Icy winter storm shuts down North Texas
DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy coditions expected to last through the weekend.
State-by-state look at frigid blast hitting US
A big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most resulting from treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations including own tree lightings and parades curtailed.
Dylan's electric guitar sells for nearly $1M
NEW YORK (AP) — The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.
Remembering the Long Island Rail Road massacre
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Before Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown, there was the Long Island Rail Road.
Obama to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela.
US to allow eagle deaths _ to aid wind power
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
Students in Libya say slain teacher inspired them
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An American chemistry teacher shot to death while jogging in Benghazi was looking forward to his first Christmas in the United States with his wife and toddler son.
Officials: 20 whales spotted closer to shore
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say 20 whales believed to be part of a pod found stranded in the Everglades this week were spotted Friday afternoon moving closer toward shore, a sign they may be reversing their earlier, positive course.
Stop and frisk a dilemma for Bratton as NYPD head
NEW YORK (AP) — As William Bratton prepares to embark on his second tour of duty as New York City police commissioner, he will find a very different city than the one he left behind nearly 20 years ago.
California citrus growers fight off cold spell
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After the orange harvesting ends and the sun sets, the toughest part of John S. Gless' day is just beginning: a desperate fight to stave off a cold spell threatening to destroy his citrus crop.
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