Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas. Spokeswoman Donna Sellers said Scalia had retired the previous evening and was found dead Saturday morning after he did not appear for breakfast.
Scalia was the longest-serving current justice on the High Court, having been appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The married father of nine was also the first Italian-American on the court.
His death sets up a likely ideological showdown during a presidential election year as President Barack Obama vowed to nominate a successor to the justice during the remainder of his White House term.
"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time," Obama said in brief remarks Saturday evening.
With the issue likely to arise in a GOP presidential debate later Saturday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson said that Obama should wait for the next president to make a nomination.
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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Serious issues are facing the Republican presidential candidate in their debate Saturday night in South Carolina. The state has a deep-rooted military culture and is still reeling from the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church in June.
But style is going to beg for attention alongside pressing matters of policy.
Foremost, how will Marco Rubio do after his disastrous turn on the stage in New Hampshire?
And will Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, after carping at each other bitterly from a distance, do it face to face?
Can Ben Carson finally make a mark?
Pennsylvania State Police are moving wrecked vehicles off the highway after a snow squall led to a massive crash on I-78 involving more than 50 cars outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday morning. The pileup shut down both sides of the highway in Bethel Township, Lebanon County.
Three people are dead and there were multiple injuries including more than a dozen people trapped, according to reports on PennLive.com. Some first responders had to walk more than a mile to get to victims.
Trooper Justin Summa said an unknown number of critically injured patients were flown to six or seven hospitals and 70 more were transported by ambulance to other facilities.
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A Baton Rouge neighborhood was awakened before dawn Saturday by a hail of gunfire, with police saying two officers were wounded as they traded shots with a man they had been chasing.
Neighbors say dozens of shots were fired in an exchange that also wounded the suspect.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said the officers' injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening. The suspect was undergoing surgery at the same area hospital.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said a bullet grazed the head of one officer; the other officer was hit in the stomach but protected by his bulletproof vest.
"These guys are fortunate to be alive," Moore said. "God didn't want to take them today. It was not their day."
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Loss and healing were both themes of a ceremony Saturday to honor the lives of fallen veterans.
The U.S. Army Reserve Family Programs' Survivor Outreach Services hosted the second annual Operation Love Letters at Moffett Field in Mountain View.
The event was a chance for the parents and relatives of soldiers who lost their lives in combat to share stories and support, and write letters celebrating their loved ones.
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.
Click through for 10 cold weather safety tips to help protect you and your family this winter season.
A West Haven woman is lucky to have suffered only minor injuries when a car skid off the highway and into her in East Hartford on Monday afternoon.
A man who stopped his car to help her had a camera running on his dashboard it is caught the entire nail biter of a scene. The video show the woman’s car stopped against the wall on the side of the highway, facing the wrong direction, as she stands outside of it when the man pulls up behind her to help.
Faculty members of Mount St. Mary's University voted overwhelmingly Friday to ask the embattled president of the rural Maryland school to resign by Monday morning.
They sent Simon Newman a letter announcing the 87-3 vote despite his announcement Friday afternoon that he was reinstating two faculty members he had fired Monday amid an uproar over his plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer tuition refunds to those who chose to leave early in their first semester.
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.
President Barack Obama said he would nominate a successor following Justice Antonin Scalia's death at 79 on Saturday.
Obama read a statement praising the influential conservative Supreme Court Justice as "one of the towering legal figures of our time," but went on to say he'd fulfill his constitutional responsibilities and nominate a successor in "due time."
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