• Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

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  • Identical twins who spilled cartel secrets to be sentenced

    CHICAGO (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.

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  • U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. By the end of…

    Reuters
  • Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn't mean to fly…

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  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

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  • Texas teen in custody on suspicion of drowning three-month-old baby girl

    A 14-year-old Dallas girl was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of drowning her 3-month-old relative while the baby girl's mother was away, police said. Police did not release names of those involved in the case or give details about the relationship between the teen taken into custody and…

    Reuters
  • Canadian troops again battle IS group in Iraq

    Canadian special forces have twice exchanged gunfire with Islamic State fighters in Iraq since the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS earlier this month, a senior officer said Monday. The first clash mid-January in which the Canadians came under mortar and machine gun fire…

    AFP
  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

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  • Five big myths about Samuel Adams in the History Channel series

    American TV viewers got to see part one of the History Channel's mini-series about Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty on Sunday night, and true to its word, the series was more fiction than fact.

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  • Oil climbs ahead of U.S. storm following Saudi transition

    Oil prices were up for a second straight day on Monday ahead of the first major snowstorm expected this year in the U.S. Northeast. Gains were limited, however, by the absence of any market disruption in top oil exporter Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death. The National Weather Service (NWS)…

    Reuters
  • Zambia's new leader drops white vice president

    Zambia’s newly-elected President Edgar Lungu dropped vice president Guy Scott -- who was briefly Africa's only white leader -- from his administration when he announced his cabinet on Monday. As interim president since the death in office of Michael Sata in October, Scott had been the first white…

    AFP
  • Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut — operating through her eyelid.

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  • First Look: Sundance doc pulls back curtain on Scientology

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house — not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.

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    Church of England consecrates first woman bishop (22 photos)

    The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service. More than two decades after the Church allowed women to become…

    Yahoo News
  • Georgia police arrest suspect after car-buying couple disappear

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suspect sought in the disappearance of a suburban Atlanta couple missing since they traveled to the southern part of Georgia last week to buy a vintage car off Craigslist turned himself in on Monday, a local sheriff said. Ronnie Towns, 28, was being…

    Reuters
  • Why does the Super Bowl use Roman numerals?

    Roman numerals may have gone the way of cursive penmanship for the average American, but once a year, during the Super Bowl, America gets a crash course in counting with letters. The championship game has been keeping count in Roman numerals since Super Bowl V in 1971, and Roman numerals for the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps

    There are times when it’s easy to picture cable companies as Mr. Bumble, the orphanage headmaster in Oliver Twist (i.e., “Please, sir, I want some more bandwidth!” “MORE BANDWIDTH?!!!??!”). We bring this up because Ars Technica has spotted a new FCC filing made by the National Cable…

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