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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

El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building in Havana, Dec. 2014.

Fidel Castro Cautiously Backs U.S. Talks

The former Cuban leader and lifelong revolutionary makes it clear in a letter that surfaced on the front page of the state newspaper Granma on Tuesday not only that he's still alive, but also that that he won't stand in the way of diplomacy with Washington

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"

attends TNT's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 25184_021

Amanda Peet Thought Game of Thrones Was a 'Terrible Idea'

It may now be a national phenomenon, but at least one fan of the award-winning HBO series was initially skeptical. Amanda Peet, the actress and wife of David Benioff, one of the show's co-creators, recently admitted that she once told her husband his show was a "terrible idea"

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.

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

Faithful Attend Mormon General Conference In Salt Lake City

Mormon Church Supports LGBT Protections in Shift

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it would support legislation to provide LGBT protections in housing, employment and other policy areas, as long as it also protects religious freedom

Report Card Grades

Government Officials May Be Using Less Mumbo Jumbo

A report card released Tuesday by the Center for Plain Language finds that federal agencies are becoming more compliant with the Plain Writing Act (2010) and getting better at spelling things out, with 16 of 22 departments improving over the previous year's grades

Kurdish people hold a picture of a fighter during a celebration rally near the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc, Turkey on Jan. 27, 2015. The fighter was killed in battle with Islamic state militants in Kobani.

ISIS Still Strong Despite Major Defeat in Kobani

Kurdish fighters may have declared victory in a 134-day battle for the Syrian city of Kobani and described it as the beginning of the end for ISIS, but the militant group continues to hold vital land and resources