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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 9:49am

A 17-year-old girl is clinging to life after the latest school shooting, researchers find the first case of CTE in pro baseball player's brain, and optimists across the country are planning what they'd do with an extra $550 million.

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, clue you in on a few other buzzy items and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN's morning show "New Day."

1. NORTHEAST SNOWSTORM

What a mess: After a weekend storm dumped a foot of snow in New England, it's time for the encore: an arctic chill that will leave much of the Northeast stuck below freezing.

OK, so winter jumped the gun a bit this year. Why does that matter? Because you might have to hurry up with the holiday gifts. FedEx says the nasty weather and high winds have caused major disruptions at its Memphis hub and could delay shipments across the country.

But Southerners can once again bask in the warmth of temps in the 50s and 60s after days of flirting with the freezing mark.

2. BASEBALL PLAYER HAD CTE

Not just a football problem: When he was on the baseball field, Ryan Freel was never afraid to fling his body and his head into plays - diving after balls and crashing into outfield walls.

But Freel will never know he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same brain disease that several pro football players had when they committed suicide. That's because Freel took his own life last December, months before researchers determined he had CTE.

3. COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING

Clinging to life: She wasn't the intended target, but rather the random victim of yet another school shooting in Colorado.

Supporters across the country are rallying behind Claire Davis, the 17-year-old senior who was shot in the head Friday and remains in a coma.

The Twitter hashtag #PrayForClaire has gone viral, with many calling for the band One Direction - one of the teen's favorites - to support or visit Claire.

4. SISTER WIVES RULING

The more, the merrier? A federal judge in Utah has struck down part of that state's law banning polygamy after a lawsuit by the stars of the TV reality show "Sister Wives."

The judge threw out the section prohibiting "cohabitation," saying it violates due process and religious freedom. But he reinforced the ban on bigamy, meaning no one can be legally married to more than one person. Kody Brown, the patriarch in "Sister Wives," is only legally married to one woman and has "spiritual" marriages with his three other wives.

5. INDIANA GROOM DEATH

From elation to tragedy: It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of his life. William Riley Knight and his new wife had just gotten married and were leaving the reception when -- true to Knight's character -- he pulled over to help a woman having car trouble.

As they stood by the side of the road, Knight and the woman, Linda Darlington, were struck multiple times. Both died. Knight's wife, still wearing her wedding dress, wasn't hurt -- but will never be able to spend a full day with her new husband. 

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