NUMBER 5 - BARBARA BUSH HOSPITALIZED
Former First Lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston. She is being treated for a "respiratory-related issue," according to a family spokesman. The 88-year-old was admitted Monday at Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Bush is said to be in good spirits and has received visits from her husband and family members.
NUMBER 4 - UTAH ASKS SCOTUS TO BLOCK GAY MARRIAGE
Utah state officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately block a judge's ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state. They filed the appeal Tuesday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who could rule alone or ask the whole court to weigh in. Any ruling would not be the final word, but a limited, temporary step. Earlier this month, a federal judge struck down utah's same-sex marriage ban.
NUMBER 3 - OKLAHOMA DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR MURDER
A former Oklahoma-based doctor has been brought back to the state to face murder charges. Police arrested William Valuck at his Texas home Friday. He is charged with nine counts of homicide and 43 counts of drug distribution. Authorities say eight of his patients died of prescription drug overdoses. In 2002, Valuck was convicted of money laundering, wire fraud and scheming to defraud investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and spent several years in federal prison.
NUMBER 2 - NORTH KOREA THREATENS NUCLEAR WAR AGAINST U.S.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the United States will not be safe from nuclear war. In a Wednesday speech, Kim addressed continued tensions between North and South Korea, which are technically still at war. He referred to "U.S. and South Korean warmongers," accusing both countries of bringing nuclear devices in and around the Korean Peninsula. He said an accidental military clash could lead to war and nuclear disaster.
NUMBER 1 - OBAMACARE TAKES EFFECT
Controversial health care reforms under the Affordable Care Act fully kick in Wednesday. More than two million people have signed up so far. But in order to have insurance coverage starting today, enrollees must have already paid their first premiums. Under Obamacare, all Americans must have health coverage, or face a fine. The law also guarantees no one can be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions.