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Record-breaking snow hammers Upper Midwest

Central US record coldArctic air continued to surge into the central U.S. on Tuesday, while record-breaking snow buried portions of the upper Midwest.

Temperatures were only in the single digits, teens, and 20s across much of the north-central U.S. as of late Tuesday morning. Temperatures Tuesday are forecast to be 20 to 40 degrees below average for areas east of the Rockies into the Great Plains, the National Weather Service warned.

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Here's how gov’t workers undermining cybersecurity

cybersecurityA $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and unwittingly is being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

Workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year since 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of records.

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NYPD Ready To Stop Pot Arrests

nypd to stop pot arrestsPolice will stop arresting people for low-level possession of marijuana and will instead simply issue a summons, sources said.

The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio are prepared to initiate a change in policy that would drastically reduce the number of arrests for possession of pot, according to law-enforcement sources.

The department had already been halting its pot “buy and bust” operations, a crime-fighting staple that often led to gun seizures and arrests for outstanding warrants, The Post had earlier reported.

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General Motors ordered new switches months before recall

Gm ordered new ignitionsGeneral Motors Co (GM.N) had ordered a half-million new replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it told federal safety regulators about the safety issues which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles this year, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The automaker placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches to fix Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars, one day after a meeting of senior executives last December, the Journal said, citing e-mails viewed by the publication.

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Head of Mississippi's Prisons Charged With Being Completely Corrupt

Mississippi prison scandalChris Epps resigned as head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections this week after more than a decade on the job. An indictment against him says he spent much of that time systematically robbing the state.

The indictment alleges that Epps conspired to pass out public contracts with his department in exchange for kickbacks—"taking more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks over the last eight years in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in prison contracts." The Clarion-Ledger gives an example of how brazen Epps was:

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare

US Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law.

The justices on Friday say they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

A federal appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.

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Brooklyn Federal Prosecutor to Be A.G.

Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, is expected to be President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, U.S. officials briefed on the matter said.

An announcement is expected in the coming days, though the timing is complicated by the president's plans to travel to Asia this weekend.
Holder 'frustrated' no jail for bankers

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