Blizzard bears down on Northeast; drone crashes on White House grounds; 3 Al …

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Blizzard bears down on Northeast; drone crashes on White House grounds; 3 Al …

By | 2015-01-26T22:41:41+00:00 January 26th, 2015|World|0 Comments

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, protesters chant slogans against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they march on a street in Sanaa. A U.S. drone strike targeting Al Qaeda in Yemen signals Washington’s determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by the minority Shiite power grab. But officials say an effective ground strategy to truly uproot the militants will have to await the emergence of a functioning local government that can act as an ally.  

National news:

Tens of millions of people in the Northeast hunkered down today for a historic blizzard that was forecast to drop 2 feet of snow or more and bring Boston and New York to a standstill. (NBC News)

A man believed to be a recreational drone operator accidentally crashed a small device onto the White House grounds early today, investigators said, briefly triggering a lockdown and reinforcing concerns about security at the executive mansion. (Washington Post)

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was taken to a hospital by ambulance today after falling ill at an event in a Des Moines suburb, his spokesman said. (TH Media)

A former CIA officer involved in a highly secretive operation to give faulty nuclear plans to Iran was convicted today of giving classified information about his work to a New York Times reporter and author. (Washington Post)

Investigators have recovered a body believed to be the last person missing since a massive fire reduced a Maryland mansion to rubble with six people inside. (Associated Press)

A person, possibly an employee, was shot and wounded today inside a Southern California hospital, deputies said. (Los Angeles Times)

Oklahoma said it is trying to obtain an alternative to the drug at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over lethal injections, asking the justices for an order that might scuttle the case. (Bloomberg News)

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant today finally relented to the doctor’s recommendation relating to his torn right rotator cuff, agreeing to have surgery that is expected to be season-ending. (USA Today)

After weeks of silence while the Kentucky political world wondered about her next political move, Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said today she will run for re-election as Secretary of State rather than for governor or attorney general. (CNHI News Service)

International news:

A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be Al Qaeda militants today, officials said, suggesting U.S. security operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country. (Voice of America)

Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani today after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. (Reuters)

Ten people have died in a fighter jet crash at an air base in central Spain, the defense ministry says. (BBC News)

President Obama today announced a series of modest initiatives to bolster trade and investment with India as he nears the end of a three-day trip here that has underscored the fragile nature of the renewed U.S.-India partnership. (Washington Post)

Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over today as austerity-wracked Greece’s new prime minister. (Associated Press)

NATO has accused Russia of “sharply” escalating the crisis in eastern Ukraine in recent days by sending even more of its own troops into the country along with “hundreds” of pieces of advanced weaponry. (Financial Times)

The late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia presided over an unprecedented decade of geopolitical activism and direct interventions across the Middle East, with very mixed results, creating new vulnerabilities for his successor, King Salman. (Al Jazeera America)