August 12th, 2013
05:46 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, August 12

Welcome to the Monday 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.”

1. AMBER ALERT

"It’s now healing time": That’s what Hannah Anderson’s father tweeted to CNN this weekend when the 16-year-old girl was found after an agonizing manhunt for the 40-year-old man who’s suspected of killing her mother and brother - and kidnapping her. A tip from some horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming to the Idaho wilderness Saturday where James DiMaggio was killed in a confrontation. Hannah was OK.

There’s more good news in an Amber Alert case on the other side of the country. Last night, police found a 2-year-old boy in Rhode Island alone on the streets who’d disappeared after a double homicide. Earlier in the day, cops detained two men in connection with the case, but the details and how everything ties together are still unclear.

The horseback riders who spotted James DiMaggio and Hannah in the mountains of Idaho will join us at 7. Hannah’s grandparents will be our guests at 8.

2. EGYPT PROTESTS

Hunkered down and waiting: At two massive makeshift camps that have been their home for six chaotic weeks, supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy say they’re ready. Ramadan’s over; the Muslim festival of Eid has come and gone. Could the fierce crackdown the government’s hinted at come any minute? "The youngest child among us will be a lion against them," one protester said. How the interim government responds will be a defining moment in this complex standoff.

3. NOTABLE CASES

Will the defendant please rise? Several big cases are making their way toward resolution this week, and a couple of others are moving through the legal system. We may have a verdict in the racketeering case of reputed mob boss "Whitey" Bulger. We’re waiting to see if Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced after he was convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. And Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, will continue to defend himself - if you can call it that.

Two other high-profile cases may be on their way to trial. Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez waits to find out if a grand jury will indict him on murder charges. And a Texas teen who’s accused of terroristic threats for a Facebook post, where he said he’d shoot up a kindergarten, will have his lawyer ask that the case be tossed out. We have a neat little summary on all of them here.

Pamela Brown will have the latest on the teen accused of threats on Facebook at 8.

4. OBAMA AND SNOWDEN

“My son has spoken the truth”: Edward Snowden’s father had angry words yesterday for the people who call his son a traitor, and he criticized the commander in chief. Lon Snowden, who says he’ll soon head to Russia to see his son, told ABC that his son has made more sacrifices than the president ever has. The president says that if the Snowdens feel that what Edward did was just, he should come back to the U.S. and prove his case in court. And to that, Lon Snowden said: Yeah, like there’s any chance we could get a fair trial.

In other Obama news, folks are NOT happy about this rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair. A rodeo clown dons an Obama mask and sticks a broom in his backside. "Hey, I know I'm a clown,” he says. “He's just running around acting like one. Doesn't know he is one."

Dan Lothian will bring us up to speed on the Snowden saga at 7 and 8.

5. HYPERLOOP

N.Y.C. to Beijing in a flash: Tesla and SpaceX guru Elon Musk has given us just few clues about his futuristic super-fast transportation system. Today we’re supposed to get more details. Here’s what we know so far: Musk has described the Hyperloop as "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table." It would be solar-powered, yet produce more energy than it uses. And it’ll get you from New York to Beijing in two hours.

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

BONUS BIGGIE!  Do yourself a favor. Carve out some time today for this amazing piece of journalism from CNN’s Ann O’Neill. She has the story of Maria, a 7-year-old girl who was killed in 1957. For decades, hers was the coldest of all cold cases in the country. The journey to the truth was a long one - and still, some big questions remain.

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

- Fight over virtual punches: Political foes are bickering over online games where the player can use a computer mouse to “punch” Hillary Clinton. Conservatives say you weren’t this upset when it was Sarah Palin. For now, both games remain online.

- You’re fired: Does it seem weird that a guy named Abel Lenz was fired for taking a picture? Here’s what happened. There was a conference call that was supposed to be a pep talk for about 1,000 Patch employees about the future of the hyper-local news sites. But then Lenz snapped a pic of AOL top boss Tim Armstrong. So he got the ax. With 1,000 of his co-workers listening in. Ouch!

- Yay, good news! We hear your complaints about the lack of good news in the blog. So in an effort to restore your faith in your fellow man, we give you these.

Canadian biker stops to help woman stuck in wheelchair

Other biker stops to help blind man back to the sidewalk

A rapper helps a homeless family

- Michelle and Bo pose for a photo: Now, we realize that people posting photos of their pets can be annoying. And people posting pictures of themselves can be even more annoying. And people who post pictures of themselves with their pets can be. … Well, this one is actually kind of adorable - at least 32,000 Instagram followers of first lady Michelle Obama think so.

