• New Jersey faces night of bone-chilling temperatures

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Light snow and flurries are ending after leaving some slick spots in parts of New Jersey. The snow caused little more than a dozen schools to delay opening. Friday's precipitation will set the stage for a bone-chilling evening as strong winds combine with frigid temperatures. The National Weather Service is issuing a wind advisory for the state from Friday afternoon to early Saturday morning. Forecasters say northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph could gust as high as 50 mph. The wind and single digit temperatures could make it feel like it's 15 to 20 degrees below zero in parts of the state. Forecasters also are predicting the chance for more snow on Sunday night into Monday.

  • On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food

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    CHICAGO (AP) — While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country. Many parties will have chicken wings and pizza. But NPD Group, an independent market research firm that tracks Americans' eating habits, says vegetables top the list of most popular foods eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. Harry Balzer, chief food industry analyst for NPD, says vegetables have been tops for 30 years. While baby carrots and veggie trays lead the pack, retailers selling salty snacks, alcohol, wings and pizza also see a sharp spike in sales. Nationally, Pizza Hut alone will have 60,000 drivers delivering 2 million pies.

  • Va. middle school students participating in NASA challenge

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at nine Virginia middle schools are participating in a NASA program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education says the state is one of ten chosen by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2014-2015 Engineering Design Challenge. Officials say students will take on after-school challenges designed by NASA aimed at solving real-world problems such as how to successfully parachute a spacecraft onto the surface of Mars. The Virginia schools participating are: Caroline Middle in Caroline County, Falling Creek Middle in Chesterfield County, Holmes Middle and Key Middle in Fairfax County, Peabody Middle in Petersburg

  • Philippines mourns 44 commandos; terror suspect hunted

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels. On a national day of mourning, President Benigno Aquino III promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. He said that Malaysian Zulkifli Bin Hir, also known as Marwan, one of Southeast Asia's top terror suspects, apparently was killed during the Jan. 25 operation. Officials said a DNA test was still needed to confirm Marwan's identit

  • Russia cuts key rate to help economy, but ruble drops

    Updated: 15 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's central bank has cut a key interest rate, which it had hiked in previous months to support the ruble, in order to help the economy. The ruble dropped 1.6 percent to 69.8 rubles against the dollar following the announcement. Higher rates can help a currency but also hurt economic growth by making loans more expensive. The bank raised the rate to 17 percent late last year in a last ditch attempt to curb the devaluation of the ruble which has lost more than half of its value. The bank on Friday cut it back down to 15 percent, saying it views the risks of an economic slowdown are now higher than fears of a spiraling inflation. Russia's economy has been battered by lower energy prices and

  • Italy tries anew to elect president amid political wrangling

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    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's candidate in this week's presidential election could cost him backing for his reform agenda. Lawmakers were voting in Parliament Friday, a day after a first round fell far short of producing the two-thirds majority needed to elect a new head of state. Chances of victory improve on Saturday, when only a simple majority is needed. Renzi has urged his Democrats and coalition allies to vote for Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court justice. But the choice angered opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi's forces. Decades ago, Mattarella raised conflict-of-interest concerns after the media mogul jumped into politics.

  • Russian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops

    Updated: 29 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian central bank cuts key interest rate by 2 percentage points to 15 percent; ruble drops.

  • 12 civilians, 5 troops killed in eastern Ukraine

    Updated: 48 min ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 12 civilians and 5 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the past 24 hours in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. Full-blown fighting between Russian-backed separatists and government forces erupted anew at the start of January following a month of relative tranquility. The city hall in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk said Friday seven people were killed and 23 wounded as the city remains under constant artillery fire. Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said 5 Ukrainian troops have died in the past 24 hours as the Ukrainian army resists the separatist onslaught on Debaltseve, a railway hub that has been the epicenter of recent fighting. Five civilians were also killed in the fighting

  • Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash

    Updated: 57 min ago

    COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers, his lawyer said. Authorities said the incident was being investigated as a homicide. Knight, 49, planned to turn himself in to authorities and "we are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated," attorney James said by telephone. A red pickup truck struck the men at around 3 p.m. PST in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and then took off, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters. He said the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

  • Cold-stunned turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released

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    GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast. More than 1,200 young, "cold-stunned" Kemp's ridley sea turtles were stranded in November and December. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "cold-stunning" occurs when the circulatory systems of sea turtles exposed to frigid water temperatures for several days slow down to a point where the turtles cannot function. Various sea-turtle rehabilitation facilities along the east and Gulf coasts joined in the effort to care for the stunned turtles.

