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The Pulse: Atlanta Paralyzed By Snow

In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," President Obama signing an executive order to establish a new retirement program; Atlanta paralyzed by snow; and Justin Bieber facing an assault charge in Toronto.
In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," President Obama signing an executive order to establish a new retirement program; Atlanta paralyzed by snow; and Justin Bieber facing an assault charge in Toronto.

After days of promising to use his executive powers. President Obama put his pen to action at a Pennsylvania steel plant and signed an order establishing a new retirement program. The new MyRAs, as the White House is calling them will allow Americans to contribute a part of their paycheck to new accounts they can tap at any time with the savings and interest backed by the government. The post-State of the Union sales pitch started at a big box store in Maryland where he unpacked another one of his executive orders: A new minimum wage for federal contract workers -- something Obama said Congress should extend to the rest of the country.

Atlanta traffic was paralyzed Tuesday by just several inches of snow. Some people spent more than 20 hours stranded on major roadways -- and over a thousand accidents were reported. Look at these school buses, nearly one hundred children stranded inside. Other kids had to sleep at their schools. Good Samaritans tried to free cars that had been stuck for hours -- while the national guard came out to help stranded victims. All from a snowfall of, at most, 3.5 inches. And a layer of ice so slippery, these kids could play ice hockey on it.

Justin Bieber facing an assault charge in Toronto. The pop star was booked in connection with an encounter with a limo driver a month ago. This is the 19-year old's second arrest in a week. Bieber was jailed in Miami last Thursday. Police say he was drag-racing on a residential street.

U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm of New York physically threatened a news reporter after Tuesday's State of the Union address. The exchange at the Capitol was caught on camera. A New York 1 reporter tried to ask the Republican about a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising. Congressman Grimm apologized today for his threats.

After days at sea with hundreds of sick people aboard, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship made its return back to shore. This comes after the CDC found that the "Explorer of the Seas" had the distinction of being the cruise ship with the highest number of sick people in 20 years. Passengers and crew members say they developed symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. The CDC believes norovirus is to blame.
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