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.  


February 26th, 2014
04:41 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day –Wednesday, February 26

President Obama has blunt words for his Afghan counterpart. An anti-gay bill is in the Arizona governor's court. And obesity rates have plummeted among U.S. children.

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


U.S. running out of patience: We're not bluffing: That's what the Obama administration told Afghanistan yesterdayIf no bilateral security deal is signed, the U.S. says it's planning to withdraw all its troops from the nation by the end of the year. The White House statement showed President Obama's impatience with President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign the agreement, which would keep thousands of American troops in the country after combat operations conclude this year.

What does this mean for both nations? Barbara Starr tells us at 6.


Sharp drop among children: The scales are tipping – in a good way – for the nation’s smallest eaters.  Obesity rates  for those ages 2 to 5 years have plummeted over the past decade, a new study shows. Between 2003 and 2012, obesity rates for those ages declined from 14% to 8%.  Great news, hopefully enduring. But experts say the fight is far from over.  "We still have a long way to go before we solve this problem once and for all," first lady Michelle Obama said yesterday. She has been instrumental in pushing the Lets Move! campaign to fight obesity.

What's behind the drop? Joe Johns brings us the latest at 6.


The bill's in her court: To sign or not to sign? That’s the question for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. All signs indicate she'll probably veto the bill, which would allow the use of religious beliefs as a basis for businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it promotes religious freedom; opponents say it discriminates. In an exclusive interview with CNN in Washington, Brewer did not signal her intention either way. "I'm going to go home, and when I receive the bill, I'm going to read it and I'm going to be briefed on it. And I will make my decision in the near future," she said.

Ana Cabrera is live all morning with the latest.


Numbers pared down: This doesn't sound good. The number of plainclothes  federal officers protecting aircraft from terrorists has gone down in the past three years, according to an internal e-mail obtained by CNN. The exact number of marshals is secret, and the Homeland Security Department declined to say how many positions have been eliminated. Nor would it say what percentage of marshal positions were cut. But that's disconcerting news just days after the U.S. warned of shoe bomb threats.


New video, more questions: Relatives of a man who died after a struggle with cops at an Oklahoma movie theater released a cell phone video showing five officers restraining him on the ground. His wife, Nair Rodriguez, shot the video of her husband, Luis Rodriguez, outside a Moore theater this month. But questions remain about the manner of his death, and why the altercation between his wife and daughter prompted police action.


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

Runaway koala: Everyone fantasizes about breaking free from life's constraints. Mundu, a curious koala at the San Diego Zoo, did just that.  The 2-year-old escaped from his enclosure yesterday and spent the day sleeping in a tree high above his exhibit. Zoo officials say he’s on  the cusp of sexual maturity, and with raging hormones, he's constantly testing limits. Rage on, lil' fella. Rage on.

Close encounter: Girl gets whacked in the head by a whale. Maybe it just wanted a high-five?

Hands-free selfies: No more straining your arms for a good shot. The CamMe App lets you prop up your phone and take a picture from 16 feet away.  Just raise your fist to activate a 3-second timer, pose and off it goes. Clever, right? And free.


Oh, bear: We nearly overlooked this video of frolicking bear cubs. Until one of them started twerking, and we were sold. See how much thought goes into this?


Special kinda genius:  Oh, what to do when your car stalls? I know, I know! Tie it to a random bus for a free tow. Then sit back and watch the hilariously bad end result.



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 – Friday, December 13
Crowds wait to say goodbye to Nelson Mandela as he lies in state in Pretoria for the last day.
December 13th, 2013
05:18 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 13

A Montana woman admits she shoved her husband down a cliff, Nelson Mandela lies in state for a final day, and North Korea executes the leader's uncle.

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

Text but not call?: The federal communications agency made the call to allow cellphones during flights. But the Department of Transportation says hold on. The DOT does not want flights filled with yakking passengers, and says it's looking into the possibility of eliminating voice communications.  Some say  cell phone conversations are annoying in close confines of a plane, and have cast it as a consumer rights issue. The  Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 yesterday to consider lifting its ban. But Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says his department will decide whether allowing calls is fair to consumers.

Rene Marsh will be live with details all morning.

Husband pushed off cliff: In a drastic twist, newlywed Jordan Linn Graham is admitting she shoved her husband down a cliff. Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday as part of a plea deal. She says she pushed  her husband during an argument in July.  "It was a reckless act," she says of the incident at Glacier National Park in Montana. "I just pushed."  She was married to Cody Johnson for eight days.

Kyung Lah will have the latest all morning.

Goodbye to an icon: The former South African president  lies in state in Pretoria for a final day today. Lines snaked around downtown as throngs waited to say their goodbyes. Mandela's last public viewing is at the same place he was inaugurated as the nation's first black president. His body will then be transported to his boyhood home of Qunu for the burial Sunday.

Arwa Damon will have more details at 6.

No. 2 executed: North Korea says it has executed the "traitor" uncle of leader Kim Jong Un.  Jang Song Thaek was considered the second most powerful man in the secretive regime. State media described him as a  "despicable human scum" and "worse than a dog. It accused him of betraying his party and leader. Jang was married to Kim's aunt and served as vice chairman of North Korea's top military body. He was often pictured beside his 30-year-old nephew.

Jim Sciutto will be live with details all morning.

