5 things to know for Friday, April 4, 2014

The search begins for fading pings from the Malaysian jet's data recorders. A community asks why after the Fort Hood shooting. And severe weather hits the central United States.

It's Friday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."

FORT HOOD SHOOTING

Nation asks why:

A man opens fire at a military base, gunning down fellow soldiers before killing himself. A hero steps in, trying to stop him. A community already scarred by war is left reeling five years after another shooter hit the same base. Two days after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, left three soldiers dead, key questions loom. Why? What made 34-year-old Spc. Ivan Lopez pull the trigger?

MISSING PLANE

New search, old clues:

The guessing game continues as the underwater search for the Malaysian jet starts in the southern Indian Ocean. Time is running out in the efforts to detect pings from Flight 370's data recorders -- the batteries that power the recorders' beacons are expected to run out in the coming days. And there are no new clues on the underwater search. It's based on the same data investigators used to determine shifting search areas in recent weeks.

SEVERE WEATHER

Tornado season:

Spring's here, and it's ready to rumble. Just ask the central part of the nation, which got pounded by hail, rain and tornadoes. It was not immediately clear whether there were any injuries or damage from the severe weather yesterday.

DAVID LETTERMAN

Last laugh:

Three decades of "Late Show" are coming to an end. We know, we know, David Letterman's surprise sign-off is a year from now. But let's pause for a moment and process this. And think really hard about who will replace the host of the popular CBS show. Of course, Jay Leno's available!

SATURN MOON

Good news, Earthlings:

Here's some unlikely beachfront territory. Or unrivaled real estate, or whatever you prefer to call it. A new study shows a sea of water the size of Lake Superior splashes inside one of Saturn's moons. That means Saturn's sixth-largest moon could have been -- or could now be -- hospitable to life. Hmm, a one-way ticket to Saturn is starting to look pretty darn good!

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