snowstorm is headEd for mid-atlantic
A storm expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow in parts of the mid-Atlantic, including Washington, was pelting the Southeast with heavy rain Thursday. Flood watches were posted from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle and much of Georgia into this evening. The National Weather Service said the rain would turn to snow as the storm moves up the Atlantic seaboard. It issued a warning stretching from Baltimore to northern Virginia and parts of West Virginia. Southwest Airlines canceled flights this afternoon at Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington airports. Amtrak canceled most trains heading south from Washington.
Military to stock morning-after pill
The Department of Defense will begin making the morning-after pill Plan B available at all of its hospitals and health clinics around the world. The decision came after a recommendation by the Pentagon's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, an advisory panel that voted in November to include Plan B and the generic Next Choice on the list of drugs all military facilities should stock.
Blagojevichs face fresh charges
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Robert, were charged Thursday in a fresh corruption indictment that contains no new allegations of misconduct but that prosecutors hope will help avoid delays to the start of their trial. The new charges are an attempt to ensure that a legal controversy now before the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't delay the brothers' trial, which is scheduled to get under way on June 3.
U.S. missionary to be freed
North Korea announced today it will free an American missionary detained on Christmas Day for illegally crossing the border from China. Robert Park of Tucson, Ariz., slipped across the frozen Tumen River from China into the North carrying letters calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to close the country's notoriously brutal prison camps and to step down.
Cadmium-tainted jewelry is pulled
Aeropostale and outlet stores of Saks Fifth Avenue have stopped selling necklaces that an environmental group's tests showed have high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, a known carcinogen that also can harm bones and kidneys.
Parliament races are delayed
Iraq's independent elections commission announced that the parliamentary elections campaign, scheduled to start Sunday, would be postponed for five days, as confusion reigned over an appeals court decision that overturned a ban on more than 500 candidates.