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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

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BOSTON/NEW YORK - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. | Video

New York Assembly speaker to be replaced next week: NYT

- New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be replaced next week by a state lawmaker as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Democratic lawmakers.

Politics, 27 Jan 2015

Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared apocalypse: police

- The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015

Man in Minnesota city hall shooting had history of threats

MINNEAPOLIS - A man who shot two Minneapolis police officers after a swearing-in ceremony had accused police of excessive force five years ago and had a long history of interactions with officials, court papers show.

27 Jan 2015

California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk

SAN DIEGO, Ca. - A U.S. citizen who was arrested entering the country from Mexico with two dying men in the trunk of his car pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony smuggling charges in a federal California court.

27 Jan 2015

Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

WASHINGTON - An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security.

27 Jan 2015

Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief.

Politics, 27 Jan 2015

U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance

- More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year.

Health 27 Jan 2015

Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

- In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage.

Politics, 27 Jan 2015

Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

- Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015

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