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Supreme Court Halts 3 Executions

Justices on Wednesday delayed the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are part of a case that may decide the future of U.S. lethal injections

Charlie Glover leaves a two foot tall path as he uses a snow blower to dig himself out of the snow on Jan. 27, 2015 in New Bedford, Mass.

Northeast Digs Out

Millions of Americans scrambled to return to normal after a blizzard pounded locations from Long Island to New England with up to three feet of snow

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California School Suspends 66 Kids Over Measles

Palm Desert High School suspended 66 high school students who have not been fully immunized for measles. The move comes after one student was believed to have exposed 20 others to the highly contagious disease during a field trip

Food Stamps Help Bridge Gap For 20 Percent Of Americans Who Struggle With Hunger

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Relies on Food Stamps

Twenty percent of children in the U.S. currently need food stamps to eat, according to federal data released on Wednesday. Data compiled by the U.S. Census shows that 16 million children in the country used food stamps in 2014 — a jump from prerecession levels

Australian Open Tennis

Williams, Sharapova to Meet in Australian Open Final

Top-ranked Serena Williams beat Madison Keys to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Sharapova, who beat Ekaterina Makarova in an all-Russian semifinal, has lost her last 15 head-to-head matches to Williams

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Sony and Spotify to Unveil New Music Service on PlayStation

Spotify and Sony are launching a premium music service called PlayStation Music, offering over 30 million songs to listen to in the background of a PlayStation game. It will initially only be accessible on Sony game consoles and Xperia devices

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Inventor of the Laser Dies at 99

Charles Townes, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist credited with the invention of the laser and its predecessor — the maser — died in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday. Townes' health had been rapidly deteriorating, and he died on the way to the hospital

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Lil Wayne Is Suing His Record Label for $51 Million

Rapper Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit against record label Cash Money, alleging that he is owed $51 million. He claims Cash Money and its CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams has withheld millions of dollars for his upcoming unreleased album The Carter V

Ancient Skull

Ancient Skull Yields Clues About Human Migration

Part of a female human skull, found in a cave in Israel and believed to be around 55,000 years old, is giving researchers clues as to when humans migrated out of Africa. It is the first specimen that connects Africa and Europe, its discoverers say

Mehcad Brooks

Mehcad Brooks to Play Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl

The upcoming CBS superhero series Supergirl has cast Mehcad Brooks as young photojournalist Jimmy Olsen. The 34-year-old will be playing the love interest of the title lead, played by Glee star Melissa Benoist