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Storm blankets Midwest, creeps toward Northeast

Sunday, 01 February 2015 15:05
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some people to rethink their plans to attend Super Bowl parties. Blizzard conditions developed in Chicago — where more than a foot was expected by evening — and other Midwest locales as the system slowly crept eastward into Pennsylvania and western New…
Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearing
Sunday, 01 February 2015 15:05
Possible Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says homosexuality is a lifestyle choice like drinking and swearing — which is why he can accept friends who are gay, despite his religious convictions. "People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different…
Major snowstorm churns through Midwest toward New England
Sunday, 01 February 2015 15:05
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A major winter storm swept into the northern Plains on Sunday, threatening to bury Chicago under more than a foot of snow before tracking toward New England, a region still reeling from a powerful blizzard that struck only days earlier. The fresh snowfall and strong winds could complicate the plans of millions of Americans in the Midwest planning to travel to Super Bowl parties on Sunday.
Workers strike for new pact at nine U.S. oil, chemical plants
Sunday, 01 February 2015 15:05
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The walkouts, the first held in support of a nationwide pact since 1980, target plants that together account for about 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity.
Five found slain in Georgia house, police seek 26-year-old man
Sunday, 01 February 2015 11:52
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia police were searching for a 26-year-old man on Sunday in the killings of five people whose bodies were discovered in a house the night before. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 60, Troup County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Stewart Smith told Reuters. Four of the five victims were related, Smith said. He added that the man being sought is the spouse of one of the victims.
Toddler shoots father, pregnant mother at New Mexico motel
Sunday, 01 February 2015 10:52
(Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded his father and pregnant mother with a 9 mm handgun that he pulled out of the woman's purse while searching for an iPad, police in New Mexico said on Sunday. Both parents needed hospital treatment for non-life threatening injuries after the bullet went through his father's buttocks and into his mother's shoulder, Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik said. The woman, who is 8-months-pregnant, is being kept…
California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought
Sunday, 01 February 2015 09:51
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation's most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry…
In shock, Japan ponders its role in the world
Sunday, 01 February 2015 07:33
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place. In a shock to a country that can feel insulated from distant geopolitical problems, two of its own have reportedly been killed by Islamic radicals in Syria, the latest apparently beheaded in a video posted online this weekend by militant websites. This island nation closed itself to the outside…
Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works
Sunday, 01 February 2015 07:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama's budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises. Republicans have already dismissed much of Obama's initiatives, spelled out in his State of the Union address. They've labeled as nonstarters his plans for more taxes on the rich to pay…
Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st
Sunday, 01 February 2015 07:33
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday. Murray has now been a losing finalist four times here, losing twice previously to Djokovic in 2011 and 2013 and to Roger Federer in 2010. Djokovic is a perfect 5-for-5 in Australian Open finals and has eight Grand Slam titles.
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