5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Lighting flashes over the Chicago skyline, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds was rolling through the Midwest.Scott Eisen/AP Photo
Lighting flashes over the Chicago skyline, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds was rolling through the Midwest on Wednesday and could affect more than one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Massive Storm System Surges Toward Mid-Atlantic

The Midwest was hit with a line of severe storms, dropping hail, toppling trees and causing flooding in low-lying areas.

2. Worldwide Stocks Stumble

Global stocks took a sharp decline today with Japan's Nikkei 225 index plunging 6.4 percent.

3. Edward Snowden Claims US Hacks China: Report

Alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed to have evidence that the U.S. government has been hacking into Chinese computer networks since at least 2009.

4. NASCAR Driver Dead in Dirt Car Event

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died Wednesday night after a heat race accident at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway.

5. M. Night Shyamalan Reveals He Wrote 'She's All That'

Director M. Night Shyamalan revealed he ghost-wrote the 1999 teen comedy "She's All That."