Number five -- This winter weather is not just here in Arkansas. Frigid temperatures in Colorado caused dozens of flight delays at Denver International Airport. It was -15 degrees at the airport earlier, tying the record low for December 5. Airport officials are warning passengers to expect to spend a little extra time on the tarmac for planes to be de-iced.
Number four -- There are signs of hope for stranded whales in Florida's Everglades National Park. 15 to 20 of the pilot whales have moved toward deeper water. At least 10 whales have died since fishermen spotted the massive stranding Tuesday night and four were euthanized because they were in poor condition. Rescue crews are using boats to create a blockade and keep the whales from nearing the beach.
Number three -- Fast food restaurant workers in 100 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today as part of a national effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the industry and secure the right to unionize. Protests began last year and have since gained momentum. The National Restaurant Association claims the demonstrations are a "coordinated PR campaign engineered by national labor groups."
Number two -- A year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting rampage that left 26 people dead, audio recordings of 911 calls are now public. Police in Newtown, Connecticut distributed nearly 30 minutes of the 911 calls to media organizations Wednesday after a court ordered them to do so against the wishes of many of the victim's families. Many say the tapes are newsworthy, but Newtown officials say releasing the tapes will create a new layer of pain for many in Newtown.
Number one -- Nelson Mandela has died. The former president of South Africa was 95 years old and was the country's first African president after apartheid. His health had been declining in recent months and community and national leaders around the world reflected on his impact. Mandela was a leader for human rights around the world and many are now mourning the loss.