October 18th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, October 18

Yet another political storm is brewing, two convicted murderers are still on the loose, and men can now get Channing Tatum's body in less than five seconds.

Welcome to the Friday 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.”


My head hurts: Even though the government is back up and running, it’s hardly kumbayah in Washington. Some people are drunk-dialing Congress. The headaches and nausea still linger. But before you even have time to recover, the next round of fights is about to begin.

In one corner, President Obama has his sights set on passing a new budget, immigration reform and even a farm bill. Some Republicans are game with talking it out, saying they want to reach common ground to avoid another traumatic shutdown.

Then you have folks like tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz, whose office said he’s not ruling out another shutdown in the next few months. The guy’s like Teflon – even criticism from his own Republican party doesn’t stick.

Jim Acosta and Renee Marsh will be live at 6, 7 and 8 o’clock to tell us what’s ahead for the circus known as Washington.


Death by facelift? If prosecutors are right, Dr. Martin MacNeill murdered his wife by pushing her to get a facelift and giving her a glut of drugs to take after her surgery – all so he could be with his younger mistress.

If Dr. MacNeill is right, 50-year-old Michelle MacNeill died accidentally while he was at work.

Both sides are now duking it out in court as the doctor’s murder trial continues. The couple’s two oldest daughters have been fixtures at pretrial hearings – holding up pictures of their mom and trying to get their dad convicted. Friday marks the second day of a trial that could last five weeks.

Jean Casarez and Nancy Grace will bring us the latest in this bizarre case in the 8 o’clock hour.


Two weeks, no answers: From the loudspeakers of New York police cars, Avonte Oquendo's mother calls for him.

She begs for the 14-year-old autistic boy to walk toward the flashing blue-and-white lights of the emergency vehicles that have been combing the streets of Queens for him.

"Avonte, this is your mother. You are safe. Walk toward the lights," her message repeats.

Avonte can’t communicate verbally. The hope is that he’ll hear his mother’s familiar voice and follow it.

The boy was last seen on surveillance video running out of Center Boulevard School in Long Island City on October 4. A reward for his safe return has ballooned to $77,500.

Hear from Avonte’s parents as the search continues for their son in the 6 o’clock hour.


Still on the loose: Talk about an enormous fumble. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were serving life sentences for murder when they managed to just waltz out of a Florida prison.

Jenkins left prison on September 27, and Walker skipped out on October 8. But authorities didn’t realize they had escaped until this week. Eventually, they figured it out: Forged papers ordering the inmates’ release were sent to the prison – including the fake signature of a real judge.

Now the widow of Roscoe Pugh Jr., who was killed by Jenkins, is reliving a nightmare.

"Seems like my whole world came down on me,” Crystal Pugh said. “I thought I would never have to see them again in life because they had life sentences."

In the 8 o’clock hour, hear what the Pughs’ son has to say – 15 years after he saw his dad get shot right in front of him.


Can her resume get bigger? Malala Yousafzai has racked up more global accolades in her 16 years than most of us will in a lifetime. Today, that list gets even longer when she meets the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.

The Taliban shot her in the head. And they say they’d do it again. But even death threats haven’t stopped stop her from rallying for girls’ education in Pakistan.

Pretty gutsy. And she’s not done yet:

Even though she’s a warrior, she can still be cute. When CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked if she would accept the Queen’s invitation, Malala replied, “Yes, I’m going because it’s the order of the Queen.”

Max Foster will tell us more in the 6 o’clock hour about Malala’s visit with Queen Elizabeth.

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

Instant muscles! For years, men have lamented certain padded undergarments that make women look more enhanced than they are. Well now, sweet revenge. The Funkybod undershirt uses strategic padding to "accentuate the pectorals, shoulders, biceps, triceps and lats." It's here to "Pump! You up!"

New dad selfies - Whether you say "haha" or "aww," you're right:

Insane mountain bike backflip - If you think you're a hardcore mountain biker, watch this video and think again:


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 – Tuesday, October 15
October 15th, 2013
05:23 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, October 15

We're creeping up on the debt ceiling deadline, an alleged terrorist has his day in court in New York, and a soldier who darted into the line of fire (multiple times) to retrieve his fallen and injured comrades will receive the Medal of Honor.

