Storm dumps snow across the Southeast
A winter storm made its way across the Southeast on Thursday, dumping snow in states after days of rain and leaving thousands without power. Early Thursday, parts of Mississippi saw 2 to 4 inches of snow on the ground. In Roanoke, Va., heavy snow was falling as residents prepared for the first significant storm of the season. Forecasters said a foot of snow was possible in the highest elevations of southeastern Virginia.
Massacre suspect faces sanity review
An Army staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians must undergo an official sanity review before a mental health defense can be presented, the military judge overseeing the case said Thursday. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales deferred entering a plea at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges related to a nighttime attack on two villages last March.
Support for terror group nets 14 years
A Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for providing material support to overseas terrorism, including a Pakistani group whose 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, killed more than 160 people. Jurors in 2011 convicted Tahawwur Rana, 52, of providing support for the group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and of supporting a never-carried-out plot to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
Washington: The United States formally recognized the government of Somalia on Thursday for the first time in more than two decades, marking what the Obama administration declared a major policy success in bringing that country back from near-collapse.