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U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society in New YorkBy Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. Obama called Scalia, who served on the nation's highest court for nearly 30 years, a "larger-than-life presence" and said he intended to nominate someone to fill the vacant seat before leaving the White House next January. "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to appoint a successor in due time and there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote," Obama told reporters in California.



Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

A woman is seen bundled up from the cold in NewYorkBy Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON, Mass (Reuters) - A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead. Officials warned people to stay indoors away from what the National Weather Service described as "life threatening" cold. Wind chill advisories were in effect over parts of nine states extending from northern Pennsylvania to western Maine, with forecasters expecting gusts up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph).



N.Y. man arrested in fatal stabbing of homeless mother, children

Michael Sykes, 23, of Brooklyn, was charged with three counts of first degree murder, as well as robbery, the NYPD said in a statement on Saturday night. Rebecca Cutler, 26, and her three children ages 2, 1 and 4 months, were all found stabbed on Wednesday at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island, where the city had been putting them up in lieu of a shelter.


Obama faces challenge in forging front vs. China sea actions

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second left, while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, second right, and Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong look on during the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the symbolic handshakes and unity photo-op, Obama's high-profile summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California this week aims to step up pressure against China's increasingly worrisome behavior in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? With the symbolic handshakes and unity photo-op, President Barack Obama's high-profile summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California this week aims to step up pressure against China's increasingly worrisome behavior in disputed waters.



AccuWeather: Wind Chill Advisory

AccuWeather: Wind Chill AdvisoryDangerously cold air has arrived to the region and then we're looking at snow on the horizon.



Woman's throat slashed in Frankford bar fight

Woman's throat slashed in Frankford bar fightPolice say someone slashed a woman's throat during a bar fight in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.



Man shot and killed outside West Philadelphia bar

Man shot and killed outside West Philadelphia barPolice are searching for the suspect who shot and killed a man outside a West Philadelphia bar.



ANALYSIS: As Presidential Race Gets Bigger, Donald Trump Goes Smaller

The death of Justice Scalia raised the stakes of a presidential campaign.


Asian-American judges among Obama's options as he seeks to replace Scalia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. Within a few hours, Obama said he intends to make a nomination, despite Republicans stressing they opposed any appointment being made until after November's presidential election. The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate would have to approve the nomination.


Reaction to death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Reaction to death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaInfluential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79.



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