It's Tuesday, 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.”


Watch your head with that low ceiling: We’re T-minus two days until we hit the debt ceiling, which means the U.S. is getting closer and closer to not being able to pay all its bills.

The Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders say they’re optimistic we might actually avoid default and get out of the partial government shutdown in the coming days.

But the main sticking points come down to how long an agreement would fund the government (to end the shutdown) and how long to extend the debt limit.

While plans for a deal are still squishy as a blobfish, Democratic sources say the latest plan involves:

– Funding the government through January 15, but requiring budget negotiators to come up with a funding deal in December;
– Increasing the debt ceiling through February 15;
– Adding a way to verify incomes for Obamacare subsidies;
– And Delaying Obamacare’s “transitional reinsurance fee,” which would cost employers about $65 per employee per year for three years.

(Yes, you read that right – there may be a few Obamacare concessions.)

Now we’ll wait and see what Senate Republicans think after they meet at 9 a.m. today. House Republicans will meet at the same time to figure out what they want to do.

And if everyone agrees, we may finally have fiscal kumbayah.

We’ll have a team of reporters at the top of the 6, 7 and 8 o’clock hours to tell us how close we are (or aren’t) to ending the shutdown and reaching a debt ceiling deal.


The long arm of the law: So a team of U.S. special operations forces swooped into Libya and nabbed a suspected al Qaeda operative accused in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

That made a lot of U.S. officials happy. But now, some are peeved that Abu Anas al Libi, who was held for days and interrogated aboard a Navy ship, is now in New York.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said it’s "unfortunate that al Libi is on American soil.”

"It shows the inherent flaws in the U.S. policy decision to try (terror suspects) in the U.S. because once you arrive on U.S. soil, that ends the interrogation of these high-value detainees," he said, adding that would not have happened if al Libi had been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and faced a military commission there.

But State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said last week that there was no chance that al Libi would end up at Guantanamo.

"The administration's position on Guantanamo is clear. Our goal is not to add to the population, it's to reduce it, which we've done,” she said.

A U.S. official said al Libi received care at a medical facility in New York for a pre-existing medical condition and is "doing better."

Al Libi is expected to appear in a New York federal court today.

Deborah Feyerick will be live from Lower Manhattan's federal courthouse in the 6 and 8 o’clock hours to tell us what's next for al Libi.


Retaliation for rape claim? It’s a horrible tale we’ve heard before – a teen girl drinks too much in the company of an older boy, passes out and may have gotten raped.

But Daisy Coleman’s story is different. Even though the 17-year-old boy she was with was arrested, the sexual assault charge against him was dropped. And his friend, who was charged with recording part of the incident on an iPhone, was also cleared.

The local prosecutor told The Kansas City Star there wasn’t enough evidence.

The local sheriff said authorities couldn’t move forward because the Coleman family’s stories have changed.

The Colemans say that’s not true. What’s worse, the family says, is the cyberbullying and threats they’ve received. Mom Melinda Coleman said she was fired from her job. The Colemans said they had to move out of Maryville, Missouri.

Now the hacker-activist group Anonymous is getting involved, calling on authorities to reopen the case.

The boy Daisy was with was a high school football player, stirring memories of the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, in which two high school football players were convicted of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl.

Ana Cabrera will be live in the 8 o’clock hour to tell us more about Daisy’s case and how the family says it was driven out of town.


Tragedy on a ship: A 6-year-old boy drowned on a Carnival cruise ship pool, even though plenty of other vacationers were nearby.

Revelers were dancing to music by the mid-ship pool when a DJ noticed the boy struggle, passenger Deshaun Christian said.

A guest then jumped into the pool with his clothes on and pulled the boy out, followed by a crew member who tried to revive him, Christian said. But the boy was pronounced dead shortly later.

