The latest: Sleet begins to threaten travel in Mississippi

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the winter storm moving across the South (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Sleet began falling across central and northern Mississippi after dawn Friday.

Schools and colleges mostly opened Friday, but some are dismissing students early.

GOP has Trump's back as he questions U.S. intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Paul Ryan was among those piling on when President Barack Obama came under fire several years ago for reading some of his daily intelligence briefings, rather than receiving them in person.

The latest: Schwarzenegger responds to Trump taunts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

10:35 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is responding to Donald Trump's taunting on Twitter. The former California governor says the president-elect should work as hard to represent all Americans as he did for TV ratings.

U.S. adds 156,000 jobs in December; jobless rate ticks up to 4.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama.

Winter storm: South braces for snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panicked shoppers emptied shelves of bread and milk, road workers began working 12-hour shifts, and governors in Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergencies ahead of a winter storm stalking the South.

In Cary, North Carolina, Stuart Hall's regular run for groceries looked like something out of the just concluded holiday shopping season.

Tillerson leaving Exxon with $180 million retirement package

NEW YORK (AP) — Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state.

2 killed in car bombing in Turkey; 2 attackers dead

IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — Suspected Kurdish militants on Thursday opened fire at police who stopped them at a checkpoint in the western city of Izmir before detonating their explosives-laden vehicle and escaping, the province's governor said. A policeman and a courthouse employee were killed in the attack while two assailants were shot dead.

Intelligence chief says Russia undoubtedly meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top intelligence official said Thursday Russia undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential election but stopped short of the explosive description of "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call isn't within the purview of the U.S. intelligence community.

The latest: Schumer upbraids Trump for tweet insult

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

10:20 a.m.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer — labeled "head clown" by Donald Trump — is responding by saying "this is not a time for calling names."

Schumer was asked Thursday about Trump's attacks, which come as the GOP begins its effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.

Bahrain, reversing reform, restores arrest powers to spies

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain announced on Thursday that it has restored the power of its domestic spy service to make some arrests, reversing a key reform recommended in the wake of the crackdown that followed the country's 2011 Arab Spring protests.