Newtown residents upset about NRA robocalls three months after school massacre

Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they’re outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Town residents say the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun control proposals. Lawmakers are debating whether to ban military-style assault weapons, prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines and other measures in response to the school shootings. Dan O’Donnell lives in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown and told WVIT-TV that the robocalls are “ridiculous and insensitive.” Messages seeking comment were left with the NRA, which like other nonprofit groups is allowed to make robocalls under federal law. Continue Reading

$2-Million Powerball Ticked Purchased in Oskaloosa

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — No one in Iowa won Powerball’s $338.3 million jackpot this weekend, but a winning ticket worth $2 million was sold in Oskaloosa.  

Iowa lottery officials say the $2 million winning ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball. The ticket was worth $2 million because the buyer purchased a power play option to double the prize. Shelby Sharp, who works at the Kum and Go that sold the winner, said Sunday morning that no one had contacted the store about claiming their winnings yet. Four other tickets sold in Iowa are worth $10,000 because they matched four numbers. Continue Reading

Spring Snowstorm Gaining Strength, Heading East

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Spring is buried under winter in parts of the Midwest and the storm continues to move east.  

The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings and advisories for as far east as Pennsylvania, and officials are blaming two deaths in separate crashes in Kansas and Missouri on snow-slicked roads. The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to dump 6 to 10 inches of snow over central Indiana. People in states as far west as Colorado are digging out. Continue Reading

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Kerry Surprises Afghans, Karzai with Unannounced Visit

KABUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to see President Hamid Karzai, amid concerns the Afghan president may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with anti-American rhetoric.  

Kerry arrived in the Afghan capital today for a 24-hour visit and is meeting Karzai, civic leaders and others to discuss continued U.S. assistance to the country. His visit coincides with the handover of a major detention center to Afghan officials. It also comes as Karzai has infuriated U.S. officials by accusing Washington of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak even as the Obama administration presses ahead with plans to hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces and end NATO’s combat mission by the end of next year. Continue Reading