Blizzards, icy weather continue their grip on Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Heavy snow fall and below-freezing temperatures continued to sweep across the European continent Saturday causing scores of deaths, and grounding airplanes and crippling ferries in Italy and Turkey — an icy cold that is expected to continue over the weekend.

  • Written by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

Philadelphia launches pre-K program funded by soda tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of Philadelphia toddlers have started 2017 in a citywide pre-kindergarten program as a new sugary beverage tax created to fund it hit store shelves.

  • Written by ERRIN HAINES WHACK , Associated Press

Dow nears 20,000 barrier as higher wages boost stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is tantalizingly close to the 20,000 mark Friday as U.S. stock indexes close in on all-time highs following a shaky start. The federal government's December jobs report showed that wages jumped by the largest amount in seven years, though hiring was a bit weaker than expected. Technology and industrial companies are making the biggest gains.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

FBI: Roof displaying racist symbols even during trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof is as entrenched in his white supremacist beliefs as ever, even wearing shoes this week with racist symbols drawn on them, an FBI agent testified Friday.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD , Associated Press