  • Vinovich survives health scare to referee Super Bowl

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    PHOENIX (AP) — One moment Bill Vinovich was lifting weights to stay in shape for the NFL season, the next he was on a hospital bed overhearing doctors say the next 48 hours would determine if he would live. Eleven days of intensive care followed, then weeks of home rest, months of working himself back into shape. Three years later, he will be the referee at Sunday's Super Bowl in Arizona. "I never gave up," Vinovich said. He easily could have. It was April 2007, right after tax season when Vinovich, a certified public accountant, was bench-pressing as part of preparations for his fourth season as an NFL referee. He suddenly felt like someone had thrust two knives into his back, a pain that dropped to

  • Visitation for Ernie Banks to be held in Chicago

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Fans will get a chance to pay their respects to Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks. On Friday between noon and 8 p.m., a visitation at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago will be held. That will be followed by a memorial service at the same church on Saturday. Banks died last Friday at the age 83 after suffering a heart attack. Since Wednesday, fans have been flocking to Daley Plaza, where a statue of the Hall of Famer was placed and will remain through Saturday. Banks is the most beloved and famous player in Cubs history.

  • Collins and King split on bill approving Keystone pipeline

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    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King are split on their views of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Collins voted Thursday in support of the bill, which President Barack Obama has threatened to veto. She says in a statement that it's "past time" for Obama to approve the project. She says she'd rather the country receive oil from Canada than "from unstable nations in the Middle East." King, who voted against the bill, says the country's focus should be on growing renewable energy sources. He says adding jobs in green energy industries, like solar, will be more beneficial to the American people.

  • Leahy praises FCC's redefinition of broadband

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is praising a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to upgrade significantly the definition of broadband Internet service. The FCC voted Thursday to change the definition of broadband from a download speed of 4 megabits per second to 25 megabits per second, and upgraded the upload speed from 1 to 3 megabits per second. New FCC rules would require providers to achieve those speeds before advertising their service as broadband. Slower speeds would have to be identified by a different label. Leahy says the decision will put pressure on Internet service providers to upgrade speeds, especially in rural areas, in many parts of Vermont.

  • 26 becoming naturalized citizens at Clemson school

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    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Students at Clemson Elementary School are getting an up-close civics lesson. The federal Citizenship and Immigration Services is holding a naturalization ceremony for 26 people at the school on Friday. Those being naturalized represent 16 nations ranging from China and Vietnam to the Ukraine and India. Students at the school have been studying immigration this school year. The students are participating by carrying the flag, leading the pledge of allegiance and singing patriotic songs. They also have a chance to meet and speak with the nation's newest citizens.

  • Snow-battered Maine getting another storm Friday

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    GRAY, Maine (AP) — Snow-weary Maine residents who've barely finished digging out from this week's blizzard can expect another heavy storm. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray says snow will likely begin in the early morning hours Friday and continue all day throughout the state. The snow is expected to taper off Saturday morning, leaving more than 6 inches of snow in most of the state. Portland could receive 8 to 10 inches of snow, while the Bangor and Millinocket areas could see 14 to 18 inches. Southern Maine near the New Hampshire border could receive 6 to 8 inches of snow. The latest round of snow comes just after a Tuesday and Wednesday blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on parts of Maine. More

  • New Hampshire prepares for more snow following big storm

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Roads and sidewalks are still snow-covered in some parts of New Hampshire as a new storm rolls into the state. The National Weather Service says a new storm expected to start after midnight Thursday could leave 3 to 7 inches of snow, with the heavier totals in the east. The snowfall comes just three days after a whopper of a storm dumped 33 inches of snow in Nashua and left feet of snow in other places. That means clean-up from the latest blast could be tricky. Justin Kates, emergency management director in Nashua, said crews are still hauling away the last storm. Another one so soon can put a crimp in the space available to dump the snow. He says these continued storms are a "vicious cycle.

  • For 1st time since '80, Hawks get 3 players in All-Star Game

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    ATLANTA (AP) — The Hawks keep reaping the rewards for their amazing season. For the first time since 1980, Atlanta will have three players in the NBA All-Star Game. Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Al Horford are joining their coach, Mike Budenholzer, for the Feb. 15 contest at Madison Square Garden in New York. In a sense, Thursday's announcement pf the reserves felt like the Hawks (38-8) got a bit shortchanged, considering they have won 17 in a row, 31 of 33 and lead the Eastern Conference by whopping seven games. Kyle Korver was also mentioned as a possible candidate, but he wasn't picked by the coaches. Korver could still make the team, however.

  • Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second. It's no surprise that Hall of Famer and NFL Network's Deion Sanders dissed Baldwin and the rest of Seattle's receiving group. Few analysts give them any credit. So after Baldwin had six catches for 106 yards in the NFC championship game against Green Bay, he directed one of his rants toward Sanders. "That's just what 'pedestrian, average, mediocre' receivers do. What's up my man Deion Sanders?" Baldwin said right after the game. Criticism of Seattle's receivers comes from ex-players-turned-broadcasters, other reporters and plenty of fans on social media.

  • What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government deficit is dropping and the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both. For the first time since the 2011 Budget Control Act put in place automatic spending cuts, Obama might be in the best bargaining position to move the debate his way. Even with Republicans in charge of Congress. Obama on Thursday called for a 7 percent boost in government spending. That would nullify the 2011 cuts and increase domestic and defense spending by $74 billion, divided in nearly equal amounts.