July 24th, 2013
05:36 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Welcome to the Wednesday 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. WEINER SCANDAL

Standing by her man: Huma Abedin says she forgives her husband and believes in him. Now will New Yorkers do the same after  TheDirty.com published screenshots of sexually charged conversations Anthony Weiner had as “Carlos Danger” after he resigned from Congress? Weiner says he has stopped with the racy chats and still wants to be NYC’s mayor. The Democratic primary is in 49 days.

CNN political analyst John Avlon and political commentator Ana Navarro will join us at 6 and 8.

2. ROYAL BABY

Meeting the public: Prince William seems to have the dad thing down pat already. He changes diapers, he holds his new son comfortably, he puts in the car seat like he’s done it a thousand times. His boy got to meet some important folks yesterday, and we’re not talking about the grandparents who dropped by the hospital. He was shown off to the British people, even giving a tiny royal wave.

At 6, CNN royals commentator Katie Nicholl will be live from Buckingham Palace, and at 7, Lana Marks, a friend of Princess Diana, will be our guest.

3. ARMS FOR SYRIAN OPPOSITION?

Political fight just as important: While some Republicans worry that sending arms to Syrian rebels might be arming future enemies, President Obama can now move forward with plans to send some weapons to the anti-al-Assad forces, a source tells CNN. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. must increase support to stop al-Assad from essentially murdering an entire nation but a political solution is also critical.

Carney joins us at 7 to talk about Syria, the U.S. economy and more.

4. SAN DIEGO MAYOR ALLEGATIONS

Second accuser comes forward: She says it happened eight years ago at a fundraiser. Laura Fink had been working hard at San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s campaign. And in front of a table full of people, he patted her butt. Now she’s filing a suit, the second woman to do so this week. The mayor says he has behaved poorly in the past – this is sounding familiar – but won’t resign.

Tory Dunnan will have the latest on this story at 6 and 8.

5. MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL

The defense begins its case: A lawyer for the Michael Jackson’s concert promoter says AEG Live had no idea the pop legend’s health was getting worse before he died. Marvin Putnam also says he will call a host of doctors to show that MJ had a longtime drug addiction, one the family kept hidden from the rest of the world, one that led to his death.

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

–Could you be more specific?: The National Security Agency is a super-secret spy agency capable of highly sophisticated espionage. But when asked by a ProPublica reporter to find some emails, it balked. We can only search by individuals, not do a bulk search, it said. A PR person says the system is a “little antiquated and archaic.” Hmmmm. One person has a search-program suggestion.

–Tasteless photos: Workers at a Subway in Ohio scrubbed down counters and tossed out bread this week after two (now former) employees posted disgusting pictures to Instagram. One pic involved the male penalty area and a loaf of bread. Not what Subway meant by “Eat Fresh,” we think.

- Crickets, not just for bait anymore: Don’t be fooled by imitators - if there are any - Chapul Bars are The Original Cricket Bar! That’s right, crickets. Lizards and frogs have had the right idea all along, crickets are a great source of protein. Mix ‘em up with some dates, a little coconut, a bit of agave nectar and other ingredients, and you have a tasty treat, says Chapul founder Patrick Crowley.

- Mirror, mirror: If you’ve ever been to Rjukan, Norway, between September and March, we don’t have to tell you how dark it is. OK, it’s really dark. The town sits in a narrow valley and the mountains block the sunlight for five months. So they’ve decided to light the town square with mirrors. Maybe they should just build a shiny hotel to reflect the sun rays. Oh, that doesn’t always work out so well.

- Not a trot-through: Minnie the pony likes McFlurries. But when her owner was told she couldn’t use the drive-thru and to come inside, things got a little ugly. Or should we say stinky?

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

July 23rd, 2013
05:29 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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.”

1. ROYAL BABY

It’s a prince: Dear 8-pound, 6-ounce baby future king, you have quite the life ahead. We still don’t know your name yet, and probably won’t for a day or two. But we are hoping to catch a glimpse of you today. Maybe you’ll make a brief appearance?


CNN royal commentator Katie Nicholl joins us this morning to talk about what lies ahead and royal historian Kate Williams will be with us at 7.

2. LAGUARDIA HARD LANDING

A bang and a bounce: That’s how it felt to Kathy Boles, one of the 150 people aboard a Southwest Airlines jet that lost its nose landing gear and skidded off a runway yesterday. A man who was on another plane said he saw a shower of sparks after the Southwest flight touched down. So far no word on why the landing gear failed, but officials say there were no indications beforehand this might happen.


Poppy Harlow is live at LaGuardia with more on the terrifying incident.

3. POPE IN BRAZIL

First trip abroad: He’s a pope who seeks permission to visit. Pope Francis asked his somewhat startled hosts in Brazil for their blessing to come for a week-long Catholic youth festival. Hundreds of thousands of kids from all over the world have arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the event. Some disturbing news, though, as police found a small explosive near a site where people are supposed to gather for one of the week’s events.

