5 things to know for your new day -- Thursday, January 30

Atlanta gets back on the road again, Amanda Knox awaits another verdict in her murder case and New York firefighters honor a boy hero.

Welcome to the Thursday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


It's getting better: Atlanta drivers can recoup their vehicles today. You know, the ones they abandoned by the score during Tuesday's nightmare gridlock after a couple inches of snow. Officers will ferry them in four-wheel-drive vehicles back to spots where they left them. Just to sweeten the deal the state will provide up to five gallons of gas and give them a jump start too to get them on the road again.

Normal commutes turned into hours-long affairs as semis jackknifed and cars lost traction on black ice. Many drivers just gave up and walked away, looking for shelter.

There's no real silver lining to the storm's dark cloud, but there's a punch line. February 3-7 is "Severe Weather Awareness" week in Georgia. That's bound to go over well.


Another week, another courtroom: Justin Bieber is in trouble again. Call it the B-side to last week's episode in Miami, where he was booked on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. In his latest brush, J-Beebs is accused of smacking a limo driver in Toronto about a month ago. Yesterday, he popped into a Toronto police station for booking and was out in time to attend last night's Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. It's good to be a celebrity, eh?

The 19-year-old Canadian pop star has stirred up enough of a ruckus south of the border to make the 100,000-signature cut at the president's "We the People" website. The petition asks the Obama administration to "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card." All publicity is good, right? The White House promises a response.


Knowing when to say goodbye: It was a heart-wrenching decision for Erick Muñoz, pulling pregnant wife, Marlise , off life support. The agony was compounded by a court fight the family had to go through to allow her to die. It sparked a national debate over who's alive, who's dead and whether the person is carrying a baby changes things. They spoke to CNN last night, saying they wanted their story told to save other families the same nightmare.

Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child when Erick found her unconscious on their kitchen floor in November. Although she was declared brain dead, the hospital said its hands were tied. A Texas law says you can't hold back life-sustaining treatment for a pregnant woman.


Haven't we been here before?: American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are waiting again for a verdict from an Italian court. They were acquitted in 2011 of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, but in March, Italy's Supreme Court overturned the acquittals and ordered a retrial. A verdict is expected today.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of killing Kercher, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds and a deep gash in her throat. Knox left Italy for the U.S. after her acquittal and did not return for the retrial. It is unclear if the United States would agree to extradite Knox if she were found guilty.


Sacrificial love: Friends and relatives bid a tearful goodbye yesterday to Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old upstate New York boy who helped rescue six relatives from a fire last week, but then died while trying to save his grandfather. Penfield's fire chief declared Tyler an honorary firefighter and presented his family with a special fire helmet inscribed with the boy's name.

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