Wednesday September 7, 2011 Happening Now

Wildfires raging across Texas. The death toll has risen to 4. More than 3.6 million acres have burned this year. Hundreds more homes are being threatened..

In California another fire is threatening homes.

The death toll is climbing after a mentally deranged man went on a shooting spree at an iHop in Nevada. 5 people are now dead (including the gunman). Investigators working hard to determine a motive.

Big night tonight for the GOP presidential candidates including for the first time Rick Perry. New polling has Perry firmly in front-runner status. We'll see how he performs tonight *and* if the candidates go after each other or focus on the President.

President Obama getting ready for his big jobs speech to a joint session of congress tomorrow night. Some of the details now leaking out include $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending. It's already being attacked on the right.

Keep an eye on the markets today after stocks trimmed losses yesterday. Still the Dow closed down 100+ points and continued a 3 day losing streak.

Twin homicide bombings kill at least 23 today in Pakistan.

A bomb attack in New Delhi, India has killed 10.

Heavy gunfire being reported in Syria in the latest crackdown by Syrian forces.

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.