Record-setting cold stunned the Southeast on Tuesday as the chilly ?polar vortex? parked over the northern Midwest extended eastward, prompting officials to cancel school and open emergency warming and homeless shelters in areas unaccustomed to sub-zero temperatures.
After a series of setbacks, abortion rights advocates claimed a small victory Tuesday after a federal appeals court blocked a law that would have closed the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.
Republicans hoped that by filing a lawsuit against President Obama ? a move that is expected to win House endorsement Wednesday ? they would mobilize conservatives eager for a confrontation with the White House. But so far it appears to be rallying Democrats at least as much as Republicans.
Friends and family of a 19-year-old Cal State Northridge student who died on a hike last week gathered Wednesday evening at a vigil to mark his life and call for continued investigation into their claims that his death resulted from a hazing incident. Armando Villa, who just finished his first year at CSUN, had gone on hike in the Angeles National Forest with some of his Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers; he was found by a park ranger barefoot, dehydrated and with blistered feet. Doctors pronounced him dead a short time later at a hospital. Final autopsy results are pending. Friends and family say he was being hazed and want those responsible to be held accountable. "We're...