SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Previously sealed Boy Scout "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday that a victim of sex abuse filed against the organization.
Airlines cancelled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.
By Himanshu Ojha LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices turned positive on Monday, erasing early losses after the Secretary-General of the OPEC producer group said he expected the market to bottom out around current levels. "Now the prices are around $45-$55 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon," Abdullah al-Badri, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in an interview. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for March delivery was at $45.94 a barrel, up 35 cents. After a smooth transition in Saudi Arabia following the death early on Friday of King Abdullah, both Brent and U.S. crude price fell early on Monday.
Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday the German chancellor had urged pro-Russian separatists to halt their offensive on the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, and asked Russia's Vladimir Putin in a call on Sunday to use his influence over them. "If we want to get out of this spiral of escalation and give diplomacy a chance, then it is absolutely crucial that above all the pro-Russian separatists finally respect the cease fire," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference. Germany reiterated there was a real threat of an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine without the implementation of the Minsk peace accord, and urged Russia to ensure separatists withdraw heavy weapons as previously agreed. Asked about possible further sanctions against Moscow, a foreign ministry spokesman said European foreign ministers would meet on Thursday and decide how to react.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.
By Shadi Bushra and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - The sons of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak were released from prison on Monday, security officials said, a move that could fuel tension after the violent anniversary on Sunday of the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocrat. An Egyptian court last week ordered the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case. Mubarak's sons, big businessmen in his era of crony capitalism, were released at 2 a.m., accompanied by their lawyer and bodyguards, and driven to their home in Cairo's upscale Heliopolis area, security officials said. Security and medical officials said they had also visited Mubarak in the military hospital where he is still in detention.
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A New England Patriots internal investigation shows the NFL club did nothing wrong in the controversy over football inflation levels in a playoff victory, coach Bill Belichick said Saturday. "Deflategate" has overshadowed New England's 45-7 romp over visiting Indianapolis last week to book a Super Bowl berth against Seattle after a league probe showed the Patriots used under-inflated balls in the first half of the game, raising concerns of deliberate cheating. "I believe now 100 percent I have personally and we as an organization have followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said. The NFL is looking into how balls lost air between a pre-kickoff exam by officials and half-time of the playoff, while Belichick says that the team's look into the issue found balls can lose enough air to become outside NFL guidelines without tampering.
Jan 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Humana Challenge at the par-72 course on Sunday in La Quinta, California 266 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 63 69 67 267 Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 65 67 68 67 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 67 68 68 64 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 71 63 69 64 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 65 64 71 67 Park Sung-Joon (South Korea) 68 67 67 65 268 Justin Thomas (U.S.) 68 63 68 69 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 70 66 67 65 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 70 66 68 64 269 Colt Knost (U.S.) 71 67 68 63 Erik Compton (U.S.) 66 66 67 70 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 71 61 68 69 Francesco Molinari (Italy) 64 71 67 67 270 Nick Watney ...
New York (AFP) - Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the US national team to gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, became the first American college coach to record 1,000 victories on Sunday.
The Detroit Pistons top scorer Brandon Jennings will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the NBA team said on Sunday. The Pistons point guard was injured during Saturday's contest against Milwaukee. The six-year veteran left the Pistons' 101-86 loss late in the third quarter with what the team initially said was a left leg injury. Jennings leads the Pistons with averages of 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.
A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. local time, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Jordan Hopkins, 23, was also killed. Heady, a junior, joined the Eastern Michigan basketball team after transferring from Seton Hall University, according the Eastern Michigan website.
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