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Missouri’s Blunt to chair US Senate rules committee

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri will chair the Committee on Rules and Administration during the next session of Congress. The full Senate confirmed the…

Wintry weather around US brings fatalities, school closings

By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow…

Bitterly cold air stretches from Dakotas to Alabama

The Associated Press Frigid air is blowing across the United States, dropping temperatures in many areas into the single digits and leading weather monitors to issue wind chill advisories and…

Big threat for Obama’s climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

(WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama’s determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to…

Data shows people moving to Oregon, Carolinas

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The annual study of moving trends by the nation’s largest moving company shows that Oregon and the Carolinas are seeing more people move in, while people…

Universities competing for Obama library site

By JOSH LEDERMAN (HONOLULU, AP) — President Barack Obama has preached economic opportunity and equal access to education as cornerstones of the legacy he wants to leave behind. But in…

Vegas snow on New Year’s Eve is a roll of the dice

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL (LAS VEGAS, AP) — One fireworks coordinator has a request of Mother Nature in this city of glitzy shows: If you’re going to let it snow on…

Report: Gun deaths of officers jump 56 percent

By AMANDA LEE MYERS (WASHINGTON, AP) — The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults,…

After guilty plea, NY congressman to resign

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (NEW YORK, AP) — After pleading guilty to tax evasion last week, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm vowed to stay in Congress as long as he…

Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

By JOSH LEDERMAN (HONOLULU, AP) — Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won’t be afraid to use it. Since…