Defense Secretary Carter made his first trip to Afghanistan.
President Obama wants to shield seniors from retirement plan grifters.
Dock workers on the West Coast have a tentative agreement to settle their strike.
The endless winter continues in the South and Northeast.
Never too late: 94-year-old charged with serving at Auschwitz.
Secretary of Defense stands up for transgender people in the service.
Malls in U.S. on alert after terror threat.
More winter weather hits the South.
South African miners rescued after fire.
New killer virus found in Kansas.
And the Oscars went to… (And my brother was right about Birdman.)
At 5:38 a.m.:
I think this is the coldest temperature I’ve seen in Miami. I know; it’s a lot worse up north. I’m not complaining about the cold personally; I’m from the Midwest and I grew up with subzero temperatures and piles of snow. It’s a reminder that Florida — even as far south as Miami — can get cold, and that technically we’re not in the tropics.
The cold does have an effect on agricultural interests, so a freeze up in the citrus belt or the vegetable belt will effect the price of your orange juice or at the salad bar. Plus, all the snowbirds who came down to escape the cold air will wonder why they paid all that money to shiver on the beach.
This is supposed to be the last morning of this current cold wave. The temperatures are expected to bounce back to normal later today.
See you on the beach.
Germany says nein to Greece’s proposal to resolve its debt crisis.
President Obama calls for expansion of human rights to fight extremism.
Wal-Mart to pay $10 an hour minimum wage.
Superbug — Nearly 180 people may have been exposed to a deadly virus at a hospital in Los Angeles.
A first for Texas: a same-sex couple were granted a one-time-only marriage license.
Brrrr — Cold wave strikes the Midwest and East Coast.
It happens almost every winter here in South Florida, but it still catches locals by surprise.
On the upside, today’s high temperature of 60 is expected to be tomorrow’s low.
Egypt strikes back at ISIS in Libya.
Danish officials say they have arrested two people in connection with an attack at a freedom-of-speech event over the weekend.
A train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia; several hundred people evacuated.
The government is intervening in the labor dispute that has slowed shipping at West Coast ports.
Now it’s ice — The Southeast and Northeast brace for more bad weather.
6.8 earthquake hits northern Japan.
Alabama Chief Justice defies court ruling on marriage equality.
More snow hits the Northeast.
Second death in second shark attack in two days in Australia.
Violence ahead of soccer match in Egypt kills 22.
Who won a Grammy?
It must have been a hell of a night out there.
The U.S. and North Korea are holding secret talks about nukes.
The CDC warned against a “large outbreak” of measles.
The Northeast faces another blast of winter.
President Obama’s new budget includes GOP bait.
He’s alive — Cuba publishes photos of Fidel.
The blizzard in New England isn’t over yet.
Americans among those killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Libya.
A lot of people, including President Obama, showed up to pay respects in Saudi Arabia.
Consumer confidence is at its highest rating since 2007.
Mormons try to balance marriage equality and the right to discriminate.
Obamacare cost estimate keeps getting smaller.
Yeah, I know, you don’t need to hear anything about a big blizzard from a guy in Florida, but I hope that those of you who live up there in the snow zone are safe and warm.
I spent enough time in the snowbelt to know that blizzards are no joke; they should be taken as seriously as the tropical cyclonic events we get here in Florida, and in some places, the results can be just as devastating. So be careful out there.
The Big Snow in the Northeast.
Greece swears in a new leftist government.
Former CIA official convicted of espionage for leaking to the New York Times.
Drone crash at White House apparently accidental.
Auschwitz survivors return after 70 years.
“Monster blizzard” set to hit the Northeast.
Left-wing party wins Greek election.
Thirty dead in Muslim rebel clash with Philippine police.
Marriage equality on temporary hold in Alabama.
Gov. Chris Christie takes critical step towards run in 2016.
Over a million people marched in Paris against terror.
F.B.I. assumes larger surveillance role.
Ice storms and freezing rain head for the eastern U.S.
Seven shot, two killed in North Carolina house party.
House GOP plans to undercut Obama’s immigration plans.
Who won a Golden Globe?
This morning’s weather in my old home town:
One suspect in Paris massacre surrenders; two still at large.
A car bomb exploded outside a police academy in Yemen’s capital.
Testimony begins in the trial of Texas abortion law.
Europe has a deflation problem.
It’s very cold in the Midwest.
Bad weather hinders search for pieces from AirAsia plane.
North Korea does not like new U.S. sanctions.
U.S. drone strike kills militants in Pakistan.
Mike Huckabee will run for president again.
Another cold blast heads for the U.S.
This is not to lord over anyone the fact that it is going to be in the 80’s here in South Florida today. It’s just an appreciation of nice weather, and that’s my definition of it. Some people like it when it’s cold; warm weather makes them miserable, especially if it’s too humid. That’s fine; to each his/her own.
I’ve lived in all kinds of climates; from the north woods of Michigan to the high desert of New Mexico and places in between. For now — and likely for the future — I like the permanent summer of South Florida, and if you think I’m mocking you snowbirds with the sunny forecast, remember that next August when it’s a mild 78 in Minneapolis and I’m down here schvitzing like a racehorse in 90% humidity.
The death toll in the Taliban massacre in Pakistan is over 140.
The ruble is taking a nosedive.
Sarah Saldaña, the president’s nominee for head of ICE, has been confirmed.
California needs 11 trillion gallons to end the drought.
Obamacare sign-ups running strong.