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Colorado massacre trial to start jury selection

CENTENNIAL, Co. — The first of some 9,000 potential jurors will report to court in Colorado today as selection begins for the trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.

Obamacare’s lead agency chief announces resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration official who oversaw the botched rollout of the Obamacare website,, announced today that she will resign from her post as head of the agency that is also responsible for Medicare and Medicaid.

U.S. takes first steps to loosen Cuba sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures today to ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.

Boehner: House will block Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives will vote to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security this week while blocking President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner said today.

Sandy Hook families sue Newtown, schools

Hartford, Connecticut — At least two families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have filed a lawsuit against the town of Newtown and the school board, alleging lax security on the day 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed.

One dead, two hurt after smoke fills D.C. subway car

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The investigation into Washington D.C. subway smoke that killed a woman and sent 84 people to hospitals could take from six to 12 months, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said today.

Girl dies after father throws her off bridge

TAMPA, Florida — A 5-year-old Florida girl was pronounced dead today after her father threw her over the side of a bridge, a 62-foot drop into frigid waters, police in St. Petersburg said.

Sub-zero winds grip central, eastern U.S.

NEW YORK — Record-breaking blustery cold gripped the East and Midwest today, forcing school closings, train delays and flight cancellations with no end in sight before the weekend.

Pipeline debate heats up, but is it viable?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, the nation’s noisiest referendum on energy and the environment, is reaching a climax in Congress after six years.

Jury selection in Boston bombing trial moves into arduous phase

BOSTON — Jury selection for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will move into a more difficult phase today after the court wraps up its initial screening of 1,200 candidates summoned to appear this week.

Same-sex marriage begins in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Signaling a major shift in public acceptance, and legitimizing scores of committed relationships, same-sex marriage made a dramatic debut in South Florida where clerks’ offices staged midnight Monday and early morning weddings today for couples eager to marry.

New U.S. Congress at a glance

When the U.S. Congress convenes today to begin its 114th two-year session, Republicans will take control of the Senate and intensify their hold on the House for the last two years of the Obama administration.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo dead at 82

ALBANY, New York — Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

Woman shot, killed at Walmart in Idaho by 2-year-old son

HAYDEN, Idaho — A woman was accidentally shot and killed at a Walmart store in northern Idaho on Tuesday when her 2-year-old son pulled a loaded handgun from her purse that then went off, a county sheriff said.

Palestinian statehood resolution fails

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian state by late 2017.

Woman freed from East Timor prison

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A veterinarian from Oregon who was arrested while traveling in East Timor in September was released from jail on Thursday after nearly two months of detention, the U.S. State Department said.

Two million new Affordable Care Act signups

WASHINGTON — Enrollment in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is increasing rapidly, with more than 2 million people having signed up for coverage for the first time.