5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Many consumers did not receive their packages in time for the holidays.Getty Images
Many consumers did not receive their packages in time for the holidays.

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

1. 4 Dead in La. Attack

Four people are dead and three more are injured after a southern Louisiana man attacked his former in-laws, his current wife, and the head of a hospital where he'd worked, killing three before killing himself, authorities said.

2. Car Bomb Attack Kills Former Ambassador to US

A car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon, has left five people are dead overnight. Former finance minister Mohamad Chatah, a senior aide to a former politician who is close to the Saudi royal family, was killed in the attack.

3. Power Outage Slowly Coming to End

The power is slowly creeping back on in northern states and Canada after an ice storm earlier in the week. Thousands are still without electricity in Michigan and Maine.

4. UPS, FedEx Blame Problems on 'Perfect Storm

Shipping giants are in around the clock rush to get late Christmas presents delivered. Both FedEx and UPS blame a "perfect storm" of bad weather, more packages than they can handle and a shorter delivery season.

5. Cowboys Recruit Math Teacher

The Dallas Cowboys have signed a Tacoma, Washington high school math teacher Jon Kitna out of retirement to help beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The teacher, who retired from the Cowboys after the 2011 season, will donate the $53,000 paycheck for a week's work to his school.