Welcome to the Wednesday 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 on CNN's morning show "New Day."
1. DEBT CEILING DEBACLE
Deal or no deal? Come on, Congress, this isn't a game anymore. We're less than one day away from crashing into the debt ceiling, meaning the U.S. is on track to run out of money to pay all its bills. At risk: Social Security checks, veterans' benefits and the nation's credit rating. The markets could go into a tailspin. You get the idea.
Senate bipartisan leaders are "optimistic" that an agreement is close. But House Republicans can't agree among themselves on how they want to resolve the crisis.
Oh yeah, and the government's still partially shut down because Washington still can't agree on a spending plan, either.
At this point, some say the best Washington could do for now is to kick the can down the road a little longer.
2. GIRLS CHARGED IN FATAL BULLYING
It all started over a boy: That's what cops say led to the torment that ended with 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick's suicide. Rebecca jumped to her death last month from an abandoned concrete plant.
Police charged two girls, ages 14 and 12, with felony aggravated stalking this week. They say the older girl used to date the same boy as Rebecca did and bullied her over it.
Cops say the 14-year-old even posted this Facebook message on Saturday: "Yes IK I bullied REBECCA and she killed her self but IDGAF." (In other words, "I don't give a (expletive)." The girl's attorney, though, said she hasn't been on Facebook recently.
3. UNARMED MAN SHOT BY POLICE
Breaking her silence: No fiancee would ever want to tell this story. But for the first time Cache Heidel is. Her soon-to-be husband, Jonathan Ferrell, survived a car accident late at night and went to a nearby house for help. The homeowner thought he was an intruder and called 911. The police came, and Ferrell ran toward them, unarmed. One cop shot him - 10 times. He died, leaving behind a grieving family and a wedding that will never happen.
4. MISSOURI ALLEGED RAPE
Help on the way?: A teen who says she was raped and eventually ignored by prosecutors may get a second chance. After days of national outrage and threats from Anonymous, Missouri officials might take another look at Daisy Coleman's case.
"The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look," Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Tuesday. "I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed."
Daisy says she was plied with booze and raped by a a 17-year-old high school football player, but the local prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence. Social media went berserk, and even the hacker-activist group Anonymous got on board.
Now we'll see if authorities will indeed give the case another look.
5. SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Mayor mayhem: It seemed like just yesterday ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was on the defensive, calling his ouster "a political coup" after 19 women accused him of inappropriate behavior. But that was actually in August. Fast forward to Tuesday, when Filner pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery charges.
Among the accusations: Filner used force to restrain a woman at a fundraising event in March, kissed a woman on the lips without her consent at City Hall in April, and grabbed a woman's tush at a rally in May.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here's one more that's brewing and has the Internet buzzing:
Ruh-roh! Sick of crazy rush-hour traffic? Wanna skip over the gridlock in your own Jetsons-esque flying car? Well the Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia says it's only two years away from getting cars in the sky, according to International Science Times. The company has said it already has 200 orders for the new flying car. Not a bad deal if you've got an extra $280,000 on your hands.