August 16th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 16

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

The weekend is almost here. Today we'll be talking about Egypt, where more marches are planned; Hannah Anderson, who appeared briefly in public before attending a fundraiser for her family; and Edward Snowden, who sent an interesting statement to the Huffington Post.

Those are among the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s new morning show, “New Day.”


First public appearance: Her father says Hannah is doing well and each day is better than the one before it. “We'll keep moving forward from here,” he told reporters who had come to a fundraiser at a restaurant hoping to talk to Hannah. The 16-year-old, who was rescued from a family friend who had kidnapped her, was seen going into the event – the first time we’ve seen her in person - but she didn’t speak to the media. Reporters still have a lot of questions about her ordeal, especially after they were given the list of evidence collected at James DiMaggio’s home.

Psychotherapist Robi Ludwig will be our guest at 7.


Worries over potential for more violence: Shenouda El Sayeh never expected the violence in Egypt to include dozens of attacks against churches. He says a mob came to the Virgin Mary Church, west of Cairo, and torched the place the same day of deadly clashes in the capital between the military and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy. CNN’s Arwa Damon says Cairo's streets were often empty yesterday, but everyone in the country is anxious because the Muslim Brotherhood has called for marches after noon prayers today.

Reza Sayah is live from the streets of Cairo this morning.


I speak for myself: It almost sounds like the NSA leaker is upset at his father and lawyer, but he certainly seems perturbed with the media. Lon Snowden and Bruce Fein don’t have “special knowledge regarding my situation,” the younger Snowden writes in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. The statement was released after The Wall Street Journal reported that Lon Snowden's legal team does not trust his son's closest advisers: WikiLeaks and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald. Edward Snowden wrote to correct the record, he says. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported yesterday that the NSA broke privacy rules "thousands of times.” An NSA audit found most of the incidents were unintentional but some were violations of court orders.

Phil Black in Moscow has more on Snowden’s statement and Dan Lothian with the president will update us on the NSA and privacy rules.


How much Joe is too much Joe?: Sometimes it seems one health study seems to contradict another. Take for instance, a new report that looked at information from almost 44,000 patients over 17 years. It concluded that there is a connection between drinking more than 28 cups (224 ounces) of coffee each week and dying young. Wait, what? We thought there were a lot of benefits to having a few cups o' Joe throughout the day.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta will join us at 8 to sort this out and let us know how much coffee is safe to drink.

5. AREA 51

It's out there: OK, OK, there really is an Area 51, but it’s not what you UFO buffs think it is. At least that’s what the CIA says. A researcher says he noticed the documents he received from the government weren’t as redacted as previous ones. And while we knew where Area 51 is, these papers offer official acknowledgement and say it was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. There is no mention of aliens or spaceships.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing. Get ready for a big dose of cute animals for your Friday morning awwwwww!

–New species was there all along: He’s a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear – well, not literally. We’re talking about the olinguito, which looks a lot like the olingo but is smaller and furrier. So you'll understand the case of mistaken identity.

- You don’t see a bear there every day: Honey, it’s the babysitter. She says there is a black bear on the porch. A black bear. Honey, wait for me! ... So when Alice MacDonough - whose son also texted - got back to her home in southwestern Florida there was the bear, just sacked out on the lanai. Experts say that’s unprecedented behavior and it's not good that the bear isn't afraid of humans.

- Mob rules: You know who doesn’t think puppies are cute? This cat!

- What say you? Imagine what it would be like if sheep decided to protest, let's say, poor working conditions. It might sound a little like this.

- Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a janitor! Typically dog walking isn’t an other-worldly experience, but this Star Trek Communicator Dog Bag Dispenser brings a bit of intergalactic swagger to an otherwise mundane outing. Just make sure you’re not the new guy on the away team in a red shirt … or you may not return. Oh, and you can also get the dog a Star Trek bed!

But perhaps the cutest video of the day was human related. It’s no fun trying to lug luggage and a sleepy kid through the airport. Good thing the bag has wheels! She is alive, right?

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!

August 14th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, August 14

A raid on Morsy supporters in Egypt, a hostage standoff in Louisiana and Hanna Anderson takes to social media after her freedom. It’s a busy Wednesday morning. 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 new morning show, “New Day.”


Blood and bulldozers: The chaos began shortly before sunrise. Egyptian security forces, using tear gas and bulldozers, moved in on the two massive makeshift camps that supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy had set up. Within three hours, they’d cleared one out completely. But the other's proven trickier, with the military calling in its special forces. There are claims and counter claims of deaths. The Muslim Brotherhood said 200 protesters were killed. The government said the number is much, much lower. Then it suspended rail service to Cairo, apparently to prevent more protesters from streaming in.

Reza Sayah is at the scene in Cairo and will bring us up-to-the-minute reports all morning.


‘His intent was to make a statement’: That’s what police said Fuaed Abdo Ahmed wanted to do when he took three people hostage in a small Louisiana town bank yesterday. He let one go, but then the standoff dragged on for hours. Early this morning, SWAT officers moved in. The 20-year-old Ahmed was shot and killed – but not before he shot his two hostages. They're in critical condition.  Ahmed told hostage negotiators he heard voices and wanted to have a device removed from his head.

Alina Machado will bring us the latest from St. Joseph, Louisiana, this morning.


They’re calling them Oceans 16: These are exactly the kind of folks you like to see win the lottery -– if it can’t be you. Darlene Riccio lost her home in Superstorm Sandy last year, but thanks to her group of 16 co-workers winning the Powerball, she’s going to get a new place for herself and her daughter. And she gets to bring her dog back home! Several others in the group that stepped forward to claim their checks say they also suffered financial losses from the storm. And another has her late father to thank for the win; he was the legislator who pushed for New Jersey to start a lottery.

Michaela has the story of the Ocean’s 16 winners at 7.


Grounded by a lawsuit: In a rare move, the Justice Department tells two of the biggest U.S. airlines to stop right there – no merger. The feds sue, saying if American and US Airways combine, it’ll be bad for the public. It’ll stifle competition and we can kiss low prices goodbye. The two airlines, which would as one become the biggest airline, say the combined entity would be able to offer “increased choices, improved efficiency and better options.” Now, the dispute heads to court.

Rene March reports on the Justice Department’s lawsuit at 6 and 8.


'He would have killed me': Those are the words of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, according to the website. The rescued teen had a very frank exchange with readers, saying she didn't want to go with her kidnapper, James DiMaggio, but feared for her life. She also said DiMaggio tied up her mom and brother in the garage.  Was she glad he was dead? "Absolutely," she wrote.

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

- The great carrot hoax: Your parents told you that eating carrots would help your eyesight. Guess what … IT’S LIES! ALL LIES!! The Smithsonian reports that during World War II the British didn’t want the Nazis to know about a new radar that helped them shoot down more enemy planes. So, to explain the newfound accuracy, they said eating carrots helped their eyesight. Bugs Bunny’s favorite snack may keep your eyes healthy (thanks to the Vitamin A) but your vision, sadly, will never improve.

- We’ll drink to that: A group of clever engineers have invented a straw and a glass that change color in the presence of date rape drugs GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine. They successfully raised money online last year and now have a product to sell.

- Oh the irony!: You know things are bad when a restaurant that is criticized for objectifying women bans you because it thinks you don’t treat women with respect. A Hooters in San Diego says that if Mayor Bob Filner wants delicious chicken wings and a frosty beer, he should take his business somewhere else.

- One part “Law and Order, one part “Parks and Recreation”: Police officers take risks every time they put on their uniforms. And in Hillsboro, Oregon, they do it when they try to hire a new police chief. The department’s recruitment video, starring officers, goes for laughs at a cost of $9,200. "We wanted something that expressed our culture of openness," a spokesman says

- Shine sweet freedom, shine your light on me: For many of these chimpanzees, much of their lives had been spent in a lab where they lived indoors. And for three, it was all they had ever known. Watch their reaction when they get to feel the sun and fresh air. Their reactions are touching and smile inducing.

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!

August 13th, 2013
05:32 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 13

Welcome to the Tuesday 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 new morning show, “New Day.”


Tugged in two directions: Two families; one child caught in the middle. Three-year-old Veronica’s story is a heart-wrenching one. For the first two years of her life, she lived with her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, in South Carolina. But then her biological dad Dusten Brown, who’s part Cherokee, sued under the Indian Child Welfare Act and got her. For four long years, the case has bounced around from family court all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and back again. The latest is that the Capobiancos regained custody – but Brown never showed up with Veronica. Yesterday, he was arrested but released on bond. Now, no one knows where Brown or his daughter is.


