1. OUT IN THE COLD

    Snow Kills Power for 245,000

    ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 11:  Supervisor Morris Radford of the Atlanta Department of Public Works watches a front end loader fill a sand and salt spreader truck on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. An ice storm warning has been issued for the area through Thursday, with storms tonight expected to result in heavy ice accumulation. Widespread power outages are expected around Atlanta. (Photo by Davis Turner/Getty Images)

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    Thousands may be without power for days in the South thanks to a brutal snow storm pounding the region. 3,300 flights have been canceled. Ice combined with wind gusts of 30 mph snapped power lines, leaving hudnreds of thousands without electricity. Charlotte, N.C. could get up to a foot of snow. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said, ‘‘Stay smart. Don’t put your stupid hat on at this point in time. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your neighbors.’’

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