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5 Things to Know for Your New Day

5 Things to Know for Your New Day
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 7:46am

Every weekday morning around 6, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.

Here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day" for this Tuesday.

1. Obama's alphabet soup of woes:

Yesterday, the NSA. Today, the IRS. A new poll out this morning finds that a growing number of Americans think the tax men targeted tea parties because the White House told them to.

2. Afghanistan, it's been real:

After the longest and costliest war in U.S. history, our soldiers are handing over the reins. Starting today, the Afghans will be responsible for their own security. But are they ready? Not really.

3. When is a choke not a choke?:

When celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's husband says it's a joke. Sure, the picture looks bad -- he has his hand around her throat!! -- but that was no grip, he says. "It was a playful tiff." She's moved out of the house and he's apparently turned himself in.

4. Digging for answers:

That's what the FBI will be doing in the waist-high grass of a Detroit field again today -- looking for Jimmy Hoffa. Is this tip for real? Or will it be a dud like the others?

5. It's OK to scream "Poison"

... if you're Alice Cooper circa 1989.

It's not OK if you're on a plane, freaking people out. That's what happened on a United Airlines flight yesterday.

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

-- A 9-cent fare hike = this?

Brazilians say the hike is just the straw that broke the camel's back. They're mad at the government for bigger reasons, and the protests are huge right now.

-- Shark bites a 15-year-old kid

... and the shark gets a beat down

-- Lil Wayne, big waves:

The rapper walks all over the Stars & Stripes during a video shoot. And boy, does he rub people the wrong way.

-- Florida nixes paid sick leave:

The governor signs a law that says you can't force a company to offer them. The Internet is steamed.

-- Jake Tapper, budding soap star?

You may have a metal song named after you, Anderson, but let's see you cut it as an ac-TOR! Tapper will -- as investigative reporter Spencer Phillips in an upcoming episode of "All My Children."

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