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  • Louis C.K. cancels NY show, jokes about Northeast snowstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Louis C.K.'s comedy show in New York has been canceled because of the bad weather, but the star has still delivered the laughs. The comedian-actor sent an email to ticketholders hoping to see his Madison Square Garden show on Tuesday, poking fun at the hysteria surrounding the blizzard expected to hit the Northeast. He wrote...

  • Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with TransCanada, the pipeline's developer. The odds of...

  • Unlicensed driver who killed 2 cyclists gets up to 40 years

    BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — An unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed two women when she plowed a car into a group of bicyclists was sentenced Monday to up to 40 years in prison after one of the survivors and the victims' loved ones spoke of the agony their deaths had caused. "You changed my world. The whole universe changed. Two of the kindest,...

  • China moves to accept imports of all US apple varieties

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. A deal was reached last week between officials for the United States and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties, instead of just Red Delicious and Golden...

  • Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event

    KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to dozens of Auschwitz survivors the evening before...

  • Feds want meeting on secret information in Capitol plot case

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday requested a pretrial conference to discuss handling classified information in their case against an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers. A motion asks U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith for a meeting about the case of Christopher Lee...

  • Woman, 24, held in death of baby found at recycling center

    ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Police say they've arrested a 24-year-old woman in the death of her newborn baby boy whose body was found in a suburban Detroit recycling center. Roseville police Chief James P. Berlin announced the arrest Monday. He tells reporters that the woman had been pregnant and acquaintances were suspicious about her explanation...

  • Tsarnaev judge cites progress despite slow jury selection

    BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection. "We're making good progress," Judge George O'Toole Jr. said on the day testimony had been expected to begin. Instead of listening to opening statements and...

  • Twins who became 'significant rats' to cartel await sentence

    CHICAGO (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America. Anyone convicted of trafficking a fraction as much cocaine and...

  • AP PHOTOS: 10 worst Northeast snowstorms in last 60 years

    The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S. In 2004, the weather service developed a scale for rating Northeast snowstorms similar to the Fujita and Saffir-Simpson scales used for tornadoes and hurricanes. The index, which factors...

  • Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 40-year-old's Syriza party trounced the...

  • Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk. While the Russian ruble tumbled further on the news of the downgrade,...

  • Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said. Philip Perea, 41, shot himself in the chest at around 9 am. Monday outside the building near Radio City Music...

  • Conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid's 2010 reelection campaign. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to...

  • Eurozone looks for dialogue after stunning Greece elections

    BRUSSELS (AP) — For a man long seen as the eurozone's worst nightmare, Alexis Tsipras has had a smooth first day as prime minister of Greece. The firebrand left-winger wants fellow eurozone nations to forgive some of his country's bailout loans, something many European leaders have vehemently ruled out. But concerns of a disastrous...

  • S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

    LONDON (AP) — Standard & Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country's financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country's currency and weakening revenue from oil exports. "In our view,...

  • Officer who fired stun gun at 61-year-old woman suspended

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer in northern Florida is being suspended without pay for one month for firing his stun gun in the back of a 61-year-old woman. A video taken last fall showed Tallahassee Officer Terry Mahan firing his stun gun at Viola Young as she walked away from him. She fell face-first to the ground. Tallahassee...

  • First beheading under new Saudi king stirs attention

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom's attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. The Interior Ministry said Moussa al-Zahrani was executed in the city of Jiddah. The ministry statement, carried...

  • Gunshots fired at Emirati plane on landing in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunshots were fired at an Emirati passenger plane during landing at Baghdad airport. A security and an airport official say a spray of bullets hit the plane as it touched down on Monday night, slightly damaging the aircraft but causing no casualties. It was unclear who was behind the shooting and whether the...

  • FBI investigating online threats that affected 3 flights

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI says it is trying to determine who made online threats involving three commercial airline flights, causing the evacuation of two and the diversion of another. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday that agents were investigating whether the threats came from the same person or from copycats. Law enforcement...

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