High life brought low: Two years ago, James "Whitey" Bulger was sitting pretty in Santa Monica. Today, he's sitting in prison, where he could potentially spend the rest of the life. This, after a federal jury found the former mob boss guilty on 31 of 32 counts yesterday. The jury said he’s responsible for killing 11 people. But he was on trial for 8 other slayings. Those families, after decades of waiting, got no resolution. Bulger, who’s 83, will be sentenced in November.


Following in dad’s footsteps: Hannah Anderson’s road to recovery will be a long, slow one. Like her father said, she survived “a tremendous, horrific ordeal.” He’s the closest family she has left now, since her mom and brother were killed. The man accused of kidnapping the 16-year-old had a different relationship with his dad. James DiMaggio’s friend told Piers Morgan last night that DiMaggio’s dad was a drug addict who beat him - and it got worse when his mom died. There’s a disturbing similarity between the two: Turns out the father, just like DiMaggio, once held a 16-year-old girl captive. And, just like DiMaggio, he died prematurely (by suicide) - 18 years earlier to the day.

At 7, psychologist Rebecca Bailey will chat with us about Hannah's healing process.


Get out now!: Guests had just minutes to run from their rooms after security guards went around the Summer Bay Resort near Disney World warning them the building was about to be swallowed by the earth. Thank goodness, no one was hurt when a sinkhole 60 feet wide and 15 feet deep opened up late Sunday night. This is what a witness told our affiliate WFTV:

"One woman was sitting in the tub, and the tub levitated, and that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out with nothing."

Though the hole itself was an unusual size, it’s not uncommon for there to be collapsing soil in this stretch of central Florida known as Sinkhole Alley. This is where more than two-thirds of insurance claims in the state for sinkhole damage come from.

Geologist Christa Sadler will be our guest at 8 to talk about why sinkholes open up.


Law and Order : Two big court decisions yesterday. In one, a federal judge told New York City it needs to stop questioning and frisking people that police find suspicious. New York says it’ll fight the ruling. In the other big case, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the U.S. will save its more serious federal drug charges for people it suspects are big-time dealers or are involved with gangs or cartels. The nation, he said, is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals." We can’t, he said, “prosecute or incarcerate" our way to becoming safer.

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin will join us at 6 and 7 to talk about the stop-and-frisk decision.

BONUS: If you missed NY mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s chat with BuzzFeed yesterday, watch it again on the CNN Buzzfeed channel. He talks about going to therapy for his pesky habit of sending naughty pictures to women, he bashed the New York Times, and said he thinks his sexting has damaged his wife’s career.

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

–The Ultimate Undercover Boss: The prime minister of Norway decided the best way he could listen to the concerns of citizens was to go somewhere they tend to speak their minds. So he borrowed a cab and gave people a ride. He didn’t tell them who he was, but many of them figured it out anyway. One woman said she felt fortunate to meet him this way, because she was just about to send him a letter. Another felt the need to comment on his questionable driving, which probably wasn’t so good considering he hadn’t driven in eight years.

- No more phubbing!: You’ve probably been phubbed and not known it. You might have even phubbed someone yourself. It’s the act of snubbing someone by looking at your phone instead. Now there’s a campaign to stamp it out. There are even Facebook pages and Twitter accounts devoted to the topic.

- You mean it was loaded?:  Michael Piemonte got a good seat in the front row for his gun safety class. Turns out it was a good place to get shot with a .38-caliber bullet. But hey, at least it was him and not his wife, he says. And he’s not deterred; Piemonte says he still plans to buy a gun sometime this year.

- Ms. Padron wants to go to Washington: Jessica Padron, the first person in her family to go to college, was honored to discover she’d been chosen to intern in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid … but the 20-year-old says she can’t possibly foot the bill for living in D.C. for four months on an unpaid internship. So the aspiring lobbyist went to crowdfunding site indiegogo to help scrounge the cash to follow up on the invite. She’s more than halfway to her goal of $6,500, but only has 13 days left.

- You mean it’s OK now? Smoking pot may have landed some people in prisons in Switzerland but the officials who run the detention facilities often turn a blind eye to prisoners toking up. They think it keeps the inmates calm and helps minimize violence. And a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy seems to suggest they’re right. However, there were only 58 participants in the research, which for some reason included the guards too.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.

Oh, and one more thing: British “football” fans take their sport very seriously. But hey, why grow up? 

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!

August 9th, 2013
05:55 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 9

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 new morning show, “New Day.”


Perhaps more dangerous than thought:The agonizing wait for family and friends of Hannah and Ethan Anderson continues. As ID tests on a child's body found in a burned out house continue, police now say they think the man suspected of taking Hannah - and possibly Ethan - has homemade explosives. So they want people to know that if they see  James DiMaggio’s car, it is NOT safe to approach it. DiMaggio’s ex-wife tells HLN’s Nancy Grace that he was never violent toward her in their short marriage. She added that she thinks his relationship with Hannah’s mother, who was found dead on Sunday after a fire at his home, was just platonic. Meanwhile, Nevada became the fourth state to issue an Amber Alert in the disappearance.

Former FBI Agent Steve Moore joins us at 6 to give his insight into the case. At 7, we’ll hear from Andrew Spanswick, a friend of James DiMaggio.


Temporary relocation: Officials have said recent threats to American embassies and consulates haven’t been specific. But yesterday, the U.S. evacuated its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, because, as senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials tell CNN, there was a direct threat. "We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official says. American citizens are being warned against travel to Pakistan. It’s worth noting the diplomats were moved from Lahore to Islamabad, so it shows the U.S. wants to keep them close so they can one day send them back.


Gruesome image on social media: Hours before he argued with his wife, Derek Medina posted a photo of the couple out to dinner with their 10-year-old daughter. After he argued with her, he posted another photo - of her blood-covered body. And believe it or not, people shared it until Facebook removed it. Police say Medina didn’t call 911, but instead put on clean clothes, went to a police station and confessed to shooting her after a fight. Police raced to the home, where they found the wife’s body and the little girl, who thankfully had no physical injuries.

Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news. - Derek Medina on Facebook


He did a 180: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s medical marijuana mea culpa got a lot of attention yesterday. If you missed it, the long-time neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent says he should have done more diligence on the subject of cannabis. He explains why he made his mistake, but says medical marijuana shouldn’t be given to some people.

Sanjay will be on New Day at 7 discussing a promising new anti-malaria drug. You can watch his special “Weed” this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.


Yes, he’ll be moving on: $448 million divided three ways minus taxes is … still a boatload of cash. So Paul White, you’re retired as of now, right? No, but he ain’t working for The Man anymore. "I'm not going to be one of those people who says I'm going to keep working. (But) I'm never going to work for someone again."

John Berman has more on the story on the winner from Minnesota.

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

–LeBron gets cut: We had this image of his head poking way above others in the jury box, but LeBron James didn’t get a chance to hear the evidence in a criminal trial yesterday. He answered the call to jury duty, but was sent home when one case ended in a guilty plea and the other resulted in a warrant for the absentee defendant. James was a good citizen, showing up early, and a smart one, bringing a book to read.

- That guy looks like Biff: In "Back to the Future," Marty McFly helps his parents get together in 1955 then returns to 1985. The makeup artists on the film had to age Lorraine and George (and nemesis Biff) 30 years. Well, with the classic comedy almost 30 years old, one redditor who goes by Native-New-Yawkah decided to do a side-by-side comparison of the made-up adult Thomas Wilson, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Turns out the movie could also see the future for at least one of them. And uproxx does one for Marty (from the first sequel) and Michael J. Fox.

- Oldie, but really, really goodie: And by oldie, we mean it was posted two years ago. But we’re extremely impressed by this gentleman’s hip-hop and techno skills – using a ukulele. We say again, a ukulele. We skip ahead in the video to the part where James Hill uses the chopsticks. Yeah.

- Special introductory, er, lifetime offer : Russian credit card company sends man offer for credit card. He doesn’t like the terms, copies their form but changes the interest to 0% for the life of the card, eliminates all fees, waives the credit limit, then mails the application back. Company sends him a card anyway. You see where this is headed? It’s now in court.

- Good news for ‘Bad’ fans: So many people have been waiting a long time for Sunday and the return of the AMC hit “Breaking Bad,” which ranks among the greatest shows of all-time. Star Bryan Cranston says these final eight episodes are going to be very satisfying. “It’s a very Breaking Bad ending.”

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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