Christians Protest In Cairo After 7 Are Killed; Cold Hardens Across U.S., Europe : The Two-Way By Mark Memmott The story of the day looks to be the initial report the White House plans to release about the failures within the intelligence and security communities that allowed a young Nigerian man to board a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas D...
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Christians Protest In Cairo After 7 Are Killed; Cold Hardens Across U.S., Europe

Christians Protest In Cairo After 7 Are Killed; Cold Hardens Across U.S., Europe

The story of the day looks to be the initial report the White House plans to release about the failures within the intelligence and security communities that allowed a young Nigerian man to board a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day and then allegedly try to blow it up with explosives concealed in his underwear.

As we reported earlier, President Barack Obama's national security adviser told USA TODAY that the nation will feel "a certain shock" when it learns the details.

The president is scheduled to talk about the report at 1 p.m. ET. We'll live-blog the news as it happens.

Other stories making headlines include:

— The Associated Press — "Egyptians Riot After 7 Killed In Church Attack": In Cairo today, "thousands of Coptic Christians clashed with police during a funeral procession Thursday for the seven people killed in an attack on churchgoers leaving a midnight Mass."

From a related report by NPR's Peter Kenyon in Cairo — Coptic Christians Complain Of Ongoing Persecution; Attacks Against Christians Have Been On Rise:

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— NPR.org — "Florida Fights Fruit Freeze As Record Cold Descends": "Florida farmers scrambled to protect fruit and vegetable crops on Wednesday, as forecasters predicted five days of freezing temperatures for much of the South. Temperatures in West Palm Beach, Fla., set a new daily record low of 34 degrees Wednesday morning, while Miami tied a record low of 40 degrees that was set in 1919, according to the National Weather Service."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Atlanta And Surrounding Areas Brace For Snow: "Snow will begin moving into metro Atlanta and surrounding areas by mid- to late afternoon Thursday. The latest forecast calls for up to 1 inch of accumulation in the metro area and 2 inches in the mountains." Some schools have already closed.

Chicago Tribune — Snow Storm Moving Across City: "The predicted snow storm has arrived and is moving across the Chicago area. A slow, steady accumulation is expected, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein. Approximately an inch an hour is anticipated. ... By the time the current winter storm warning expires Friday morning, from 7 to 12 inches of snow is predicted, with possibly even a couple more inches along the lake in the northern suburbs and in northwest Indiana."

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— BBC News — "Airport Chaos As Ice Weather Grips Northern Europe": "The icy weather gripping northern Europe has disrupted flights at airports in the U.K., France, the Irish Republic and the Netherlands. Many flights were delayed or cancelled at Orly airport in Paris, Dublin airport and Amsterdam-Schiphol, as well as major UK airports. A Eurostar train was stuck for about two hours in the Channel Tunnel on Thursday. It later reached the U.K."

Denver Post — "Interior Proposals Aim To Tighten Reins On Oil, Gas Leases": "Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday unveiled a set of reforms to the federal-lands oil-and-gas leasing program that require 'a higher level' of government review of proposed leases and more public input. It also shifts the decision on which parcels should be offered for sale from industry to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management."

The Washington Post — Second Player In Wizards Gun Incident May Have Loaded His Weapon: "According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, (Javaris) Crittenton responded to (Gilbert) Arenas's action — which included laying the four unloaded weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, 'Pick One' — by brandishing his own firearm, loading the gun and chambering a round. ... Crittenton, in a series of text messages responding to a request for comment, said the account provided by the witnesses was 'false.' " The National Basketball Association on Wednesday suspended Arenas indefinitely.