National News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=491 National News 2015-02-01T12:12:02Z National News #version=9,0,0,0" width="300" height="54" id="CBSNews_v2" align="middle"> California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation's most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry weather. The state's driest January on record was in 1984, when the 30-day average precipitation in the state reached 0.33 of an inch (0.84 cm), under one method used to gauge rainfall statewide, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mathews. The low rainfall combined with warmer-than-average temperatures have resulted in a meager snow pack, the California Department of Water Resources said in a statement. Five found slain in Georgia house, police seek 26-year-old man By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia police were searching for a 26-year-old man on Sunday in the killings of five people whose bodies were discovered in a house the night before. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 60, Troup County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Stewart Smith told Reuters. Four of the five victims were related, Smith said. Lagrange, a town in Troup County near the Alabama border, is about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Atlanta, “One of the victims had not been to work for a couple of days and their employer was concerned and called 911,” Smith said. Toddler shoots father, pregnant mother at New Mexico motel (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded his father and pregnant mother with a 9 mm handgun that he pulled out of the woman's purse while searching for an iPad, police in New Mexico said on Sunday. Both parents needed hospital treatment for non-life threatening injuries after the bullet went through his father's buttocks and into his mother's shoulder, Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik said. AccuWeather: Winter Storm Arrives Tonight Meteorologist Chris Sowers says light snow develops very late this afternoon. Pretrial meeting set on secret info in US Capitol plot case CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge will meet with prosecutors and defense attorneys on how to handle classified information in the case of an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers. 2-alarm fire at Mercer County convenience store Firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire at a Ewing Township convenience store in Mercer County Sunday morning. Pregnant smokers persuaded to quit with free diapers AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Pregnant smokers in one northeast Ohio county can get free diapers in exchange for permanently kicking the habit through a new health program. Prisoner escapes in Berks County Authorities in Berks County are searching for an escaped prisoner. Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother BOSTON (AP) — The best chance to save the life of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be to put his dead brother on trial. Water main break in Fishtown A water main break in Philadelphia's Fishtown section caused dangerous road conditions early Sunday morning. Sheriff seeking 'person of interest' after 5 people killed LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a "person of interest" after five people were found slain inside a home in west Georgia. 'Sniper' shoots down Super Bowl weekend record with $31.9M NEW YORK (AP) — "American Sniper" has shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. Culturally sensitive palliative care represents new approach WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated. Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said. Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast CHICAGO (AP) — A powerful storm moved from the Plains into the Midwest early Sunday that was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places before making its way into New England, where many cities are still digging out from a winter walloping from early last week. Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved. Northern California chief's new approach revitalizes force RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — In December, the openly gay, white police chief of this tough, minority-dominated Northern California city held up a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter" during a protest over the deaths of two unarmed black suspects at the hands of Missouri and New York police. Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to fine the nation's largest electricity company. APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. Virginia state House still mulling disgraced lawmaker's fate RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joseph D. Morrissey used to be one of the most outspoken members of Virginia's House of Delegates, a habitual speechmaker who gave a lengthy soliloquy on the House floor nearly every day. Lawyer fights $1M fine over banned testimony, mistrial PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A single word of testimony at a medical-malpractice trial has cost a Pennsylvania lawyer a nearly $1 million fine she says threatens her home, her family and her small law firm. Asians slower to seek immigration protection LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama's reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and served a year in a Florida jail, has long burnished his reputation as a philanthropist through a series of foundations that he says have given millions of dollars to institutions ranging from Harvard University to a New York junior tennis league. The filing has also renewed questions about Epstein's once close links to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, though there are no allegations of any wrongdoing by Clinton. Prison school's defenders say cuts would hurt mission NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Thousands of former inmates can claim the Community High School of Vermont as their alma mater, the place they received the education allowing them to become productive citizens upon their release from prison. But like any other school, the one run by the state's Department of Corrections is facing the prospect of big budget cuts. Egypt releases Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Al Jazeera says it is pleased that Australian reporter Peter Greste has been released from an Egyptian prison and is demanding that authorities now release two of its other correspondents still behind bars. Self-styled 'seer' faces murder trial for death he foretold WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of a Kansas commune that prosecutors say lived off life insurance payouts from its dead members faces trial this week in the 2003 drowning of a woman whose death he had allegedly foretold weeks earlier. Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe. AccuWeather: Winter Storm Arrives Sunday Night Meteorologist Chris Sowers says light snow develops very late this afternoon. A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked with an X: Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. WRHL 2015-02-01T17:12:02Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=491