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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

- Associated Press

Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.

A worker uses a front-end loader to clear snow adjacent to Faneuil Hall, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England digs out after getting exactly what it expected

- Associated Press

Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area.

Public meetings planned on Great Lakes Action Agenda

Associated Press

State officials are hosting a series of public workshops on the Great Lakes Action Agenda, which identifies actions needed to protect the environment and communities in New York's Great Lakes basin.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CST

Associated Press

Authorities are investigating after a military plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport due to mechanical issues.

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

- Associated Press

The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.

In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 photo, tourists visit the Mamulk-era Great Mosque, during a day trip in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic - visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

- Associated Press

As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic - visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon.

No bail for former music promoter in $300M fraud case

- Associated Press

A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case.

In this Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 photo, shoppers walk by the Apple Store along the the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. Apple Inc. reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?

- Associated Press

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

Legislative panel hears testimony on environmental spending

Associated Press

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says cleaning up brownfields, improving access to public lands and increasing resiliency to extreme weather are among his agency's priorities in the coming fiscal year.

In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/@AliTweel via AP video)

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

- Associated Press

In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

Correction: Paprika-Peanut Allergen story

Associated Press

In a story Jan. 27 about officials warning of a paprika product containing a peanut allergen, The Associated Press, reported erroneously the agency to which officials reported their findings. The agency was the Food and Drug Administration, not the Federal Drug Administration.

Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resign

- Associated Press

Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

- Associated Press

The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.