Welcome to the Monday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
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. FIREFIGHTERS KILLED
Heartbreak in Arizona:
When we heard the news there were 19 firefighters missing in Arizona, our hearts sank. Officials will go out this morning to the families of the brave souls who were killed while trying to cut a fire break to slow down a wildfire near Prescott. It's an awful reminder that wildfires are fueled by whipping winds that can turn a wall of flames just like that.
2. HEAT WAVE
Cool job to have:
If you fix broken air conditioners in the Southwest, you're gonna have plenty of work this week. Sales at Footlocker might go up too. It's so hot in Death Valley, one resident said his shoes were starting to melt. No, seriously. They came apart. And there's bad news - it's going stay unbearably hot well into the week.
3. TEXAS ABORTION BILL
Wendy Davis, it might be time to slip on the pink running shoes again and warm up the ol' pipes. A week after her now-famous filibuster in the Texas state Senate, Davis says the fight over a controversial abortion bill isn't over. Today, lawmakers will go at it again in a special session. No word yet if Davis plans to repeat her awe-inducing marathon of talk.
4. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL DEATH
The first indication that what the audience just saw was not part of the show was the panicked screaming. Then there were the painful cries of someone in the cast. In a traumatic scene during the finale of a Cirque du Soleil finale, performer Sarah Guyard fell about 50 feet Saturday and was killed. The show is now on hiatus, as authorities investigate what happened.
5. GEORGE BUSH INTERVIEW
History has yet to be written:
The former president and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia for the reopening of a cancer clinic. In an exclusive interview, he tells CNN why he respects Nelson Mandela, what he thinks about Edward Snowden and President Obama, and how he's not going to be around when his legacy is finally decided.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Kinda makes you want to drop out:
As Democrats and Republicans continue to fuss over the solution, college students ready to take out new loans this year are facing the prospect of higher interest rates. But surely Congress will get this important issue worked out. Probably, but after this break.
Edward Snowden apparently left a doppelganger in Hong Kong. The guy that plays him in a new short, short film sure looks a lot like the secrets spiller . If you watch the whole five-minute movie, he's listed in the credits as Andrew Cromeek. We did some intelligence work ourselves, and it appears that Mr. Cromeek is a teacher, not an actor. We hope he and the rest of the cast are better at their real jobs.
You don't say:
So JLo has an excuse for singing "Happy Birthday" to the president of Turkmenistan while performing at an event for a large state-owned Chinese oil company. You see, she didn't know Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is considered a bad guy by human rights groups. Apparently it's not in the tourist brochures.
So, one of the biggest stories out of the BET awards involves a white guy. Seems Justin Timberlake, part of a tribute to soul singer Charlie Wilson, killed it and has now been claimed by black America. And the first move in his new role, off to Ireland!
A spot of bother:
Not sure what the French word for "leash" is, but seems like when there's a pack of speeding bicyclists heading your way, that's one of those times it's a good idea to have your pooch tied up. OK, maybe it was a drug-sniffing dog and it got overly excited when it heard Tour de France riders were headed that way. Either way, it was a close call, unlike 2007 when canines induced crashes, not once, but twice.