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The Short List: Inspiring New York Fashion Week story; Philly to host the DNC; mourning Bob Simon

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:10

Out of the loop today? We've got what you missed.

       

Ala. must issue marriage licenses to gays, judge rules

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:08

Probate judge defied federal order.

       

Burned teen's mom urges witnesses to come forward

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:56

Jessica Chambers, 19, was found in December with burns over 98 percent of her body.

       

Homeowner gets 70 years for killing teen intruder

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:42

Montana judge says Markus Kaarma 'hunted' German exchange student and wasn't protecting family.

       

In Russia, Oscar-nominated 'Leviathan' opens old wounds

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:28

For residents of Teriberka, where it was filmed, the movie casts a light on corruption.

       

Ambassador: Iraq will retake cities from ISIL this year

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:21

"We are confident," Ambassador Lukman Faily tells USA TODAY's editorial board.

       

5 things you need to know Thursday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:12

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

Colo. florists offer pot-themed Valentine's Day bouquets

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:11

Customer must provide the marijuana and pick up completed arrangement.

       

'Hot dudes reading' proves paperbacks are still sexy

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:08

Who doesn't love a hot educated man?

       

How to propose: First, no kidnapping (Newser)

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:03

A man is in court after allegedly kidnapping a women with the end game of convincing her to marry him.

       

Bitter cold heads east as Boston braces for blizzard

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:58

Merciless cold and savage winds will bring more winter misery for tens of millions.

       

Obama signs veteran suicide prevention bill

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:53

Obama says government alone cannot solve the problem: "This has to be a national mission."

       

Leaders agree to Ukraine cease-fire

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:45

A previous peace deal agreed to in Minsk has failed to quell the violence.

       

Listen: 911 calls during shooting of 3 Muslim students

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:21

Three Muslim students were fatally shot in an apparent dispute over an apartment parking space Tuesday in North Carolina.

       

Biden to Dems: Run on what Obama and I have done

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:20

The vice president is in Iowa to talk about the administration's policies and proposals.

       

Korean Air nut rage exec sentenced to 1 year in prison

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:00

The court said Cho Hyun-ah was guilty of forcing a flight to change its route and two other charges.

       

NYPD: News icon Bob Simon wasn't wearing seatbelt

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:59

Simon was killed in a crash while riding in the back seat of a for-hire Lincoln Town Car.

       

See why this story about music brought anchor to tears

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:56

There is something about the power of music that speaks to our souls. Watch the story about this power that made a news anchor cry.

       

Oregon Democratic leaders want governor to resign

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:54

Turmoil in the Oregon's governor office worsened Thursday as the state's Secretary of State called Gov. John Kitzhaber's situation "bizarre ...

       

Senators seek end to economic embargo on Cuba

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:34

Bipartisan group of senators seeks to end economic embargo on Cuba