5 things to know for your day -- Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Southeast awaits a beastly winter storm. Shocking testimony rocks the loud music trial. And a state governor puts a historic halt on executions.

It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. WINTER STORM

Ice, ice, maybe:

The Southeast was waiting early today. Families were locked in their homes. Stores were ransacked for supplies. Road crews were ready. Thousands of flights were canceled. Now all that was left was the questions. Will this winter storm really be catastrophic? Should I have bought all these batteries, duct tape and milk? How long will I be stuck in my house with my wild kids? While in some areas the snowpocalypse had not descended early today, Southerners were heeding ominous warnings of the monstrous storm on its way.

2. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Not on my watch:

That's what Washington's governor said yesterday. Gov. Jay Inslee stepped in and put a halt to executions in the state. There are "too many doubts" and "too many flaws" in death penalty cases, the governor said. After months of review, Inslee said he's convinced that equal justice wasn't being served. The ban will stay as long as Inslee is governor, he says. Washington now joins many other states with doubts. Eighteen states have officially banned capital punishment as a matter of law. Seven others have had a moratorium imposed either by the courts or the governor.

3. WHITE HOUSE DINNER

Hollande, minus one:

Tuesday's state dinner brought top Washington and Hollywood couples to the White House. But the most watched person may have been the one without a date: French President Francois Hollande. France's head man went stag to the soiree. Recent news of an affair with an actress ended his longtime relationship with the woman once considered the nation's first lady. Hollande came alone but brought baggage, so to speak. But the French president's troubles at home was not mentioned last night at the party of movie stars and moguls. The event is not just party. Work also gets done, the White House says. Before the party, Obama and Hollande met to tackle top issues the allies share. High on the list, officials say, is Syria and Iran.

4. LOUD MUSIC TRIAL

"Crazy with grief":

Yeah, but not sad enough to call police after shooting a teenager. This is one of the revelations that came during shocking testimony at the so-called loud music trial yesterday. Michael Dunn, who is accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old, said he never called the police after the killing. The reason? He doesn't know, Dunn said yesterday. "You're right. It sounds crazy. ... I can just tell you I didn't do it," Dunn testified. "It makes sense that I should have. We didn't. I can't tell you why." After learning that Jordan Davis, the teen, died, Dunn said he was "crazy with grief." Dunn is in the trial of his life. He is accused of spraying an SUV full of unarmed teenagers following a fracas over loud music. Dunn said he shot out of self defense. Closing arguments are set for today in a trial some have compared to the infamous Trayvon Martin case.

5. WINTER OLYMPICS

More medals?:

The race for the gold continues today though the writing may be on the wall for some events. Staring at you Russian pairs figure skating dynamic duo. While it may be impossible to beat Russia's power couple in pairs figure skating today, there is still hope. And her name is Kelly Clark. Snowboarder Shaun White failed to score a medal yesterday on the halfpipe. But America has another chance with Clark. The Vermont snowboarder is a favorite today on the women's side of the halfpipe competition. She's been a champ 70 times and has won an Olympic gold before. She's one to watch.

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