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

November 26th, 2013
05:08 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, November 26

A winter storm soaks the soggy South, former players sue the National Hockey League, and the FDA orders a genetic testing company to stop sales.

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.”


Wintry storm, holiday travel: This storm sure is persistent. Not satisfied with whipping up on California and the Southern Plains, the wintry system is ready to give the Deep South a good soaking today. Flash flooding is possible. The Eastern Seaboard is the next stop, where forecasters say it will continue its march, dumping rain, ice and snow. New England is the final stop, just in time for Black Friday.

All of this can't be good for holiday travelers. And there will be plenty of them. AAA says 43 million Americans will trek at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. The storm system iced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport over the weekend, canceling hundreds of flights. Airlines are already bracing for the impact in the Northeast. Some are letting customers change flights with no rebooking fees - check with your carrier.

Join Indra Petersons, Rene Marsh and Alina Machado throughout the morning with their storm updates.


Case closed: There are lots of details, but the investigation into last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut doesn't answer the big question: Why? Why did 21-year-old Adam Lanza go into his old elementary school and gun down 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself?

The 44-page summary released by investigators yesterday gives us some clues - like Lanza was mentally ill and had become obsessed with school shootings and mass murders - but in the end comes to no conclusion.


Susan Candiotti joins us at 6.


Courting the Affordable Care Act: The next stop for the troubled health care reform law could be the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a provision that requires employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services. This is a constitutional issue for plaintiffs like craft store chain Hobby Lobby. Its owners say being forced to provide insurance coverage that includes "morning-after" pills goes against their Christian values, First Amendment rights and amounts to abortion. The justices could announce today whether they will take up the case - one that has already split appeals courts across the country.

Elizabeth Cohen is in at 6 to talk about the "morning-after" pill.


No-contact hockey: Some who like the sport the way it is are afraid it's headed that way. Yesterday, 10 former National Hockey League players filed a lawsuit against the NHL, asking for a dramatic overhaul of the sport. Court documents ask for an end to the most violent elements in hockey: fighting and body checking. It says: "The time has come for the NHL to elevate long-term player safety over profit and tradition." This lawsuit comes just a few months after the NFL paid $765 million to settle concussion-related lawsuits by 4,500 former players.

Michaela Pereira updates news headline throughout the morning.


Genome what we're talking about? Google-backed genetic testing firm 23andMe is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has ordered the company to stop sales of its home testing kits, saying there's no proof that they're valid.

23andMe offers $99 saliva testing kits that customers can use at home and then send to the company for reports on their heritage, their body's likely reaction to medications and their genetic risk for dozens of health conditions. Customers can track their results online. The FDA says the company has yet to provide evidence the kits do what they promise to do.

Check in with "New Day" throughout the morning to stay up to date on everything you need to know.

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

- No, not Brian: TV show creators kill off beloved characters at their own peril. And right now, the folks at "Family Guy" are in some deep doggie doo-doo. Fans are crying foul after Brian the Dog took the eternal dirt nap in Sunday's episode. He got run over by a car.

This is serious stuff. There are more than 70,000 comments on the show's Facebook page, and the Twitterverse is in mourning.

- Thanksgivukkah - The Movie: There's a rare holiday nexus this week: Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah.


Only once about every 70 billion years (yes, we're exaggerating) do the two coincide. Actually, the last time was 1888. All this setup is so we can show you a fake movie preview by "Funny or Die."

- Celebrity GPS: Free navigation app Waze is going all Hollywood on us. It's inked a deal with Universal Pictures to provide celebrity voices for our turn-by-turn directions. Comedian Kevin Hart is the first. This is going to make rush hour traffic a bigger joke than it already is.

- "Bound 3": This was bound to happen - in an alternative universe. Kanye West's latest video "Bound 2" - you know, the one with wife-to-be Kim Kardashian riding topless on his motorcycle - gets a shot-by-shot parody remake by "Pineapple Express" buddies James Franco and Seth Rogen. In this Bizarro World, Franco is West and Rogen is Kardashian. Something is seriously wrong here. (Warning: Extremely explicit lyrics throughout the video)

- How to fight a baby: This is cuddly, cute and funny. No babies were hurt in the making of this video.


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!