House approves: No more government shutdown. Well, at least not for two more years. A compromise federal budget plan won easy approval yesterday in the House.  It now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass next week. Its passage is a feat on its own. It represents a rare convergence between the two parties on government spending after two years of bitter debate. Their political brinkmanship included the 16-day shutdown in October. But military employees are not applauding the deal.  It cuts their benefits.

Athena Jones will break it down for us all morning.

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

#blockrestored: Twitter makes a change that allows trolls to interact with those who’ve blocked them. Backlash ensues on  –where else – Twitter. The social media giant listens. The block is restored.

Social sabbatical: Speaking of social media, we knew this day would come. A Swedish company has designed a website that allows people to take a break from social media accounts. It sends an auto reply for your social media accounts to let people know you’re on a sabbatical.

Taking another lap: For decades, these two brothers sat for a picture with Santa every year.  Their evolution came full circle this year when their kids joined them on Santa’s lap.



Unique escape:  These over-the-top makeovers give cancer patients something to smile about, if only for a second.  The popular program gives cancer patients makeovers with their eyes closed. The priceless moment comes when they open their eyes expecting glamorous looks. Instead, they are surprised with a hilarious new do.


Mooooove!: Longboarder crashes into cows.

And in the spirit of fun videos, join us this morning for our countdown!

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 – Friday, September 13
September 13th, 2013
05:28 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, September 13

It's Day 2 of Russia and U.S. talks, the Syrian president throws in his two cents, and a New Jersey blaze is undoing some of the repairs after Superstorm Sandy.

It's Friday, and here are the “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.”


Talks, talks everywhere:  Today is day two for U.S.-Russian diplomatic talks on Syria.  If you listen, the goals are similar, but the ideas on how to reach them are not.  And tensions abound. Secretary of State John Kerry remained firm yesterday after meeting his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying the military strike option is not off the table if Syria does not implement agreements. Lavrov kept his cool, saying “diplomacy likes silence." Tell that to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who threw in his two cents. He says he is willing to place his chemical weapons arsenal under international control, but only if the U.S. cools it with the threats.

We’re all over these crucial talks, and we’ll break down the five things to pay attention to today. Jim Sciutto will be live at 6, 7 and 8 with the latest.


Latest tech hoopla: Twitter is taking its first step toward going public, but keeping details on the deal private. With a simple tweet – what else would it be? – the social media giant announced yesterday that it has filed documents for an initial public offering of stock. Details are scarce because the company took advantage of a federal law to provide its registration privately to U.S. regulators. Investors are all excited about the prospect of public stocks. Is the little blue bird finally coming of age?



But over at Twitter headquarters, it was business as usual after the announcement.

Christine Romans will be live at 6 with the latest details. 


Boardwalk blaze: New Jersey just can’t  seem to catch a break.  Nearly a year after a superstorm swallowed its iconic seaside boardwalk, a fire broke out yesterday at the same location. The raging blaze destroyed dozens of businesses, undoing much of the rebuilding work done after Superstorm Sandy hit in October.  It’s enough to make New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sick. “I feel like I want to throw up,” he says.  “After all the effort and time and resources that we've put in to help the folks … rebuild.”

But there’s a glimmer of good news: there were no reports of injuries.

Our team of correspondents will be live at 6, 7 and 8 with the latest from New Jersey.


Relentless rain:  First came heavy rains, then swirling mountainsides, followed by entire towns cut off.  Now Colorado officials fear a wall of water clogged with debris is cascading toward Boulder.  Sirens shrieked overnight, warning residents along Boulder Creek to evacuate.  Flash floods are blamed for at least three deaths, and officials don’t want any more. “Do not cross Boulder Creek for any reason,” they warned.

George Howell will be live at 6, 7 and 8 with the latest from Colorado.


Witches and wizards, rejoice:  J.K. Rowling still has some tricks up her sleeve. The "Harry Potter" author is returning to the world of wizards that made her famous.  Her screenwriting debut will feature a movie centered on one of Potter's textbooks, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them." It’s about its fictional author, Newt Scamander.

Mark Istook will have more details at 7.

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

Dad dons short shorts: This Utah man will go down in history as best dad, ever.  OK, maybe funniest dad. To show his daughter how, um, not cute she looks in her itty-bitty shorts, Scott Mackintosh cut off his jeans into Daisy Dukes and went out to dinner with his family. Then they went miniature golfing, with him still wearing the waaaayyy too short shorts. Did we mention that his daughter was wearing skimpy shorts, too? She didn't appreciate Dad's stunt, but folks on social media sure did.



One giant leap for froggy: We’re still scratching our heads about this one. An itsy-bitsy frog photo-bombed NASA’s  rocket launch last week, giving new meaning to "flying leap." A NASA photo shows the little guy streaking skyward alongside a 90-foot rocket carrying a moon mission from a flight facility in Virginia. No word on whether it croaked, but it sure had a wild ride. NASA says these kinds of things tend not to end well for amphibians.

And the ugly award goes to … : Maybe a mother could love this face.  Maybe not.  But the angry-looking, slimy blobfish was named the world’s ugliest animal and the official mascot of hideous-looking creatures everywhere. Winning is winning, right?  So yay!  Well, at least he wasn’t launched to the moon next to a rocket.


Super kittens v. gangsta pups: Kittens.  Puppies.  Superheroes.  Gangsters.  Slow-motion video.  Enough said.  That’s the only way we can describe this legendary aerial battle between these adorable combatants.  In this case, we’re all winners.

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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