What to know this morning: In 5 minutes or less


1. The latest update on the Amtrak train crash: The train was traveling over 100 MPH, and all eyes are on the conductor. Why was it traveling so fast as it neared a sharp curve? The engineer's lawyer has just spoken out for his client. Read more here.

2. The jury has begun to deliberate about the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after listening to powerful closing arguments from both the prosecution and defense teams. It's unclear how long the seven women and five men will consider his fate, but they will be deciding whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Read more here.

3. The Taliban on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kabul guesthouse that killed fourteen -- including an American citizen -- and wounded at least six in the Afghanistan capital. Read more here.

4. "American Idol" season 14 has crowned its winner! Find out who took the crown and weigh in on whether you think he was the right pick here.

Who Just Became the Next 'American Idol:' Nick or Clark?
Who Just Became the Next 'American Idol:' Nick or Clark?

5. Will Tom Brady appeal his 4-game suspension? He has until 5pm today, May 14th to challenge the sanctions the NFL has given him. Read more here, and see the reactions on Twitter below.

6. The presidential race continues to heat up with John Bolton reportedly announcing his plans today, and Martin O'Malley reportedly announcing on May 30th.

7. In case you missed it (and we hope you didn't) Prince Harry performed a traditional warrior dance during his visit to New Zealand, and he completely nails it. Watch the video here, and see more photos of Harry's trip below.