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Snowpocalypse Now

Millions of people up and down the East Coast dug in Monday evening as a snowstorm expected to be one of the largest blizzards ever to hit the region began burying cities from Pennsylvania to Maine in what was forecast to exceed two feet of snow

Microsoft Holds Annual Shareholder Meeting

Microsoft's Profits Dip

Microsoft said its profits fell more than 10% during its latest quarter despite an uptick in sales of phones and cloud services

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Legal Pot Could Spread Far

A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from four currently

Federal Aviation Administration Bans All US Flights To Israel

Delta Sorry for Barring Woman With Breast Pump

Delta Airlines has apologized to a woman who was required to check her breast pump against company policy. "Delta supports the rights of women to breastfeed," an airline spokesperson said

"Noah" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

Emma Watson to Play Belle in Beauty and the Beast

The Harry Potter actress' latest role will be another bookish heroine — Belle in Disney's new live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. "Time to start some singing lessons," the actress posted on her Facebook page

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Siblings With Autism Less Similar Than Thought

The majority of siblings diagnosed with autism do not share the same genetic mutation, according to a new study that will likely lead to changes in how doctors use the oldest child to gain insight into the younger child's diagnosis

Bodies Found Near Vehicle of Missing Georgia Couple

The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies nearby. The bodies haven't officially been identified

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China iPhone Sales Exceed U.S. For First Time

Apple may have sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time on record, with China alone accounting for an estimated 36% of global iPhone shipments last quarter, and the U.S. slipping behind with 24% of shipments.

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Feds Accuse 3 of Being Russian Spies in NYC

Attorney General Eric Holder charged three Russian citizens with conducting economic espionage in New York City, according to a complaint that details secret meetings, coded dispatches and attempts to recruit local citizens into the spy ring

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media during a press conference to address the under inflation of footballs used in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 22, 2015 in Foxboro, Mass.

Tom Brady: 'Deflategate Comes After Super Bowl'

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has yet to speak with NFL investigators regarding accusations that the team used underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts

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Medical Pot May Be Good for Some Kids, Docs Say

The American Academy of Pediatrics said that in some cases, children with certain debilitating illnesses should be allowed derivatives of marijuana to ease their suffering. The group touted "compassionate use" for some children

92nd Street Y Presents: An Evening With Joan And Melissa Rivers

Clinic Where Joan Rivers Died Sued By Daughter

Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the late comedian, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, where her mother suffered fatal brain damage after her oxygen was cut off during a routine operation