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Supreme Court blocks three Oklahoma executions

  • block: Last week, the high court agreed to hear the case, but did not block the inmates ' death sentences at that time.
  • execute: Grant, who stabbed a correctional worker to death, was due to be executed on Feb. 19.
  • administration: The scientific evidence tells us that even the proper administration of midazolam can result in an inhumane execution," said Dale Baich, an attorney for the Oklahoma inmates.
  • conservative: The court's apparently contradictory acts indicate divisions between its five conservative and four liberal justices.
  • evidence: The scientific evidence tells us that even the proper administration of midazolam can result in an inhumane execution," said Dale Baich, an attorney for the Oklahoma inmates.

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

  • government: Notifying people where police are, or where government officials happen to be located, has never been seen as negligent or as committing any kind of intentional tort," Krauss said.
  • crime: Holding Google liable for any future crime against law enforcement in which Waze was used to locate police would be a stretch, said Michael Krauss, a professor at George Mason University Law School in Virginia.
  • harm: The fact that someone would misuse Waze in order to harm police is no more relevant than if someone misused a kitchen knife to stab someone, he said.
  • misuse: The fact that someone would misuse Waze in order to harm police is no more relevant than if someone misused a kitchen knife to stab someone, he said.
  • campaign: Other major police trade groups had not yet formally joined the sheriffs ' campaign.

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

  • continuity: It said some of the jobs would be " continuity of existing jobs in current or new locations," a distinction often overlooked by the bill's supporters.
  • export: In 2011, for the first time since 1949, the U.S. exported more products refined from oil than it imported.
  • blame: Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway.
  • period: THE FACTS: The State Department estimated that construction spending " would support a combined total of approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the United States for the up to two-year construction period.
  • awareness: As new efficiency standards, coupled with increasing environmental awareness, start to reduce U.S. oil consumption, demand is rising abroad.

Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

  • model: The actual Super Bowl ad shows the models dressed in Victoria's Secret lingerie, though.
  • prudent: Companies are being more prudent," said MediaPost columnist Barbara LIppert.
  • terror: The ad depicts a chilling 911 call from a battered woman to demonstrate the terror of domestic abuse.
  • skin: Other companies appear to be playing it safer too by not focusing so much on bare skin and sophomoric humor.
  • sophomoric: Other companies appear to be playing it safer too by not focusing so much on bare skin and sophomoric humor.

Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

  • employee: Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count- Yahoo News.
  • acknowledgment: Despite repeated pledges by Republicans now running Congress to repeal and replace the health care law, Democrats said the committee's actions Wednesday were an acknowledgment that such efforts were going nowhere.
  • employee: Obama's law is gradually phasing in a requirement that companies with at least 50 workers offer health coverage to their employees.
  • effect: Democrats said they shared that goal but doubted it would have much effect.
  • employer: Using Census Bureau figures, the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says that 28,000 of the nation's 5.7 million employers have from 44 to 49 workers.

Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

  • insurance: The lawsuit says the insurer, based in Warren, New Jersey, gave no reasonable justification for not honoring the couple's insurance claims.
  • blaze: Firefighters said a fire hydrant at the home didn't provide enough water to put out a blaze of that magnitude.
  • injure: The Decker family wasn't home at the time, and no one was injured.
  • document: Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker sued Chubb National Insurance Co. this month in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
  • justification: The lawsuit says the insurer, based in Warren, New Jersey, gave no reasonable justification for not honoring the couple's insurance claims.

Sheriff: Minnesota City Hall shooter should not have had gun

  • conference: Stanek told a news conference that authorities do not know how Kmetz got the weapon, a " pistol grip shotgun" that had its serial numbers " obliterated," the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1yyNVi H) reported.
  • blame: Kmetz's son, Nathan Kmetz, says his father blamed authorities for the loss of his home and contracting business.
  • release: The names of the officers who shot Kmetz have not been released.
  • environment: They took down the threat, protected the environment and secured the building.
  • weapon: Stanek told a news conference that authorities do not know how Kmetz got the weapon, a " pistol grip shotgun" that had its serial numbers " obliterated," the Star Tribune ( http://strib.mn/1yyNVi H) reported.

Bankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment

  • approve: While approving the disclosure statement, Gross said he shared many of the concerns raised by the creditors committee about the feasibility of Trump Entertainment's reorganization plan.
  • solicit: In addition to approving the financing, Gross approved the disclosure statement explaining Trump Entertainment's reorganization plan and gave permission for the company to begin soliciting votes on the plan from creditors.
  • argue: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross approved the debtor-in-possession financing Wednesday over the objection of the company's unsecured creditors committee, which argued that it came with too many strings and would give Icahn more control over Trump Entertainment's fate than he already has.
  • terminate: The debtors are going to have a very difficult time with the issues that the committee has identified, but there's not going to be any lending without the disclosure statement, and that would effectively terminate the case," Gross noted.
  • confirm: Hansen, the Trump Entertainment attorney, said the creditor committee's arguments on the feasibility of the plan should be saved for the court hearing on whether the plan should be confirmed.

Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuclear espionage case

  • guilty: Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses stemming from an undercover sting operation, according to the FBI and court records.
  • participate: According to the indictment returned against them in 2010, the couple conspired to participate in the development of an atomic bomb for Venezuela, and the scientist told an undercover FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan official that he could help the Caracas government obtain such a weapon within 10 years.
  • weapon: According to the indictment returned against them in 2010, the couple conspired to participate in the development of an atomic bomb for Venezuela, and the scientist told an undercover FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan official that he could help the Caracas government obtain such a weapon within 10 years.
  • weapon: Reuters)- A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for passing secret U.S. nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said.
  • development: According to the indictment returned against them in 2010, the couple conspired to participate in the development of an atomic bomb for Venezuela, and the scientist told an undercover FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan official that he could help the Caracas government obtain such a weapon within 10 years.

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

  • policy: The airport policy bans depictions of the marijuana plant, items with the word " marijuana" and the sale of publications devoted expressly to pot.
  • legal: The spurned retailer is mulling a lawsuit, noting that the souvenirs are legal and that the airport already has a large exhibit celebrating craft brewers, whose product, like marijuana, is legal only for people 21 and older.
  • ignore: If you're opposed to drinking and you walk down (the walkway), you just ignore it," Jordan said.
  • ban: Colorado's smaller airports don't ban marijuana-themed sou venirs, either.
  • souvenir: Jordan considers the souvenir ban an example of long-s tanding fear surrounding marijuana.

Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire

  • site: Because there was no hydrant in the area, firefighters shuttled tankers to the site and stationed a fire boat at a pier nearby.
  • require: The Pyles built the home in 2005, four years before the county began requiring sprinkler systems in new homes.
  • evidence: Investigators brought in dogs to search for bodies and evidence, such as accelerants, and conducted more than 50 interviews.
  • material: The fire ignited combustible material and tore through the massive, castlelike structure in the early morning hours of Jan. 19.
  • smoke: Jan. 19 by an alarm-monitoring company, reporting smoke had been detected inside, and a neighbor who spotted flames.

Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

  • especially: Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia says the company has " made it clear" that it expects revenue growth rates to slow due to tough compari sons, but added that this "should not be a big concern, especially for long-term investors.
  • investor: Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia says the company has " made it clear" that it expects revenue growth rates to slow due to tough compari sons, but added that this "should not be a big concern, especially for long-term investors.
  • decrease: That's an increase for Facebook and a slight decrease for Google from 2013.
  • compare: In 2014, Facebook had a nearly 8 percent share of the market compared with Goo gle's 31 percent according to eMarketer.
  • analyst: Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia says the company has " made it clear" that it expects revenue growth rates to slow due to tough compari sons, but added that this "should not be a big concern, especially for long-term investors.

Texas inmate set to die Thursday for 1996 slaying

  • reject: A federal judge in Houston rejected the suit's arguments, which the Texas Attorney General's Office called " nothing more than rank speculation," but his lawyers said they would appeal.
  • request: The high court hadn't ruled on the request, and appeals in other courts are still pending.
  • appeal: The high court hadn't ruled on the request, and appeals in other courts are still pending.
  • determination: They cite a psychiatrist's determination that Ladd, then a 13-year-old in custody of the Texas Youth Commission, had an IQ of only 67.
  • discover: Ladd was an acquaintance of Garner, whose household items showed up at a Tyler pawn shop on Sept. 25, 1996, the same day firefighters discovered her body in her Tyler apartment.

Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general

  • information: He then said, " Anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason.
  • retire: Air Force leaders have proposed retiring the A-10 fleet but Congress has refused, and some inside the Air Force have sided with Congress.
  • surround: We are aware of the concerns surrounding the alleged remarks made by General Post.
  • intimidate: These comments can be seen as nothing less than an attempt to intimidate subordinates into refraining from exercising their rights to free expression and civic participation," Carr wrote.
  • dispute: The Air Force has not disputed that Post made the comment as reported.

Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

  • shoe: Unfortunately, there are a lot of shoes that have to drop.
  • guilty: You could argue that public opinion has found us guilty before the criminal trials," Barron said.
  • discussion: Barron said a discussion about returning Penn State's share of the conference's bowl revenues from recent years " will be a face-to-face discussion.
  • discussion: Barron said a discussion about returning Penn State's share of the conference's bowl revenues from recent years " will be a face-to-face discussion.
  • abuse: The Freeh report concluded that former administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, and former football coach Joe Paterno intentionally concealed key facts about Sandusky's abuse to avoid bad publicity after receiving complaints in 1998 and 2001.

Guantanamo order barring touching by women guards harmful: commander

  • discrimination: Female guards have filed a sex discrimination complaint against Waits through the Defense Department.
  • request: Asked if he as a commander could educate his guards about Iraqi's request, the officer said: " I oversee the entire camp, not just one detai nee.
  • guard: Iraqi, who is accused of leading attacks in Afghanistan, says that being touched by women guards violates his Muslim faith.
  • involve: A second judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, also faces a discrimination complaint for a similar order involving Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and four co-defendants.
  • harm: Reuters)- A Guantanamo Bay military court order banning female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander harms soldiers ' morale and security at the prison, the commander of the prison's secret lockup for former CIA captives testified on Wednesday.

'Friendship Nine' cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

  • civil: 'Friendship Nine ' cleared of 1961 civil rights sit -in crimes.
  • crime: 'Friendship Nine ' cleared of 1961 civil rights sit -in crimes.
  • arrest: The men, known as the 'Friendship Nine' because most were students at the now-closed Friendship College, knew they would be arrested when they took seats at the popular McCrory's five-and-dime store lunch counter in Rock Hill on Jan. 31, 1961.
  • civil: Seven of the group's eight surviving members attended the hearing and were again represented by Ernest Finney Jr., a civil rights lawyer who went on to become the first black chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
  • docket: The men stood stoically, one by one, as another judge read aloud their names, charges and sentences from the original docket created at their trials on Feb. 1, 1961.

Mother of Japanese Hostage Begs for His Release

  • plea: The mother of Japanese national Kenji Goto, a journalist being held captive by Islamic State extremists, made a plea for his release on Wednesday as a deadline for his execution approached.
  • release: The mother of Japanese national Kenji Goto, a journalist being held captive by Islamic State extremists, made a plea for his release on Wednesday as a deadline for his execution approached.
  • obtain: Junko Ishido, Goto's mother, read out a statement at a news conference on Wednesday, pleading with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to " do everything in your power" to obtain her son's release.
  • release: Junko Ishido, Goto's mother, read out a statement at a news conference on Wednesday, pleading with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to " do everything in your power" to obtain her son's release.
  • threaten: Islamic State militants have threatened to kill two foreign hostages by Wednesday if demands for a prisoner exchange are not met, according to an online video message attributed to the group.

Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

  • civil: Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased- Yahoo News.
  • civil: The fact that these civil rights era crimes will no longer be on their records has brought mixed feelings to the men.
  • conviction: A prosecutor was expected to ask a judge Wednesday to vacate the convictions of the men known as the Friendship Nine, who were arrested for integrating a whites-only lunch counter in the segregated town of Rock Hill.
  • demonstrator: Inspired by their courage, demonstrators across the South adopted their " jail not bail " tactic and filled jail cells.
  • crime: The fact that these civil rights era crimes will no longer be on their records has brought mixed feelings to the men.

After 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges

  • jury: It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict convicting Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey of multiple charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery.
  • rape: It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict convicting Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey of multiple charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery.
  • jury: The jury saw powerful video evidence and photographs of the then-21-year-old neuroscience major being sexually assaulted on a dorm room floor.
  • major: The jury saw powerful video evidence and photographs of the then-21-year-old neuroscience major being sexually assaulted on a dorm room floor.
  • jury: The jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing, and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?

  • quarter: That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday.
  • prime: That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday.
  • portfolio: Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri, however, say they're optimistic about other products in Apple's portfolio.
  • model: Cook boasted he's already wearing and enjoying an early model.
  • predict: Still, some analysts say it's difficult to predict demand for the Apple Watch.

Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

  • passenger: The passenger, speaking late Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said her friend, Jessica Hernandez, lost control of the vehicle because she was unconscious after being shot.
  • vehicle: The passenger, speaking late Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said her friend, Jessica Hernandez, lost control of the vehicle because she was unconscious after being shot.
  • unconscious: The passenger, speaking late Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said her friend, Jessica Hernandez, lost control of the vehicle because she was unconscious after being shot.
  • vehicle: Police have said the Monday morning shooting in a residential alley came after Hernandez drove a stolen vehicle into one of them.
  • investigate: Prosecutors on Tuesday promised a thorough probe of the shooting as a small group of angry protesters demanded swift answers and called for a special prosecutor to investigate the death.

Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen

  • struggle: Nintendo has been struggling in the face of challenges from smartphones and other devices on which people increasingly play games and enjoy social networks.
  • launch: Sales of the hand-held 3DS have especially suffered because of the recent launch of Nintendo's updated models.
  • model: Sales of the hand-held 3DS have especially suffered because of the recent launch of Nintendo's updated models.
  • period: Two popular games for Wii U went on sale during that period," Mario Kart 8 " and" Super Smash Bros.
  • plastic: The " amiibo" interactive plastic toy figure line, which can be used to play various games, has also been popular.

Ex-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentenced

  • spy: Ex-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentenced- Yahoo News.
  • sting: Ex-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentenced- Yahoo News.
  • sentence: Ex-Los Alamos scientist in nuke spy sting to be sentenced- Yahoo News.
  • plead: Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.
  • nuclear: Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 to offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

  • identify: Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.
  • jail: Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.
  • immigrant: Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.
  • release: Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.
  • program: Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.

Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

  • arrest: Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest.
  • commuter: Before the heavy snows even reached New York, officials closed schools, shut down bridges and tun nels, canceled commuter rail service and, for the first time ever in a snowstorm, closed the city's sprawling subway system at 11 p.m. Monday.
  • conference: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
  • brave: Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest.
  • ambulance: It resulted in miles of unplowed roads, stranded ambulances and angry residents stuck in their homes for days.

Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing

  • storm: The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph.
  • replica: It punched a gaping hole in a seawall and swamped a vacant home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and flipped a 110-foot replica of a Revolutionary War ship in Newport, Rhode Island, snapping its mast and puncturing its hull.
  • threaten: Bitter cold threatened to complicate efforts to clear clogged streets and restore power to more than 15,000 customers shivering in the dark, including the entire island of Nantucket.
  • island: Bitter cold threatened to complicate efforts to clear clogged streets and restore power to more than 15,000 customers shivering in the dark, including the entire island of Nantucket.
  • warn: Forecasters warned that it won't get above freezing for a week.

Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths

  • medicine: Instead, they overdosed on a lethal combination of methadone, cold medicine and other drugs along with their three children, ages 11, 12 and 14, according to police..
  • struggle: The couple had struggled with drugs, as well as legal and financial problems.
  • legal: The couple had struggled with drugs, as well as legal and financial problems.
  • prison: They also had been close friends with a Utah prison inmate serving a life sentence for killing family members in the name of God, slayings chronicled in the 2003 Jon Krakauer book " Under the Banner of Heaven.
  • sentence: They also had been close friends with a Utah prison inmate serving a life sentence for killing family members in the name of God, slayings chronicled in the 2003 Jon Krakauer book " Under the Banner of Heaven.

