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Aunt: 13 captive children denied contact with relatives
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) -- Thirteen malnourished siblings allegedly kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents in a Southern California home lived a strict existence with no social lives and no contact with extended family, two of their aunts said Wednesday....



No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials....



Across the South, it's snow, ice and record-breaking cold
ATLANTA (AP) -- The South awoke Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess that caused problems as far south as the Gulf Coast. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, then came below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities....



'Mama warrior' in Miami aids children of deported migrants
MIAMI (AP) -- The 29-year-old Mexican farmworker was stressed and afraid. Her husband had just been detained by immigration authorities as he left a South Florida construction site and was about to be deported. She feared the same would soon happen to her. What would become of her two kids?...



Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."...



Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the "Bold North." Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota's wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports....



Ex-CIA officer arrested, charged with keeping documents
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged with illegally retaining classified records, including names and phone numbers of covert CIA assets....



Jury deciding fate of 'cocaine cowboys' pilot in fraud case
MIAMI (AP) -- A jury has begun to deliberate in an auto fraud case against a pilot who once flew loads of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era....



FEMA: Hawaii didn't need approval to retract missile alert
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn't need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack....



Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel....