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  • Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by a special prosecutor in the Robert Mueller investigation, according to reports. >> Read more trending news Check back for the latest updates in this developing story.
  • The dusting of snow, but particularly the glaze of ice under that pretty frosting, caused superintendents across Georgia to call off school Wednesday. Now the question is, what about Thursday? Will schools be open? Melting snow and ice and refreezing water on the roads could make for treacherous conditions with the low temperatures forecast for Thursday morning. That decision has not been made yet, but The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will keep with with the schools systems from Cobb to Clayton, Atlanta to Gwinnett and let you know when we know. We do know that this is how the decision gets made:  The first step, say officials, is to monitor forecasts from the National Weather Service and local newscasts.   Atlanta’s school system coordinates with the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia Department of Transportation.   Gwinnett’s school system keeps in touch with the county government, police, first responders and electrical power companies.   Many systems also sent out scouts from transportation teams, who drive some roads to determine if it’s safe for school buses.   In those districts, as with others, the final call comes from the superintendent.  Readers have to respect this response from Decatur City Schools Superintendent David Dude, who posted on his Facebook page about 11 days ago after the forecast of icy rain, which never fell but left schools closed.   “For those who are asking, I am the one who decides when we close school, delay school, or release early. If my decision upsets you, please direct your anger at me. ...I am well aware of how much closing school impacts families. I would love to have school on Monday, but it's simply not feasible when we live in a region that is so ill prepared for ice.”  You can find out more about your school district in the links below: Cobb schools. DeKalb schools. Fulton schools. Gwinnett schools. Atlanta Schools.
  • I’m sorry. A what? Texans who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not everyone in warmer regions  has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it. >> Read more trending news  Or not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.” Accordingly, on an oddly icy Texas morning, the state’s residents are forced to get creative.  READ: Working from home today? You’re not the only one Just among the Austin American-Statesman’s newsroom staff, reported ice scraper substitutes included: a drawer’s worth of spatulas, several credit cards, a plastic cup and a plastic level.  A little research shows we weren’t far off some common stand-ins: Spatula These things can do more than flip your burger. If you’re worried about scratching your window opt for plastic. CDs Render that physical copy of an album you’re probably embarrassed you bought even more obsolete by using it to remove the ice from your windshield. Credit cards A quick Google search proves credit cards the most popular ice scraper alternative.  Plastic dustpan Makes for easy cleanup, too.  Kayak paddle Austinites love to kayak, right? Check out what some other Texans have resorted to: Other tips for de-icing your windshield include idling your car (but that could be illegal in some parts of the country), spraying your window with either a saltwater solution or an alcohol solution or sprinkling salt on it directly. >>Related: Letting car idle in cold weather could be illegal You should not use hot (or even lukewarm) water to melt the ice on your windshield. The difference in temperature can shock the glass and cause it to crack.
  • The Latest on investigations into Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia (all times local):10:35 a.m.President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and senior White House aide, Rick Dearborn, are being interviewed Wednesday behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee looking into Trump campaign contacts with Russia.That's according to two people familiar with the committee's work who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on the record about confidential interviews.Lewandowski led Trump's campaign for nearly a year before being fired before the general election. He has remained close to Trump and been a prominent defender of the president on television.Dearborn was a campaign aide who later served on the presidential transition before joining Trump in the White House as deputy chief of staff. He is expected to leave the White House later this month.__1 a.m.Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to answer a broad array of queries about his time working for President Donald Trump.The development has brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Trump's inner circle and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue.The congressional subpoena came the same day The New York Times reported that Bannon has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a federal grand jury. Mueller is leading one investigation of potential coordination between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.
  • A jury has begun to deliberate in an auto fraud case against a pilot who once flew loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's 'cocaine cowboys' era.Jurors began discussing the fate Wednesday morning of 72-year-old Mickey Munday, who has become well known through his past in interviews, social media posts and starring role in the 2006 documentary 'Cocaine Cowboys.'Prosecutors say the ring stole cars through use of false paperwork. Munday's defense is that he wasn't aware of the fraud.Munday's alleged role in the fraud was transporting and hiding the stolen vehicles, similar to his smuggling work in the 1980s for Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel and the Cali cartel.He served about nine years in prison during the 1990s.
  • A 46-year-old Florida man is being charged with second-degree murder after he brutally beat and stomped his ex-wife to death, a sheriff said. Michael Cummings and his ex-wife, Faith L. Cummings, 44, began arguing over infidelity on Thursday in the garage of their Palm Coast home, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. >> Read more trending news The fight escalated with Faith L. Cummings fleeing to a bathroom. Her ex-husband — they divorced in 2015, but moved back in together to rekindle the relationship — followed her and attacked her, according to a news release.  Faith suffered multiple broken bones, including every rib with multiple fractures, as well as kicking and stomping injuries, according to the county medical examiner. Blood splatter indicated that she was hit with a weapon, investigators reported. Her cause of death was ruled “blunt force trauma to the head with asphyxiation.”  When deputies first arrived at the home, Staly said, Michael Cummings refused to leave, and as a result he was charged with obstruction of justice. He told authorities that Faith slipped and fell in the bathtub, but by the time deputies arrived she had been dead for hours.  After realizing what he had done, he had tried to hide his crime, Staly said during a news conference.  On Monday afternoon, Cummings was charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility with no bond.  “This case again proves that you never know what is going on behind closed doors,” Staly said. “Often, domestic violence is hidden from others and the victim is living with their attacker. This case shows just how fast a domestic argument can spiral out of control and into a murder.”