Published Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 4:57 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 4:59 a.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that combines the nation's top two cable TV companies and would create a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes. The all-stock deal was approved by the boards of both companies. It is expected to close by the end of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After pummeling wide swaths of the South, a winter storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in Washington as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents. Some streets are nearly deserted Thursday during the normally frantic Washington commute. Many are heeding warnings to stay off the roads, as Southerners did a day earlier. Cars are capped in white, with more snow falling. Federal offices and the city's two main airports are closed.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ARMY OF UTILITY WORKERS LABORING IN THE SOUTH
HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — Federal agents intercepted the wealthy Iranian entrepreneur at a U.S. airport, questioned him about his business and charged him with illegal export of American-made satellite equipment to his native country. Seyed Amin Ghorashi Sarvestani pleaded guilty soon afterward, but changed circumstances now have encouraged him to challenge his 30-month prison sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsure what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Nothing is the wrong answer. An Associated Press-WE tv survey found only 17 percent of adults in committed relationships say they don't want a gift this Friday or are skipping the holiday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party is teeing off on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Matt Bevin, who is challenging McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, seized on the senator's vote Wednesday to move ahead on legislation to increase the nation's debt limit, describing it as a blank check for President Barack Obama. The tea party-backed businessman and conservative groups signaled they won't let Senate Republican incumbents forget the vote this election year.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan released 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison on Thursday despite protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces. The move further strains relations between Washington and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, whose increasingly anti-American rhetoric and refusal to sign a long-negotiated bilateral security deal has heightened uncertainty ahead of the year-end withdrawal of most international combat troops.
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 51 people, including 13 rebels, died in a single day of Syrian government airstrikes and shelling of opposition-controlled districts of Aleppo, activists said Thursday as international mediators were trying to salvage faltering peace negotiations in Geneva. The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said most of the victims were killed by airstrikes and barrel bombs dumped on eight rebel-held districts of the northern city on Wednesday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart warned North Korea on Thursday against any possible aggression amid mixed signals from the North over returning to denuclearization talks. Kerry, meanwhile, urged U.S. allies South Korea and Japan to repair deep divisions between them that threaten coordination in dealing with North Korea.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — What a stunning sight: Shani Davis gliding around the speedskating oval, head down in defeat, staring glumly at the ice. For the U.S. Olympic team, it's becoming more and more common.