Atlanta gets back on the road again, Amanda Knox awaits another verdict in her murder case and New York firefighters honor a boy hero.
Welcome to the Thursday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. WINTER STORM AFTERMATH
It's getting better: Atlanta drivers can recoup their vehicles today. You know, the ones they abandoned by the score during Tuesday's nightmare gridlock after a couple inches of snow. Officers will ferry them in four-wheel-drive vehicles back to spots where they left them. Just to sweeten the deal the state will provide up to five gallons of gas and give them a jump start too to get them on the road again.
Normal commutes turned into hours-long affairs as semis jackknifed and cars lost traction on black ice. Many drivers just gave up and walked away, looking for shelter. The Anderson family had a little more at stake.
"It was a pure blessing that everything went well, that we were both healthy and doing great. When we gave her the name Grace, it just fully explained the whole situation. Just by the grace of God that we all came out healthy."
- new mom Amy Anderson
There's no real silver lining to the storm's dark cloud, but there's a punch line. February 3-7 is "Severe Weather Awareness" week in Georgia. That's bound to go over well.
Carol Costello, Victor Blackwell and Indra Petersons are live all morning bringing us the latest on the storm's aftermath.
2. BIEBER ARREST
Another week, another courtroom: Justin Bieber is in trouble again. Call it the B-side to last week's episode in Miami, where he was booked on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. In his latest brush, J-Beebs is accused of smacking a limo driver in Toronto about a month ago. Yesterday, he popped into a Toronto police station for booking and was out in time to attend last night's Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. It's good to be a celebrity, eh?
"Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent."
- Bieber representative
Innocent or not, the 19-year-old Canadian pop star has stirred up enough of a ruckus to make the 100,000-signature cut at the president's "We the People" website. The petition asks the Obama administration to "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card." All publicity is good, right? The White House promises a response.
Jason Carroll is live at 6 and 7 with the latest on the Beebs.
3. BRAIN DEAD WOMAN
Knowing when to say goodbye: It was a heart-wrenching decision for Erick Muñoz, pulling pregnant wife, Marlise , off life support. The agony was compounded by a court fight the family had to go through to allow her to die. It sparked a national debate over who's alive, who's dead and whether the person is carrying a baby changes things. They spoke to CNN last night, saying they wanted their story told to save other families the same nightmare.
Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child when Erick found her unconscious on their kitchen floor in November. Although she was declared brain dead, the hospital said its hands were tied. A Texas law says you can't hold back life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant woman.
"Many a night, I asked God to take me instead."
- husband Erick Muñoz
"New Day" brings you Anderson Cooper's compelling interview with the family.
4. AMANDA KNOX
Haven't we been here before?: American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are waiting again for a verdict from an Italian court. They were acquitted in 2011 of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, but in March, Italy's Supreme Court overturned the acquittals and ordered a retrial. The verdict is expected today.
Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of killing Kercher, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds and a deep gash in her throat. Knox left Italy for the U.S. after her acquittal and did not return for the retrial. It is unclear if the United States would agree to extradite Knox if she were found guilty.
"I must repeat to you. I'm innocent. I did not rape, I did not steal ... I did not kill Meredith."
- Knox said in an e-mail presented by her lawyer
Erin Mclaughlin is live at 6 and 8 as we await the retrial verdict.
5. HERO BOY
Sacrificial love: Friends and relatives bid a tearful goodbye yesterday to Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old upstate New York boy who helped rescue six relatives from a fire last week, but then died while trying to save his grandfather. Penfield's fire chief declared Tyler an honorary firefighter and presented his family with a special fire helmet inscribed with the boy's name.
"You're a hero, baby. You did it huge. I know you're watching this go on, and you should be so proud of yourself."
- Tyler's mom, Crystal Vrooman
John Berman brings us news headlines throughout the morning.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Snow and brimstone: Is it too soon to laugh about Atlanta's Snowmageddon 2014? Not if you didn't spend the better part of a day stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
–Best Buds: Is there anything cuter than the friendship between a golden retriever pup and Clydesdale? Yeah, probably, but this is pretty doggone cute.
- Pan-fried beer: We don't recall seeing this recipe on the Food Network.
- Knock, knock: Turkish police lost the element of surprise on this bust. Note to the chief: If it takes several minutes to break down the door, they're probably not home or already know you're there.
- Bearly adorable: We always thought a polar bear would take to snow like a duck to water or some other appropriate simile. The Toronto Zoo recently introduced their little cub to the cold white stuff and baby bear was not happy.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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