- They like to crush nuts: So you’re a pacu fish, kind of out of your element in the waters of Scandinavia, and you see something bouncing in the water up ahead. You think it’s a bag full of nuts and you take a big bite. But … GROSS! It’s not, it’s a naked man and his. … Don’t blame us for bringing you the news. This is an actual concern: "Anyone choosing to bathe in the Oresund these days had best keep their swimsuits well tied." You’ve been warned.

Now, that’s all you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Oh and one more thing: A dog with a ball learns how to play fetch by himself.

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!

August 5th, 2013
05:31 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, August 5th, 2013

Welcome to the Monday 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.”

1. EMBASSIES CLOSED

Buying time: The only people at almost two dozen U.S. embassies in the Middle East and Africa right now are security guards. A recently intercepted al Qaeda message set off such alarm bells that the U.S. closed 19 embassies and consulates for the rest of the week. At first, the closures were supposed to have been just for Sunday. But tacking on extra days is strategic.

"Once you take targets away, it buys you additional time to try and disrupt, to identify the cell, the operators in country and the region, and … disrupt the plot"
- CNN national security analyst Fran Townsend

This morning, we talk to CNN national security analysts. Fran Townsend will share her insights at 6 and 7, and Juliette Kayyem will be our guest at 8. Also, here’s a list of all the embassies and consulates that are closed.

2. ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Still swinging: Expect an all-out blitz from sports media folks today trying to get a word with A-Rod as he tries to rejoin the Yankees for their game at Chicago. Two sources told CNN that MLB will probably suspend him today. And a bunch of news outlets are saying it could go on until the end of the 2014 season. The 38-year-old slugger’s accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. He’s denied it. "There's more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field,” says the guy with the largest contract ever in American sports ($275 million over 10 years).

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Stone will talk with us at 8 about what might happen today.

3. CALIFORNIA BOARDWALK CRASH

'Bent on doing evil': It was a nice summer Saturday evening at a popular spot in Venice Beach for tourists and locals to enjoy an evening out. But then a car pummeled its way across a crowded boardwalk, killing a honeymooning vacationer from Italy and injuring a dozen other people. One witness said the driver swerved back and forth, trying to hit as many people as possible. Cops have charged a 38-year-old man with murder. But they haven’t been able to say why he did it. “There's no indication that he knew anybody that he hit," a police commander said. "It looks like this guy wanted to run over a bunch of people. One guy bent on doing evil."

Paul Vercammen has more on the story at 6 and 7.

4. SKYDIVING DEATH

Tandem jump goes wrong: It was a routine plunge from thousands of feet in the air. But something tragic happened in the final seconds of the skydive. The 66-year-old instructor and his student jumper, who were free-falling in tandem, never landed at the airport where they were supposed to. The instructor died. The student’s in critical condition with broken bones and head injuries. This happened in southern Mississippi on Saturday. This week, investigators will try to figure out what went wrong. The instructor seems to have cut away the main parachute and deployed a backup.

5. SAN DIEGO MAYOR

I’ll be back: It's August 5, which means it's time for San Diego’s 70-year-old mayor to begin two weeks of what he describes as “intensive therapy” for inappropriate behavior. Bob Filner will start his sessions knowing yet another woman has accused him of unwanted sexual advances. That’s 10 for those keeping count. But the mayor says he’s not quitting – his office, that is.

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

-The best best man: Christine Swidorsky and Sean Stevenson were planning to get married next summer. But with her 2-year-old son losing his battle with leukemia, they quickly moved up the date and had a tear-inducing ceremony this weekend. Now, they hope for what would be the ultimate wedding present: a miracle in which their best man, little Logan, gets better.

- What is a spelling controversy, Alex? “Emanciptation proclamation.” That’s pretty close, right? You know what he meant. That’s what Thomas Hurley III’s dad says about his son’s mistake during a Kids Week episode of "Jeopardy!" His son was pretty embarrassed, and the show’s staff made it more difficult, Hurley says, by their “smug” reaction. The Internet was not amused. But here’s the thing: Even if he'd spelled it right, the 12-year-old would still have come in second.

- That’s some summer: Football has been very, very good to Johnny Manziel. And the 20-year-old has been very, very good to football – and to the gossip websites. Seems the Texas A&M player keeps showing up in more photos or movies than Kim Kardashian. But now he’s in a sticky situation that has the potential to end his collegiate career. ESPN reports the NCAA is looking into hundreds of items autographed by the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. The issue: Did he get paid to sign?

- Will new Twitter feature help? Twitter is rolling out a "Report" abuse button to appear in-tweet on mobile devices and the desktop version of the social media site. The move comes after two women in the UK received multiple rape and death threats. But critics say it may not work.

–Powerless to help: You can hear the 13-year-old boy yelping in pain as his 15-year-old attackers just pummel him on the school bus. But does the 64-year-old bus driver step in to help? No. And, according to his school’s policy, the driver did nothing wrong. He’s only required to call dispatch for help – and he did that.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. We know it’s a Monday, but try not to have a worse day than this guy. Now remember, he’s a black belt and a teacher of young minds and bodies. Tae kwon do? More like Tae kwon DON’T.

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 – Friday, August 2nd, 2013
August 2nd, 2013
05:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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.”

1. ARIEL CASTRO

Rambling, defiant speech: Ariel Castro claims he’s a normal person, not a monster. He says the home where he held three women captive was filled with “harmony” and the sex he had with his hostages was consensual. It was a bizarre explanation he gave at his sentencing hearing before a judge sent him to prison, where he will live until he dies. But Castro was right when he said he is sick, even if he did understate just how much. We also saw the strength of one of his victims. Michelle Knight read a statement, saying "I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning."

Psychiatrist Gail Saltz joins us at 7 to talk about Castro’s mental state.

2. BENGHAZI

CNN Exclusive: Dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground during the attack on U.S. facilities last year that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. CNN has learned that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever they were doing remains a secret. For the past seven months, several operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya have had to take more polygraph examinations than usual, according to a source with inside knowledge of the agency's workings. The goal of the questioning - according to sources – was to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

Drew Griffin will be with us at 8 with more on the story.

3. U.S. CLOSING EMBASSIES

Nonspecific threat: The State Department took the unusual step of ordering all embassies and consulates that were to be open this Sunday to close due to worries about a terrorist attack. There has been a lot of more “chatter” than normal, a State Department official says. But there were no specific threats with a date or place. Officials felt like the closures were the best to do with Ramadan coming to an end and the anniversary of the Benghazi attack five weeks away.

The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4. The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. It is possible we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis. - Message on U.S. Embassy in Israel website

Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join us at 7 and Rep. Ed Royce will be our guest at 8.

4. EDWARD SNOWDEN

Finally out of the airport: Edward Snowden has a new home and a new job offer. He’s now staying with Americans in Moscow after Russia granted him asylum for one year yesterday. And things are looking up for him; a Russian website has offered him a job as a developer. Things are not looking up for relations between Russia and the United States. The White House says it is extremely disappointed in the move but President Obama still plans to meet with Vladimir Putin next week in Washington. Wonder what the first topic of discussion will be.

Phil Black in Moscow will have more about Snowden’s whereabouts.

5. STOCK MARKET

S&P looking A-OK: Good jobs numbers usually mean a good stock market. The S&P 500 crossed a milestone (1,700) barrier and the Dow rose to a record high also yesterday. The rises were tied to the falling number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment. We’ll see if this morning’s July jobs report has more good news as expected.

Christine will preview the July jobs report and have more financial news all morning.

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

–Big numbers for Tsarnaev cover: Shops pulled Rolling Stone from their shelves. Readers threatened to cancel subscriptions. The result? Doubled sales for the magazine bearing the tousle-haired Boston bombing suspect.

- Never leave a kid behind: Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr is a nice guy who finished last. But he had a good reason. While he was at home running in a 5K race, Kerr came upon a 9-year-old boy who asked the Marine to run with him because he had lost his friends. Dressed in fatigues and boots, the young Marine obliged, falling back and guiding his new friend to the finish. And in doing so he finished last in his age group but made hundreds of thousands of people online get misty-eyed when they saw a picture of the pair jogging to the finish.

I'm not a hero, I am me. - Myles Kerr on his Facebook page

- OK, OK, take a picture of your dinner: Folks who take photos of everything they eat now have evidence that it's more  than just showing off.  Harvard and the University of Minnesota researchers say that taking part in a ritual (not only taking pics, any ritual) to use the scientific lingo “potentiates and enhances ensuing consumption.” In other words, your coffee will taste better if every time you put the sugar and cream in the same way. No word on whether this can make Brussels sprouts taste good.

- That’s one friendly buck: We’re not really sure what this deer is doing, but he seems to really like this kid. Either that or he has some major itch going on. Maybe he had something in his eyes. Whatever the case, we’re just wondering how he snuck up on this guy from behind.

- Seriously, a channel for your pooch: Time to ask Buddy to pitch in for the satellite bill. August brought a new channel for dogs - well, stay-at-home dogs, the ad says. DOGTV will cost you five bucks a month on DirecTV and it promises to entertain your pup while you’re off at work. Because that’s what you want, one more occupant of your house lying around all the time in front of the television.

