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Winter Weather Pennsylvania
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Blizzard Gives NYC a Miss

A storm system blanketed Long Island and parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts in more than a foot of snow, but accumulations in New York and New Jersey ranged from 2 to 6 inches as of early Tuesday — and not the 20 to 30 inches forecast

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Japan Hopeful About Hostage

Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants

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U.S. Exonerations Hit Record

The U.S. exonerated a record number of people in 2014, according to a new report, continuing a steady increase over the last decade

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Twitter Rolls Out Group Messaging and Native Video Tools

Twitter announced two big new features Tuesday: Private group messaging with up to 20 people at a time, and tools to record, edit and post videos directly within its mobile app. Expect both new features to appear on your Twitter app this week

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Obama Pledges $4 Billion of Investment in India

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $4 billion in investment and loans to India on Monday, soon after attending the South Asian nation's 66th annual Republic Day celebrations as the guest of honor earlier in the afternoon

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes After Race Row

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized Monday after talking about 'colored actors' on a U.S. talk show, ironically during a discussion on the lack of diversity in British acting. The Sherlock star said he's "devastated to have caused offense"

Gun Laws

2 Officers Injured in Minnesota Shooting

A man opened fire on two police officers after a swearing-in ceremony at New Hope city hall in Minnesota on Monday. The shooter, who has not yet been named, was fatally shot after exchanging fire with other officers at the scene

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'I'd Probably Do It Again,' Says Lance Armstrong of Doping

Lance Armstrong claims he would never dope today. But if he had to go back in time, the 43-year-old cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles would probably do it all over again. "People don't like to hear that. That’s the honest answer," he said

APTOPIX Ukraine

Fighting Intensifies in Ukraine

Clashes continued to escalate in Ukraine on Monday after a weekend of fierce fighting and shelling in the country’s southeast rendered a five-month-old peace accord all but dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin blames a "NATO foreign legion" for the war

The Fair At The PNE

American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Files Suit

Phillip Phillips, the winner of American Idol season 11, has lodged a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner claiming that the show’s co-producers, 19 Entertainment, have “manipulated” him, and violated the state’s Talent Agencies Act

Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Fla.

Former Hollywood Exec Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

Cindra Ladd, a former entertainment executive, is the latest woman to publicly accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. Ladd kept silent about the incident for 36 years, and says she has no plans to sue or discuss the matter any further

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SpaceX, Boeing on Track to Visit ISS by 2017

Boeing and SpaceX expect to be in a position to launch astronauts into space within two years, NASA announced Monday. The two companies were selected to build vessels for NASA after the space agency retired its space shuttle program in 2011