Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
1. DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE PASSES
Many Americans who wanted to be insured at the start of the new year had until midnight Tuesday to enroll. While no major glitches with the government’s troubled website were reported, the Obama administration said it will give more time to people who can show they missed the deadline because of problems with the online system.
2. ‘TWAS A COLD AND DARK CHRISTMAS FOR MANY IN NORTH AMERICA
An ice storm that brought down power lines last weekend left hundreds of thousands of customers without electricity from Michigan to Maine and into Canada. The storm was blamed for more than two dozen deaths, some of them from carbon monoxide poisoning from emergency generators.
3. GAY MARRIAGE MOVEMENT SCORES MORE VICTORIES
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that gay weddings can continue in conservative, Mormon-dominated Utah while the state fights a judge’s ruling that struck down a ban on sex-same marriage. Utah is the 18th state to allow gay marriage. The case may well be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. In Ohio, a federal judge ordered that gay marriages be recognized on death certificates.
4. INVENTOR OF THE AK-47 DIES AT 94
Soviet arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov developed the light and rugged assault rifle wielded by revolutionaries, terrorists and soldiers the world over. He died Monday. As for his contribution to bloodshed around the globe, he once said: “I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame.”
5. TURKEY’S PRIME MINISTER STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN WIDENING CORRUPTION PROBE
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted Thursday as saying those trying to ensnare him will be left “empty-handed.” The scandal, involving allegations of bribery and illicit money transfers, has brought down three government ministers — one of whom has implicated Erdogan — and strained relations with the U.S.
6. SANTA’S SLEIGH WAS LATE
UPS and FedEx failed to deliver some packages by Christmas because of bad weather and an unexpectedly large surge of online shopping.
7. MEMBERS OF THE RUSSIAN PUNK BAND PUSSY RIOT ARE RELEASED FROM PRISON
The two women walked free on Monday in what was widely seen as an attempt by the Kremlin to ease criticism of Russia’s human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. They spent nearly two years behind bars for their irreverent protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.
8. THE COST OF MAILING A LETTER IN THE U.S. IS ABOUT TO GO UP TO 49 CENTS
The 3-cent increase approved Tuesday in the price of a first-class stamp is aimed at helping the Postal Service recover from the effects of the 2008 economic downturn. It will take effect Jan. 26 and will last no more than two years.
9. ASTRONAUTS REPAIR SPACE STATION’S COOLING SYSTEM
Two Americans finished the job in a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk — their second outing in four days. All nonessential equipment had to be turned off because of the malfunction.
10. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR HEART ATTACKS
Studies show heart troubles spike this time of year, and the possible reasons include cold weather (and the shoveling of snow that often accompanies it), stress and too much holiday imbibing.
Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting
With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday.
US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.
High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.
Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.
Deal signs bill expanding gun rights in Georgia
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.
Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, Fla., but why?
The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?
Indictment: Prosecutor targeted in kidnapping plot
A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor’s father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday.
Republican activists push party on gay marriage
As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.
Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying
Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.
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