It’s Monday, January 6, 2014. Here’s some of the news we’re watching today.
Extreme Cold Settles Over the US
What meteorologists are calling a “polar vortex” is covering more than half of US, from the Dakotas to Michigan to Missouri to Alabama. The New York Times Lede blog is covering weather developments live.
International Falls, Minn. is expecting -31 today with wind chills up to minus 60. School is cancelled in many parts of the Midwest due to the low temperatures.
Iraq Battles al-Qaida
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki holds off an all-out attack on Fallujah, and urges residents to drive out al-Qaida fighters.
- At least 34 were killed in Sunday fighting between military and al-Qaida militants in Anbar cities.
Syria Battles al-Qaida
- Infighting among rebels in Syria is growing, stoked by differences between the Free Syrian Army and more hardline al-Qaida fighters.
Cheney Drops Out
- Reports say Liz Cheney will end her bid for the Senate in Wyoming.