Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. Seven million people in path of major snow storm
A stretch of the northern U.S. from Montana to Michigan could see 6 inches of snow or more on Monday, the first of a dreaded polar invasion that could impact 200 million before its through. The snow will likely continue to fall in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan through Tuesday. Once the snow is over, an even greater section of the country will have to contend with brutally low temperatures. Two-thirds of the U.S. will see below-average temperatures by Friday, setting some areas up to break record lows. Read more in WEATHER.
2. Prominent pastor killed in Bahamas plane crash
A plane carrying nine people, on the way to a Christian conference in the Bahamas, crashed on Sunday night, killing well-known minister and motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his wife. The vice president of Munroe's Bahamas Faith Ministries International also died in the crash. The group was headed to the ministry's Global Leadership Forum, which organizers said would go on because "this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted." Read more in NEWS.
3. Obama looks to strengthen ties with Asia
President Barack Obama began a three-country tour to Asia on Sunday to work on deepening ties to the region. Obama will make stops in China, Myanmar and Australia on his nine-day trip to attend the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and G20 summits. "We want China to do well. We compete for business, but we also seek to cooperate," Obama said while announcing an agreement with China that allows visas to each other's citizens, valid for up to a decade. Obama will also likely address issues in the region that hamper relationships with the U.S., including human rights violations and cyber-theft. Read more in NEWS.
4. American back from North Korean detainment holds no ill will
After he was released from North Korea after two years in detainment there, Kenneth Bae "still has a tremendous heart for North Korea," his sister said Sunday. A secret mission undertaken by Director of Intelligence James Clapper secured Bae's release, as well as the release of Matthew Todd Miller. Both had been sentenced to years of hard labor in the country, but were unexpectedly freed on Saturday. Bae's sister said one of her brother's priorities upon returning home was getting a slice of pizza. Read more in NEWS.
5. At least 48 dead in Nigeria school bombing
A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed 48 people and injured 79 at a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria on Monday. Most of the victims were students, according to Reuters. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," has been terrorizing the territory for years, and is known to target schools. Read more in NEWS.
And now this ...
What do you get when you combine two American astronauts, water and the International Space Station? A little experiment, of course. Astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman had a little fun making a water-bubble in zero gravity and threw a GoPro camera into the mix. It's worth mentioning that Wiseman returned to Earth with two other Astronauts Monday. Welcome home!