Ice and snow frustrate US holiday travel rush CHICAGO (AP) - A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and at least one tornado in the South. Some of the millions of people hitting the roads and airports Saturday squeaked through before any major weather hit, but as the afternoon wore on, cancellations and delays started to mount at major aviation hubs. Forecasters said roads that are passable one minute could become treacherous the next as a cold blast on the backend of the storm turns rain to ice and snow.
3 US military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before. The U.S. military aircraft were about to land in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week, when they were hit. The military said the four wounded troops were in stable condition.
Memorials mark Lockerbie attack anniversary ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Families of some of the 270 people who died in an airliner bombing 25 years ago gathered for memorial services Saturday in the United States and Britain, honoring victims of a terror attack that killed dozens of American college students and created instant havoc in the Scottish town where wreckage of the plane rained down. Bagpipes played and wreaths were laid in the Scottish town of Lockerbie and mourners gathered for a moment of silence at London's Westminster Abbey, while U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told victims' relatives at Arlington National Cemetery that they should take comfort in their unity even if time cannot erase their loss.
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AP PHOTOS: Lockerbie bombing victims remembered Twenty-five years ago, Pan Am 103, a New York-bound flight from London, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people aboard the plane, and 11 others on the ground. Memorial services were held Saturday in the United States, Scotland and England as families remembered the terror attack's victims. Many of the dead were American college students flying home for Christmas.
Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said. Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13.
Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A day after a judge's surprise ruling overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. About 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk's Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses.
US releases more documents on surveillance origins WASHINGTON (AP) - The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal court order to release its previous legal arguments for keeping the programs secret.
Why cross US on foot? Each trek uniquely personal For a week following Jadin's death, Joe Bell lay in bed, beating himself up, wondering what he could - should - have done differently to help his son. In the face of relentless bullying at high school, the openly gay 15-year-old had confessed to his parents six months earlier that he'd been having suicidal thoughts. Bell and his wife got their son into counseling, and Jadin appeared to be doing well.
In Hawaii, Obama tries for uninterrupted vacation HONOLULU (AP) - An ocean away from Washington worries, President Barack Obama opened his annual Hawaii vacation Saturday on a quiet note - and hoped it would stay that way for the next two weeks. Every year, Obama and his family prepare to return to his birth state here on the sun-scorched shores of Oahu. And every year - until now - congressional squabbling has forced the Obamas to delay their trip.
Cutting sports a growing trend at major colleges The meeting was brief. A few minutes tops. Temple athletic director Kevin Clark didn't mince words. Standing inside the football team's indoor practice facility earlier this month, Clark scanned the crowd of dozens of student-athletes - none of them football players - and told them the financially strapped athletic department was cutting their sport at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.