5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust (right), the first openly gay gold medalist at the Sochi Olympic games, says Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated her following her gold medal performance.

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

1. Openly Gay Medalist 'Cuddles' with Putin
The first openly gay gold medalist at the Sochi Olympic games says she got “a cuddle” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

2. Football Prospect: ‘I’m Gay’
Michael Sam, an All-America defensive lineman with the University of Missouri, identified himself as “an openly, proud gay man” in interviews with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and the New York Times.

3. Ga. Bracing for Another Round of Winter Weather
With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia are preparing for another round of winter weather.

4. Actor Hits the Red Carpet Wearing a Paper Bag Over His Head
Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a press conference for the film "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and then wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.

5. ‘Flappy Bird’ App Grounded by Creator
“Flappy Bird,” the enormously addictive game that has been downloaded millions of times, was pulled from app stores after its creator said it had ruined his “simple life.”

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