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Winter storm blows in

Just when you thought it was safe to venture outside again, another wide swath of bitter cold air is sweeping the nation, thrusting temperatures to near zero degrees in the upper Midwest and promising to blast snow across parts of the Northeast today.
Washington could see a high of 18 degrees with 3 to 7 inches of snow; up to 10 inches could hit New York and Philadelphia.

Gov. Chris Christie to be sworn in for second term amid scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take his oath of office midday Tuesday for a second term, amid a scandal over traffic jams on a busy bridge and controversies over Superstorm Sandy aid. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno pushed back Monday on allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat, that Hoboken was denied Sandy recovery money because Zimmer didn't support a real estate development favored by Christie. Current and former mayors from 13 Jersey Shore communities have defended the Christie administration, saying disaster funds were pledged with no strings attached.

Church sex abuse files on 30 Chicago priests going public

More than 6,000 pages detailing how the Archdiocese of Chicago handled the sexual abuse of children by priests will be made public Tuesday. Victims' attorneys say the documents will show that the archdiocese concealed abuse for decades, including moving priests to new parishes where they molested again. The disclosure is part of a legal settlement with the victims and it primarily deals with abuse that took place before 1988.

Is it a date? Or hanging out? Survey reflects confusion

New data, provided exclusively to USA TODAY, bear out just how muddy the dating landscape can be. An online survey of 2,647 singles, ages 18-59, illustrates that level of ambiguity: 69% are at least somewhat confused about whether an outing with someone they're interested in is a date or not. Although 80% agree that a date is "a planned one-on-one hangout," almost one-quarter (24%) also think it is "a planned evening with a group of friends," and 22% agree that "if they ask me out, it's a date." The survey, conducted in September, was commissioned by dating websites ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com.

Roger Goodell says the NFL may eliminate extra points

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league may remove extra points from the game in an effort to keep things lively, during an interview Monday on the NFL Network. Goodell explained that one proposal he's heard of is to automatically award seven points for a touchdown, and then allow teams to go for an eighth point with a passing or running play. If the team fails to convert when going for eight, however, they would lose a point, earning six total points for the touchdown.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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