Welcome to the Friday 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. PRISONER SWAP
A Taliban tit-for-tat:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan - and the U.S. wants him home. But there's a catch. The Taliban want five Guantanamo Bay detainees in return. The question is, do we negotiate with terrorists -- even if it's to bring one of our own home?
"We should never stop trying to get him back, but I don't think anybody wants to see their country sold down the river in a sense just to bring them back."
That's James Carafano with the conservative Heritage Foundation. But not everyone shares his view, certainly not Bowe's parents who've been waiting four long years for him.
2. IMMIGRATION BILL
If you build it, they will come:
By 'it,' we mean a 700-mile long border fence along the Mexican border. And by 'them,' we mean the Republicans.
The Dems think the concession will get them enough votes in the Senate to push through immigration reform. Because it's going to be a VERY tough sell in the House.
3. MARKET MELTDOWN
It's the end of the world as we know it:
These business stories can get complicated. So here's a simple rhyme summarizing what happened the last two days.
Dow went down down down
It dropped a whopping 353 points yesterday - the worst single day this year. No sector was immune to the selling: banks battered, manufacturers mauled, home builders hosed.
4. NBA FINALS
It was a Heat repeat last night. They beat the Spurs 95 to 88 to keep the NBA title in Miami. King James (and his headband crown) led the way with 37 points.
5. TRAYVON TRIAL
Six women; Zimmerman:
The fate of George Zimmerman rests on the hands of women: five of them white, and one who's black or Hispanic. The much anticipated trial starts Monday.
The big surprise for us is that you can actually have a trial with six jurors.
"In Florida only capital cases get a jury of 12. All other cases get 6 jurors," says legal analyst Sunny Hostin.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
-- Water, water everywhere:
A state of emergency's in effect in Calgary where flooding is so bad, it's swept some homes away. Up to 100,000 may have to evacuate. And it's not going to get any better at least until Saturday.
-- North? West? 'Nuff said:
We don't know for sure if Kanye named his daughter North West. But this is Kanye we're talking about. The dude has a song on his new album where he's mad at croissants ("In a French-a** restaurant, hurry up with my damn croissant"). So yeah, anything's possible. The Internet went into a tizzy trying to one-up each other at the news:
"oh good when kim and kanye's daughter has her own fragrance it'll be called "north, by north west," tweeted TV commentator Andy Levy.
Even our very own Ed Lavandera couldn't resist. He tweeted:
"As punishment for Kim and Kanye, #NorthWest should cry non-stop until she turns 18!"
-- What killed Gandolfini?:
We may find out this morning exactly how James Gandolfini died. Doctors have said it was most probably a heart attack. And today, they're expected to release the autopsy results for the "Sopranos" star.
-- Impressive. Now get in my belly!:
For his son's birthday, a man made an R2-D2 cake that projects a hologram of Princess Leia. I'm sure all the "Star Wars" fans are going "coooool." But the kid is 6. If you listen closely to the video posted on YouTube, you can hear him go, "What is this?" and "I want to see in the camera."
-- Vine gets MySpaced .. or does it?: