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12 PM ET NASA's next steps, major border drug bust, Wendy Williams’ diagnosis & more
CNN 5 Things
Feb 23, 2024

Ukraine’s Zelensky plans new actions against Russia two years into the war amid fresh US sanctions for Russia. We'll tell you why NASA's really excited about yesterday's historic moon landing. Border patrol agents conducted the biggest drug bust ever recorded at the southern border. Tens of thousands of pharmacies nationwide face prescription processing issues. Plus, what we know about Wendy Williams' health and the drama surrounding a documentary coming out about her.

Episode Transcript
Krista Bo (host)
00:00:01
Hey there! From CNN, I'm Krista Bo with the five things you need to know for Friday, February 23rd.
00:00:07
Russia's war in Ukraine is about to enter its third year, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has new plans to fight back.
Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky
00:00:14
'Though, of course we will prepare a new counter-offensive, new operation.
Krista Bo (host)
00:00:19
He spoke to Fox News Thursday ahead of the two year anniversary of the conflict tomorrow, and there have been reports of Ukrainian troops struggling to make ground in recent months and last summer's highly anticipated counteroffensive failed and aid for Ukraine is stalled in Congress. The Biden administration is marking the anniversary by announcing fresh sanctions for Russia. Their targets range from the country's defense industry to sources of revenue for its economy, as well as people connected to the imprisonment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who died in a Russian jail last week.
00:00:51
The U.S. is back on the moon for the first time in over 50 years.
Odysseus landing audio
00:00:55
I know this was a nail biter, but we are on the sit on the surface and we are transmitting. And welcome to the moon.
Krista Bo (host)
00:01:02
Intuitive machines' lander called Odysseus, or Odie for short, is now sending back lots of data. NASA chief Bill Nelson's really excited about. Here's why.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
00:01:12
It's going to be a scout for us, because next year we're going to the moon with humans. And about two years from now, we will land on the moon the first time in over a half century.
Krista Bo (host)
00:01:25
While yesterday's landing had its fair share of hiccups, the missions are go to the south pole of the moon. And that area is key because experts think there's a supply of water ice that could possibly be converted to drinking water, or even rocket fuel for future missions.
00:01:41
Border patrol agents say they've conducted the biggest drug bust at the southern border they've ever recorded. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a record breaking 6.5 tons of methamphetamine, valued at over $117 million at the Texas border. The drugs were hidden in a tractor trailer that had looked like it was a shipment of drying agents for piglets. Drug sniffing dogs found the mass. And Homeland Security is investigating. The special agent in charge says the seizure saved an untold number of lives.
00:02:12
If you're having trouble getting a prescription, it might be because of hackers. Some tens of thousands of pharmacies nationwide are facing prescription processing issues due to a cyberattack on a unit of United Health that handles insurance payment transactions. The health insurance company said in a filing the attack might be linked to hackers sponsored by a foreign country, and that they're working to address the problem. The American Hospital Association advises medical facilities to disconnect from United Health Network until the issue is resolved.
00:02:43
Up next, Wendy Williams diagnosis and how her family's coping.
00:02:51
'The Wendy Williams Show was canceled in 2022, and she's been out of the public eye since leaving her fans and now even her family, to speculate about her well-being. Yesterday, a care team for Williams announced that in 2023, she was diagnosed with aphasia and dementia, conditions that can impact personality and communication. Williams is under a court ordered guardianship, and some of her family say they don't even know where she is and haven't been able to directly talk to her. CNN's Elizabeth Wagmeister has more reporting on Wendy Williams situation and the drama surrounding the documentary coming out about her.
Elizabeth Wagmeister (correspondent)
00:03:26
So Krista, Williams is currently under a court ordered guardianship, and some of her family say they don't know where she is and haven't been able to talk directly to her. Her niece,Alex Finnie, participated in a new documentary coming from lifetime that will air this weekend called Where Is Wendy Williams? Where viewers will see the talk show host health and alcohol abuse struggles. Now, I spoke to Finnie and she told me that she thinks people are going to have a lot of questions watching it. Give a listen.
Alex Finne
00:03:54
Where is the Guardian? Where is the oversight? How are these people able to seep into her life and essentially just control a woman who clearly is crying out for help?
Krista Bo (host)
00:04:06
Her niece, the documentary's executive producer and a spokesperson for lifetime, told CNN Williams is currently in an inpatient treatment facility for cognitive care. CNN has been unable to speak with Williams about the project.
00:04:20
All right, that's all for now. I'm Krista Bo, and our next episode drops at 3 p.m. eastern. Till next time.