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Heavy Snow Falls On Boston As Blizzard Moves Through Northeast

Boston Gets Buried

A powerful winter blizzard that spared New York City the worst of its wrath still wreaked havoc across much of New England on Tuesday

Yahoo's logo in front of a building in Rolle, near Geneva, on Dec. 12, 2012.

Yahoo to Spin Off Alibaba Stake

The proposed deal, announced today in conjunction with Yahoo’s fourth quarter earnings, will create an independent company called SpinCo

Apple Watch Will Be Released in April

Apple's long-awaited smart watch will ship in April, CEO Tim Cook told investors, after Apple posted better-than-expected earnings of $3.06 per share on revenue of $74.6 billion. Apple's quarterly report blew past Wall Street's expectations

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WHO Appoints New Africa Chief

The World Health Organization appointed Botswana’s Dr. Matshidiso Moeti to head its Africa region on Tuesday. The physician is tasked with revamping the organization’s operations on the continent in the wake of the Ebola outbreak

Elton John Performs His First New Year's Eve Concert In New York City

Elton John to Do Musical-Drama Pilot for HBO

The music legend is producing the pilot of a musical drama to be named Virtuoso, set in 18th century Vienna. True Blood creator Alan Ball is set to write and direct the show, which follows a class of young musical prodigies from across Europe at the Academy of Musical Excellence

Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade

Marshawn Lynch Is at Media Day So He 'Won't Get Fined'

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch answered every question from reporters at Super Bowl media day with a variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined." Lynch was fined $100,000 for not complying with the league's media policy earlier in the season

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam speaks during a press conference in Mexico City on Jan. 27, 2015.

Mexico Says Investigators Certain 43 Students Are Dead

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that investigators believe all 43 students missing from southern Guerrero state are dead, saying they were all "kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown into the river"

Warren Lee Hill

Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Georgia Man's Execution

The Supreme Court refused to halt the execution of Warren Lee Hill, whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Hill was put to death by an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.

TENNIS-AUS-OPEN

Madison Keys Beats Venus Williams in Australian Open

Nineteen-year-old Madison Keys booked her spot in the Australian Open semifinals with a hard-fought win over Venus Williams on Wednesday. With the win, Keys could make her top 20 debut when the new rankings come out on Monday

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Gunmen Storm Libya Hotel, Killing American, 9 Others

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia. Two attackers were killed following an hours-long standoff

Bridesmaids - Photocall

Who Ya Gonna Cast? Ghosbusters Stars Revealed

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have reportedly been cast in the long-awaited, all-female reboot of the beloved '80s classic, alongside Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids, will helm the new movie