NUMBER 5 - HONEY BOO BOO & FAMILY INVOLVED IN CAR CRASH
Honey Boo Boo and her family were involved in a car accident Monday in Georgia. Police say the famous TLC family was riding in their suburban when they were hit by a pickup at an intersection. Reportedly, the person who hit the family ran a red light. The family had minor injuries and are expected to be okay.
NUMBER 4 - NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY REFORMS
President Obama will hold meetings today to discuss reforms to the National Security Agency. The agency's surveillance programs came under fire after Edward Snowden leaked classified documents to the media. The president will meet with the leaders of the intelligence community and with the members of the privacy and civil liberties oversight board. Tomorrow, President Obama will sit down with congressional leaders.
NUMBER 3 - SHIPS STUCK IN ANTARCTIC ICE FREED
A Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker have finally escaped Antarctic ice. The 52 passengers aboard the research ship were evacuated last week. A Chinese icebreaker which had gotten stuck in the ice during an attempt to extract the Russian ship was able to break free Tuesday.
NUMBER 2 - UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS PLAN
A senate plan to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed passes a key procedural hurdle. Sixty senators voted to move ahead with debate on the $6.4 billion dollar measure. The plan would provide unemployment benefits for eligible workers for another three months. More than a million jobless Americans lost their benefits last month when Congress failed to renew them.
NUMBER 1 - COLD CANCELS FLIGHTS
The bitter cold is taking its toll on passengers across the U.S. Nearly 500 flights were reportedly canceled for Wednesday, according to the website Flightaware.com. Most are at Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland Hopkins, Detroit Metro and Buffalo Niagara airports. As of Wednesday morning, there were three canceled flights at XNA. To check your flight status, call your airline.