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Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

Madison Keys of the U.S. makes a forehand return to compatriot Venus Williams during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys got one Williams sister out of the way on Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher, even with a cold.


Group: Israel violated rules of war in strikes on Gaza homes

Sufian Wadiya, 36, shows donated food in a classroom at a U.N. school where he and his eleven family members live after their home was destroyed by Israeli strikes during last summer's Israel-Hamas war, in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it suspended an aid program for Gaza residents displaced by the war because of a large shortfall in funds from donor countries. Robert Turner, head of the U.N. agency in Gaza, says that "virtually none" of the $5.4 billion pledged by the international community in aid to Gaza has reached Gaza and that this is "distressing and unacceptable." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)JERUSALEM (AP) — A majority of Palestinians killed in dozens of Israeli attacks on Gaza homes in the 2014 war with Hamas were women, minors or the elderly, and some of the strikes violated the rules of war, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday.


Randolph, Grizzlies hand Mavs 1st 3-game skid, 109-90

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) is hugged by teammate Nick Calathes (12) as Vince Carter (15) looks after Randolph scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Dallas. The Grizzlies won 109-90. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.


Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 file photo Egyptians carry the coffin of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolution, during her funeral procession in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that police officers not only fired birdshot at el-Sabagh during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away. (AP Photo/Heba Khamis, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.


TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo, Andressa Urach competes in the Miss Bumbum Brazil contest in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 27-year-old Urach, arguably Brazil’s most outspoken advocate of advancement through cosmetic surgery, went into septic shock on Dec. 1, 2014 and was placed on life support after a botched operation to augment her thighs, sparking a debate about the risks Brazilian women will take for beauty at a moment when the nation has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s plastic surgery capital. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, File)SAO PAULO (AP) — Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.


Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies, a poll said Wednesday.


Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account

A relative holding a picture of one of the missing students, wipes a tear from her face during a press conference by the family members of the missing, in Mexico, City, Tuesday Jan. 27, 2015. Mexican attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam said that investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state. It was the first time Murillo Karam said definitely that all were dead, even though Mexican authorities have DNA identification for only one student and a declaration from a laboratory in Innsbruck, Austria, that it appears impossible to identify the others. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.


Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

A car bomb has exploded outside the Hotel Corinthia in the Libyan capital Tripoli, pictured here in October 2013TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.


Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.


Japan's Abe calls latest hostage deadline 'despicable'

This still image taken from a video posted on YouTube by jihadists on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, shows a still photo of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh. Both are being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group. The still image was overdubbed with audio in which Goto delivers a message from the militants demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in a 2005 terror attack that killed 60 people. The Arabic subtitle reads "I only have 24 hours left to live." The Associated Press could not independently verify the video. (AP Photo)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage at the latest threat purportedly by Islamic State militants to kill a Japanese journalist, as secret talks in Jordan sought the release of the man and a Jordanian pilot also being held hostage.


Fired-up Serena to face teen Keys in Aussie semi

Serena Williams of the US celebrates winning her women's singles match against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, on day ten of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on January 28, 2015A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday to set up an all-American Australian Open semi-final with teenager Madison Keys, who brought sister Venus' dream run to a grinding halt. Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against the dangerous Slovak, a steely look in her eyes as she walked onto Rod Laver Arena soon after Venus lost to Keys. Long-time rival Maria Sharapova made the last four on Tuesday and will face fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova. The unseeded Keys, 19, is the tournament surprise package, battling hard to beat a resurgent Venus 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and end any chance of the sisters meeting in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since Wimbledon 2000.


Today in HistoryToday is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year.Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, flowers and photos are on display during a vigil for the Strack family at Pioneer Park in Provo, Utah. Police say five members of the Utah family found dead last fall died from methadone and other drugs, and interviews with people who knew them revealed the parents worried about a "pending apocalypse." Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, authorities have concluded their investigation into the September deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children, ages 11, 12 and 14. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Grant Hindsley, File) MANDATORY CREDITSPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.


Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett among duets set for Grammy Awards

FILE- In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Lady Gaga, right, and Tony Bennett arrive for a media event at the Brussels' city hall. The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett, The Recording Academy said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani.


Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bidMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.Irving, James lead Cavs to 7th straight, 103-95 over Pistons

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.


Russian spies center stage in 'The Americans'

Actors Keri Russell (L) and Matthew Rhys speak onstage during the 'The Americans' panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, on January 18, 2015The Cold War is officially over, so the concept of husband-and-wife KGB operatives killing, lying and spying in Washington -- under the nose of their FBI agent neighbor -- may seem a bit far-fetched. Evgeny Buryakov, 39, was captured following more than two years of FBI surveillance as he allegedly fed economic intelligence to Moscow and sought to recruit US residents as sources. One of the central questions in "The Americans" -- which is set in the 1980s -- is whether the FBI will ever cotton onto Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.


World must prepare for 'war' against a global pandemic: Gates

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pictured at an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 27, 2015Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says the world must use the lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease, with the help of new technology. Gates, in Berlin for a donor conference of the GAVI alliance bringing vaccines to poor countries, said the risk of a worldwide pandemic meant it was reckless not to act now.


Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

Jose Castaneda, center, speaks about his cousin who was killed in an incident with Denver Police as activists Rev. Patrick Demmer, left, and Anthony Grimes lsten before heading into a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, with officials from the office of the Denver District Attorney. The activists are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old girl who allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alleyway. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday promised a thorough investigation and asked angry protesters for patience after police shot and killed a 17-year-old girl who authorities said struck an officer with a stolen car.


Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/The Quincy Patriot Ledger, Gary Higgins) BOSTON HERALD OUT; BOSTON GLOBE OUT; QUINCY OUT (REV-SHARE)By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly setting a record snowfall in Boston. At Logan International Airport, 23.3 inches (59.2 cm) of snow was on the ground early evening, swept higher in parts by strong winds. "There are drifts now of four, five and six feet in some places," Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said.


Balanced Bucks beat Heat for 3rd time this season, 109-102

Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) dunks against the Miami Heat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Jason Kidd's wins against Miami keep piling up.


Elderly Auschwitz survivors urge world never to forget

Survivors walk under the sign saying "Work makes you free" after paying tribute to fallen comrades at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2015For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities. Around 300 survivors, some wearing scarves in the blue-and-white stripes of their death camp uniforms, joined world leaders for an emotional memorial at the epicentre of the Nazi genocide of Jews. The commemoration at the gates of the cold and austere camp, which was blanketed in snow, comes amid concern over a resurgence in anti-Semitism in France, Germany and other parts of Europe. "We are in a place where civilisation collapsed," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told those gathered as he paid tribute to the Soviet troops who liberated the camp, where 1.1 million people, nearly all Jews, were exterminated.


Mayweather and Pacquiao exchange phone numbers at Heat game

Boxer Manny Pacquiao watches the game between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally met — in person.


LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

FILE - This April 1972 file photo shows rock singer Sylvester "Sly" Stone of the music group, Sly and the Family Stone. A Los Angeles jury has awarded $5 million to funk legend Stone in a breach-of-contract suit against his business partners. Jurors on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, found that Stone's ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and the company Even Street Productions owed him royalties. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.


Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican navy marines in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Tuesday,Jan. 27, 2015, that the country does not intend to extradite captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States anytime soon. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday.


Apple supplier Foxconn seeks to slim workforce over time, eyes robotics

To match SPECIAL REPORT CHINA-LABOUR/By Michael Gold and Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, would like to slim its massive workforce with the help of automation, and for now will work on stabilising its headcount, the company told Reuters. Under its flagship unit Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , the group currently employs about 1.3 million people during peak production times, making it one of the largest private employers in the world. As a key Apple Inc supplier, the company has had a solid run in recent years, but faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China. "We would like to stabilise our employee headcount no matter how fast we are growing in the future." When asked if the company seeks to reduce overall headcount, Woo said it would be done over time as a goal and that the company had internal targets, but he could not disclose figures.


Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings

Specialist Paul Cosentino, foreground center, works at the post that handles Cliffs Natural Resources, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. U.S. stocks are tumbling in midday trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

Jason Hoffman, left, places flowers at a makeshift memorial with his daughters Jaycee, 9, center, and Nolene, 11, outside the home of 69-year-old Elrey "Bud" Runion and his 66-year-old wife, June, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Marietta, Ga. Authorities have positively identified two bodies as those of the Runions, who disappeared after driving three hours away to buy a classic auto, and the suspect already in custody has been charged with murder and armed robbery. (AP Photo/David Goldman)McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.


Judge refuses to toss Perry case on constitutional grounds

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, Gov. Rick Perry addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature, in Austin, Texas. A Texas judge on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand.


