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:
- National News
NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs
Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.
Documents detail another delayed GM recall
Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.
Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested
The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.
Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that’s warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
Delay won’t quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL
Democrats sweating this year’s elections may be hoping that the Obama administration’s latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
5 features an Amazon phone might offer
A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.
Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles
A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.
Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.
Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road
All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.
10 Things to Know: This Week’s Takeaways
Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
- More National News Headlines
- NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs