The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has set up an important, controversial question: Should President Obama, in his last 10 months in office, be allowed to appoint a justice who would likely create a liberal majority on the Supreme Court?
The Supreme Court has long been divided between five justices appointed by Republicans and four by Democrats.
If Obama appoints a fellow Democrat to replace the deeply-conservative Scalia, he would tip the Court's balance, giving the liberals an advantage that could endure well beyond the president's tenure.
But Republicans, including five out of six GOP presidential candidates at Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina said Obama should either not nominate a justice and leave the decision for the next president, or the Senate should block any pick.
The importance of this potential nomination fight explains why the reaction in the wake of Scalia's death quickly become very political and divided along partisan lines.
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Pope Francis heads into the capital's crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican "periphery," where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life.
The pontiff is expected to bring a message of hope and solidarity to residents with a Mass featuring readings about not being tempted by the devil — a common exhortation from a pope who frequently invokes the threat of "the evil one."
The Mass is to take place at an outdoor field with an estimated capacity of 400,000, and the pope's choice of Ecatepec for what figures to be his biggest event in Mexico says volumes about his priorities.
Saturday's Republican presidential debate was the perfect spot for GOP candidates to try and project legal gravitas after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
That was a fairly civil discussion.
Then came the brawls:
First, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush went after each other. Then Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio got into their own shouting match, which even devolved into barbs about who can speak Spanish.
Then it was back to Trump v. Bush for Round Two. Next up: Trump v. Cruz.
John Kasich tried to stand above the fray.
Speed dating or video interaction is much more effective than photos in an online profile when someone's looking for love, some experts have concluded.
University of Texas evolutionary psychology researchers Lucy Hunt and Paul Eastwick found that prospective mates might easily dismiss a photo, but get "an authentic picture" from speed dating and video, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
A fugitive accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and two of her children at a Staten Island hotel was captured Saturday and charged with murder.
A four-day manhunt by U.S. Marshals and the NYPD culminated with the 4 p.m. capture of Michael Sykes, who was nabbed while ringing the doorbell to a friend's residence on 31st Street in the Woodside neighborhood. The friend had called 911 to summon police.
Federal agents had joined NYPD officers in canvassing New York City's five boroughs for Sykes, suspected of fatally stabbing Rebecca Cutler, 28, their 4-month-old daughter Maiyah Sykes and her one-year-old half sister Ziana Cutler on Wednesday at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island.
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One person died and another was in critical condition after their ATV fell through the ice on a Michigan lake, police said early Sunday, NBC News reported.
Michigan State Police said the ATV's driver lost control and went into an "uncontrolled slide" across the surface of Crystal Lake on Saturday night, breaking through a fenced-in portion of the lake where a polar-plunge event had been held.
The ATV — with four people aboard — went into a hole cut in the ice for the polar plunge, police said in a statement. Two passengers were able to pull themselves out unharmed but the driver and 25-year-old woman were submerged, according to police.
Bystanders used a tow-strap and pick-up truck to partially pull out the ATV and rescue personnel treated the two who'd been submerged, police said.
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With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.
The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.
The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.
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In the third-most populous state, rich with delegates, there has long been one Florida "do-not-touch" political third rail: Cuba.
And in south Florida, home to more than 1.3 million Cuban exiles and Cuban-American immigrants, to speak ill of those who flee the communist island has remained a death knel, NBC News reported.
Now Donald Trump is testing yet one more well-worn political rule: visit the state, drink a Cuban coffee (cafecito) and then rail against communist Cuba and the Castro brothers, while extending a warm welcome to those Cubans who escaped the island nation.
But the self-avowed "non-politician" who is Donald Trump has not only stepped on that third rail here, but kicked it hard without nuance.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times late Friday, Trump told political reporter Adam Smith that allowing Cuban immigrants legal access to the U.S under a 1966 law known as the Cuban Adjustment Act is wrong.
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Police are asking for the public's help to locate a woman who allegedly assaulted a 70-year-old cab driver when he turned on the taxi's meter in New York City.
The woman got into the car at about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the corner of 158th Street and Broadway and asked to be taken to Times Square.
The 2016 presidential candidates Saturday reacted with surprise and sadness to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, with some of the GOP contenders also urging President Obama to hold off on nominating a successor.
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Family, friends and an entire community mourned a 12-year-old Norristown, Pennsylvania, boy who died while trying to save his father from a house fire.
A memorial service for 12-year-old Sanford Harling, III was held late Saturday morning at the Christian Network Outreach, United Church of Christ in Norristown.
Harling died in a fire at his home back on February 5. Harling and his family were inside when the fire started on the first floor of the twin home. Flames quickly spread to the second floor and were so intense that windows burst. While Sanford escaped, he realized that his father, who was recovering from a recent surgery, hadn’t made it out. The boy ran back into the home but never returned, family members said.
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