• Hostage mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji

    The mother of a hostage held by IS extremists pleads for his life as a deadline nears.

    Associated Press
  • Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing

    BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.

    Associated Press
  • Yahoo rallies as plan to spin off remaining Alibaba stake revealed

    Yahoo promised to find a way to reduce the taxes it owes when it sells shares of Alibaba and now it has a plan to do so.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

    By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly setting a record snowfall in Boston. At Logan International Airport, 23.3 inches (59.2 cm) of snow was on the ground early evening, swept higher in parts by strong winds. "There are drifts now of four, five and six feet in some places," Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said.

    Reuters
  • New York Assembly speaker to be replaced next week: NYT

    (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be replaced next week by a state lawmaker as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Democratic lawmakers. Rochester-area Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, the majority leader and a top pick to succeed Silver on a permanent basis, is to take over as interim speaker on Monday, the newspaper said. I believe very deeply in the institution," Silver told reporters as he exited the capitol in Albany late on Tuesday, a spokesman said. The replacement was announced after a meeting of Democrats in Albany, the Times said.

    Reuters
  • Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared apocalypse: police

    (Reuters) - The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks' lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. "It was a fairly common theme for the parents to talk about, the apocalypse, the end of days, final judgment," said Springville Police Department detective Greg Turnbow, the lead officer on the case. The children ages 11 and 12 were ruled homicides, and the 14-year-old son had a note in which he was aware of his "possible impending doom," Turnbow said.

    Reuters
  • How cold-state pols prove their mettle in winter-wimpy Washington

    In Washington, snow days are not for everyone — and they’re certainly not for people who work for cold-weather state politicians. Because if your boss is from the Northeast or the upper Plains or Alaska, you’re getting to work no matter what, even if it’s on sled or snowshoe.

  • Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

    McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

    Associated Press
  • NYC economy lost $200M from fizzled storm, transit shutdown

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and decision to shut down the transit system — a loss that wasn't crippling overall but had the biggest impact on small businesses and hourly workers.

    Associated Press
  • In battle against Islamic State, Iraqi tribal chiefs plead for more U.S. aid

    At a meeting with Obama envoy, Sunni leaders a paint bleak picture.

  • Meteorologist offers rare apology on Twitter for ‘big forecast miss’ on snowstorm

    Gary Szatkowski, chief of the National Weather Service office that serves Mount Holly, N.J., and Philadelphia, apologized on Twitter for his office's “big forecast miss” regarding this week's snowstorm.

  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

    The GOP governor of Wisconsin has taken the first formal step toward running for president.

    Associated Press
  • Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill

    Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure. The Keystone bill allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp's project to link Canada's oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate as a result of November's elections, flexed their muscles to deliver a message to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will have to deal with them even on bills that enjoy some bipartisan support.

    Reuters
  • Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse

    Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.

    Associated Press