2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

Steam rises from Lake Superior as the ship St. Clair comes to harbor during some of the coldest temps of the year, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Canal Park in Duluth, Minn. The St. Clair is a self-unloader built in 1976 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and is 770 feet long and has 26 hatches that open into 5 cargo holds, providing a load capacity of 45,000 tons. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the central U.S. as 2018 began Monday, breaking low temperature records, icing over some New Year’s celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements.

Perils abroad, full plate at home, as Trump opens 2nd year

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron arrive for a New Year's Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The glamour of his holiday break behind him, President Donald Trump is returning to Washington to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical midterm elections and perilous threats abroad.

California pot shops ring in 2018, ring up first legal sales

Margot Simpson, right, and Diana Gladden wait in line to purchase marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Starting New Year's Day, recreational marijuana can be sold legally in California. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Customers lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California as the new year brought broad legalization some two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.

In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

This Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 photo shows a sexual assault evidence collection kit at Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County in Fayetteville, N.C. Hundreds of kits that had been collected have been thrown away by Fayetteville police. Years after the kits were discarded, Fayetteville police have been working with a crisis group to call the victims and tell them what happened. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room.

Roberts promises review of judiciary’s misconduct policies

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks in Washington. Roberts used his annual report on the federal judiciary Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, to promise a careful evaluation of its sexual misconduct policies and to highlight the work of court employees following the year’s destructive hurricanes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is promising a careful evaluation of the federal judiciary’s sexual misconduct policies and an effort to highlight the work of court employees following the year’s destructive hurricanes.

Revelers around the world ring in 2018, say bye to the old

Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)

Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revelers ring in 2018. A look at how people around the world are marking the end of the year:

Anticipation high as California rolls out retail pot sales

In this Dec. 22, 2017 photo, Dale Gieringer of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) poses for photos at his house in Berkeley, Calif. Californians may awake on New Year's Day to a familiar scent in greater-than-normal concentrations. A whiff of marijuana will likely be in the air as the nation's cannabis king lights up to celebrate the first legal retail sales of pot in the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales.

5 Colorado deputies shot, 1 fatally, in ‘ambush’ attack

A long line of police vehicles stand on County Line Road near the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.

Dozens of militants evacuated from southern Syria

In this photo released on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government forces stand on their checkpoint as busses, background, wait to evacuate Syrian militants and their families from Beit Jin village, in the southern province of Daraa, Syria. Dozens of Syrian militants and their families have left aboard buses an area where they have been besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights part of a deal to clear yet another district from insurgents. (SANA via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrian militants and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights early Saturday, part of a deal to clear yet another district of insurgents.

Russian security agency arrests supermarket bombing suspect

This photo provided by the Information Center of the Russian National Antiterrorism Committee shows the damage inside a supermarket after an explosion, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Wednesday's explosion at a supermarket in the country's second-largest city was a terrorist attack, at least 13 people were injured. (National Antiterrorism Committee via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A man was arrested Saturday in connection with a St. Petersburg supermarket bombing that wounded 18 people, Russia’s main domestic security agency said.



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