Buffalo braces for more snow. President Obama unveils his immigration plan tonight. And the allegations against Bill Cosby keep coming.
It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. WINTER WEATHER
Enough already: Already buried under more than 5 feet of snow in some areas, Buffalo is going to get another 20-30 inches today. Just clearing the streets is a major undertaking. Already, more than 6,500 tons of snow have been removed from city streets and highways, but there's a lot of work left to do. This Sunday's NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets is in doubt. Players are stuck at home and coaches are living at the team's training center because they can't leave. Seven deaths are blamed on the storm.
Prime-time address: President Barack Obama unveils his long-awaited immigration plan tonight, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of undocumented immigrants and setting off an explosive battle with Republicans. He'll do it without congressional approval, but unilaterally by executive order. Exact details of his announcement haven't been made public yet, but the plan is said to include deferred deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens, a move that would affect up to 3.5 million people. The plan also could include new resources to bolster security on the border. Republicans are less than happy and say they'll try to stop the White House from implementing Obama's executive order.
A decision looms: The grand jury looking into the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, will meet Friday for what might be its final session. A decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the teen's death could come the same day, law enforcement officials told CNN. If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a public announcement, possibly on Sunday. Current plans could still change and prosecutors could shift the planned grand jury session, the officials said. Ferguson became a flashpoint for racial tension after the teen's shooting; Brown, 18, was black, the officer is white. Some predict that will be the case again when the grand jury's decision is announced.
4. BILL COSBY
Not funny: The allegations about Bill Cosby keep coming. On Tuesday, the famed comedian and TV star was accused of rape by Janice Dickinson, a former model. In an "Entertainment Tonight" interview, Dickinson claimed Cosby assaulted her in 1982 after the two had dinner in Lake Tahoe. Dickinson's allegations come on the heels of other rape accusations. Cosby has repeatedly said the allegations are untrue. He has never been prosecuted. The accusations, however, are taking their toll on his career. First Netflix put its Bill Cosby comedy special on hold, and now NBC has decided against moving forward with its own Cosby sitcom project. Cosby's attorney has denied the allegations.
Uber upset: Uber's apology wasn't enough for Sen. Al Franken. If you missed it earlier this week, Uber executive Emil Michael suggested that it would be okay to dig up dirt on journalists who were critical of his company and spread details of their personal lives. That didn't go over so well with Franken and lots of other folks. Company CEO Travis Kalanick has since apologized saying the remarks were "terrible" and "do not represent the company." But Franken wants to know if Michael be disciplined. The Minnesota senator also would like information on what the company is doing to protect the privacy of customers
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Obedience school dropout: A golden retriever has a tough time ignoring the tasty distractions along a simple course.
- Cozy cat: When you find something you like, hold onto it.
- Big cats: Two-month-old lion cubs venture into the real world at Portland's Oregon Zoo.
- A Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving: Our tiny friends are back to stuffing their faces.
- I am Groot: For our slightly off-base "Guardians of the Galaxy" fans, here's a goofy little featurette from next month's DVD release.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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