5 things to know for January 7: Extreme weather, Capitol Riot, Kazakhstan, Covid, India

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By AJ Willingham, CNN

Here’s a tip if you’re one of the millions of people leaving your job: don’t cash your 401 (k)! As tempting as it may sound, there is other options that will give you better returns long-term.

Here’s what you need to know to Get operational and get on with your day.

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1. Extreme weather

Over 60 million people are under US winter weather alerts as several storm systems hit the country. On the west coast, record rains and snowmelt in Washington and California are causing flooding and avalanches. Across much of the south, lower temperatures are causing icy road conditions that have resulted in massive backups and crashes in states like Kentucky, where a pile-up of more than 20 cars yesterday interrupted traffic. On the East coast, a rapid winter storm is expected to drop several inches of snow over New York, Massachusetts and parts of the mid-Atlantic this weekend. Forecasters say it will create even more disruption, including school closings, flight cancellations and problems for emergency responders.

2. Riot at the Capitol

House Democrats seem interested in highlighting the effects of last year’s Capitol uprising as part of their midterm election strategy, though some still debate the importance of talking about the attack on the campaign trail. Yesterday, the Congressional Democratic campaign committee posted a new post on its website stating “Republicans have incited insurgency.” The site also highlights the 139 Republicans who voted to quash the 2020 election and GOP lawmakers who may have promoted election lies. During this time, we are still learning more about what happened during the attack. Former anonymous Trump White House official says former President Donald Trump initially didn’t want to tweet “Stay peaceful” as the riot spirals out of control. Leaders of the House committee investigating the insurgency say they do not exclude the possibility of concluding Trump’s actions on January 6 was a crime.

3. Kazakhstan

President of Kazakhstan ordered the security forces to “kill without warning” in an effort to crush the violent protests raging across the country. What started as protests against rising fuel prices have grown to include larger and long-simmering political grievances. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, however, asserts that the increasingly violent conditions were caused by “terrorists” and “specialists trained in ideological sabotage.” Dozens of people were killed in the violence. Tokayev asked for help from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization. The unrest, what the experts say is an inevitable consequence of a government ignoring the needs and appeals of its people, also poses a problem for Russia – which has close relations with Kazakhstan and relies on a spaceport there.

4. Coronavirus

CDC predicts more than 84,000 people in the United States could die from Covid-19 within the next month. Health experts say this prediction may not even fully explain the emergence of the Omicron variant and the spike in vacation travel-related cases. Yesterday, the World Health Organization said global cases of the coronavirus “rose sharply” last week compared to the previous week. In New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, the authorities have announced new crackdowns on large gatherings, prohibiting singing and dancing in pubs, clubs and restaurants. But in California, local health officials say next month’s Super Bowl should go as planned in Los Angeles despite the latest wave of cases in the region.

5. India

Six people were killed and more than 20 hospitalized after inhaling toxic gas caused by illegal dumping of chemical waste at a dyeing and printing plant in India. Local officials say they believe the chemicals, which were unloaded from a tanker near the plant, reacted with other chemicals in the water to produce the deadly leak. Police are investigating, but have yet to make any arrests. In 1984, India suffered the world’s worst industrial disaster when methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide factory in the city of Bhopal, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring more than half a million more.

LUNCH BROWSE

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Would you like to sign up for daily tacos? Or is it something nacho?

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The property has five swimming pools and a moat – because who does not need a moat?

Bed Bath & Beyond closes 37 storess

Unfortunately you may need to change your weekend kitchen appliance navigation routine.

BMW presents a concept SUV that changes color

It’s like choosing an outfit every day, but for your car.

Coca Cola releases a boozy version of a classic soda

I never liked canned cocktails, but Coca Cola, you might have what it takes to make me change my mind.

ARRIVING LATER

The three men who hunted and murdered Ahmaud Arbery must return to a Georgia courthouse today for sentencing. Every man could face life in prison for his role in Arbery’s murder in 2020.

QUIZ TIME

What iconic technology is now totally obsolete after his company announced that it would no longer support its software?

A. the original iPad

B. Xbox 360

C. the classic BlackBerry

D. the Motorola Razr

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see if you’re right!

THE NUMBER OF THE DAY

$ 1,400

This is the amount that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received in federal stimulus payment. Massachusetts United States Attorney’s Office requested that this stimulus payment and other funds be deposited into the Tsarnaev inmates’ trust account handed over to his victims while serving a life sentence in Colorado. Four people were killed and hundreds more were injured after Tsarnaev and his brother set off two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t love your country just when you win. You cannot obey the law only when it is convenient for you. You cannot be a patriot when you embrace and allow lies.

President Joe Biden, in a fiery speech yesterday commemorating the anniversary of the January 6 uprising. Biden has firmly denounced the participants in the riot and made the rare gesture of denouncing former President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy – without naming him outright.

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AND FINALLY

Here we go !

You’ve crossed the finish line this week, which is reminiscent of this thrilling little corgi race. (Click here to view)

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