Snowstorm clobbers the Northeast after weeks of mild weather

NEW YORK (AP) — A storm pounded the Northeast with more than a foot of snow in places Tuesday, paralyzing much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor after a remarkably mild February had lulled people into thinking the worst of winter was over.

  • Written by DEEPTI HAJELA , Associated Press

Get by without Planned Parenthood? One Texas effort stumbles

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their low-cost breast exams, contraception and cancer screenings.

  • Written by PAUL J. WEBER , Associated Press

Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast, officials say

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Somali officials and piracy experts said Tuesday, the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012.

  • Written by ABDI GULED and JON GAMBRELL , Associated Press

Tight budgets could complicate Sessions' vow to fight crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish-lists.

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

  • Written by TED BRIDIS , Associated Press