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East Coast braces, flights canceled as 'historic' blizzard looms


NEW YORK - Light snow began falling on the East Coast on Monday morning, the first signs of a potentially historic blizzard that officials predicted would dump up to 3 feet in the coming day, snarling transportation for millions of people. | Video

Two high-profile Massachusetts trials delayed by forecast storm

BOSTON - Two high-profile criminal trials in Massachusetts, that of the accused Boston Marathon bomber and a former New England Patriots player charged with murdering an associate, will be delayed by an impending winter storm, judges said on Monday.

12:27pm EST

U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change.

Politics, 11:23am EST

Man fatally shots self outside News Corp. building in New York

NEW YORK - A man shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide on Monday outside the News Corp. office building in midtown Manhattan, police said.

1:22pm EST

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.

Politics 11:21am EST

American Airlines Group canceling flights from major northeast hubs

- American Airlines Group has canceled all late afternoon and evening flights scheduled for Monday from the New York area, Philadelphia and Boston as a major winter storm bears down on the northeast, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said.

12:49pm EST

California turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected

CHICAGO - A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said.

Health 11:43am EST

Small drone lands on White House grounds; no danger seen

NEW DELHI - The U.S. Secret Service recovered a small drone known as a "quad copter" on the grounds of the White House early on Monday, but there was no immediate danger from the incident, the White House said.

12:10pm EST

Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

CHICAGO - (This Jan 23 story corrects name of service throughout to Agricultural Research Service)

12:22pm EST

Georgia police arrest suspect after car-buying couple disappear

ATLANTA - 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.

1:35pm EST

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