5 things to know for your New Day

5 things to know for your New Day
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:33am

(CNN) -- Dennis Rodman's on the defensive, a former secretary of defense tells all and we may be saying goodbye to the polar vortex.

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


Major fallout:

Dennis Rodman's bombastic outbursts yesterday during CNN's exclusive interview has both angered and bemused many. Rodman tried to explain his reasons for taking a team of retired NBA players to North Korea but the interview with Chris Cuomo got heated. Well, Rodman got heated. And during the yelling, Rodman seemed to imply that Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp in North Korea, had done something wrong. The reactions Rodman garnered is not unlike the ones he used to get during his NBA basketball career. Rodman spent much of his playing days careening between being an immensely talented player and standing out as sideshow attraction. Yesterday was another addition in a growing list of curious Rodman moments.

The fallout was major. The NBA distanced itself. Several lawmakers said Rodman was wrong. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also bashed Rodman, saying he was "disappointed" by the former NBA star's performance. "I think Dennis Rodman crossed a line this morning by implying that Kenneth Bae might be guilty, by suggesting that there was a crime," said Richardson, who worked to secure the release of an American held in North Korea in 1996.

Today's the day Rodman and his crew of NBA old timers are set to play a basketball game against the North Korean Senior National Team. But it almost feels like the game already happened. And Rodman lost.


Book of bombshells:

If you have some questionable things to say about your bosses, you may want to wait until you retire. It seems that's what former Defense Secretary Bob Gates did. And now that Gates is retired he put some of those thoughts in a book. The book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," has not been released. But a review by the Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward was. And if the excerpts are any indication, this is going to be a juicy tell-all. The excerpts offer scathing critiques of President Obama, fierce jabs at Vice President Joe Biden and unflattering mention of Hillary Clinton, Woodward said. While there's praise sprinkled in for Obama and Biden, some say the Gates book could have a lasting effect. It could affect the upcoming presidential race.



Here's the good news. Some of you will get to stop using strange phrases like Polar Vortex. Or Lake-effect. Or Snowpocalypse. Or Coldorampolapia. OK, we made that last one up. But the good news is this historic chill is lifting. Yeah! And it has been bad. Temperatures plummeted below freezing somewhere in all 50 states yesterday morning. But the heat's coming back for many of us today. And by Thursday, forecasters say, most of the country will be back to normal.


No Olympics:

One of the most noticeable faces in skiing released some bad news yesterday. Lindsey Vonn said her knee problems were going to be too much for her to compete in next month's Winter Olympics. "I am devastated," Vonn said on her Facebook page. The news came 11 months after she hurt that right knee at the world championships. The American champion skier, who's dating golfer Tiger Woods, says she'll get surgery and focus on strengthening the knee. "On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold," she added.


What happened?

"We called for help, and they killed my son." That's what a North Carolina family is saying about the recent death of a teen at the hands of an officer. The shooting is being investigated and a local prosecutor says it's too soon to pass judgment. It's not completely clear what happened. Keith Vidal, 18, died Sunday. The teen was schizophrenic and was having an having an episode when the family called police for help. Three officers showed up and the situation spiraled out of control, the family says. "There was no reason to shoot this kid," the teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told CNN affiliate WECT yesterday. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."

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 have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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