Powerful storm kills 4 in Virginia, raising death toll to 8


WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — A powerful storm system swept across the East Coast on Wednesday, killing four people in Virginia and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the region. A girl in Michigan died following a three-vehicle crash on a snowy roadway.

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

Obama bans US imports of slave-produced goods


Federal officials are preparing to enforce an 86-year-old ban on importing goods made by children or slaves under new provisions of a law signed by President Barack Obama.

  • Written by MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press

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