Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BLIZZARD THREATENS NORTHEAST, AFFECTS FLIGHTS: Up to 2 feet of snow is feared and residents from Pennsylvania to Maine are rushing to stock up on food, shovels and other supplies. Airlines have canceled thousands of flights. Check back today on naplesnews.com to see if any flights are affected at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
2. SEARCH FOR EX-LAPD OFFICER TURNS TO CALIF. MOUNTAINS: The focus of police efforts shifts to the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake, where they found shooting suspect Chris Dorner's burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle.
3. COMPROMISE SOUGHT FOR GUN CONTROL: In a move that could add momentum to Obama's gun control plan, some senators are quietly trying to reach a deal on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks.
4. WHY PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE IS GAINING MOMENTUM: Connecticut is one of six states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to help mentally competent, dying individuals take their own lives.
5. BRENNAN'S TAKE ON DRONES MAY SPUR CHANGE: The CIA Director-designate's defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy about the program and push to regulate its use.
6. POLISH TRANSGENDER LAWMAKER LOSES SHOT AT TOP POST: Anna Grodzka lost her chance to become a deputy speaker in Parliament after lawmakers voted to keep an incumbent in place.
7. AFTER BRAZIL CLUB FIRE, NATION BRACES FOR CARNIVAL: Carnival festivities hit full stride and nearly all of the nightspots shut down last week are open again, raising questions about safety.
8. DEADLY BOMBINGS STRIKE IRAQ: In the latest in a series of attacks by insurgents seeking to re-ignite sectarian violence, four car bombs strike two outdoor markets, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens.
9. AFTER MONOPOLY SNUB, THE IRON ENDURES: When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from the Hasbro game, the appliance was deemed passé. But the iron is holding its own, with solid sales and a loyal fan base.
10. "WALK THIS WAY": AP's Anita Hofschneider reports that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plans to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii that would limit the freedom of paparazzi
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. EVERGLADES AGRICULTURE LEASES BEING CHALLENGED: The Florida Wildlife Federation is challenging two no-bid, 30-year lease extensions for sugar and vegetable farming in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The legal group Earthjustice on Thursday filed the case on behalf of the federation. It will be heard by an administrative law judge.
2. 'DISORIENTED' PYTHON HUNTERS RESCUED IN EVERGLADES: Two young men who became "stranded and disoriented" while taking part in a python hunt in Florida's Everglades were rescued Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
3. FLORIDA HIGHWAY AGENCY WARNS OF EMAIL FRAUD: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is issuing an email fraud warning. The agency on Thursday said the public should beware of fraudsters using the department's name and email address to send fake messages that look like receipts from online transactions.
4. PANEL OKS REVAMP OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS: A proposal to end guaranteed pensions for new teachers, state and county workers and other public employees began moving through the Florida Legislature on Thursday. A House panel voted to introduce a committee bill that would replace traditional defined benefit pensions with individual investment accounts similar to 401(k) plans for employees hired after Jan. 1, 2014. It would shift investment risk from employers to employees, a growing trend in the private sector.
5. FLORIDA A&M INVESTIGATING SORORITY OVER HAZING: Florida A&M University is placing a sorority on inactive status while university officials investigate allegations of hazing. The university announced Thursday that it took the action against the Delta Sigma Theta sorority after an incident was reported on the school's anti-hazing website.
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