The question is, why wasn’t anyone watching over the young boy? The Miami-Dade Police Department said it is still investigating the drowning, which appeared to be accidental. Police said the boy was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother when he was found submerged.

A Carnival spokeswoman said the company does not have lifeguards on duty at its pools, and parental supervision is required for children under 13.

In the 6 o’clock hour, hear from a passenger who helped pull the boy out of the water.


Finally, some good news out of Washington: Four years after he was outnumbered and outgunned in a brutal battle in Afghanistan, retired U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson will be awarded the highest military honor in a presidential ceremony Tuesday.

Swenson risked his life to recover the bodies of his fellow soldiers in the Battle of Ganjgal Valley, where five Americans died.

"In seven hours of continuous fighting, Swenson braved intense enemy fire, and willfully put his life in danger against the enemy's main effort, multiple times in service of his fallen and wounded comrades, his unit, his country, and his endangered Afghan partners,” the nomination statement reads.


Swenson spoke out after the 2009 battle, criticizing his leadership for failing to provide him with adequate air support after multiple radio requests. The Army later backed up his claims.

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

- Gold is the new black: Remember that terrible but unforgettable song “Friday” by pop star wannabe Rebecca Black? Nothing could be worse, right? Try "Chinese Food” by Alison Gold. Gold teamed up with same production team that assaulted our ears with "Friday." This sadly-destined-to-be-viral video gives us a new buffet of cringe-worthy moments: A teen girl frolicking with a grown man in a panda suit; that same man rapping at a teen slumber party; and Gold pointing at a giant bowl of “chow ma, ma, ma, ma, mein" in the sky. Enjoy.


- Who’s that turkey in the window?: That’s what this turkey’s probably thinking as it tries to peck its own reflection. Our guess? He realized for the first time that he’s a turkey and knows all too well how close we are to Thanksgiving. So sad.


- Cyrus gets schooled: Recent attempts to give Miley Cyrus advice have failed miserably. We’re looking at you, Sinead O’Connor. Now, here comes indie darling Sufjan Stevens with some grammar advice for the “Wrecking Ball” singer. Stevens has a soft touch, so maybe this’ll end nicely. “Dear Miley, I can’t stop listening to #GetitRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson.” For one thing, you “lie” in your bed; not “lay,” he tells her. And to add a special touch of irony, a Vice editor then pens an open letter correcting Sufjan's open letter to Miley. Isn't the Internet wonderful?

- Cooler than 'Gravity': This new video gives us a first-person perspective of Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s recent jump from the stratosphere. It also answers the question of what a man sees when he jumps from the edge of space. Spoiler alert: The answer is a big slice of awesome!


- Clothed monkey grooms cat: The real question here is not why this monkey’s wearing an oh-so-cool T-shirt. The burning question is not why this monkey’s eating the stuff he’s taking off of this cat. And while puzzling, the question’s not how can this cat stay asleep while it’s being manhandled by a trendy-T-shirt-wearing monkey. The real question here is: What in the hell is this monkey saying throughout this video? WHAT IS THE MONKEY SAYING!?


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 – Monday, October 14
British police have released computer-generated sketches of a man spotted around the Portuguese resort town on the day Madeleine McCann went missing.
October 14th, 2013
04:29 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, October 14

The word of the day is hope. Hope fulfilled, and hope hanging. There's a break in a two-decade-old cold case. A 72-year-old man survives in the woods for almost three weeks. And there's a glimmer that we could see a resolution to the Washington stalemate.

It's Columbus Day, 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.”


Brought to you by the numbers 14 and 3: It’s been 14 days since the federal government partially shut down, and three days to go before we hit the debt ceiling. So, where do we stand? Nowhere. The Senate met yesterday afternoon, with Majority Leader Harry Reid saying he would do "everything I can throughout the day" to reach some kind of bargain with Republicans. But after a four-hour powwow, nada. The Senate meets again at 2 today. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says this hoopla has dragged on far too long, but she believes there's going to be a resolution "this week." Hope is a wonderful thing. Hope + action = even better!

In other shutdown news yesterday:

- A crowd of conservatives removed barricades at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. They billed the event as the "Million Vet March on the Memorials," but drew far fewer. Speakers railed against President Barack Obama, with one telling him to “put the Quran down.”

- The Statue of Liberty is back in business, no thanks to the federal government. New York state decided 12 days of closure was enough for the money-generating landmark. So the state's pouring $61,600 a day to maintain her.

We'll have a team of reporters all morning long to bring us the latest.


Hope springs eternal: Twenty-two years later, she has a name. This weekend, we learned that the little girl known only as "Baby Hope," whose abused and decomposed body was found in an ice chest by the side of a New York roadway in 1991, was 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo. And the man accused of killing her is her cousin, Conrado Juarez. Police say Juarez smothered her with a pillow while sexually assaulting her. Then he "folded the girl in half," tied her and placed her in a garbage bag inside the cooler, an assistant district attorney says. The New York Police Department's cold case unit never gave up on the case. A detective's wife paid for the white dress "Baby Hope" was buried in. And detectives paid for the tombstone. "Because we care," it says.

Margaret Conley will be live in the 8 o’clock hour with details on how police looked into this cold case.


What a long, strange trip: Next time you complain about your GPS lying to you, at least you didn’t end up lost in the woods for 19 days. Gene Penaflor was deep in California's Mendocino National Forest when he got separated from his hunting buddy. That was on September 24. So how did the 72-year-old survive? With an impromptu menu of squirrels, algae, lizards and runoff from a nearby water source. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. But, says Penaflor’s son, the next time his dad goes hunting, it'll have to be in a larger group.


We'll hear from Miguel Marquez at 7 for more on this tale of survival.


Have you seen this man? It's been more than six years since Madeleine McCann vanished while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. But the young British girl’s disappearance is getting renewed attention after investigators released two computer-generated sketches of a man spotted around the Portuguese resort town of Praia da Luz on the day then-3-year-old Madeleine went missing.

Erin McLaughlin will be live from London at 7 on what prompted police to release these sketches now.


Who's your money on? Most of the Nobel wins this year have been pretty predictable – the prize for physics went to the scientists who came up with the idea of the Higgs boson, aka the “God particle.” Short-story writer Alice Munro was a favorite for the literature Nobel and finally got it. And the winners for chemistry and medicine prizes seemed logical. (Malala Yousafzai came up short for the peace prize though). At 7 today, the last of the Nobels will be given out: for economics.

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

- Fifty shades of disbelief: So, an emerging A-list actor has the opportunity to get hot and heavy – and become an instant sex symbol - and he turns it down? Yes, this really happened. Charlie Hunnam was supposed to join Dakota Johnson in the film version of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey." But apparently he's too busy with his TV show, "Sons of Anarchy."

- Brady FTW: We don’t know what we loved most about the Patriots’ miracle 30-27 win over the Saints last night.
The touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Kenbrell Thompskins with five seconds to go?

The one-for-the-ages commentary from 98.5 The Sports Hub. “UNICORNS! SHOW PONIES! WHERE’S THE BEEF?”

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Or Tom Brady's post-game outfit, specifically his sweater, which pretty much no one approved of?

Not to be outdone, MLB also gave us a memorable moment during the Red Sox's come-from-behind win over the Detroit Tigers: Boston cop Steve Horgan!

- Why you should pay attention in geometry class: You know how you groused you couldn't think of a single practical application for all those lessons on angles and properties of space? Watch this person try to get out of a parking spot. Then send your high school math teacher a "thank you" e-mail.


- This bear gets it: Props to the animal keeper whose keen instincts led him or her to install a tetherball in the Animal Ark bear enclosure. Like one commenter wrote, "I would pay a 1,000 USD to play tether ball with this bear for my birthday."


- What kind of parents videotape their kids fighting? Um, parents of ridiculously adorable twin girls learning taekwondo.


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!

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, September 12
September 12th, 2013
05:19 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, September 12

The U.S. is talking peace and arming rebels, Putin takes a dig at Obama, and strippers win in New York City.

