American forces are waiting on the word to attack Syria, we mark the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech, and a high school teacher in Montana gets a one-month sentence for raping a student -- after the student had killed herself.
It's Wednesday, and here are "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Every weekday morning, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.
1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR
"We are ready to go":
Warships armed with cruise missiles plow the waters of the Mediterranean. Cabinet-level officials hold a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Tuesday night. And U.S. officials all but tell U.N. inspectors in Syria to get out of the way.
A flurry of comments and activity seem to be laying the groundwork for a military strike. A Defense Department official says a strike could be completed "within several days."
Moscow's telling the U.S. to stand down. President Bashar al-Assad's regime says there's no evidence that it was behind last week's chemical attack. But the U.S. says the Syrian government forces are "the only ones that have the weapons."
2. 'I HAVE A DREAM' SPEECH
The dream lives on:
It was a half-century ago today when our nation changed forever as a Southern pastor told America, "I have a dream." The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech came at a time when "there was so much fear, people were afraid to be afraid," says John Lewis, the Georgia congressman who was a civil rights figure. Lewis says that 50 years later, we're a better nation, but there's still progress to be made.
America's first black president, Barack Obama, has similar words.
Obama will speak at the big event in Washington marking the anniversary. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will be there, too, as will members of King's family.
3. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE
The threat keeps growing:
Thousands of firefighters continue to duke it out with a huge wildfire that looks like it'll continue to burn for days. The numbers -- 184,000 acres, 4,000 firefighters, thousands of structures threatened -- are staggering, and the prospects are scary as the still-growing California wildfire menaces Yosemite National Park and San Francisco's water supply.
But fortunately, the tourist hotspot Yosemite Valley and its iconic attractions, including the El Capitan rock formation, are safe for now, miles from the nearly two-week-old Rim Fire's reach.
4. MONTANA RAPE CASE
A 49-year-old teacher has sex with a 14-year-old student. The man is charged with rape, and as the case inches its way through the legal system, the girl commits suicide. This week, the man learned his sentence: 15 years -- with 14 years, 11 months suspended. That's right, one month.