5 Things to Know This Morning

5 Things to Know This Morning

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

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for 68-year-old captain Lee Joon-Seok and three other main crew members for neglecting responsibility to rescue passengers, many of whom were high school students on a field trip. The 15 crew staffers were the first ones to escape when the Sewol ferry started to sink.

The Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea acquitted Lee on murder charges but said he was professionally negligent and abandoned passengers. The court also sentenced the chief engineer for homicide after he neglected two injured staff members during the escape.

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An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city was scheduled to be released from a hospital after beating the virus.

With Dr. Craig Spencer's recovery, there are no Ebola patients currently under treatment in the U.S. But officials continue to monitor hundreds of people.

It was just a simple free throw in a 43-point blowout. One point.

But when University of Michigan basketball player Austin Hatch sunk his free throw Monday against Wayne State, the crowd exploded and Hatch’s teammates congratulated him.

One point? No, this meant so much more. Hatch jogged to head coach John Beilein and hugged him, a transcendent moment for a player who’s endured years of sadness and hardship.

Actress Lea Thompson surprised the audience when she was voted off “Dancing With the Stars” just one week shy of the semifinals.

Thompson, 53, said she was proud of what she has accomplished on the show, and she hugged her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev, when she learned she was going home.

“I just feel really great … I feel strong and I’m anxious to get back to my day job on ‘Switched at Birth,’” she said, referring to the ABC Family series.