Terror overshadows athletics as the Sochi Olympics near, police make arrests in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman's drug supply, and a winter storm is piling on the snow and ice in the Northeast.
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. SOCHI GAMES
Not a fan: The Olympic torch arrived in Sochi, Russia, today, and most Americans aren't too thrilled – with that country, its anti-gay laws or its President Vladimir Putin. That's what a new CNN poll says today. About 55% don't like Russia, and even more expect a terror attack in coming weeks. Speaking of which: You might start hearing the name Imarat Kavkaz. It means Caucasus Emirate and stands for a radical Islamist group that wants a holy state in the area around Sochi. U.S. officials say they pose the biggest terror menace to the Games.
Barbara Starr reports live on the U.S. angle at 6 and 8. Ivan Watson covers the Russian side at 6 and 8.
2. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN DEATH
Glassine bags: Those are small envelopes that dealers use to package drugs. Police say they found 350 yesterday on four people they arrested. They might be connected with the drugs in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment. Police also looked into what the actor was up to before he died. Turns out he pulled $1,200 from an ATM on Saturday while talking to a couple of guys.
Nischelle Turner reports at 6 and 8.
3. DORNER SHOOTING
Too quick on the trigger: Remember Christopher Dorner, that ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer who went on a guerrilla warfare rampage last year over his firing? He killed a former police captain's daughter and led police on a massive manhunt that ended in a wild shootout at a burning cabin. Back then, some officers overreacted and shot up a pickup truck passing by. It injured two women. Now eight of the officers face discipline – from getting intensive training to getting fired.
After Dorner’s rampage, 69 fired officers came forward, saying unfair firings at the LAPD were par for the course.
4. WINTER STORM
Northeast snow lowdown: One, two, three … days of snow in a row. Today’s dump: about a foot of flakes flutter down in Boston. NYC will see a 6-inch layer of new snow fall on top of a record 8 inches that fell Monday. Ice that layer cake with about an inch of crunchy freezing rain. The storm will kick a foot of white over upper New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Chad Myers has the weather forecast at 6, 7 and 8.
5. WEST VIRGINIA WATER
It still stinks: Weeks after that chemical spill in the Elk River, that’s what people are telling Erin Brockovich about their tap water. The smell’s especially bad when they heat it. An independent CNN test in two Charleston households says that the levels of the chemical in the drinking water are safe now by CDC standards. But the activist still says: Don’t drink it! A federal grand jury thinks the spill may amount to a crime.
Drew Griffin reports on the chemical traces in West Virginia taps at 7.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Instagram, Atari style: What if Instagram had been invented back in the day of the Atari, when you listened to the Bee Gees on cassette tapes? Totally tubular!
Eschew! A shoe! Bless you! And “achoo” is the correct spelling … in English anyway. For other languages, see this cartoon.
Happy pill backfires: What if “Not Having Kids” was a prescription drug for couples? The label warns that it might have some whopping side effects later in life. Like loneliness.
Uh, blader scoot? Scat blooter? This whatchamacallit is made out of parts from a scooter and from roller blades. Weird, but a very cool ride if you've got $610 handy.
Air guitar? Never. Well, OK. The guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers never wanted to mime guitar while music played from a recording. But he was unplugged for Super Bowl halftime. Had to. Flea explains it here.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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