WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak trains won't be headed south into the winter storm today. Amtrak says the suspensions are meant to reduce the exposure of passengers, crews and equipment to extreme weather. Amtrak says other services, including the Northeast Corridor, are scheduled to operate. Meanwhile, Georgia Power is already reporting thousands of power outages, and roads from Texas to the Carolinas and in Atlanta are getting slick.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and two people were critically injured when a truck and a New York City bus collided early this morning then barreled into scaffolding and a building. Officials say two other people were critically injured. Two passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries.
MIAMI (AP) — The long-delayed examination of issues begins today in the resentencing of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla (hoh-ZAY' puh-DEE'-uh). A federal judge in South Florida scheduled an afternoon hearing. Padilla was originally sentenced to 17 years in prison for terrorism support and conspiracy convictions. A federal appeals court ruled in 2011 that the sentence was too lenient, given Padilla's criminal record and terrorist training.
BRUSSELS (AP) — One of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal is expected to expand its law today. Belgium's House is expected to take the unprecedented step of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children. The legislation appears to have wide support. Opponents worry vulnerable children will be talked into making a final, irreversible choice. Supporters say the law will have limits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Credit reporting agency TransUnion says fewer homeowners are getting behind on their mortgages. The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell in the October-December quarter to 3.85 percent. That's down from 5.08 percent a year earlier and is the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2008.