Morning roundup

Top Stories: Arctic Blast Freezes U.S.; Liz Cheney Ending Senate Bid

Good morning, here are our early stories:

— Nation's Turning Blue As Temperatures Continue To Plunge.

— Reports: Liz Cheney Drops Senate Bid Due To Family 'Health Issues.'

— German Chancellor Merkel Fractures Hip In Skiing Accident.

And here are more early headlines:

Report: JP Morgan To Pay $2 Billion To Settle Madoff Case. (The Wall Street Journal)

Senate Poised To Confirm Yellen As Fed Chair. (Voice of America)

Iraqi Leader Calls For Al Qaida Militants To Be Ousted From Province. (BBC)

Former Basketball Star Rodman Back In North Korea. (Los Angeles Times)

India Apartment Building Collapse Kills More Than A Dozen. (UPI)

Anti-Whaling Activists Chase Japanese Whalers. (Radio New Zealand)

Several Die In Chinese Mosque Stampede. (NBC)

Colts Fan Photobombs Chiefs Fans Ahead Of Game, Foretelling Results. (Denver Post)

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