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Introduction:

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The Best of Times?


By many reckonings, it appears to be the best of times in America: We enjoy a robust economy, reinforced by continually advancing technologies. At least one computer in every home, and a personal telephone on almost everyone’s belt. People are buying their 3rd and 4th cars. Our military is the most feared throughout the world. Indeed, in many ways, it seems like the best of times.

 

 

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10 Things to Know for Today

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:48:21 PMGo to full article
Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
 
 

1 of 4 boys who fell into icy Maryland pond dies

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:48:04 PMGo to full article
LANSDOWNE, Md. (AP) — One of four boys who fell into an icy Maryland pond outside Baltimore over the weekend has died.
 

Ex-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:07 PMGo to full article
This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law, File)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a restaurant when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial.
 
 

Vanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:42:53 PMGo to full article
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning.
 

Officers shot at Minnesota city building OK, gunman dead

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:42:13 PMGo to full article
NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — Two police officers who were shot by a gunman inside a suburban Minneapolis city building are expected to recover.
 

Blizzard howls its way into Boston but largely spares NYC

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:41:50 PMGo to full article
NYC 2015 BlizzardBOSTON (AP) — A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.
 
 

Residents want charges for Denver officers who killed teen

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:46 PMGo to full article
Cynthia Valdez raises her arm at left while Rev. Terrence Hughes, right in hat, leads people in prayer during a vigil near the scene of the early morning fatal shooting of a young woman who hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. Valdez said that she was a friend of the woman who was shot by police in the incident. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — A day after Denver police shot and killed a 16-year-old girl in a stolen car, some residents are calling for charges against the officers responsible.
 
 

Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:15:37 PMGo to full article
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a Massachusetts nuclear power plant was forced to shut down during the blizzard but there was no danger to the public.
 

Facebook blames internal glitch for hourlong global outage

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:07:30 PMGo to full article
File-This April 9, 2012, file photo shows Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone in New York. Social media websites Facebook and Instagram have stopped working Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The problem is affecting users in Australia but also in other countries including the United States. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted.
 
 

Jury selection in Boston Marathon bombing trial halted till Thursday

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:00 PMGo to full article
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoJury selection for the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber will be postponed until Thursday due to the blizzard pounding the city, court officials said on Tuesday. A massive winter storm has dropped more than 14 inches (36 centimeters) of snow on Boston, with up to another foot of accumulation expected over the course of the day, according to the National Weather Service. Jury selection began at U.S. District Court in Boston three weeks ago, with the court planning to review some 1,350 candidates as it tries to find a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates.
 
 

Russia dismisses U.S. espionage charges against alleged NYC spy ring

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:01:28 PMGo to full article
Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed charges by the U.S. against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal charges against three men who are accused of conspiring to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country. Prosecutors said Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy were trying to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources. Russia's foreign ministry dismissed the claims and said the United States had not provided any evidence to support the allegations against Buryakov and two other men.
 

Northeast residents digging out, moving on from snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:54:24 PMGo to full article
Pedestrians make their way down an empty street during what would normally be the beginning of the morning commute as a travel ban remained in effect after a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Areas of the busy Northeast corridor were left to deal with a storm that packed a winter wallop of heavy snow and high winds for some and left others with more typical snow accumulations.
 
 

The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:51:22 PMGo to full article
Police and fire personnel prepare to deploy to flooded areas on the coast in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)8:30 A.M. EST
 
 

Push for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:43:53 PMGo to full article
Sen. Cheri Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, center, and Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, left, are moved by the testimony of Bill Roden, former state lawmaker who was among the original co-sponsors of Idaho's first civil rights law in 1961. Hundreds of people signed up to testify in front of the House State Affairs Committee on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, concerning a bill that adds the words "sexual identity" and "gender identification" to the Human Rights Act. The legislation had been denied a hearing for nine years. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Katherine Jones)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates.
 
 

Federal government failing to protect children, report says

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:43:04 PMGo to full article
The federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.
 

John Rawlins reports on snow in Center City

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:28:08 PMGo to full article
John Rawlins reports on snow in Center CityAction News reporter John Rawlins reports on snow in Center City, Philadelphia.
 
 

Travel bans lifted in New Jersey, New York City

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:22:05 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists can get back on the roads in New Jersey and New York City, and subways and buses are restarting.
 

Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:16:52 PMGo to full article
Protesters chant "Free Goto" during a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: “I am Kenji.” As of Tuesday, the “I am Kenji” Facebook page had more than 25,000 “likes” and is continuing to grow. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji."
 
 

Less snow in Philadelphia, but schools, city offices closed

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:45 PMGo to full article
Less snow in Philadelphia, but schools, city offices closedThe Philadelphia region has been spared the brunt of a massive coastal storm that is shutting down New York and much of New England.
 
 

Chad Pradelli reports on snow in Pennsauken

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:54:03 PMGo to full article
Chad Pradelli reports on snow in PennsaukenAction News reporter Chad Pradelli reports on snow from Pennsauken, New Jersey.
 
 

Toddler left in day care van found wandering on NY street

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:45:15 PMGo to full article
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy left alone in a day care van has been found wandering on a New York street.
 

Travel ban lifted for all counties in New Jersey

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:38 PMGo to full article
Travel ban lifted for all counties in New JerseyThe state of New Jersey has lifted a statewide travel ban imposed last night due to the approaching nor'easter.
 
 

People across the Northeast US deal with snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:30:20 PMGo to full article
A man takes his dog for an early morning walk in the middle of an empty street in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The snowstorm pounding the Northeast left millions hunkered down waiting for the weather to clear, while others got an early start on their job or commute. Some others, namely travelers, were just left waiting.
 
 

Teen snow-tubing on New York street hits light pole and dies

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:29:00 PMGo to full article
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy snow-tubing down a New York street with friends has crashed into a light pole and died.
 

Crash downs power lines, sparks fire in Newtown Square

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:27:32 PMGo to full article
Crash downs power lines, sparks fire in Newtown SquareA motorist was injured after crashing into a utility pole in snowy conditions in Newtown Square.
 
 

Police: Man stabbed by ex-girlfriend in Strawberry Mansion

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:24:51 PMGo to full article
Police: Man stabbed by ex-girlfriend in Strawberry MansionPolice say a man's ex-girlfriend allegedly stabbed him several times in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Tuesday morning.
 
 

Some travel restrictions lifted in New Jersey

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:11:04 PMGo to full article
Travel ban lifted for all counties in New JerseyThe state of New Jersey has lifted some of the travel restrictions imposed last night due to the approaching nor'easter.
 
 

Blizzard in northeast shuts schools, business, transport

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:09:58 PMGo to full article
Men play in the snow along 7th Ave during a storm in Times Square, New YorkHigh winds and heavy snow were set to persist throughout the day, with another foot forecast to fall in parts of Boston. Wind-driven seas caused flooding along some low-lying roadways in coastal Massachusetts, state police said. The heaviest snowfall was recorded in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, while New York City's Central Park saw just 6 inches (15 cm), less than a quarter of the "historic" snowfall that some meteorologists had predicted. "When you hear the word 'crippling' and you look out your window this morning, it is not there," said John Davitt, a meteorologist on New York's NY1 news channel.
 
 

W.Va. town restoring water service following diesel spill

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:56 PMGo to full article
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill.
 

6abc School Closings and Delays

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:16 PMGo to full article
6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.
 
 

Snow emergency lifted in Philadelphia

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:57:05 PMGo to full article
Snow emergency lifted in PhiladelphiaThe City of Philadelphia has declared a snow emergency effective at 6 p.m. Monday.
 
 

China says 'harmful info' must be managed after VPNs blocked

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:46:51 PMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.
 

Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Hamilton Twp., N.J.

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:19:10 PMGo to full article
Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Hamilton Twp., N.J.Action News' Erin O'Hearn reports on snowy conditions on the New Jersey Turnpike in Hamilton Township.
 
 

Nora Muchanic reports on snow in Toms River, N.J.

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:13:20 PMGo to full article
Nora Muchanic reports on snow in Toms River, N.J.Action News' Nora Muchanic reports on snowy conditions in Toms River.
 
 

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:40:22 PMGo to full article
Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For years, ex-CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling was the one under indictment but prosecutors' primary focus of pursuit was journalist Jeffrey Risen.
 
 

Accuweather: Nor'easter spares us, targets New England

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:34:03 PMGo to full article
Accuweather: Nor'easter spares us, targets New EnglandAccuWeather says our region is getting spared most of the snowfall.
 
 

Vandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:11:49 PMGo to full article
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has announced.
 

UPDATED Maps: Tracking a Nor'easter

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:10:21 PMGo to full article
UPDATED Maps: Tracking a Nor'easterAccuWeather has updated information on snow arriving Monday night into Tuesday.
 
 

Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:31:57 AMGo to full article
This photo provided Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, by the Cobb County Police Department, shows Elrey “Bud” Runion, of Marietta, Ga. Runion, 69, and his wife June Runion, 66, are missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges. Investigators have obtained warrants for 28-year-old Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns on charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Towns hasn't been accused of harming the couple. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Cobb County Police Department)McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished.
 
 

5 things about the trans-Pacific balloon challenge

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:29:29 AMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Tsuyoshi Ogushi, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting a helium-filled balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break two major ballooning records. Here are five things to know about the challenge.
 
 

Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
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 after a five-hour commute," said Anurag Bhardwaj, a managing director who works with hedge funds at Barclays Capital in New York, who expected to work from home on Tuesday. Big investment banks, which serve a broad array of clients globally that were not hit by the storm, emphasized they were open for business. "Most brokers down here have already gotten a room in the city and mostly right downtown near the financial district," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.
 

Uber limits price hikes in New York City snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service that has attracted criticism for jacking up prices at times of high demand, has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during the snowstorm that began hitting the city on Monday. The company is hoping to head off charges of price gouging after it raised fares by much higher multiples during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which resulted in a flood of criticism that it was taking advantage of stricken customers. "Due to the State of Emergency declared in New York City, prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare," Uber said in an email to users of its app on Monday. The company said the fee policy is in line with an agreement it signed with the State of New York's attorney general in July last year that was designed to prevent massive price surges.
 

Factbox: Biggest New York City snowfalls on record

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
The city may never sleep but New York officials urged residents to hibernate in coming days as a blizzard was forecast to bring up to 3 feet of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to leave work early on Monday and stay inside through the night. Below is a rundown of the largest snowfalls in recent New York history, according to city and federal records: * New York City's biggest snowfall on record hit on Feb. 11, 2006, and lasted through the following day. Measurements taken from Central Park showed the two-day Nor'easter dumped 26.9 inches of powder on the city, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, halting Long Island Railroad service and causing heavy subway delays for those who ventured out of their snow-packed homes.
 

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

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
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 billion of municipal bond sales, including more than two-thirds of the week's competitive deal calendar, as what the National Weather Service called a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" bore down on Wall Street. Pennsylvania had originally planned to bring its competitively bid deal, the largest sale of the week, to market on Tuesday morning. Similarly, Atlantic City, the New Jersey casino hub recently put under emergency management, rescheduled its debt sale slated to price on Tuesday, until later this week.
 

Muni conference in New York postponed due to storm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A municipal bond conference organized by the Bond Buyer publication is being postponed to Feb. 18 due to a storm set to hit New York, marketing manager Eric Fusco said. The Bond Buyer's National Outlook 2015 conference was scheduled to be held on Tuesday. Forecasters predict up to 3 feet (90cm) of snow in the coming day and millions of people face snarled transportation. (Reporting by Megan Davies; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
 

New York City's roads to close to non-emergency traffic on Monday night

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's roads and streets will be indefinitely closed to non-emergency vehicles from 11 p.m. EST on Monday as potentially record-breaking blizzard heads toward the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. They will remain closed until a further announcement, he said at a news conference. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)
 

Factbox: Northeast transit snarled by blizzard Monday and Tuesday

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:28:47 AMGo to full article
(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 at 11 p.m. It added 26 extra trains to the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North schedules through 4 p.m. ET to help commuters but the LIRR may need to suspend service as of 11 p.m., subject to further evaluation of the severity of the storm, according to the MTA website. NYC Transit and MTA buses are planning to operate normal bus service for the evening's rush hour, but all service will be suspended at 11 p.m. Staten Island Railway service is currently running on or close to schedule, but service will be suspended at 11 p.m. The public can check http://alert.mta.info/ for updates. * NEW JERSEY TRANSIT said on its Twitter page that it will close down at 10 p.m. ET Monday, with the last trains leaving major stations at 8 p.m. ET and making all local stops.
 

Coast Guard suspends search for small plane in Wash. canal

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:52:29 AMGo to full article
SEABECK, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its efforts to find a survivor after more than eight hours of searching Washington's Hood Canal in an area where a small plane is believed to have crashed.
 

Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:51:09 AMGo to full article
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday.
 

Lawmakers to weigh NY speaker's fate following charges

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:31:44 AMGo to full article
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats in New York's state Assembly are debating whether to call for the ouster of their longtime leader, Speaker Sheldon Silver, following federal corruption charges.
 

Sentencing day for Chicago twins who turned on cartel

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:28:34 AMGo to full article
This undated photo from a wanted poster released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Pedro Flores, left, and his twin brother, Margarito Flores. The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015, at federal court in Chicago on drug trafficking charges. The Flores twins cut deals to buy tons of narcotics from Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in the 2000s, and later cooperated with U.S. investigators. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)CHICAGO (AP) — Twin Chicago brothers reviled by Mexican cartels but praised by prosecutors as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in recent history are set to be sentenced in a federal courthouse in their hometown amid tight security.
 
 

UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:35:27 AMGo to full article
ALTERNATIVE CROP OF MOSB114 - Relatives of Alexander Demyanenko, victim of Saturday shelling pour soil at his grave during funerals in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Monday Jan. 26, 2015. At least 5,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting began in April 2014, but violence this week was the most intense since a cease-fire deal was signed in September. Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Black Sea still controlled by Ukrainian forces, has been a symbolic bulwark against the separatist advance that if captured by the rebels would give them a land corridor to Russia-controlled Crimea. The city had been relatively quiet for months before Saturday's attack.(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday.
 
 

Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:14:01 AMGo to full article
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A former U.S. Army prosecutor who oversaw sexual assault cases has been found guilty on rape and other charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg, military officials said Monday.
 

Record number of exonerations driven by Texas drug cases

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:58:33 AMGo to full article
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows.
 

What you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:38:08 AMGo to full article
A cyclist navigates between a New York Dept. of Sanitation truck with a snow plow attached, and park cars on New York's Sixth Ave., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)The busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring up to 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:
 
 

Boston JetBlue flight searched after threat; nothing found

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:30:57 AMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — A JetBlue Airways plane returned to the gate before takeoff on Monday after an unspecified threat, but nothing hazardous was found, state police said.
 

Gunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:28:04 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected to survive, officials said.
 

Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:20:51 AMGo to full article
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Black Hawk helicopter flies above University of Phoenix Stadium, site of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, for a security demonstration for the media Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.
 
 

AP PHOTOS: A selection of Northeast snowstorm images

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:18:34 AMGo to full article
A woman crosses a mostly empty 42nd Street in Times Square, New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)A storm predicted to be among the worst to hit the Northeast has dumped a few inches of snow from Philadelphia up to Boston and beyond, and much more is expected. States of emergency have been declared; airports, schools and city offices have closed; roadway travel bans have been issued; mass transit, by train and ferry, has shut down.
 
 

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

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:48 AMGo to full article
Boy Scouts-Sex AbuseSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.
 
 

Deputy: Police kill man who fired at officers in Minnesota

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:10:33 AMGo to full article
NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a suburban Minneapolis city building Monday night, injuring two police officers before authorities returned fire and killed him, the county sheriff's department said.
 

Accuweather: Nor'easter Targets New England

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:08:06 AMGo to full article
Accuweather: Nor'easter Targets New EnglandMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says our region is getting spared most of the snowfall.
 
 

Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:07:24 AMGo to full article
A man shot two police officers shortly after a swearing in ceremony at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two police officers were in good condition and were expected to survive after the shooting at the city hall in New Hope, Minnesota, Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told a news conference. Two new officers were sworn in shortly after 7 p.m. near the start of a regular city council meeting and were fired at just after they left the council chambers by an adult male, Carlson said. Council member John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, can be heard saying, "Get down, get down, everybody get down.
 

Exonerations of U.S. criminals hit record in 2014: study

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:32 AMGo to full article
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2014 climbed to a record high of 125, in part because of efforts by prosecutors willing to admit their offices made mistakes, according to a report released on Tuesday. The states with the most exonerations last year were Texas, New York and Illinois, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School. This was the first time the Registry, which has tracked exonerations since 1989, found more than 100 in a single year. In one case, Ohio native Ricky Jackson spent 39 years in prison for murder - making him the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated.
 

