5 stories to follow: Jan. 22

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Science Leadership Academy students (from left) Tiarra Bell, 16; Tanira Bell, 16; Sydne Hopkins, 15, and Corinthia Bell, 14, jump for joy after early dismissals due to heavy snow, on 20th Street near the Parkway.

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Snow, cold: After Tuesday's record-setting snowfall, bitter cold is on tap for the Philadelphia region today. Many schools are closed, and most area government offices are either also shut or opening late.

2. Northern Liberties slaying: Police are continuing to investigate the death of a young woman in Northern Liberties, who was apparently shot to death as she struggled with a robber over her purse. Investigators were targeting two people "of interest" earlier in the week for the death of 26-year-old Amber Long, but on Tuesday determined that the tipster was lying in order to get out of a drug debt.

3. Bridgegate: New Jersey lawmakers have consolidated their inquiries into the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, with a joint panel now set to investigate the involvement of aides and allies to Gov. Chris Christie in the closures that tied up traffic in Fort Lee and on the bridge.

4. LAX shooting developments: Two armed security officers reportedly left the area for breaks without telling a dispatcher just moments before a New Jersey man allegedly opened fire at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal, killing one security worker and injuring three other people. Paul Ciancia, of Pennsville, is accused of firing the shots with an assault rifle as the armed officers were heading to their breaks, but dispatchers didn't know the officers were leaving their patrol areas.

5. Christie's second term: Gov. Christie's second term has begun. The Republican governor stressed compromise and bipartisanship in his inaugural address, while a planned gala was canceled due to the storm.

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