(CNN) — 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.
1. MANNING AND SNOWDEN
Leakers in limbo:
Edward Snowden sits in a Moscow airport hotel; Bradley Manning sits in a jail cell.
Snowden's dad told the Washington Post yesterday that the feds wanted to fly him to Moscow to talk his son into coming back to the States. But they couldn't guarantee that he'd get to speak to Snowden. His response? "I'm not going to sit on the tarmac to be an emotional tool for you." The dad was on CNN yesterday too, where he told Jake Tapper he wants Snowden to stay in Moscow. He's not confident of a fair trial, especially after the guilty verdicts in the Manning case.
As for Manning, the sentencing phase of his trial begins today. Yesterday, he was found not guilty of the most serious charge -- helping the enemy. But he's still on the hook for 20 other charges -- and all of them carry lengthy prison terms. But it'll take a few days before the judge decides whether Manning should be sent away for years or decades for leaking those military documents to WikiLeaks.
2. STOMACH BUG OUTBREAK
Bad greens blamed:
Let's start with the good news: Officials say that prepackaged salad mixes that caused hundreds of people to get a stomach bug are all gone from store shelves in Iowa and Nebraska. But people continue to get sick with cyclospora, which has symptoms like diarrhea and nausea. And people are getting sick in other states too. Is the salad in a bag to blame there also? Great, as if my nieces and nephews need another reason to avoid their veggies.
3. TSA MISCONDUCT
Screen the screeners:
Sleeping on the job. Stealing our stuff. Giving their buddies a pass. As if the folks who feel us up before we get on an airplane aren't unpopular already. Now comes this government audit that finds more than 1,900 cases of misconduct by TSA agents. And that's just the "tip of the iceberg," says a lawmaker.
That's bad, we'll grant you. But what about the airline worker and his fiancée who took advantage of the chaos after the Asiana crash? They allegedly went through the bags that had stacked up because of delays at the San Francisco airport, stole the stuff they found and took them to Nordstrom for cash refunds.
4. FRUITVALE STATION SHOOTING
Many Americans were stunned when they saw the cellphone video of Oscar Grant being shot and killed by a transit officer at a station in Oakland. The case caught the eye of the national media, led to months of protest in the city, and was the basis for a movie that just hit the theaters. The officer served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Now Grant's father would like to sue Johannes Mehserle. Yesterday, a judge said the officer cannot claim immunity and the suit can proceed.
5. WEINER AND FILNER
Another bleepin' day:
Whoa. Things are getting uglier by the moment. First, a former intern writes a piece for the Daily News that says others like her were using the Weiner campaign to catch the attention of his wife, who works for Hillary Clinton. Then the communications director mentioned (very poorly) in the Daily News piece by the intern fires back, calling the intern the C-word - and some other names she should know better than using. The media goes crazy. Weiner's spox says, "My bad."
Out West, where San Diego's Mayor Bob Filer asked the city to pay his legal costs as he fights sex harassment claims, the city council came back with a response: We're not only NOT going to do that, but we expect you to pay OUR legal bills if we're dragged into your lawsuits. And there appears to be an eighth woman who's accusing him of questionable behavior.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
To hell with the bags:
If you were told at the airport your fees for seven bags would be $1,400, what would you do? Well, you wouldn't have that problem unless you're named Paris Hilton. But a man going from Seattle to JFK did. And when faced with the big bill, he just ditched four of his bags and took off. Security closed off a section of the ticketing area when the bags were found unchaperoned.
Everyday's Caturday on the Internet:
For 16 minutes, little Benton the kitty got big play on the front of the Chicago Tribune website, surrounded by the word test like 100 times. The site's social media editors told Gizmodo that a test with the publishing system went wrong and the paper is working to make sure it doesn't happen again. To which one person replied: "If you're working to make sure it doesn't happen again, I'm cancelling my subscription."
Right back at ya:
A graffiti artist came upon a public worker removing his graffiti from a wall and decided to use the moment as inspiration for his next work ... on the same wall. The Daily Mail spoke to the artist who goes by the tag "DS." DS says he took photographs of the worker man, then returned later to immortalize him in the act.
Look, everyone's happy!
It's not quite as epic as posing with a tiger a la Vladimir Putin. But Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram and the photos are propagandastically fantastic. There's al-Assad talking to a little girl by the side of a hospital bed. There's his wife wiping away a little boy's tear. There's the two of them being mobbed, greeted, hugged by adoring masses.
Gone in 60 seconds? That would be generous. A manhunt is on for an inmate who made a bold escape in Garland County, Arkansas, by slithering past prison guards, bolting through a 12-by-30-inch reception window and jumping into a getaway car. And it's all caught in glorious Technicolor on surveillance camera.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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