March 19th, 2014
02:35 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Time's ticking away in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner, Toyota will pay $1 billion to settle a federal investigation, and a new report says women 60 and older are more likely to get Alzheimer's than breast cancer.

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


March 14th, 2014
02:49 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day –Friday, March 14

There’s still no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Crimea holds a historic referendum Sunday. And it's  Pi Day!

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


Five things to know for your New Day – Monday March 3, 2014
The beautiful people turned out for Hollywood's big night, and many of the rest of us tuned in.
March 3rd, 2014
05:25 AM ET

Five things to know for your New Day – Monday March 3, 2014

It's the morning after Hollywood's big night. A blast of arctic air has much of the U.S. shivering as a crisis heats up in Ukraine. A sensational murder trial is under way in South Africa. And a man who won an age discrimination lawsuit might not collect $80,000 after all - because his daughter talked about the settlement on Facebook.

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


Look smart at the office: Here’s a recap of the 2014 Academy Awards in 38 words: Beautiful people were beautifully dressed. Jennifer Lawrence fell – again. Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie that ricocheted around the Twitterverse. That crack-smoking mayor from Toronto even showed up. Also, some people in the entertainment industry won some awards.

Jennifer Lawrence takes a tumble:

Nischelle Turner joins us for Oscar talk between 6 and 8 a.m.


Russian intervention sparks outrage in the West: Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine tomorrow. He's going as Russian troops seem to have “complete operational control” in Crimea, a part of eastern Ukraine where loyalties to Russia run deep. That’s the word from a senior U.S. administration official, who cites U.S. estimates of 6,000 Russian troops in Crimea. Russia moved in after an uprising ousted Ukraine’s president.

Chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour joins us in the 6 a.m. hour. Phil Black, Diana Magnay, Michelle Kosinski, Jim Sciutto, Erin McLaughlin and Matthew Chance are on "New Day" all morning to bring you the latest.


In the forecast: (More) snow and ice: Spring might be right around the corner, but don’t let the calendar fool you: It’s cold out there. Snow and ice may make life miserable for up to 90 million people in parts of the Plains, Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic states. The storm has closed schools and offices, made driving dangerous and delayed or grounded flights nationwide.

Indra Petersons, Alexandra Field and Margaret Conley have the latest all morning.


Did track star murder his model girlfriend? The cameras captured Oscar Pistorius when he raced for glory as a double-amputee Olympian. They chronicled Reeva Steenkamp’s alluring beauty. Now the focus shifts to a courthouse in South Africa. Pistorius is on trial for murder Monday in the shooting death of Steenkamp, who was his girlfriend. He shot her to death in his upscale home just before dawn on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar. Police don’t buy it. Now a judge will try to sort it out.




CNN's Robyn Curnow is live from Pretoria in the 7 a.m. hour.


Suck it, school! Wait. Were we supposed to keep that quiet? Patrick Snay had a reason to pop open the champagne after his former employer, the Guillver Preparatory School in Miami, agreed to pay him $80,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit. Then his daughter went online. "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT," she wrote. Problem One: The settlement had a confidentiality clause. Problem Two: People see and share stuff online. Soon, the school argued in court that it shouldn’t have to fork over the $80K because the 69-year-old Snay had violated a confidentiality agreement. An appeals court ruled in favor of the school last week.


"New Day" will update news headlines throughout the morning.

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

–This is scary! This is awesome! Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. Watch this little girl ride from terrified to terrific in less time than it takes you to say, "You must be this tall to ride this ride."

- Baby girl, personal trainer: Drop and give me 20, Dad!

- Brian Williams makes toddler cry: Come on, kid. Brian Williams isn't that scary.

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!

February 28th, 2014
04:56 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, February 28

Ukraine's erstwhile leader wants to show he isn't so erstwhile. Another major airline drops funeral discounts. And Detroit wouldn't mind a warm day sometime this year.

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


Heeeere's Viktor: Fugitive and ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is expected to address reporters today in neighboring Russia, according to Russian news media. Yanukovych, who faces an arrest warrant in his country, fled Ukraine's capital last weekend after Parliament removed him following months of protests. He says it's an illegal coup and that he's still the leader. The power struggle partly relates to whether Ukraine will align itself with the European Union or with Russia.

This comes as armed men in uniforms stood guard today outside the main airport in Ukraine's pro-Russian region of Crimea, but reports conflicted on whether they had taken control of the facility. Ukraine's interior minister has accused Russian forces of staging an "armed invasion" in Crimea. But we're not yet certain who the armed men are.


California rainin'; Detroit, ice city: The weather will be remarkably difficult in parts of the United States today. Some areas in Southern California are evacuating because of potential flash floods and mudslides - 6 inches of rain is forecast for some parts.

Meanwhile, Detroit - which already has seen more than 78 inches of snow this season - is closing schools today, with wind chills forecast to be between 10 and 25 degrees below zero. A large portion of the country will be shivering; below-freezing temperatures are forecast as far south as Florida.


Talks about dad, drugs and race: While announcing a new initiative to help young men and boys of color succeed, an emotional President Obama got personal yesterday, talking about the bad choices he hopes others can avoid. "I didn't have a dad in the house, and I was angry about it, even though I didn't necessarily realize it at the time. .... I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do," he said.

The "My Brother's Keeper" initiative will identify and build on the best programs helping young men of color across the country.


Rarefied airing: A video of a U.S. Supreme Court session confirms what you'd expect after decades of artists' sketches: Justices sitting in leather chairs really do look like justices sitting in leather chairs. The kicker is that it might be the first publicly released video of a session there, and it was recorded surreptitiously Wednesday by an advocacy group as a protester interrupted the proceeding, objecting to the court's 2010 "Citizens United" campaign finance ruling.

No electronic devices, or still or video cameras, are allowed in the court's public sessions. Check out this story to learn why the justices want to keep cameras out.


No more, American Airlines says: The list of major airlines giving discounts for medical emergencies or funerals is getting smaller. American Airlines has become the latest carrier to end bereavement fares. A travel blogger says that better last-minute, nonbereavement fares can be found online anyway, but cutting the policy "does make the airlines look heartless."

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

- Mary, a popular tourist attraction: Somehow, a Scottish woman ended up being listed as the 87th-ranked tourist attraction in Glasgow on TripAdvisor, according to multiple British media reports. "This attraction wasn't in the guidebooks but is fun for all the family," one reviewer wrote, according to The Scotsman newspaper. She suspects the listing, since taken down, was a prank, but told the paper: “At least it is a good picture of me.”

- The zebra sleeps tonight: A zebra dashes to freedom after it cleverly uncovers some lions' dastardly plot to ambush it. Or the lions let it go because they already had a fresh kill. However you wish to look at it.


- "Non-Stop" trailer, Lego style: Lego Liam Neeson is not trying to hijack this Lego plane. He's trying to save it - before intimidating you into putting the pieces back in the box when you're done.


- Fall, fall again: A 2013 YouTube video showing a snowboarder's many attempts to use a surface lift at a resort picks up steam.


- Nasty LinkedIn rejection: "Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky." That's part of a response that an online job bank operator gave to a job-seeker who wanted to connect on LinkedIn, according to a post on the job-seeker's Imgur account. A backlash ensured as the response made the rounds on Reddit, Buzzfeed and other viral hotspots.

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!

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