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Winter Storm
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Here We Snow Again

Groundhog Day is going to seem very familiar to folks in the Midwest and Northeast, as another winter storm crosses the country this weekend, bringing up to a foot of snow in Chicago, New York City and Boston just days after a historic blizzard

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush: I Smoked Pot

The potential 2016 presidential candidate admits his high school years were pretty tumultuous, reports the Boston Globe

Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO

Investors Shack Up

Shares of Shake Shack surged on the first day of trading Friday, with investors hungering for a bite of the burger chain

13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala At ARIA Resort & Casino

Bruce Jenner Is ‘Transitioning Into a Woman’

A source close to the former Olympian confirmed he's making a big lifestyle change. "He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing. He's in such a great space. That's why it's the perfect time to do something like this."

Watch the Super Bowl Ads Before Sunday's Game

Companies including Budweiser and T-Mobile have released their commercials ahead of the game—and whether they star adorable puppies or Kim Kardashian, they are pretty entertaining. Why wait until the big game to enjoy them?

Sergio Mattarella attends a meeting in Rome

Italy Has a New President

Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a 73-year-old former minister from the center-left widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation's new president Saturday — a boost for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

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 Urges Pardon of Gay Men

The actor, who played Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, joined 40,000 others in signing an open letter to the British government demanding the pardons of thousands of gay men convicted under historic indecency laws.

2015 Australian Open - Day 13

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open

The American tennis star outserved, outslugged, outran and outfought Maria Sharapova to secure her 19th major title with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory — and now has her eyes firmly fixed on Steffi Graf's 22-title record

President Obama Attends Armed Forces Farewell Tribute To Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel: Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq

The outgoing Defense Secretary said Friday the deployment of non-combat ground troops in Iraq for intelligence-gathering and locating targets is a possibility — but emphasized no decision had yet been made. "Whether we get there or not, I don't know."

Buzzkill: 3 Daily Alcoholic Drinks May Boost Stroke Risk

People in their 50s and 60s who down more than two alcoholic beverages daily have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to lighter drinkers — and are more apt to suffer a stroke five years earlier in life, according to a new study

Former police colonel and apartheid arch-assasin Eugene de Kock on June 6, 2000 in Pretoria, South Africa.

South Africa Grants Parole to Apartheid Leader

The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths. De Kock was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison

Game of Thrones Season 5

6 Things We Learned From Leaked Game of Thrones Trailer

The trailer for the show's fifth season debuted on movie screens as part of the drama’s IMAX screening event on Friday, but some fans sneakily bootlegged copies — here are the biggest revelations from the brand-new footage