Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. Syria peace talks getting started in Switzerland
The world's most powerful diplomats will push for an end to the brutal conflict, but Assad has little reason to offer big concessions.
2. As if snow, cold and cancellations aren't enough
The blast of winter weather is sapping fuel supplies in many regions in the U.S. and sending prices for propane and natural gas to record highs.
3. Security issues at LA airport before shooting
Two armed officers assigned to the area had left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required, officials say.
4. Standoff intensifying in Ukraine
Clashes between protesters and police in Kiev left at least three dead, a grim escalation of the country's two-month-long political crisis.
5. State of emergency begins in Thailand
Gunmen shoot and wound a top leader of a major pro-government movement in northern Thailand, as demonstrators defy a state of emergency.