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A shrine maiden walks past the main shrine as a worker cleans the steps as snow falls in Tokyo on Thursday. The Associated Press



Storm blankets the south with snow and ice

NASHVILLE – A winter storm blanketed parts of the south with snow, freezing rain and sleet on Thursday, bringing roads in Tennessee and Kentucky to a standstill as the system traced a path through the Appalachians to the central Atlantic and the northeast.

Nashville recorded 6.3 inches of snowfall Thursday, breaking the city’s previous Jan.6 record of 4 inches since 1977, the National Weather Service said.

New York

Cuomo to appear in court virtually

ALBANY – Andrew Cuomo is due to appear in a virtual court hearing today as a judge considers a prosecutor’s request to dismiss a touching case against the former New York governor.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Tuesday asked Judge Holly Trexler to dismiss the misdemeanor complaint, just three days before Cuomo’s scheduled arraignment. Trexler informed prosecution and defense attorneys on Thursday that they would be required to appear virtually, along with Cuomo.


Mom, son murder-suicide victims

TUSCALOOSA – An Alabama woman and her 8-year-old son were victims of a double murder-suicide Thursday morning.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded at 3 a.m. to a shooting at Hinton Place in Tuscaloosa. Once there, Captain Jack Kennedy said witnesses reported that Darrin Patton Jr., 34, may have shot his girlfriend inside the house during a marital argument, reported al.com.



Sudanese forces kill 3 people during protests

CAIRO – Sudanese security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition on Thursday, killing at least three people as thousands again took to the streets of the capital and other towns to protest the capture military control of the country in October.

The spasm of violence is the latest since the October 25 coup that undermined hopes for a peaceful transition to democracy in Sudan. Thursday’s deaths bring the number killed since the coup to at least 60.


Planned completion of the space station

BEIJING – China has re-committed to completing its in-orbit space station by year-end and says it plans more than 40 launches by 2022, putting it at about the same level as states -United.

The launches would include those of two manned missions in Shenzhou, two cargo spacecraft from Tianzhou and two additional modules at the station, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

South Korea

Hair loss emerges as a new electoral problem

SEOUL – South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung is not bald. But he enjoys the support of bald voters for his efforts to push for government payments for hair loss treatments.

Since his proposal was leaked earlier this week, hair loss has become a hot topic ahead of the presidential vote in March, where previous elections have focused on North Korea’s nuclear program, relations with states -United, scandals and economic problems.

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