Montana lieutenant governor to replace Max Baucus

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, right, remarks on his appointment to the U.S. Senate Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, during a press conference in the Montana capitol. Bullock appointed Walsh to serve out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who will...

Hoffman’s NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars

Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K....

Hoffman’s NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars

Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K....

Winter storm: Pacific Northwest heads for Round 2

Carson Bloom, 9, sleds down the hill at Irving Park late Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Portland, Ore. A handful of kids in the Irvington neighborhood were out taking advantage of the snow conditions at the park. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura) Carson Bloom, 9, sleds down the...

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

President Barack Obama speaks about the farm bill, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The president planned to sign the farm bill at Michigan State University, choosing middle America for a rare celebration of Washington political...

Utility crews make progress on outages in Pa., Md.

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2014, a man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm in Philadelphia. Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to...

On Russian TV, US mom urges waiver to adoption ban

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014 AND THEREAFTER – In this 2009 photo provided by the family, Renee Thomas holds Nikolai at an orphanage in Kursk, Russia. Thomas says she’s returning to Russia in January 2014 to make the case that Jack, their adopted son, and...

Propane lack fuels crisis at Dakotas reservation

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — A nationwide propane shortage has hit an American Indian reservation that straddles the Dakotas’ border particularly hard. A more than doubling of the fuel’s cost has crippled efforts to stay warm — and alive — through...

Ice storm’s wake leaves power customers in dark

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2014, a man inspects an ice covered downed tree that took out an utility line and landed atop a minivan, after a winter storm in Philadelphia. Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to...

Deliberations continue in Chicago terror trial

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury deliberation has resumed in the federal trial of three men who are accused of plotting attacks during the 2012 NATO summit. The three are facing terrorism charges under a rarely tested state statute. Prosecutor Tom Biesty says the trio wanted to...