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Huge swath of US hit by winter storm, bringing snow, cold

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the ...

New year, new start? Not in President Trump’s Washington

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for a new year, new start. For Donald Trump, that energy-sapping 2017 cocktail of blistering presidential tweets, salacious White House infighting and jaw-dropping feuds with foreign adversaries has given way to, well, more ...

3 cars on Amtrak train with 311 passengers derail, none hurt

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three cars on an Amtrak train carrying more than 300 passengers on a route from Miami to New York derailed in snow-covered Savannah after a fierce winter storm, but no injuries were reported. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said Silver Meteor train 98 was backing slowly ...

Officials to draw name from bowl to decide election winner

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There's no winner yet in Virginia's hotly contested race for a House seat despite a general election, a recount and a legal battle. Now election officials are turning to a ceramic bowl. But even that may not be enough. Although a ...

Divided Democrats face liberal backlash on immigration

By STEVE PEOPLES and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Their inaction has enraged liberal activists ...

Sun, fun, flowers as 129th Rose Parade rolls in California

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Floral floats rolled under sunny skies as the Rose Parade drew thousands of revelers for Southern California's colorful New Year's Day tradition. The 129th annual parade got started Monday in Pasadena with an announcement by the grand marshal, actor Gary Sinise, and a ...

Familes from Florida, NY die in Costa Rica plane crash

By JAVIER CORDOBA, Associated Press SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country's northwest soon after takeoff, killing two crewmembers and 10 U.S. citizens, including families from New York and ...

2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the middle of the U.S. as 2018 began Monday, breaking low temperature records, icing some New Year's celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements. The National Weather Service issued wind ...

In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying ...

Roberts promises review of judiciary’s misconduct policies

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is promising a careful evaluation of the federal judiciary's sexual misconduct policies and an effort to highlight the work of court employees following the year's destructive hurricanes. Writing in his annual ...