5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: People work to clear stranded vehicles on County Road 25 in Wilsonville, Ala., Jan. 28, 2014.Hal Yeager/AP Photo
People work to clear stranded vehicles on County Road 25 in Wilsonville, Ala., Jan. 28, 2014.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Winter Storm Causes Wrecks, Gridlock in the South

Students camped out with teachers in school gyms and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations — even grocery stores — after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks.

2. President Obama Pushes for Year of Action

Facing a still sharply divided Congress, President Obama pledged to charge forward on his own to push a second-term agenda focused on rising worries about economic inequality and opportunity in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

3. Congressman Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Balcony — on Camera

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., threatened to “break” a local reporter in half and throw him off the balcony in the Capitol rotunda during a post-State of the Union interview turned toxic.

4. How Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Family Spent Their Money

How did the spending of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family get so out of control that they are down to their last million? Blame her people, at least according to a report

5. Oprah’s 60th Birthday

It's hard to believe, but Oprah Winfrey turns 60 years old today. "If you're blessed enough to grow older, which is how I look at aging ... there's so much wisdom to be gained from people who are celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigor and grace," she once wrote about getting older. "Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self.