Marshmallow time: Remember the days when you had time to make stylish videos about throwing marshmallows in people's mouths? No?

Joy riding: You can't go wrong with watching another baby riding a Roomba.

Beat boxing baby: This youngster shows some a little early musical interest.


Crazy handstand:90’s hip-hop superstars Kriss Kross popularized the idea of wearing your clothes backward, but photographer Patrice Letarnec took that concept to its absurd extreme: a series of photographs showing people doing handstands with their clothes on upside down. Take a look at this,

Crazy handstand take two: Wow. Hard to imagine that this this one ended well.
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5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Thursday,  January 9
The next few days are important ones for Chris Christie, pundits say.
January 9th, 2014
05:16 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Thursday, January 9

Governor Christie is in hot water, the swearing toddler is taken by child services and Dennis Rodman blames it on the alcohol.

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


Bridge over troubled waters: Pundits are saying the next couple days will be crucial for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. How he handles the growing mess around him could affect the future for the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner. The problems for Christie center around a bridge. The George Washington Bridge. E-mails that surfaced yesterday suggest that top Christie people orchestrated traffic jams last year on that bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support Christie. The lane closures snarled traffic for days in September and hampered emergency services. In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said yesterday that he was misled by staff. He said he knew nothing about it. Critics say the e-mails show how Christie creates an environment of bullying. "There's something about this that's so petty and so vindictive and it feeds into this narrative that he's a bully. ... He's going to have to find some way to defuse this to prove he doesn't run a shop like that," said CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, a former adviser to several U.S. presidents

Joe Johns, Alexandra Field and the rest of the team will report on this story. Brian Stelter will analyze how the media is covering the story. New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak joins us at 7.


Drinking regrets: Late last night Dennis Rodman released a statement apologizing for the bombastic outburst he had this week on CNN’s “New Day.” In case you were under a rock this week and missed it, click this link. As you probably know the eccentric basketball player was visiting Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man he calls a buddy. The world has another name for him. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman suggested that Kenneth Bae deserved his 15-year sentence. That plus others outbursts during that interview brought major fallout. Rodman blamed his outbursts on stress and drinking and said he wanted to “first apologize to Kenneth Bae's family. I embarrassed a lot of people. I'm very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry." But Rodman did not apologize for leading a singalong yesterday of “Happy Birthday” to the leader of North Korea. Rodman calls Kim Jong Un his friend, and seemed to be bowing to him yesterday in footage released.

Jim Sciutto will be live on this story.


Protective custody: Many have seen the viral video of the Nebraska shirtless toddler repeating a stream of profanities. And many have asked what happened to that baby. Omaha authorities said yesterday that the baby has been taken into child protective custody. But this will not quell the controversy that rose from the video. In the video, the diapered child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him. The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and gives nearly as good as he gets. The video was placed online by family members of the child. But the debate really heated up with the Omaha Police Officers Association reposted the video. The police association said it was trying to spotlight the problem but critics disagreed.

Tune in to the News Headlines segment for this story and other stories.


Mystery shootings: There may be a road rage killer on the loose, police are saying. A motorist shot and killed a man near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border over the weekend. Police believe that the shooter could strike again. Why? Investigators believe that the same motorist may have been behind another road-rage shooting eight hours earlier in the same area. Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident. The victim in the earlier shooting was a 28-year-old resident of Maine who was driving home Saturday. The motorist, police said, chased the victim and drove aggressively, before shooting the victim. A task force has been set up to find the suspect, authorities said.


ANOTHER STATE: Marijuana prohibition laws are slowly going up in smoke. Another state is jumping into this reefer madness. An Alaska citizens' group is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana. If it is successful it would make Alaska the third state to do so after Colorado and Washington. Driven by growing public support, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted more than 45,000 signatures yesterday to Alaska election officials.

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

Short version: This video is less than a minute. We are showing you the best parts. This hilarity actual goes on for nine days.


11-year-old rocker: We know what you're thinking. You are not only amazed that this 11-year-old kid is rocking out like an adult. But you are equally amazed that one of the adult rockers in this video was so gracefully able to make the muscle shirt and tights outfit work so well together.

Help! There's somebody trapped in this fountain.


First steps: This was too cute until the polar cub failed a breath test and was taken to the station

Speed kills: You have to see this one before you get on the road. This New Zealand PSA to encourage people to drive more slowly is especially poignant. Maybe it should be played in every country.

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, and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Wednesday, January 8
Dennis Rodman's bombastic defense of his North Korean basketball game angered many back home.
January 8th, 2014
05:18 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Wednesday, January 8

Dennis Rodman's on the defensive, a former secretary of defense tells all, and we may be saying goodbye to the polar vortex.

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

Major fallout: Dennis Rodman’s bombastic outbursts yesterday during CNN's exclusive interview have both angered and bemused many. Rodman tried to explain his reasons for taking a team of retired NBA players to North Korea, but the interview with Chris Cuomo got heated. Well, Rodman got heated. And during the yelling, Rodman seemed to imply that Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp in North Korea, had done something wrong. The reactions Rodman garnered are not unlike the ones he used to get during his NBA basketball career. He spent much of his playing days careening between being an immensely talented player and standing out as a sideshow attraction. Yesterday was another addition to a growing list of curious Rodman moments.

The fallout was major. The NBA distanced itself. Several lawmakers said Rodman was wrong. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also bashed Rodman, saying he was "disappointed" by the former NBA star's performance. "I think Dennis Rodman crossed a line this morning by implying that Kenneth Bae might be guilty, by suggesting that there was a crime," said Richardson, who worked to secure the release of an American held in North Korea in 1996.
Today's the day Rodman and his crew of NBA old-timers are set to play a basketball game against the North Korean Senior National Team. But it almost feels like the game already happened. And Rodman lost.

Chris Lawrence will be live on this story. Former NBA player Greg Anthony and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson join us at 7. Terri Chung, Kenneth Bae’s sister, is set to join us at 8.

Book of bombshells: If you have some questionable things to say about your bosses, you may want to wait until you retire. It seems that’s what former Defense Secretary Bob Gates did. And now that Gates has left office, he's put some of those thoughts in a book. The book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," has not been released. But a review by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has. And if the excerpts are any indication, this is going to be a juicy tell-all. The excerpts offer scathing critiques of President Barack Obama, fierce jabs at Vice President Joe Biden and an unflattering mention of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Woodward said. While there's praise sprinkled in for Obama and Biden, some say the Gates book could have a lasting effect. It could affect the upcoming presidential race.

Jim Acosta will give the latest on this story.

Thawing: Here’s the good news: Some of you will get to stop using strange phrases like polar vortex. Or lake effect. Or Snowpocalypse. Or Coldorampolapia. (OK, we made that last one up.) But the good news is this historic chill is lifting. Yeah! And it has been bad. Temperatures plummeted below freezing somewhere in all 50 states yesterday morning. But the heat's coming back for many of us today. And by Thursday, forecasters say, most of the country will be back to normal.

Indra Petersons, Ana Cabrera and Pamela Brown will all report on this story.

No Olympics: One of the most noticeable faces in skiing released some bad news yesterday. Lindsey Vonn said her knee problems were going to be too much for her to compete in next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. "I am devastated,” she said on her Facebook page. The news came 11 months after she hurt that right knee at the world championships. The American champion skier, who's dating golfer Tiger Woods, says she'll have surgery and will focus on strengthening the knee. “On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold," Vonn added.

Mike Pesca from NPR will join us at 6 to talk about this.

What happened? “We called for help, and they killed my son.” That's what a North Carolina family is saying about the recent death of a teen at the hands of an officer. The shooting is being investigated, and a local prosecutor says it's too soon to pass judgment. It's not completely clear what happened. Keith Vidal, 18, died Sunday. The teen was schizophrenic and was having an episode  when the family called police for help. Three officers showed up, and the situation spiraled out of control, the family says. "There was no reason to shoot this kid," the teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told CNN affiliate WECT yesterday. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."

David Mattingly reports on this story.

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

Polar vortex rap: Have you been wondering about that strange term that has been on the news lately? Polar vortex. This hip man in a hospital bed explains it to you.


Dog whisperer: Yeah. ... This was the last straw. Right after this video, they got voice lessons for the poor pooch here.


What time is it? This company came up with the great idea of a clock that doesn't tell you what time it is. Instead, it vibrates every five minutes. Confused? Watch this video.

Snow day for Gonzo: Meet Gonzo, one greyhound who hates going out in the cold. But Gonzo did allow his family to put a coat and boots on him for a sec.


Raccoon mechanic: This raccoon looked like he knew what he was doing until they saw the bill.

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, and go have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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