Freedom House sees disturbing global decline in democracy

  • improve: Freedom House's annual study which evaluated the state of freedom in 195 countries and 15 territories determined that 61 countries became less free in 2014, while just 31 saw freedoms improve.
  • security: The report said terrorism had a devastating impact in the Middle East and West Africa, with groups massacring both security forces and civilians, taking foreigners hostage and killing or enslaving religious minorities.
  • hostage: The report said terrorism had a devastating impact in the Middle East and West Africa, with groups massacring both security forces and civilians, taking foreigners hostage and killing or enslaving religious minorities.
  • terrorist: Syria, where a civil war is in its fourth year and the Islamic state terrorist group has extended its reach, was ranked among the world's worst countries.
  • oppose: Crimea, which was evaluated separately for the first time, received the " Not Free" status as Tartars and others who opposed Russia's annexation were deprived of their rights.

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

  • landscape: The finding by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that a complicated political landscape might await Republicans, who want to repeal and replace the law, should the court annul a crucial part of it later this year.
  • repeal: The finding by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that a complicated political landscape might await Republicans, who want to repeal and replace the law, should the court annul a crucial part of it later this year.
  • insurance: The court will hear arguments in March in a case that will decide whether Obama's 2010 law allows federal subsidies only in states that have established their own health insurance marketplaces, and not in states whose markets are run by Washington's HealthCare.gov.
  • marketplace: The court will hear arguments in March in a case that will decide whether Obama's 2010 law allows federal subsidies only in states that have established their own health insurance marketplaces, and not in states whose markets are run by Washington's HealthCare.gov.
  • lawmaker: Congressional leaders have made no decisions, but groups of top lawmakers in both the House and Senate have started considering options.

Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

  • investor: Investors viewed Yahoo as another way to own a piece of Alibaba, a rapidly growing e-commerce company that is expected to become even more successful during the next decade as more of China's population gains online access through smartphones and other devices.
  • struggle: As long as there was a link to Alibaba, it almost didn't matter that Yahoo's own digital services have been struggling to generate more revenue during the past six years, even as advertisers have been pouring more money into digital marketing.
  • pour: As long as there was a link to Alibaba, it almost didn't matter that Yahoo's own digital services have been struggling to generate more revenue during the past six years, even as advertisers have been pouring more money into digital marketing.
  • rejuvenate: With the Alibaba stake jettisoned by the end of the year, Mayer will be under greater pressure to prove she can rejuvenate one of the Internet's oldest and best-known companies.
  • release: Fresh evidence of the challenges facing Mayer emerged Tuesday with the release of Yahoo's fourth-quarter results.

Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared apocalypse: police

  • survive: The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks ' lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.
  • judgment: It was a fairly common theme for the parents to talk about, the apocalypse, the end of days, final judgment," said Springville Police Department detective Greg Turnbow, the lead officer on the case.
  • survive: Their surviving son, when he was interviewed, indicated that his mother had made comments that if things got bad enough she would much rather take herself and her family out in a comfortable way, rather than a painful way.
  • information: The information was released at a press conference on Tuesday that covered information from a medical examiner and broader information about the case, Turnbow said.
  • release: The information was released at a press conference on Tuesday that covered information from a medical examiner and broader information about the case, Turnbow said.

New York Assembly speaker to be replaced next week: NYT

  • lawmaker: Reuters)- New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be replaced next week by a state lawmaker as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Democratic lawmakers.
  • lawmaker: Reuters)- New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be replaced next week by a state lawmaker as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Democratic lawmakers.
  • majority: Rochester-area Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, the majority leader and a top pick to succeed Silver on a permanent basis, is to take over as interim speaker on Monday, the newspaper said.
  • permanent: Rochester-area Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, the majority leader and a top pick to succeed Silver on a permanent basis, is to take over as interim speaker on Monday, the newspaper said.
  • lawmaker: Lawmakers are to choose a new leader in an election set for Feb. 10.

Blizzard slams Boston area, spares New York despite predictions

  • ocean: It was just like the ocean was on the street itself," said Gorham, a writer, who was trying to keep warm over her fireplace after the power went out.
  • breach: Denise Gorham, 57, said she watched a heavy wooden shed filled with window air conditioners float away on waters that surrounded the house after the breach.
  • prediction: Further south, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut escaped the worst of the storm, despite dire predictions by meteorologists and officials.
  • storm: Some 45,900 customers across the storm-hit region were without power, according to local utilities, with the bulk of the outages on Massachusetts ' Cape Cod and outlying islands.
  • storm: New Yorkers were divided on whether Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had over-reacted ahead of the storm.

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union army dies at age 97

  • permanent: He served as one of the lead brick masons at Tryon Palace, North Carolina's first permanent state Capitol.
  • regiment: Martin, a member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, also attended the 2013 unveiling of a historical marker at New Bern Academy that honors his father's regiment.
  • recognize: He was glad that he lived long enough to be recognized," she said.
  • loan: In June, the Martin family loaned the elder Martin's Springfield rifle and a German-made Confederate sword to the state for one year.
  • original: The items were part of a tour that also included North Carolina's original copy of the 13th Amendment.

Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

  • injure: Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said in a statement that the company is grateful that no one was injured and no damage was done to the historic stagecoaches at the site where Wells Fargo launched in 1852.
  • site: Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said in a statement that the company is grateful that no one was injured and no damage was done to the historic stagecoaches at the site where Wells Fargo launched in 1852.
  • launch: Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said in a statement that the company is grateful that no one was injured and no damage was done to the historic stagecoaches at the site where Wells Fargo launched in 1852.
  • smash: Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold- Yahoo News.
  • security: Three masked men jumped from a Chevrolet Suburban after it rammed through a revolving door at the Wells Fargo History Museum in the financial district and held a security guard at gunpoint while taking gold nuggets from a display case.

Pilot praised for handling of plane that crashed in Pacific

  • pilot: Pilot praised for handling of plane that crashed in Pacific- Yahoo News.
  • passenger: A pilot with low flight time and who is not able to draw on experience was still able to do what he did to take care of himself and to take care of his passengers," Perry said.
  • investigate: The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash-landing, along with another one Sunday night about 250 miles off Maui.
  • incident: The other incident involved a single-engine Cirrus SR22 with just the pilot on board.
  • involve: The other incident involved a single-engine Cirrus SR22 with just the pilot on board.

Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

  • legal: Reuters)- In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage.
  • ignore: Reuters)- In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage.
  • supersede: Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said Friday's federal ruling, which was put on hold for two weeks and could be superseded by a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage due by the end of June, violates the state constitution.
  • violate: Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said Friday's federal ruling, which was put on hold for two weeks and could be superseded by a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage due by the end of June, violates the state constitution.
  • recognize: I am dismayed by those judges in our state who have stated they will recognize and unilaterally enforce a federal court decision which does not bind them," Moore wrote.

University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

  • rare: University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike- Yahoo News.
  • rare: LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract.
  • information: LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract.
  • negotiate: LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract.
  • information: Dr. Charles McDaniel, a psychiatrist at the UCLA center and a spokesman for the group, said the UC administration has dragged its feet in furnishing basic information needed for the talks such as details on discretionary budgets of the university chancellors and a breakdown of how student fees are spent.

Biden, Clinton among hundreds who honor former Senator Ford

  • mentor: Ford won the governor's office four years later after defeating his mentor, former Gov. Bert T. Combs, in the Democratic primary and former Gov. Happy Chandler in the general election.
  • pilot: A commercial pilot from Hawesville, Lamar is used to putting up with demanding needs of his clients.
  • pilot: From presidents to pilots, the theme at Ford's funeral Tuesday in his hometown of Owensboro was his ability to make things happen at the highest levels of government without compromising his love of Kentucky or its people.
  • marvel: Biden, who served in the Senate with Ford for 25 years, marveled at how Ford could know a state so well, and how a state could know him even better.
  • smell: He could smell it, taste it, feel it," Biden said during Ford's funeral.

High court won't halt Georgia execution

  • prison: Hill was sentenced to serve life in prison for the 1986 killing of his 18-year-old girlfriend, who was shot 11 times.
  • opportunity: The high court said defendants should have a fair opportunity to show the Constitution prohibits their execution.
  • invalidate: Hill's lawyers say that ruling should also invalidate Georgia's tough burden of proof.
  • plea: The justices on Tuesday turned away a last-minute plea from Warren Lee Hill.
  • prison: He is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia.

Florida woman in 'warning shot' case released from jail

  • warn: Florida woman in 'warning shot ' case released from jail- Yahoo News.
  • release: Florida woman in 'warning shot ' case released from jail- Yahoo News.
  • jail: Florida woman in 'warning shot ' case released from jail- Yahoo News.
  • release: Reuters)- A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served.
  • jail: Reuters)- A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served.

Trafficking twins get sharply reduced sentences

  • prison: With credit for time served awaiting sentencing and for good behavior in prison, the brothers, now 33, could be out in as little as six years.
  • sense: Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo likened Americans ' sense of security to walls and scolded the brothers for introducing drugs that fueled violence and despair.
  • security: Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo likened Americans ' sense of security to walls and scolded the brothers for introducing drugs that fueled violence and despair.
  • violence: Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo likened Americans ' sense of security to walls and scolded the brothers for introducing drugs that fueled violence and despair.
  • prison: I wanted to thank the United States (and federal agents)... for allowing the opportunity not to spend my life in prison," he said.

Trans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky

  • pilot: Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev ( too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia, launched from Saga, Japan, early Sunday Japan time.
  • launch: Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia, launched from Saga, Japan, early Sunday Japan time.
  • traditional: That record of 137 hours in the air in a traditional gas balloon is considered the " holy grail" of ballooning achievements.
  • temperature: Since they're flying at an altitude of at least 15,000 feet, they have oxygen masks and are bundled up to cope with the 50-degree temperature inside the capsule.
  • require: Packing required the pilots to be thorough since they would be on their own after lifting off.

Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol

  • legal: Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol- Yahoo News.
  • legal: Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol.
  • liquor: Burch was among 20 pledges who received a bottle of liquor from a senior member or alumnus of the fraternity Kappa Sigma for the initiation on Nov. 12, 2014, Preston said.
  • perform: Officers were called to the fraternity house for a medical emergency and found someone performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation on Burch.
  • pulmonary: Officers were called to the fraternity house for a medical emergency and found someone performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation on Burch.

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

  • rape: Both men were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
  • rape: Earlier, one of the defense attorneys conceded that Vandenburg took " deplorable" photos, but shouldn't be convicted of rape because he didn't take part in it.
  • jury: Jury convicts 2 ex- Vanderbilt players of raping woman- Yahoo News.
  • jury: The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty.
  • stoic: Batey was stoic, staring ahead and Vandenburg shook his head " no," appearing stunned.

Confessed killer testifies against man with bodies in yard

  • jury: Kerkowski considered Selenski his best friend, but Selenski held a different view, Weakley told the jury.
  • sentence: Weakley, 46, avoided a potential death sentence by pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with the case.
  • plead: Weakley, 46, avoided a potential death sentence by pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with the case.
  • sentence: While prosecutors can petition for a reduction of his life sentence based on his cooperation, Weakley said Tuesday he expects to spend the rest of his days in prison.
  • prison: While prosecutors can petition for a reduction of his life sentence based on his cooperation, Weakley said Tuesday he expects to spend the rest of his days in prison.

Partial store roof collapse in Philadelphia injures 3 women

  • resident: The Queensbury, New York, resident said she fled out a back door to escape the dust and deb ris.
  • huge: Christine Vamvalis-Haley was shopping at the downtown store when she heard a huge crash before the store's ceiling, walls and light fixtures came tumbling down.
  • loud: Lawyer Louis Bove, working on the top floor of the adjacent building, said he heard " a really loud crash that shook my desk.
  • inspector: Along with police, city and federal inspectors were expected to investigate.
  • investigate: Along with police, city and federal inspectors were expected to investigate.

Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury

  • rape: Also charged with the rape are former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are awaiting trial.
  • prison: A fifth Vanderbilt football player, Chris Boyd, faced up to two years in prison on a felony charge of helping to cover up the crime, but was placed on probation for a year in exchange for his testimony against his former teammates.
  • jury: Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury- Yahoo News.
  • rape: Reuters)- Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student.
  • unconscious: Reuters)- Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student.

Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister

  • plead: Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister- Yahoo News.
  • knife: The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed her 11-year-old sister 40 times with a kitchen knife.
  • plea: The girl agreed to a plea deal that will keep her in juvenile detention until she turns 21, although she will have the opportunity to seek parole in five years, the newspaper reported.
  • opportunity: The girl agreed to a plea deal that will keep her in juvenile detention until she turns 21, although she will have the opportunity to seek parole in five years, the newspaper reported.
  • stab: Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister- Yahoo News.