1.) Later today, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closer to Earth than any other known object of its size. The asteroid is almost as wide as the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. This afternoon at 2:24, it is scheduled to pass as close as 17,100 miles. That may seem far away, but it’s closer than our television and communications satellites, which circle our planet 500 miles higher. Experts say the asteroid seems to be passing in the sweet spot between the GPS satellites and the communication and weather satellites. But, they say it's extremely unlikely that any of the satellites will be threatened.
2.) Flags will fly at half-staff in New Jersey tomorrow, which is making some people unhappy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is ordering flags to fly that way in honor of Whitney Houston. Saturday will be the one year anniversary of the day of her funeral. He says he's not honoring her as a role model, but as a daughter of New Jersey. Those opposed believe flying a flag at half-staff should be reserved for honoring special people, like those who have served our country. Especially upset are families of those who've died in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
3.) Chicago has something today that it hasn’t had since the 1930s – a Public Enemy number 1. That label was first given to gangster Al Capone, and hasn’t been used since Prohibition. The new number 1 is Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the alleged leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which supplies the bulk of narcotics sold in the city. The DEA's top agent in Chicago claims Guzman is the new Al Capone of Chicago. He’s been quoted as saying “If I was to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat (Capone) alive."