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  • U.S. East Coast braces for 'historic' blizzard on Monday

    By Brendan O'Brien and Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine was bracing for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday that is expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.…

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  • Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest…

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  • Blizzard warning issued for New York city area from Monday

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the New York City area from Monday afternoon until Tuesday, saying heavy snow was expected to fall in the region. "Crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday, it…

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  • Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

    A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another…

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  • Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. The…

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  • Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'

    A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House…

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  • U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

    Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard…

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  • FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, and an unidentified man…

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  • Lock of Abe Lincoln's hair sells for $25,000 at Dallas auction

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A lock of slain U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's hair and items connected to his assassin were top sellers on Saturday at an auction that fetched $803,889 in the sale of a top private collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Fetching $25,000 was the lock of hair…

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  • Father fatally shoots 3 in New York home before killing self

    Jonathon Walker, 34, also critically wounded his 12-year-old daughter in the shootings in the borough of Queens, close to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officers arrived at the home around 5:40 a.m. and found four people shot in an incident that "underscores the human toll and horror of…

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  • Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in Northeast

    A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings were in place for much of Massachusetts, Maine and New…

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  • Two marines die in California military helicopter crash

    (Reuters) - Two marines died on Friday when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in southern California, military officials said. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. local time after the aircraft took off from a marine combat center in the desert city of Twentynine Palms, Marine…

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  • Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

    (Reuters) - A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody. The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified by police, was on the David Wark Griffith Middle School campus around 3 p.m. local time when he…

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  • Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and…

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  • Atlantic City versus Detroit: Who is better off?

    By Hilary Russ and Megan Davies (Reuters) - "At least we're not Detroit," Atlantic City's Mayor joked just last week during his state of the city address. Don Guardian, who took the helm a year ago after two decades of promoting the city's tourism and businesses, may want to start eating those…

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  • Three ferrets attack one-month-old baby in Philadelphia home

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - As many as three ferrets kept as household pets attacked a one-month-old infant girl in her suburban Philadelphia home, and the child was reported on Friday to have undergone surgery for severe injuries to her face. The baby had been left unattended in a…

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  • Federal judge strikes down Alabama gay marriage ban

    A federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional on Friday, clearing the way for the conservative Southern state to become the 37th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal. Because U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade did not place a stay on her ruling, same-sex…

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  • At least 200 Yellowstone bison have been sent to slaughter: conservation group

    (Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park has shipped at least 200 bison near the park boundary with Montana to slaughter as the famed tourist destination seeks to reduce a herd by 900 animals this winter, a U.S. conservation group said on Friday. A park spokesman, Al Nash, could not immediately…

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  • Supreme Court to review Oklahoma execution procedure

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review Oklahoma's controversial method of execution by lethal injection, taking up a case brought by three death row inmates who accuse the state of violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual…

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  • Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of animal welfare research strategy

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young,…

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