5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014.Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo
Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014.

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

1. Storms Send Waves Crashing on West, East Coasts

Monstrous waves are pounding both U.S. coasts, with storms churning in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

On the west coast, spectators have lined the shore at the Wedge in Newport Beach, where 20-foot waves are crashing into the coastline, drawing some of the world's best surfers.

"It's as big as Southern California ever gets," Peter Mel, a prominent big-wave surfer just back from an event in Tahiti, told the Orange County Register. "It's perfect."

2. Diane Sawyer's Personal and Uplifting Note to David Muir

Wednesday marked Diane Sawyer's final show as anchor of ABC's "World News," bringing a close to her five-year run. She shared a special message with David Muir, the show's next anchor.

3. Thousands of Wasps Found Nesting in UK Home, Devouring Bed

A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," John Birkett, an employee at Longwood Services Pest Control, told ABC News today, referring to the nest of an estimated 5,000 wasps. "It was like the horror film 'Birds' but [with] wasps."

4. Jury Finds Texas Man Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Drunk Driver Who Killed Two Sons

A jury returned a verdict of not guilty for a Texas father accused of the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed his two sons.

David Barajas was accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Banda in December 2012 after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road in Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The Barajas family broke into tears in the courtroom today while Jose Banda's family sat in stunned belief.

"I am relieved but still in pain. My two boys are dead and nothing will bring them back," Barajas said in a post decision news conference.

5. 'Friends' Reunion on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

The women of “Friends” – Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox – appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday, reprising their roles from the beloved sitcom in a fan fiction skit. Kimmel played opposite the show's stars as a lecherous “Ross,” the lovelorn paleontologist depicted on the sitcom by David Schwimmer.

The segment opened with Ross and Rachel (Aniston) sitting at a set modeled after Monica’s apartment from the show.

“I actually spent $80,000 making it, to the T. Every detail is correct,” Kimmel said.

Kimmel’s Ross rummaged through the freezer, pulling out a wig – the infamous Rachel hairstyle! Aniston was nonplussed.

“I’m not doing that,” she said, tossing the wig aside. “I have boundaries, Jimmy.”