WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.<br />
President Barack Obama announced Carney's departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.<br />
Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and a great press secretary whom he said will continue to rely on as an outside adviser.<br />
The president said Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.