5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Tuesday, January 14
(CNN) — Fallen baseball star A-Rod may have to tell all about alleged steroid use, House Democrats and Republicans agree on how to spend $1 trillion, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is to speak again - this time at his State of the State address.
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Theater tragedy: It started with a father texting his daughter in a Florida cineplex. It ended with him dead on the theater floor. The saga unfolded before moviegoers in Wesley Chapel, a town near Tampa. The previews were still running when he sent the text, setting off an argument with a 71-year-old retired police officer behind him. The men argued and argued before the former officer left and then came back. They argued some more before shots were fired, killing the 43-year-old dad and wounding his wife.
Address under duress: State of the State addresses aren't usually occasions when the eyes of a nation are fixed on a governor. But that'll be the case this afternoon when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his. There's another storm brewing for Christie. Federal officials are checking into the possibility that he misused relief funds his state received after Superstorm Sandy to make himself look good. The catastrophe pushed Christie onto the center of the national stage and made him look pretty electable to people far from the Jersey Shore. There has since been talk of a Christie presidential bid in 2016. A Democratic critic in New Jersey called for the investigation, after Christie and his family appeared in ads promoting New Jersey tourism to the rest of America.
What? No shutdown? It may be time for a double take. Democrats and Republicans in the House have agreed on a roughly $1 trillion spending package that will fund the government through the end of this budget year. No shutdown this time, no debt ceiling threats, no nothing. Just negotiations, agreements and sticking to previously made plans. The partisan battleground that raged for about three years over government spending and pushed the U.S. government to the financial brink seems to have fallen silent. Whew! The bill will mean cuts to lots of agencies, but pensions for disabled veterans are safe. The Senate still needs to sign off.
Coming out swinging: Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez isn't going down without a fight. But in the process, the slugger may have let out a dirty little secret. Tucked deep in the lawsuit Rodriguez filed Monday against Major League Baseball to get his suspension vacated is a detailed report about his alleged steroid use. And boy, is it detailed. The report alleges injections of banned drugs, secret meetings and big money payoffs. Some of these accusations have leaked out in recent days as Rodriguez's fight with baseball has gotten uglier and uglier. But this report, compiled by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, is a graphic look at the case against Rodriguez.
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