Northeastern U.S.

Temps tumble to record lows

For many points in the northeastern U.S., Sunday was the coldest day on record. The National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City's Central Park fell to 1 below, a record low for the date. Boston reached 9 below, breaking the record set in 1934 by 6 degrees. It reached 16 below in Worcester, Mass., breaking the 1979 record of 11 below. In Montpelier, Vt., the overnight low hit 19 below, tying a record set in 2003. And South Lincoln, Vt., recorded 27 below.


Prescription-free birth control sales start soon

Under a law expected to go into effect by April, women in California will be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies without prescriptions. Proponents argue that easing women's access to birth control will reduce unintended pregnancies. California will become the third state to permit pharmacist-issued birth control once the law, passed in 2013, gains regulatory approval. Similar legislation in Oregon was approved last year and enacted in January.


Somali leader warns of Al-Shabab recruiting

Somalia's president says military forces have made inroads in their fight against Al-Shabab terrorists, but the key to defeating them lies in providing better opportunities for the country's youth. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Sunday told a gathering of top defense officials and diplomats in Munich that 70 percent of his country's population is under 35 and has grown up in the chaos of a lawless state after the government collapsed in 1991. He says that's left them "very, very vulnerable to be recruited by the evil forces" like Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab.


5 Palestinians killed attacking Israelis

Five Palestinians were killed and another critically wounded while attempting to attack Israelis in four separate incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Sunday, according to Israeli police and military. No Israelis were injured. Late Sunday, two Palestinians were fatally shot after they opened fire with automatic weapons on Israeli security forces near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. Earlier, the military said two Palestinians were throwing rocks at passing vehicles near the West Bank city of Jenin, and when security forces arrived the Palestinians opened fire at them. The soldiers fired back and killed the two Palestinians. The Palestinian Health Ministry said the victims were both 15.

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