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  • Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

    By Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the…

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  • Factbox: Northeast transit snarled by blizzard Monday and Tuesday

    (Reuters) - As a powerful blizzard bears down on the northeastern United States, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways have responded with travel delays and cancellations. * NEW YORK'S METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY will be suspending service on all bus, commuter rail and subway service…

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  • San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions

    (Reuters) - The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine's Day - the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex. "When you think about the detritus of your love life this Valentine's Day, consider adopting…

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  • U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

    By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic…

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  • Hundreds pack Idaho hearing on gay rights

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew more than 1,000 residents to the statehouse in Boise on Monday to voice their support or opposition. Gay rights advocates have…

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  • E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes,…

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  • Small plane crash reported near Washington state naval base

    A small plane was reported to have crashed into the strategic Hood Canal in Kitsap County west of Seattle, and debris believed to be connected to the plane has been found, local and federal officials said on Monday. Two people called 911 just before 1 p.m. to report a light plane in distress and…

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  • Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

    A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. Justice Department said. Jeffrey Sterling was found guilty of nine counts,…

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  • U.S. suspends aid contractor for funding ‘misconduct’

    The United States said on Monday it had suspended International Relief and Development, a non-profit aid contractor which won major U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after finding "serious misconduct" involving funding. "The agency's review revealed serious misconduct in IRD's performance,…

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  • Patient shoots nurse during struggle at L.A. mental clinic

    A 20-year-old patient shot and wounded a nurse at a Los Angeles area mental health urgent care facility during a struggle, authorities said on Monday. The man had been brought by family members to the clinic in suburban Willowbrook for treatment when a male nurse became concerned by his behavior…

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  • Texas teen charged with drowning two-month-old baby girl

    A 14-year-old Dallas girl was charged with capital murder for drowning a 2-month-old girl on Monday, police said. Investigators initially believed the infant and the teenager were related but later said the suspect is the daughter of a family friend, who had been caring for the baby while the…

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  • Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

    By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard bearing down on New York hollowed out Wall Street offices on Monday, leaving most investment banks and fund managers with skeleton staffs as many employees opted to work from home. "No one will give me a medal for making it to work…

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  • Game of 'cops and robbers' ends tragically in Minneapolis suburb

    A 15-year-old boy from suburban Minneapolis shot and killed his younger brother during a game of "cops and robbers" using what they thought was an unloaded handgun, police said on Monday. The boy called police to their home in Eagan, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, first telling emergency…

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  • Car belonging to missing Georgia couple found in lake

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A car belonging to a missing suburban Atlanta couple was discovered on Monday submerged in a lake, and two unidentified bodies were found separately, Georgia police said. Authorities in Georgia had been searching for the couple since they went to another part…

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  • Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban

    Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange also filed an…

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  • Denver police shoot, kill young woman who struck officer with car

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A young woman suspected of driving a stolen car filled with teenage passengers was shot dead by Denver police on Monday after she struck an officer with the vehicle as he approached on foot, authorities said. Denver Police Chief Robert White told reporters that…

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  • East Coast snow storm delays $1.7 billion of U.S. municipal sales

    U.S. municipal bond market supply shrank on Monday in the face of an East Coast blizzard, with Pennsylvania pushing off a $1 billion general obligation debt sale until next week and cash-strapped Atlantic City delaying a $12 million bond anticipation note deal. Altogether, issuers postponed $1.7…

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  • U.S. suspends International Relief and Development for 'misconduct'

    The United States said on Monday it had suspended International Relief and Development, a non-profit aid contractor which won major U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after finding "serious misconduct" involving funding. "The agency's review revealed serious misconduct in IRD's performance,…

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  • Missing hiker found dead in Washington state's Olympic National Park

    A 60-year-old Washington state hiker reported missing on Christmas Eve has been found dead in steep, densely forested terrain of the Olympic National Park, a park official said on Monday. Search crews backed by dog teams recovered the body of James Thomas Griffin on Sunday about a third of a mile…

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  • Sixth body found after fire at Maryland waterfront mansion

    (Reuters) - A sixth body was recovered on Monday from the rubble of a waterfront Maryland mansion destroyed by fire a week ago, and all the victims are believed to have been found, officials said. "All occupants are believed to be accounted for," the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said in a…

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