Happening Now - Feb. 15, 2012

Good morning!

Trina is in for Clint today. Jon Scott & Jenna Lee are here and Rick Folbaum joins us on the breaking news desk

Here are some stories we'll be covering with reporters/guests today...

A new CBS News/ NY Times poll shows Pres Obama holding a significant lead over all potential GOP opponents in the general election

A tentative agreement to extend payroll tax cuts and provide added unemployment benefits was reached last night-the new measure is expected to be voted on Friday

The U.S. and Europe are considering major punishment against Iran that will hit the country in a big way financially.

In Syria, reports that government forces launched an offensive on the city of Hama early today as violence continues in the meantime, the U.S. and its allies, concerned dangerous weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists or militants, are taking a closer look at Syria's stockpiles of chemical arms and portable anti-aircraft missiles

China's Vice President Xi Jinping meets with congressional leaders, business executives and policy experts today before heading to Iowa to meet up with people who hosted him on a 1985 study tour

Reports out of Egypt this morning that the first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown will be held by late May

The maker of a widely used cancer drug is issuing a warning that a fake version of the drug has been found in the U.S.

In legal news:

The federal trial of an Indiana man accused of forcing his grandsons to hike for miles in the Grand Canyon without food or water in brutal August heat begins today

Gabe Watson (honeymoon murder suspect) trial continues today...both sides presented opening arguments after jury was seated yesterday

University of VA murder trial continues today-yesterday's testimony focusing on the cause of death of Yeardley Love...medical expert citing brain injuries as result of blunt force trauma as cause

And (its not all bad)-Malachy the Pekingese wins best in show at the Westminster dog show