Veteran newscaster John Gibson gets to the core of the most salient issues facing America today as host of FNC's hard-hitting primetime show The Big Story with John Gibson, airing Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with expert legal analysis from Judge Andrew Napolitano and in-depth field reports from correspondent Heather Nauert.

Topics and Guests for Wednesday,
Jan. 8

• A commuter plane crashed into a maintenance hangar and burst into flames Wednesday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, killing all 21 people aboard. The plane, a twin-engine Beech 1900 turboprop, was carrying 19 passengers and two crew members when it crashed shortly after takeoff in clear and windy weather.

What could have caused the tragedy? We'll have a complete report.

• The United States and Britain are getting ready to unleash a "devastating" war on Iraq in order to reshape the Middle East for their own purposes, a top Iraqi official said Wednesday.

How close is that report to the truth? We'll ask retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales Jr .

• As North Koreans rally in Pyongyang calling for a stronger military, the U.S. offered talks with North Korea on Tuesday but said it will not negotiate to halt that nation's nuclear weapons programs.

Are we close to conflict to with North Korea? Or, will cooler heads and diplomacy prevail?

Plus, are some states misusing funds from the settlement reached with the tobacco companies? John Kirkwood , president of the American Lung Association, weighs in.

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Note: All guests and topics subject to change