East Coast, Midwest battered by strong storm systems

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — Storms systems brought tornadoes to the East Coast — killing four in Virginia — heavy snow that canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages that left hundreds of thousands across several states in the dark.

  • Written by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press MAX BECHERER, Associated Press

Syrian army recaptures town in Aleppo province from IS group

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops backed by Russian airstrikes recaptured a town in Aleppo province from Islamic State militants on Thursday in a key advance just two days ahead of a U.S. and Russia-engineered cease-fire that is to take effect in Syria.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Obama warns high court credibility at stake in nominee fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama accused Senate Republicans on Wednesday of putting the Supreme Court's credibility at risk if they make good on their vow not to consider or vote on his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He promised to nominate a candidate anyway.

"I'm going to do my job," Obama said.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Dissent, squabbles: migrant crisis takes toll on EU evermore

BRUSSELS (AP) — The well-trodden path that has led hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants into the European Union's heartland is increasingly eating at the core of the once-tight bloc.

  • Written by RAF CASERT, Associated Press LORNE COOK, Associated Press

New play depicts how a British massacre helped shape America

BOSTON (AP) — Stand in front of the Old State House today and you'll see a mix of college students, business professionals and tourists whiz past Boston's oldest public building. But nearly 250 years ago, it was ground zero for a bloody standoff that helped put a ragtag band of American colonists on the road to revolution.

  • Written by TRACEE M. HERBAUGH, Associated Press