It's Thursday 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.”


You say you want a resolution: Well, you know, we all want to change the world. The question is: Can Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart come to an agreement when they meet in Geneva, beginning today? The U.S. isn’t leaving anything to chance, though. While it pursues diplomacy, it’s also started arming the rebels. (The rebels, however, say they haven’t seen the weapons yet).

Meanwhile, a Vladimir Putin-penned piece in The New York Times has at least one White House official saying it's an indication the Russian president is "now fully invested in Syria's chemical disarmament." And a U.N. report says both sides - the regime and the rebels - have committed war crimes in Syria’s bloody civil war.

Too much going on? No worries. We’ll make it easy for you. Here are the five things to pay attention to today.

Brianna Keilar will be live at 6, 7, and 8 to give us the latest on the U.S. involvement with Syria.


From Russia, with(out) love: He could have just said why the U.S. shouldn’t bomb Syria. Did he really have to lay the smackdown? In his New York Times opinion piece, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. isn’t the exceptional country Obama claims it to be.

"We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."

Not exceptional? Red-blooded Americans took exception. Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez said the piece made him almost want to throw up. And the Internet responded with variations on "Oh no, he didn't!"

We’ll have a team of correspondents live at 6, 7, and 8 to tell us what Putin’s plea for peace really means.


I'm a survivor, I'm not goin' give up: By nearly all accounts, 12-year-old Kali Hardig shouldn’t be alive. During a swim at a water park in July, she contracted a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba. In the last 50 years, only two people have survived. But Kali’s a fighter, and against all odds, she made it. After two months in the hospital, part of which she spent in a coma, she went home yesterday. And she’ll reach another milestone on Monday: She’ll be back in school. So that’s miracle girl: 1; nasty amoeba: 0. Cue Destiny’s Child, y’all.

We’ll have more on Kali Hardig’s amazing story and an exclusive interview with Kali and her mother at 8:45 a.m.


Ready, aim, fired: Who knew you could lose your job for wanting tighter gun control? That’s what happened to two Colorado state senators who wanted universal background checks and a limit on magazines. They got the boot yesterday in an NRA-funded recall election.

Missourians saw the tide turn the other way. Lawmakers there tried to pass legislation that would say federal gun laws won’t apply in their state. It passed the House, but fell short by one vote in the Senate yesterday. Had it passed, the law would have let Missourians own machine guns. That’s banned under federal law. And if the feds came to take the guns away? The would-be law would OK the agents’ arrests!


What were you thinking?: Sure, we all know businesses like to use holidays as an excuse to tout special deals. (Because when you think President’s Day, you think mattress sales … right?). But trying to profit off 9/11? Oh, come ON! One Wisconsin golf course offered “9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person or 18 holes with cart for only $19.11! 9/11/13 Only!”

A Marriott hotel got a Twitter-lashing when it offered “complimentary coffee and mini muffins from 8:45 – 9:15 am” – roughly the same times when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.

And AT&T’s tweet showing a smartphone and a 9/11 memorial didn’t last long online before Twitter users replied with expletives or threatened to switch carriers.
Hey geniuses, next time you come up with another bonehead idea, pause and pull out this flow chart:

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

- Call me maybe?: Worried about withdrawal when Breaking Bad ends this season? AMC’s got your back with a new series called “Better Caul Saul,” featuring the show’s shady criminal lawyer.

- Minimum wage for minimum clothes: A judge has ruled that strippers at a Manhattan club are hourly employees – and therefore deserve to be paid minimum wage. Dancers had to pay the club a nightly "house fee," and at least $20 of their tips. What, no perks for twerks?

- I want my baby back, baby back, baby (bear) back: Robert Baysinger can’t bear to go a day without his girl, Savannah. The problem is, Savannah’s a black bear. He rescued her, he raised her, he clad her in diapers. And then the Man came and took her away.

- Sick free throw: They look simple, but free throws aren't always easy (two words: Shaquille O'Neal). This show-off decided to add a backflip, too.


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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