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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.


2 injured, 4 apartments destroyed in Bucks County blaze

2 injured, 4 apartments destroyed in Bucks County blazeTwo residents were injured and four apartments were destroyed after a fire erupted inside apartments in Middletown, Pennsylvania.



Suspect arrested in deadly stabbing of woman, 3 kids

FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, New York City police enter a hotel, while searching for a man suspected of suspected of stabbing his girlfriend and all three of her small children with a kitchen knife in a brutal attack at a hotel in the Staten Island borough of New York. Police on Saturday, Feb. 13 arrested fugitive Michael Sykes, suspected of the stabbings, in Queens, ending a four-day manhunt. Sykes was brought back to a police precinct on Staten Island, where he was arrested on three counts of murder, attempted murder and robbery charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Police on Saturday arrested a fugitive suspected of stabbing his girlfriend and all three of her small children with a kitchen knife in a brutal attack at a hotel used as homeless housing, ending a four-day manhunt.



1 hospitalized after 2 vehicles collide in Fairmount Park

1 hospitalized after 2 vehicles collide in Fairmount ParkOne person is hospitalized after an accident in Fairmount Park.



Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in murder of Branden Agnew

Crime Fighters: $20,000 reward offered in murder of Branden AgnewCity of Philadelphia is offering up to $20,000 for anyone that comes forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.



Fight night: Personal attacks, court debate for GOP hopefuls

Fight night: Personal attacks, court debate for GOP hopefulsRepublican White House hopefuls insisted that President Barack Obama step aside and let his successor nominate the next Supreme Court justice, in a raucous Saturday night debate that also featured harshly personal jousting over immigration and foreign policy.



Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after I-78 pileup

Police: 3 killed, scores to hospitals after I-78 pileupA bus carrying the Penn State Lehigh Valley men's basketball team was one of the vehicles involved in the crash.



Pope to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb

Pope Francis, seen on the other side of the framed glass that usually holds the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, holds a flower bouquet as he prays to her inside a private room at the Basilica built in her honor, during Mass in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The image in the frame was removed and placed inside the private room. The pontiff's five-day visit included a prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe shrine, the largest and most important Marian shrine in the world and one that is particularly important to the first Latin American pope. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)MEXICO CITY (AP) ? Pope Francis heads into the capital's crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican "periphery," where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life.



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