5 things you need to know for your new day

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 12:00am

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

1. EGYPT UNREST

Blood and bulldozers:

The chaos began shortly before sunrise. Egyptian security forces, using tear gas and bulldozers, moved in on the two massive makeshift camps that supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy had set up. Within three hours, they'd cleared one out completely. But the other's proven trickier, with the military calling in its special forces.

There are claims and counter claims of deaths. The Muslim Brotherhood said 200 protesters were killed. The government said the number is much, much lower. Then it suspended rail service to Cairo, apparently to prevent more protesters from streaming in.

2. LOUISIANA STANDOFF

'His intent was to make a statement':

That's what police said Fuaed Abdo Ahmed wanted to do when he took three people hostage in a small Louisiana town bank yesterday. He let one go, but then the standoff dragged on for hours.

Early this morning, SWAT officers moved in. The 20-year-old Ahmed was shot and killed -- but not before he shot his two hostages. They're in critical condition. Ahmed told hostage negotiators he heard voices and wanted to have a device removed from his head.

3. POWERBALL WINNERS

They're calling them Oceans 16:

These are exactly the kind of folks you like to see win the lottery --- if it can't be you. Darlene Riccio lost her home in Superstorm Sandy last year, but thanks to her group of 16 co-workers winning the Powerball, she's going to get a new place for herself and her daughter. And she gets to bring her dog back home!

Several others in the group that stepped forward to claim their checks say they also suffered financial losses from the storm. And another has her late father to thank for the win; he was the legislator who pushed for New Jersey to start a lottery.

4. AIRLINES MERGER

Grounded by a lawsuit:

In a rare move, the Justice Department tells two of the biggest U.S. airlines to stop right there -- no merger. The feds sue, saying if American and US Airways combine, it'll be bad for the public. It'll stifle competition and we can kiss low prices goodbye.

The two airlines, which would as one become the biggest airline, say the combined entity would be able to offer "increased choices, improved efficiency and better options." Now, the dispute heads to court.

5. HANNAH ANDERSON

'He would have killed me':

Those are the words of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, according to the ask.fm website. The rescued teen had a very frank exchange with readers, saying she didn't want to go with her kidnapper, James DiMaggio, but feared for her life.

She also said DiMaggio tied up her mom and brother in the garage. Was she glad he was dead? "Absolutely," she wrote.

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

The great carrot hoax:

Your parents told you that eating carrots would help your eyesight. Guess what ... IT'S LIES! ALL LIES!! The Smithsonian reports that during World War II, the British didn't want the Nazis to know about a new radar that helped them shoot down more enemy planes.

So, to explain the newfound accuracy, they said eating carrots helped their eyesight. Bugs Bunny's favorite snack may keep your eyes healthy, (thanks to the Vitamin A) but your vision, sadly, will never improve.

We'll drink to that:

A group of clever engineers have invented a straw and a glass that change color in the presence of date rape drugs GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine. They successfully raised money online last year and now have a product to sell.

Oh the irony!:

You know things are bad when a restaurant that is criticized for objectifying women bans you because it thinks you don't treat women with respect. A Hooters in San Diego says that if Mayor Bob Filner wants delicious chicken wings and a frosty beer, he should take his business somewhere else.

One part "Law and Order, one part "Parks and Recreation":

Police officers take risks every time they put on their uniforms. And in Hillsboro, Oregon, they do it when they try to hire a new police chief. The department's recruitment video, starring officers, goes for laughs at a cost of $9,200. "We wanted something that expressed our culture of openness," a spokesman says

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.

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