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Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

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NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012. | Video

Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting

MINNEAPOLIS - 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.

12:07am EST

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

NEW YORK - 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.

Entertainment, People 26 Jan 2015

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

CHICAGO - 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.

12:06am EST

San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions

- 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.

Oddly Enough 26 Jan 2015

U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

NEW YORK - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City.

Russia, United Nations 26 Jan 2015

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 26 Jan 2015

Four sentenced in California cross-border extortion ring

SAN DIEGO - 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.

26 Jan 2015

Alaskan troopers investigate whether village officer shocked boy, 11

JUNEAU, Alaska - 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.

26 Jan 2015

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

HOUSTON - 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.

26 Jan 2015

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