Japan PM slams 'despicable' Islamist execution threat

A large TV screen in Tokyo on January 27, 2015 displays a news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State groupAn angry Japanese prime minister on Wednesday slammed as "utterly despicable" an Islamist militant threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases a jihadi bomber. The clock was ticking towards the 24-hour deadline Islamic State group militants set in their latest chilling video, which warned they will execute freelance journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh if they do not get their way. "The government, in this extremely serious situation, has been asking for the Jordanian government's cooperation towards the early release of Mr Goto, and this policy remains unchanged," he earlier told ministers. Tokyo has appealed for Jordan's help since a video emerged at the weekend in which the extremist group announced it had murdered Haruna Yukawa, a self-employed contractor it had kidnapped in August.


Saints, Pelicans owner asks judge to dismiss heirs' lawsuit

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle Benson pose for a photo with his granddaughter, and Pelicans co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, left, at the Pelicans NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La. Tom Benson, who owns the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans, asserted in a statement released Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, that removing his daughter and grandchildren from the operation of his sports franchises _ and inserting his wife of 10 years in their place _ will ensure the clubs’ long-term stability and future in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his recently estranged heirs who are seeking control of his NFL and NBA teams.


No mercy: Blizzard slams Boston area with 2 feet of snow

Denise Young, of Lynnfield, Mass., a nursing supervisor at Massachusetts General Hospital, adjusts her hood while walking to work, early Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. New England is bracing for a blizzard threatening heavy snow, hurricane-force winds, and coastal flooding. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow.


The latest on the Northeast snowstorm

Men and machines clear snow off the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)9:45 P.M. EST


Teenager Keys outshines Venus to make Australian Open semis

Madison Keys of the US celebrates winning her women's singles match against compatriot Venus Williams, on day ten of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on January 28, 2015American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion's stirring run at Melbourne Park. The unseeded Keys, 19, beat her 18th seeded compatriot 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, overcoming a thigh injury to set up a final four clash with either top seed Serena Williams or last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova. Keys said she had to beat nerves facing the 34-year-old Williams, who started her Grand Slam career when the teen was two years old, in her first quarter-final at a major.


Apple profit hits record on 'staggering' iPhone sales

Customers browse at an Apple store in Beijing on October 23, 2014The California tech titan also announced Tuesday that it had sold its one billionth device powered by its iOS mobile operating system, on a day of dizzying figures -- even by Apple's high standards. "We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," declared chief executive Tim Cook. Blockbuster sales of the recently released iPhone 6, in particular, are signs of huge pent-up demand for larger-screen smartphones, likely to boost sales throughout this year, according to Forrester analyst Frank Gillett. "I would expect the surge in China and elsewhere to hold for quite a while before it settles down," Gillett said.


Ga. man executed for killing fellow inmate

William Ivory protests against the execution of Warren Lee Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta. The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of Hill whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia on Tuesday executed a man who killed a fellow inmate despite arguments from his lawyers that his execution was prohibited by the Constitution because he was intellectually disabled.


Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

In this April 5, 2014 file photo, people walk past the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Mormon leaders made a national appeal for what they called a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom, promising to support some housing and job protections for gays if they back some exemptions for religious objectors to same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz they arrive on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


New York, meteorologists defend storm shutdown

A man uses a snow blower near Park Avenue after a snowstorm hit New York January 27, 2015New York authorities and meteorologists defended a decision to shut down America's biggest city for a storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow east and north. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city got only a fraction of the two feet (60 centimeters) of snow that had been widely predicted in the 48 hours leading up to the storm. "You plan the best you can and you lean toward safety," said New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, fending off a barrage of questions. De Blasio, who repeatedly warned before the storm struck that it was likely to be one of the worst in the city's history, fended off accusations that he had been needlessly alarmist.


Nine dead in attack on luxury Tripoli hotel

In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The attack, which included a car bombing, struck the hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video)Gunmen stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people -- including five foreigners -- before blowing themselves up. After setting off a car bomb outside the opulent Corinthia Hotel -- where visiting world leaders have met local dignitaries in the past -- three militants rushed inside and opened fire, Issam al-Naass, a security services spokesman, told AFP. They made it to the 24th floor of the hotel, a major hub of diplomatic and government activity, before being surrounded by security forces and detonating explosive belts they were wearing. The head of Libya's self-declared government, Omar al-Hassi, was inside the hotel at the time but was evacuated safely, Naass said.


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