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Last Updated Jan 28, 2015 11:39AM

Boston • Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area. The storm …

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  • FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel) ‘Ship of Gold’ treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2 years on the run
    A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than tw...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 11:28 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. As he decides whether to run for president a third time, Romney has accepted an invitation to speak at Jacksonville University’s spring graduation in the key presidential battleground of Florida. Romney also will receive an honorary degree on April 25, the private school announced. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) Romney jabs Clinton in Mississippi speech
    Washington • Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fo...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Anton the kangaroo eluding captors in not-Australia Austria
    Vienna • A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan. “No kangaroos in Austria” T-shirts...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • French court allows gay marriage between French-Moroccan couple
    Paris • France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recogni...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:12 am   |     |   Share

  • Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. If confirmed, Lynch would replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation in September after leading the Justice Department for six years. The 55-year-old federal prosecutor would be the nation’s first black female attorney general. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Attorney general nominee defends Obama’s protection of immigrants from deportation
    Washington • Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to shelter mill...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Pet Sematary is real’: Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave 5 days later
    Tampa, Fla. • Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Ta...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 10:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Candles burn in front of participants at a vigil near the scene of the early morning fatal shooting of a young woman who hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Friend disputes Denver police account of teen’s shooting death
    Denver • A teenage passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities’ account of her de...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch arrives for a meeting with fellow New Yorker, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get under way as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. If approved, Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) DEA chief: U.S. abandoned plan to track license plates of vehicles at gun shows
    Washingon • The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates ne...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns is lead from the courthouse to a waiting sheriff's cruiser after his arraignment in McRae, Ga., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.  Towns has been charged with murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion, according to Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson. The bodies of 69-year-old Elrey Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South; suspect’s family stunned
    McRae, Ga. • Elrey “Bud” Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverishe...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • COMBO - This combination of two photographs shows the detail of a poster of an undated photograph of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, left, used during a demonstration calling for his release from the Islamic State group and a still image from video, right, of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Jordan said Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 it is willing to swap the woman held on death row in Jordan for the Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo) Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
    Amman, Jordan • Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Defendant Brandon Vandenburg listens as his attorney Fletcher Long argues for acquittal during the his trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.  Tenn.   Former Vanderbilt football players Vandenburg and Cory Batey are standing trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Larry McCormack)  NO SALES Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman
    Nashville, Tenn. • A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for abo...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this image Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, provided by the West Virginia State Police, shows a fireball erupting across Interstate 77 from a gas line explosion in Sissonville, W.Va. Accident investigators issue a report and safety recommendations based three powerful gas transmission line explosions in California, Florida and West Virginia. In each case, the gas company failed conduct inspections or tests that might have revealed weaknesses in the massive pipelines. In the California accident, 9 people were killed and 70 homes destroyed. In the West Virginia incident, the stretch of pipeline that ruptured, igniting a fire that destroyed three homes and damaged several others, hadn’t been inspected or tested for 24 years.   (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police) NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines
    Washington • Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their ne...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 12:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 5, 2009, file photo, the Rev. W. T.  Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased
    Columbia, S.C. • Nine black men arrested for integrating a whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record,...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Some 300 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945, down from 1,500 who attended the event 10 years ago.(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets
    Brzezinka, Poland • A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent a...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 12:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, Monarch butterflies perch on a twig at the Piedra Herrada sanctuary, near Valle del Bravo, Mexico. The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year’s lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to a formal census by Mexican environmental authorities and scientists released Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File) Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico but numbers still low
    Mexico City • The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year’s lowest-on-record le...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Our laws are weak’: Federal government failing to protect children, report says
    The federal government’s failure to enforce the nation’s child protection laws is a “national disgrace” that leaves abused children vulnerable to futu...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Sen. Cheri Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, center, and Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, left, are moved by the testimony of Bill Roden, former state lawmaker who was among the original co-sponsors of Idaho's first civil rights law in 1961. Hundreds of people signed up to testify in front of the House State Affairs Committee on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, concerning a bill that adds the words ‘Can you tell me where gay people come from?’ Gay rights debate turns emotional
    Boise, Idaho • Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room ...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 10:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Man takes responsibility for drone that crashed on White House grounds
    Washington • A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 01:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • A New York City snowplow, loaded with salt, sits parked in midtown Manhattan as light snow falls, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Northeast residents are girding for a heavy snowstorm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast U.S.
    New York • More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled i...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fishing boats ride out the storm at dock in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The winter storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Blizzard howls its way into Boston but largely spares NYC
    Boston • A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts toppin...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn't mean to fly it over the complex. The man contacted the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media, a U.S. official said. The man told the agency that he had been flying the drone recreationally. The man is a Washington resident and is cooperating with investigators. (AP Photo/US Secret Service)   Obama says U.S. must catch up to ensure drones are safe
    Washington • The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 09:22 am   |     |   Share