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New England, parts of New York ready for another big storm

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 21:37

BOSTON (AP) — Snow is falling yet again on New England and portions of New York state, threatening to bring up to 1 to 2 feet to some areas and making the first commutes of the workweek potentially hazardous.

Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 20:18

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Smith's soulful sound and heartbreaking songs resonated with fans — and his breakthrough was solidified when he took home three of the top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, though Beck earned a surprise win for album of the year.

Obama, Katy Perry team up against domestic abuse at Grammys

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 18:47

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A powerful trio formed by President Barack Obama, pop star Katy Perry and a survivor took their fight against domestic abuse to the Grammy Awards on Sunday and exhorted artists to use their power to stop violence against women and girls. Obama appeared at music's biggest night via a pre-recorded video stating that nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and one in four women has experienced domestic violence. "It's not OK and it has to stop," Obama said. "Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and getting us talking and thinking about what matters." Obama asked the millions of viewers of the CBS telecast to go to the site to make a pledge to stop violence.

Paparazzi not responsible for deadly car crash involving Bruce Jenner

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 17:35

Paparazzi photographers were not responsible for a deadly traffic accident involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who appeared uninjured in the four-car crash on a California highway this weekend, police said on Sunday. Jenner, who has become the object of intense media attention since reports that he planned to become a woman, was accustomed to attracting photographers, said Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station in Malibu/Lost Hills.

Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 15:00

The embattled anchor will not appear on 'Late Show' this week.

U.S. judge puts $94.5 million Atlantic City casino deal on hold

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 14:43

(Reuters) - A federal judge in New Jersey on Sunday called a temporary halt to the pending sale of bankrupt Revel Casino in Atlantic City and scheduled a hearing on Monday on a motion to block some of the terms of the $94.5 million deal. U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle ordered an emergency hearing for 3 p.m. in the proposed sale of the property to Florida developer Glen Straub, who could lose his $10 million deposit if the deal does not close by Monday's deadline.

Glitch delays launch of SpaceX rocket with U.S. weather satellite

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 14:42

By Irene klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Launch of a SpaceX rocket with a U.S. weather satellite bound for deep space was called off minutes before liftoff on Sunday due to a technical problem, officials said. Launch had been targeted for 6:10 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next opportunity to launch is 6:07 p.m. EST on Monday, said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie. The rocket carries the Deep Space Climate Observatory, nicknamed DSCOVR, a partnership of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Officials: 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 14:24

CAIRO (AP) — A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

Two injured in small plane crash near U.S. Army base in Maryland

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 13:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small, single-engine plane crashed on Sunday in a wooded area near Fort Meade, a U.S. Army base in Maryland, injuring two men, state police said. The plane, identified as a Grumman American AA-1 by the Federal Aviation Administration, crashed around 2 p.m. EST shortly after taking off from an airport in nearby Odenton, Md. Emergency responders found the plane upside down on the edge of Fort Meade, which is located between Baltimore and Washington and home to the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command. ...

Michigan man claiming bomb, drives pickup into Coast Guard station

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 13:31
A Michigan man claiming to have a bomb drove his truck through the gates of a U.S. Coast Guard station on Lake Michigan early Sunday, according to police and media reports. The 34-year-old suspect told authorities that he had an explosive device and would blow up the station, but no explosives were found when he was arrested at the scene, according to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. "The incident was initially investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism due to the circumstances," a police statement reads. The attack on the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, about 190 miles (306 km) northwest of Detroit, began around 6 a.m. ET (1100 GMT) on Sunday, when the man called in his threat to emergency dispatchers, according to an official at Ottawa County's central dispatch, which took the call.

In Iowa, a tale of two Rand Pauls

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 09:29

Bored by establishment politics, the senator lights up in a room of college students.

Growing U.S. hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:28

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs. “The question is, will [consumers] switch back from chicken to pork?” CONSTRUCTION CRAZE The hog barn boom in rural America began as meat packers like Tyson Foods Inc , Seaboard Foods, JBS USA [JBS.UL] and Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] pushed farmers to rebuild quickly after the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus killed an estimated 8.5 million piglets in 27 states.

Two kids among five killed in suburban Atlanta shooting

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:14

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two children were among five people killed after a man opened fire in his ex-wife's suburban Atlanta home this weekend, police said on Sunday. The victims in Saturday's shooting were found lying in the street and inside the house near Douglasville, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta, said Lieutenant Glenn Daniel, a spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The children involved in the shooting came from more than one family, police said. Neighbors told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the shooter fired at his ex-wife, her new boyfriend and the children.

John Kerry: ‘We are on the road’ to defeating IS

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:15

The secretary of state says the U.S.-led coalition is “on the road” to its goal of degrading and destroying the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

Brian Williams’ account of seeing dead body during Katrina questioned

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:14

A retired U.S. Army commander calls the claim by the NBC News anchor as "very suspect."

Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks 'staff primary'

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:10

Potential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. "There is a known universe of operatives with many of them headquartered in early primary states," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. Every ideological slice of the Republican spectrum is represented, from mainstream former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the small government Tea Party movement, to libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Fox News personality. Others exploring presidential runs include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Teen arrested in mall shooting; only 1 of 3 victims targeted

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:26

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three people were hospitalized Sunday with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders.

Iran's Khamenei suggests he'd back nuclear compromise with West

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:19

Iran's paramount leader boosted Iranian negotiators under fire from hardliners at home opposed to rapprochement with the West.

Leaders aim to hold Ukraine summit in Minsk Wednesday

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:42

Top-level talks will take place in Minsk, Belarus, German officials says.

France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia to meet Wednesday in Minsk

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:30

French, German, and Ukrainian leaders are set to talk with with Vladimir Putin.