MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion.
Trapped trucker survives hours in subzero temps
TEXAS FIREFIGHTER USES BEER TO PUT OUT TIRE BLAZE: HOUSTON (AP) - An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tire fire: He used beer the rig was hauling.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday pressed the nation's schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal's office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies that disproportionately affect minority students.
PROVO, Utah (AP) - A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks - to her first grandchild.
MOM WHO LOST 'STAND YOUR GROUND' CASE IN TROUBLE: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville woman who spent 21 months in jail after unsuccessfully invoking Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law as a defense for firing a gun at her husband is facing parole violation charges.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.
McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma allegedly killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather's back and over his head so that the waistband was around his neck, authorities said.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police.
FOREST SERVICE SEEKS $6.3M FROM MAN FOR WILDFIRE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.
NEW YORK (AP) - One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another claimed his depression was so crippling it kept him house-bound, but he was photographed aboard a watercraft, they said. A third man who said he was incapable of social interactions manned a cannoli stand at a street festival.
CHICAGO (AP) - Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows - and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is now a reserve police officer in South Florida.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, the newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of Union address promised Tuesday.
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road said little in her first court appearance Tuesday, appearing on video to answer to a murder charge.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.
BOSTON (AP) - A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A man says enjoying a double quarter-pounder with cheese as he cruised down a highway outside Atlanta got him in trouble with the law - and a ticket for eating while driving.
NEW YORK (AP) - Empty seats were hard to come by at Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" over the holiday weekend, where the R-rated Iraq War drama - all words seldom attached to "blockbuster" - rolled to the kind of runaway success that makes Hollywood sit up and take notice.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A restaurant in an Atlantic City casino intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by offering fried chicken, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, a casino official said Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.
ATLANTA (AP) - Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We've come a long way, but there's still much to be done to fulfill King's dream.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.