And since we’re on the topic of animals, here’s one more video about a man who dances with raccoons. We kid you not. Watch for yourself.

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

August 1st, 2013
05:19 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Welcome to the Thursday 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.”

1. ARIEL CASTRO

From horror comes hope: “Life is tough, but I'm tougher.” Those are the heartening words of Michelle Knight, one of the women Ariel Castro held captive for many years. Knight, who intends to speak at today’s sentencing hearing, also says she’s like the worm that “thought the world was over,” but turned into a butterfly. Castro’s sister says her brother - who pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping - will show the world that he’s not the monster they think he is, that he has another side. But she won’t be there to hear his speech; it will be too graphic, she says.

Pamela Brown has more this morning on the chilling details from the prosecutors’ sentencing memo.

2. ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Deal in the making? You’d think Yankees fans would want a player of Hall of Fame-caliber to return to the team. Now whether or not Alex Rodriguez plays for the Yankees again remains to be seen. ESPN says his reps are talking with MLB officials about a suspension deal that would help A-Rod avoid a lifetime ban. Most Yankees fans have had enough and hope A-Rod is done with the Bronx Bombers.

Joe Carter will join us at 6 with what the talks will mean for Rodriguez and the struggling Yankees.

3. EDWARD SNOWDEN

The NSA can tell if you’re reading this: For weeks, Glenn Greenwald has been saying that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had more information the government didn’t want released. Yesterday, Greenwald and the British newspaper The Guardian had a story about an NSA program that can collect data on almost everything an Internet user does. It could be an e-mail, a visit to a chat room, posting a video online – just about anything. The program is called XKeyscore and it doesn’t need a warrant or any court approval, the Guardian says. The NSA says that’s not true and it makes sure its people don’t run uncalled for searches.

Barbara Starr will join us all morning from the Pentagon and former congresswoman Jane Harman will be our guest at 7.

4. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Wedding bells in two more states: The slow but steady march toward the acceptance of same-sex unions continues, with such marriages becoming legal in Minnesota and Rhode Island today. At midnight, the mayor of Minneapolis married 42 couples at city hall. In Rhode Island, the first nuptials are scheduled to take place later this morning.

5. SAN DIEGO MAYOR

Don’t blame me: Every day, an interesting twist to the sexual harassment scandal involving the San Diego mayor. Bob Filner wanted the city to pay his legal fees in the suit filed by his former spokeswoman. The city said no. Buy hey! I never had sexual harassment training as mayor, he says in a letter sent to the San Diego city council by his lawyer. That means you should be the hook for the court costs should we lose the case, he says. As a side note, the lawyer also says that Filner never had such training while he was in Congress for nearly 20 years.

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

- Michael Vick forgives him: Riley Cooper swears that it’s not like him to use the N-word. But there he was on videotape, using it during a verbal altercation with a security guard at a concert. The video was shot in June and posted to a blog that covers the Philadelphia Eagles, the team Cooper plays for. Michael Vick knows a little about being in trouble and he says he and other teammates are cool with Cooper’s apology.

- A little time off: He's been called "America's scariest police chief" and "Patriot police chief." But what you won't be calling him is Gilberton's police chief - at least for the next 30 days. Mark Kessler, top cop in the Pennsylvania town, has been taken off the beat for a month for using government property to make pro-gun videos. The controversial chief thinks it’s a conspiracy and thinks the borough council is out to fire him.

"HEY BOXER, MALLOY , HANNON, YOU'RE COWARDS, YOU'RE HACKS, YOU PRETEND TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION,YOU SICKEN ME !" - Kessler on his website after the meeting

- Speaking of guns: Two things: George Zimmerman is in Texas and he has a gun. He was recently stopped for driving too fast in the Lone Star state. When a police officer came up to his truck, Zimmerman explained to the officer that he had a gun in the glove compartment. Interesting news, considering the gun Zimmerman used when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin is in an evidence locker right now.

- I guess I’ll just resign then: Daytona Beach Sgt. Penny Dane accused another officer of sexual harassment and internal affair detectives said, “OK, we need to get your laptop and desk computer then.” Bad move on her part, because there were hundreds of photos that were “extremely pornographic in nature” to quote the police chief. And they didn’t have anything to do with the other officer. Police say she was posting the nude shots – some taken in her uniform – to a virtual sex club. Officer Dane is now looking for another job. And the sexual harassment claim? It was dropped.

- Parking lot revenge: Really, dude? You have to park over the line just because you don’t want someone to scratch your fancy car? You made one mistake, however, so let’s see you get in your car now.

Oh, check out where the guy parked the next day.

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

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