Here are 5 things you need to know this Wednesday.
Asteroid to whiz by Earth
An asteroid named 2014 DX110 passes relatively close to Earth today — 217,000 miles away — but should be no danger. If you want to know more about the likelihood of life on Earth being extinguished by a giant meteor, Bill Cooke, NASA's meteor and fireball expert, will be on Reddit's popular Ask Me Anything forum at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Beige Book out
The Federal Reserve releases its Beige Book today, a survey of the economy by region. Find out which ones look sunny or seem cloudy. We explain at usatoday.com/money.
Obama travels to New England today
President Obama plans to stump for a minimum wage hike during a speech in Connecticut and to help raise campaign money for Democratic candidates during a stop in Boston.
We hope your Fat Tuesday was gluttonous. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar, and the beginning of 40 days of prayer and fasting.
Crisis in Ukraine
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris ostensibly for a planned conference on Lebanon, but he will also meet his Ukrainian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia to discuss the ongoing crisis in that country.