Good morning, and happy Tuesday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. South braces for blast of winter weather
Georgia declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of freezing rain, sleet and snow expected to hit parts of the state today and Wednesday. Officials cancelled school and warned drivers to stay off the roads in an effort to avoid last month’s monster gridlock. The storm and cold is targeting the Deep South, from Texas to the Carolinas. Read more in NEWS.
Georgia, caught unprepared two weeks ago, is leaving nothing to chance this time around:
2. Shaun White seeks third Olympic gold
The American snowboarder looks to defend his Olympic halfpipe crown today in one of the Games’ marquee events. But White on Monday said he was disappointed in the course, which became softer in the warmer weather in Sochi. Crews moved quickly to fix the problem. The halfpipe final kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET. Read more in NEWS and watch live at NBC OLYMPICS.
3. Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at age 85
The Depression-era box office phenom, who starred in “Heidi,” “Curly Top” and “Bright Eyes,” died at her home in Woodside, Calif., on Monday. She won a special Academy Award in 1935, and as an adult, was the ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. Read more in NEWS.
Watch Shirley Temple Black sing her trademark tune, “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” from the 1934 film, “Bright Eyes”:
4. Michael Sam’s potential NFL career could be big draw
Sam, a University of Missouri defensive lineman and NFL prospect, revealed publicly that he is a gay. Marketing experts say a stellar on-field career in the NFL would boost his brand and open the doors for a seven-figure-a-year career. Read more in NEWS.
5. Lawmaker seeks to end tax refunds for undocumented families
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has introduced a bill in the Senate to withhold the child tax credit from children who don’t have Social Security numbers. She plans to add it as an amendment to a Democratic bill to restore some funding for military pensions, which could be voted on in the Senate as soon as today. Read more in POLITICS.
6. ‘Dumb Starbucks’ prank gets shut down
Los Angeles County’s health department went after a Starbucks rip-off created to make fun of the coffee retailer by labeling everything “dumb” — even the store’s name. The store turned out to be the mastermind of Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. A company spokesman told NBC News their trademark is protected. Read more in BUSINESS.
… What’s trending today: Olympics edition
U.S. luger Kate Hansen has all the right moves — on and off the ice. Video of her dancing as part of her warm up has been getting a lot of attention online. Hansen ranked 10th after two runs in the women's singles competition.
And she revealed on Twitter who she’s listening to: