STORMS/FLOODS
Governors of Missouri and Oklahoma declare pre-emptive states of emergency ahead of a storm that threatens to encrust their states in ice.  The storm system that brought misery to the Northwest is prompting the National Weather Service to issue an ice storm warning for northwestern Oklahoma beginning Friday morning. Up to an inch of ice could coast highways, trees and power lines. A winter storm watch is in effect for portions of Kansas and Missouri along with parts of Illinois and Texas.

FBI
The Justice Department's Inspector General will investigate how the Justice Department and FBI handled the Clinton email investigation leading up to the 2016 election.  Democrats have blamed FBI Director James Comey for his late October announcement of another investigation.

TRUMP CABINET
--No confirmation hearings Friday for Donald Trump's cabinet picks, but the House will vote to grant a waiver to his nominee for Defense Secretary. The Senate Thursday approved the exemption for James Mattis to serve before seven years after retiring from military service. Mattis retired as a Marine General four years ago.
--Trump's pick to head the CIA says he's thoroughy convinced Russia had launched a hacking campaign to meddle in the US election. And he vowed to pursue evidence in the latest allegations still being probed by the FBI, even if it includes Trump: "I will pursue the facts wherever they take us."

CUBA
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announces the repeal of the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy on Cuban migrants. Effective immediately Cubans who make it to US soil will no longer automatically be permitted to stay and become a legal resident.  The move about a week before President Obama leaves office is likely the last major change he will make to his overhaul of the U.S. relationship with Cuba.

CHICAGO POLICE
The Justice Department Friday is expected to release a report detailing the extent of civil rights violations by the Chicago Police department.

ORLANDO OFFICER SHOT
Police in Orlando... offering up more cash... the reward up to $100,000 dollars... for information... leading to the arrest of suspect Markeith Loyd - the man officers say shot and killed one of their own (Debra Clayton) when she was on duty near a WalMart Monday.

OBAMA/BIDEN
Vice President Joe Biden... shocked, stunned, tearful.. as President Obama... pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom *with distinction* around his neck Thursday. This is the only time the president.. has given out the award with the additional level of veneration. Mr Biden said the honor is "well beyond what I deserve."


OBAMA/BUSH SISTERS
From two who know... the daughters of George and Laura Bush write a letter of praise and advice to the Sasha and Malia Obama as they prepare to leave their home of eight years.

SYRIA
According to Syria, Israel launched missiles early Friday that hit near a military airport west of Damascus, triggering a fire. The report from Syria's official news agency does not say whether there were any casualties

FIAT CHRYSLER
The EPA is accusing Fiat Chrysler, of using so-called “defeat device” software to bypass emission standards.  The agency accused the carmaker of equipping more than 100-thousand diesel-engine vehicles with the software ... that could have compromised emissions control systems.