Miguel Marquez is in Rio de Janeiro with updates on the pope’s visit and what yesterday’s discovery means for the week.

4. TSARNAEV PHOTOS CONTROVERSY

Professional fate on the line: Many people are angry that a Massachusetts trooper faces a disciplinary hearing today and could be suspended without pay because he gave a magazine pictures of the surviving Boston bombing suspect. The hearing is private and police officials won’t even say what time it is at. Meanwhile, the investigation into Sgt. Sean Murphy’s action – the one that will determine if he gets to keep his job - goes on.

5. RYAN BRAUN SUSPENSION

Hero to villain - again: Ryan Braun almost beat the rap. He was supposed to be suspended for 50 games for testosterone use last year, but won his appeal. Faced with new allegations, he accepted an even longer ban this time. The former MVP will miss the rest of the season. So is Alex Rodriguez next? Bleacher Report thinks things don't look good for the man who has the fifth-most home runs ever.

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

- Silver star: Nate Silver, the statistician who famously picked who would win all 50 states in last year’s presidential election, is moving his blog and bad self from The New York Times to join the folks at ESPN and ABC. Apparently there are some people who aren’t so upset he is leaving and Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan says he never really fit in. Silver says he's not done with politics.

–Spike Lee, independent filmmaker: Here’s your chance to be an investor in a Spike Lee Joint. The director of “Do The Right Thing” has gone to the Internet to raise money for a film project. Spike has a Kickstarter page where he is seeking $1.25 million for a new film, which looks to have something to do with blood. You have 29 more days to decide whether to kick in.

–Ah, don't mention it: We now know that George Zimmerman didn't immediately leave Florida after his acquittal. Turns out he helped get a family of four out of an overturned truck last week. But his attorney says when they met just after the incident, Zimmerman didn't even bring it up.

–Keep your eye on the ball, we mean, skydiver: It’s usually only boxers who have to worry about parachutists. But recently, a baseball player in Missouri learned to pay more attention during pregame ceremonies. And don’t worry, the guy’s OK and played in the game.

–Yes, yes, yes!: You may find the commercial where famed finger-wagging shot-blocker Dikembe Mutombo goes around rejecting normal folks' throws. Well, this baby looooves it.

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 a.m. 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 – Friday, July 12th
July 12th, 2013
05:17 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, July 12th

Welcome to a special 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.”
Today, we’ll have special coverage in the 8 o’clock hour of the George Zimmerman trial, with the closing arguments

1. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

Decision time nears: We're likely to get more verbal fireworks when Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's lead attorney, makes his closing arguments today. We're pretty certain he won't close with a knock-knock joke. Yesterday,  prosecutors painted Zimmerman as angry, armed and on a power trip. Today, O'Mara has three hours to try to convince the six-woman jury his client had to shoot. After that, the prosecution can offer a rebuttal. And then the verdict watch begins. We may get a decision tonight ... or not.

This morning, legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin will join us to help break down Mark O’Mara’s final words to the jury.

2. ASIANA CRASH INVESTIGATION

"Mountains of information”: In a few days, the NTSB will head back to Washington and start to go through the evidence it has gathered. The head of the agency says the investigation will be a priority, but it will take about a year. They have  “mountains of information.” Meanwhile, the San Francisco runway where the crash happened should reopen this weekend.

Miguel Marquez has more on the story at 6 and 7.

3. GAS PRICE SPIKE

You might want to fill up today: Or you might want to get that bus pass reloaded. Oil prices have been headed up recently, which means gas prices are about to jump. So if you don’t have $4 a gallon gas now, by mid-August ….

Christine Romans explains why the price of fuel is headed higher at 6 and 7

4. FACEBOOK BULLYING CASE

Mystery donor pays bail: Remember Justin Carter, the teenager who was thrown in jail for posting he was going to shoot up a school? His family said he was kidding. The cops said he wasn't. Anyway, an unnamed donor has paid his bail $500,000 money - and he's finally out after five months. There's still a long legal battle ahead.

Justin and his family will join us this morning for one of his first interviews since being let out.

5. WILD WEATHER

Road to recovery: It’s cleanup time for thousands of people hit by this week’s floods or mudslides. For some, it may be only temporary as the remnants of a tropical storm are headed toward the rain-soaked Southeast. They’d probably like that rain in the West, where wildfires are raging.

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

- Don’t forget the tinfoil: The maintenance team at Death Valley National Park has a hard enough job as it is. I mean, it’s hot enough to fry an egg out there. The park thought it'd be a great idea to post a video on YouTube showing just that. Except ... they didn't quite count on people wanting to test it for themselves. So, what do you have now? Egg shells and trash all over the place. We’re sorry to say this, park folks. Yolks on you.

