5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Carey Smith Steacy posted this photo to her Facebook of a note she reportedly found after a flight.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Airline Passenger Leaves Nasty Note for Pilot
Sexist. Passive-aggressive. Rude. These are just a few ways a note left by a passenger for a commercial airline pilot could be described.

2. Mom Drove Van into Florida Surf as Kids Screamed for Help, Rescuer Says
A man who helped pull three children from a sinking minivan said he tried to stop the mother from driving the vehicle in the into rough surf on a Florida beach, but she suddenly veered away and plowed into the water.

3. Pistorius Trial Returns to Neighbor Testimony
Oscar Pistorius' lead defense lawyer grilled one of the neighbors of the star athlete Thursday, questioning the man over how many gunshots he thought he heard and at what on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's shooting death.

4. Mom, Dad, Daughter Accused in $7M Shoplift Spree
A father, mother and daughter from a posh Chicago suburb stole $7 million in merchandise during a decadelong shoplifting spree — traveling to stores nationwide and targeting dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables — according to a federal complaint released Wednesday.

5. Your Smartphone Photos Could Make You Instant Money
Deana Valorose knows that each click of the camera on her smartphone could mean money in her bank account. Valorose, of Hollywood, Fla., said she’s made more than $300 from selling 68 of her pictures – from breakfast to sports and nature – through a free app called Foap.

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