MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades gripped the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South on Monday, closing schools and day care centers, grounding flights and forcing people to pull their hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge's ruling sent people rushing to get married.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, is getting used to seeing fans outside her panda house enclosure as she prepares for her public debut this month.
LONDON (AP) - Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 meters) high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast on Monday, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Forecasters are warning of an onslaught of gusty, dry conditions that have raised fire danger in swaths of Southern California.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Eurythmics are reuniting - to pay tribute to the Beatles.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebel fighters freed at least 50 people Monday held captive by an al-Qaida-linked faction after clashes between the rival sides spread further in the country's opposition-held areas in the north, activists said.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - The president of Sudan said during a visit to former enemy territory on Monday that 20 years of war with South Sudan taught the people of his country that negotiations are the only way forward for the region.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has been taken out of Children's Hospital of Oakland, her family's attorney said late Sunday.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - With a single star studded on each shoulder of his immaculate dress blues, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair waited his turn to go through the metal detectors at the federal courthouse at Fort Bragg, just like everyone else.
DENVER (AP) - A fiery plane crash at the Aspen airport Sunday afternoon killed one person and injured two others, one severely, Colorado authorities said.
CHICAGO (AP) - Snow-covered roads, high winds and ice were creating dangerous driving conditions Sunday from the Dakotas to Missouri to Delaware ahead of a "polar vortex" that'll bring below-zero - and possibly record-breaking - temperatures not seen in years to much of the nation.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - A half century later, Eusebio's goals are still a source of wonder in the country where he stood above all others in his sport.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Sandra Bullock shared the painful results of Googling herself, Meryl Streep shadowboxed on-stage and Tom Hanks braced for awards season's "celebrity mule train" at the year's first glitzy Hollywood gala.
POMONA, Calif. (AP) - A 28-year-old man shot and killed three members of a Southern California family before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report.
DENVER (AP) - Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create the world's first financial system devoted to the pot business.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fighter jets intercepted two aircraft that wandered into the restricted zone during President Obama's Los Angeles visit.
Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have discovered the bodies of two people inside a San Francisco Bay Area mobile home that was destroyed by fire.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Federal police on Wednesday threatened to stage a nationwide strike during the monthlong World Cup if Brazil's government doesn't increase their pay and improve working conditions.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A roadside bombing in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed nine paramilitary soldiers on Thursday, the army said. The attack came as the Pakistani military test-fired a ballistic missile it said could carry a nuclear warhead, an exercise meant to showcase the nuclear-armed nation's capabilities.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Hundreds of security forces broke up four camps maintained by student protesters, arresting 243 people Thursday in a pre-dawn raid.
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan released an FBI agent on nearly $10,000 bail Thursday after three days in custody, officials said, a move that is likely to prevent the situation from escalating into a diplomatic spat.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Norton Simon Museum has agreed to return a 10th century statue that may have been looted from a Cambodian temple during that country's genocidal civil war in the 1970s.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.
NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.
The three cities vying to host the 2018 Super Bowl entered the home stretch Wednesday.