Monday February 18, 2013 Happening Now

Sad story from the world of country music. Mindy McCready apparently killed herself with a single gunshot to the head. It happened on the same porch where the father of her nine-month-old son killed himself just over a month ago. McCready has another son who is six-years-old. She had a history of run-ins with the law and had fought numerous battles against drugs and alcohol.

Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius has cancelled all future sporting events as he sits in a jail cell in Pretoria, South Africa. He's accused of murdering his model girlfriend.

Tom cruise is suing the magazine "Life & Style" for $50 million for defamation. Our legal panel weighs in.

Danica Patrick became the first woman to win top spot for the NASCAR Daytona 500. In fact for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit.

President Obama returns from West Palm Beach, FL after a round of golf with Tiger Woods yesterday. The First Lady and her daughters on the family's annual ski trip in Colorado (don't be jealous Jon Scott!)

The White House is calling an immigration plan leaked to USA Today over the weekend a "backup" in case Congress can't come up with a plan of its own. Senator Marco Rubio calls that plan "dead on arrival." The plan would apparently allow illegal residents a "path to citizenship," but only after eight years or 30 days after everyone who applied legally is given a visa.

Hugo Chavez is back in Venezuela after two months of medical treatment in Cuba. No word on his condition.

A U.N. panel is warning that Syria's civil war is becoming increasingly partisan with a growing presence of foreign fighters.

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