- Hedge funds get saucy: Have you seen this week's cover of Businessweek? Oh my! Strategically placed graphs shooting out from a man's ... um, man part region. It's stirring up quite the excitement on them Internets. Who knew an aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses advanced investment strategies such as leveraged, long, short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns could be so exciting? Businessweek has a story on their site about the making of the cover. We’re surprised the one with no pants wasn’t the final choice.

–Da Vinci would be proud: Way, way back in 1980, the American Helicopter Society threw down a challenge: $250,000 to anyone who can build a chopper that flies on human power alone. It's time to cash in.  This little baby uses a modified bike and four rotors. Might not get you from Toronto to Montreal, but if you pedal as fast as you can, you can fly for just over a minute. Baby steps, people!

- Sharks? Tornado? It’s SHARKNADO!: You mean you haven’t heard? The SyFy channel, which has blessed us with such bizarre, campy originals, such as “Megapython vs. Gatoroid” and “Sharktopus,” has now given us SHARKNADO! It’s about sharks. In a tornado. Starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering (from the original 90210.) It aired last night – as if you didn’t know. And from the looks of it, it was terrible – and great. So we have some suggestions for the next movies – Vol-canine-o! Zombees! Tsunanimal! Or maybe Ice Storm Zebra? Or sharks as a peacekeeping force – SharkNATO.

- And the marriage proposals will roll in: Some of us are constantly changing our profile pictures on Facebook, while others don't think it's such a bad thing to keep the same one up for months. Who cares if it's from five years ago? Well, in India, some people want to make sure they have the perfect display image. So they are getting plastic surgery. Plastic surgery! Let that sink in. They say they want to make a good first impression that will lead to a romantic connection. OK, go on with your bad self.

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 – Thursday, July 11th
July 11th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, July 11th

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 new morning show, “New Day.”

1. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

Fight test dummy: George Zimmerman was about as talkative as the foam mannequin that made an appearance yesterday. Zimmerman said little, opting not to testify while lawyers used the dummy to show what supposedly happened the night he killed Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors tried to demonstrate how Zimmerman would have had trouble getting to his gun, while a defense lawyer slammed the dummy’s head on the floor in an attempt to explain how rough the altercation got. Today we’ll hear closing arguments in the case.

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and Danny Cervallos, a defense attorney, join us at 7 to talk about the trial. And Jeffrey Toobin gives us his perspective at 8.

2. SNOWDEN SAGA

Get here if you can: The Flight of Liberty apparently is under a ground stop. Edward Snowden didn’t get on an airplane yesterday, though it looks like he and Venezuela are trying to get him out of Moscow to Caracas. The cost of a private jet might end up being six figures. The other option could be to put him on a flight to Cuba and just hope no one notices – or cares.

Phil Black has more on the story at 6 and 8 live from Moscow.

3. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

Back in public: His hair long and shaggy, one arm in a cast, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev kept looking back into the crowd during his court appearance. He didn’t appear very interested in what the judge was saying, only in two women, thought to be relatives. The only time he spoke – and with an unexpected thick accent - was to plead not guilty to all of the 30 charges. Not everyone believes he should even get a date with justice.

Deborah Feyerick was in court yesterday and is live from Boston all morning

4. ASIANA CRASH PROBE

New light shed on accident: A somber moment on the runway yesterday as relatives of the two girls who died and other victims visited the crash scene. They saw where the plane came to rest after crashing. The pilot who was landing the plane told investigators he was momentarily blinded by light.  The NTSB says it isn’t sure what to make of that. And it is also still trying to figure out why there is evidence of more than one autopilot program being used.

Miguel Marquez has the latest developments from San Francisco

5. IMMIGRATION IMPASSE

We need more time: It now looks like new immigration laws will take months to work out. What some House Republicans want to do is take the 1,000-page bill passed by the Senate and break it up into smaller ones. While the debate goes on, the president wants all sides to come together.

CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash will join us from the Capitol at 7 and 8

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

- Could you turn that down?: The reaction you have to the ice cream truck music depends on your age. Or at least the age you feel. True, it can drive you crazy, especially if the truck stops right in front of your house. So one California city is talking about getting drivers to pipe it down when trucks come to a halt.

–Imagine the light bill: The New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, has its own sun. True, it’s not an actual star but a huge artificial light for what Chinese officials say is the largest building in the world. How big is the center? You could fit the Pentagon, Vatican City and Mall of America in there.

- Spidey got game: Some guys can make dribbling a basketball look like they have it attached to a string. Free agent superhero Spider-Man recently took to an outdoor court and showed a few young bucks how it’s done. Any of you NBA teams need a point guard?

- Bay of pigs: In the Bahamas, you can go swimming with the dolphins. Or you can get in the water with a bunch of pigs. [INSERT YOUR OWN TOURIST JOKE HERE]. No, literally.

- Might as well jump: If you told us this dog could drive a car, we’d believe you. Jumpy, an Australian Shepherd, can do just about everything else – wakeboard, ride a scooter, walk on his hands, er, front paws. I was proud when I got my dog to shake.

And he paints!

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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