The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:04:06 AMGo to full article
Workers attach snow plows to trucks at a New Jersey Dept. of Transportation maintenance yard, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Newark, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency saying NJ Transit will shut down late Monday as a winter storm threatens to dump as much as two feet of snow over parts of the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)MIDNIGHT
 
 

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast US

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:02:47 AMGo to full article
A city sanitation worker steps into his snowplow, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in New York. The National Weather Service says accumulations of 18 to 24 inches are possible by Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.
 
 

Today in History

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:05 AMGo to full article
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2015. There are 338 days left in the year.
 

Snow prompts disaster emergency proclamation in Pennsylvania

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:58:21 AMGo to full article
Snow prompts disaster emergency proclamation in PennsylvaniaGov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency as a nor'easter approached, and Mayor Michael Nutter said all city offices and public and Catholic schools would be closed Tuesday despite reduced projections of 6 to 10 inches of snow expected in the city.
 
 

Accuweather: Nor'easter Intensifies Overnight

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:52:10 AMGo to full article
Accuweather: Nor'easter Targets New EnglandAs the Nor'easter approaches and intensifies as it passes by our region, bands of heavy snow are likely.
 
 

Flights canceled at Philadelphia International Airport

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:48:08 AMGo to full article
Flights canceled at Philadelphia International AirportA number of flights at Philadelphia International Airport have been canceled for Tuesday.
 
 

Philadelphia public, archdiocesan schools closed Tuesday

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:42:55 AMGo to full article
Philadelphia public, archdiocesan schools closed TuesdayDue to the impending snow, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will be closed Tuesday.
 
 

NJ Transit shuts down system because of storm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:39:51 AMGo to full article
NJ Transit shuts down system because of stormNew Jersey Transit shut down service Monday night as a snowstorm began blowing through the state and the agency said that it will restore operations "as soon as possible."
 
 

San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:36:22 AMGo to full article
A Certificate of Adoption with a box of fake cockroaches is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo(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 a Madagascar hissing cockroach for your ex," the San Francisco Zoo said on its donation page of Monday's promotion. For those suffering the sting of rejection, the zoo recommends the giant hairy scorpion.
 
 

State of emergency, travel ban in New Jersey

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:33:23 AMGo to full article
State of emergency, travel ban in New JerseyA travel ban has been declared for most drivers across the New Jersey starting at 11 p.m. Monday.
 
 

Denver police shoot, kill teen who struck officer with car

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:26:51 AMGo to full article
DENVER (AP) — Several dozen people with candles and protest signs gathered near the alley where Denver police officers fatally shot a 16-year-old girl on Monday, recalling her bright smile and demanding answers about the deadly encounter.
 

AccuWeather Maps: Tracking a Nor'easter

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:47:37 AMGo to full article
AccuWeather Maps: Tracking a Nor'easterAccuWeather is tracking a Nor'easter that could bring a lot of snow our way.
 
 

Four sentenced in California cross-border extortion ring

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:38:01 AMGo to full article
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Four people who admitted to extorting money from Latino families who believed they were ransoming kidnapped family members were sentenced to prison in San Diego federal court Monday. The 124 families in the U.S. sent nearly $200,000 to the extortion ring to free loved ones they believed were being held by smugglers after being brought into the U.S. illegally. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called the scheme “a cruel hoax that caused significant emotional and financial damage.” The extortion ring was able to exploit families across the U.S., including Maryland, Virginia and Minnesota, because human smugglers often contact families for payment or more money after they have brought people across the border into the U.S., according to Asst. “The defendants were able to exploit that to enrich themselves.” According to the indictment, the extortion ring would contact the victims and instruct them to send payments of $1,500 to $4,000 to the San Diego area.
 

Couple charged after pet ferrets attack baby, chew off nose

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:31:05 AMGo to full article
DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple whose pet ferrets attacked their newborn daughter and chewed off parts of her face have been charged with child endangerment.
 

Alaskan troopers investigate whether village officer shocked boy, 11

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:24:56 AMGo to full article
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A public safety officer patrolling a tiny Alaskan coastal community may have shocked an 11-year-old boy with a Taser or stun gun merely because the boy asked him about the device, the Alaska State Troopers said on Monday. The public safety officer shocked the child on the wrist or arm after the boy said he wanted to see what it felt like, the Juneau Empire newspaper reported, quoting the boy's mother. "They were talking about being Tased, and my son did ask to be Tased," the mother, Terrie Ward, told the newspaper. Alaska’s Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters said Troopers were investigating whether a crime was committed in the December incident or whether it was an administrative matter for the tribal government.
 

Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:17:49 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.
 

Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to go on strike

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:07:16 AMGo to full article
The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. The last nationwide refinery workers strike was in 1980 and lasted for three months. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on behalf of companies ranging from supermajors such as Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc to smaller companies such as HollyFrontier Corp and Delek. "Challenging bargaining continues," the USW said in a text message to members on Monday night.
 

Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:06:58 AMGo to full article
Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed six days of talks as of Monday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor on wages and benefits for USW members. Management at each refinery also negotiates issues unique to that plant with the USW local union. The national agreement and local agreement are combined to create the final contract for that refinery.
 

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:48:44 AMGo to full article
Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UtahBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital. Moreover, the complaint says, the outpatient clinic allowed a doctor whose presence was unauthorized to twice conduct a procedure that Rivers had not consented to, a trans-nasal laryngoscopy, in which a scope is passed through sinus passages into the larynx.
 
 

Gov. Chris Christie issues travel ban for entire state of New Jersey

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:22 AMGo to full article
State of emergency, travel ban in New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey as a major winter storm bears down on the region.
 
 

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:41:35 AMGo to full article
Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.
 
 

People across the Northeast US prepare for fierce snowstorm

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:26:44 AMGo to full article
Dr. Jaishree Capoor of Manhattan boards an ealy train home at the Metro-North Railroad station in White Plains, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Capoor works at the Children's Rehabilitation Center, and an impending blizzard led to the clinic closing early Monday and canceling Tuesday appointments. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)The monster snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast sent people scrambling Monday to gas up their cars, stock their refrigerators and charge their phones. Travelers rushed to get to their destinations before airports closed, rail service was suspended and roads were declared off-limits.
 
 

Balloon crew hits halfway mark in bid to break records

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:11 AMGo to full article
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.
 

Closing arguments begin in ex-Vandy players' rape trial

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:20 AMGo to full article
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges.
 

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:02:21 AMGo to full article
Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
 
 

4 sentenced in California in fake kidnapping scheme

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:01:31 AMGo to full article
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have been sentenced to federal prison for a scheme that collected ransoms from families around the country by falsely claiming their loved ones had been kidnapped.
 

Court papers: Mom says she stabbed kids to keep them quiet

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:50:06 AMGo to full article
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children's throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday.
 

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:36:31 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 billion deficit. As a share of the economy, CBO says this year’s deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.
 
 

US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:30:15 AMGo to full article
Yevgeny Buryakov appears in federal court in Manhattan Monday, Jan 26, 2015 in New York after his arrest earlier in the day in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, according to authorities. At an initial court appearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fee portrayed Buryakov as a professional spy skilled at duplicity who posed as an employee in the Manhattan branch of a Russian bank and lived in the Bronx with his Russian wife and two children. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed information concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.
 
 

Prosecutors won't charge man in killing of burglar

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:23:32 AMGo to full article
This undated file photo provided by the Long Beach Police Department shows Andrea Miller, of Long Beach, Calif. Prosecutors have declined to charge an 80-year-old Long Beach man in the fatal shooting of Andrea Miller, a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant. Police say Tom Greer surprised Miller and Gus Adams when he returned home the night of July 22 and found them breaking into his safe. The two beat him and broke his collarbone before he got his handgun and started firing. An autopsy showed Andrea Miller was not pregnant. (AP PhotoLong Beach Police Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.
 
 

Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:13:55 AMGo to full article
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday.
 

Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:06:30 AMGo to full article
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The pink mustache is out.
 

Woman accused of drowning puppy so she could board plane

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:06 AMGo to full article
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane.
 

2 people killed in northern Colorado helicopter crash

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:41 AMGo to full article
ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a helicopter crash near the Erie airport in northern Colorado.
 

Blind harbor seal learns basic skills at Alaska aquarium

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:46:05 AMGo to full article
This Jan. 20, 2015 photo shows Bryce, a blind harbor seal pup, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. The seal, rescued in December, was deemed unfit to be released back into the wild. (AP Photo/Alaska SeaLife Center, Jenna Miller)SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — A blind harbor seal is learning basic behaviors such as being fed by hand at an Alaska aquarium.
 
 

Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:44:52 AMGo to full article
FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Jan. 29, 2015. Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state’s attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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