Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. World Mourns Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who survived 27 years in prison and led to the dismantling of the country's racist and brutal apartheid system, died at 95 years old Thursday.
2. Snow Hits Much of Midwest
A dangerous snow storm threatens millions from Dallas to Cincinnati.
3. US Prepares to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea
A U.S. cargo vessel could be neutralizing some of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons at sea come January.
4. Air Pollution Plagues Shanghai
Air pollution levels in Shanghai have reached extremely dangerous levels, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and prompting authorities to order people indoors.
5. Teen Arrested in Theft of Part From Walker Crash
A teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing some of the wreckage from the Porsche that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in.