Every weekday morning, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.
1. SCHOOL SHOOTING HERO
She's never been so scared in all her life. We don't blame her. Faced with a gunman who had an AK-47 and told her he had mental issues, Antoinette Tuff acted calmly and is the reason no one was killed this week at an Atlanta area elementary school.
As we learn more about the man with the gun, we are in awe of Tuff, who acted as a go-between on the phone for the shooter and police.
"We not going to hate you, baby," she tells the suspect near the end of the call. "It's a good thing that you're not giving up, so we're not going to hate you." We do love you, Antoinette.
2. MIDDLE EAST
Major decisions ahead:
The deadly violence in Egypt and Syria puts the White House under pressure. What should it do with aid to the Egyptian military, which has continued to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood and protesters in the streets?
And what about help for the Syrians fighting to overthrow the Assad government, where accusations are flying after social media was flooded with reports of a chemical attack?
A chief problem has been identifying those rebels the United States would happily deal with versus elements said to be militants, including some with ties to al Qaeda.
"We've got some work to do in both of these areas, and this is something that we're actively working on," a White House spokesman says.
3. SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Will he stay or will he go?
On Friday afternoon, the city council meets in private, and atop the agenda will be a discussion of a settlement reached between Mayor Bob Filner and San Diego.
A lawyer for the city says the two sides have reached a deal, but if the mayor is out, San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith isn't saying. Neither is Filner's attorney.
And since it was a new day, yet another woman -- No. 18 -- accused the mayor of bad behavior.
4. EXCHANGE STUDENT KILLED
It could have been anyone:
Sarah Harper and Chris Lane had been back in the United States for only a couple of days from his homeland of Australia when her boyfriend was shot and killed.
She told Anderson Cooper that Lane, whom she had dated for four years, loved to travel and he had big dreams of living in a foreign land after he graduated. She is still stunned by his death.
"You can't make sense of it," she said. "It just is so surreal that anybody could do something like this."
Police say one of the three teens arrested in the case told them the boys picked the victim at random.
5. SHARK VICTIM DIES
She "fought hard to stay alive:"
She was celebrating with a vacation in Hawaii after a year working as an au pair. Her family remembered her as strong and forever laughing. Jana Lutteropp died yesterday, a week after a shark tore her right arm off.