(Reuters) - Schools in Chicago, Boston and other large cities closed on Thursday as sub-zero temperatures and bitter winds gripped central and eastern United States for a third day and meteorologists warned there was little relief in sight.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sharp drop in arrests and fines in New York may prove costly for the city but it could already be hurting some traffic lawyers and bail bonds firms, which are seeing their phones ring less often as fewer people are in trouble and need help.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court will consider arguments Thursday on how to handle tens of thousands of drug convictions that were potentially tainted by a rogue crime lab scientist, in a case that could have national implications.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the Pentagon said on Thursday it was ending operations at an air base in Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments in a move projected to save $500 million annually.
HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut teenager diagnosed with cancer, who has been forced for the past month to receive state-ordered chemotherapy over her family's objections, will ask the state's top court on Thursday to order a stop to the treatments.
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state teenager changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday in the murder of a World War Two veteran he beat up with an accomplice in 2013 during what he said was a drug deal, Spokane area media reported.
DENVER (Reuters) - Attorneys defending accused Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes sought a further delay of his murder trial, set to begin this month, after recently receiving "a vast amount" of new information, court documents showed on Wednesday.
TORONTO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bill Cosby, the subject of more than a dozen sex-abuse allegations over the past three months, opened three Canadian shows this week as more women leveled accusations against the comedian.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police union leaders said they rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio's leadership after emerging from a meeting with the city's police commissioner on Wednesday, suggesting the mayor's effort to mend his unusually deep rift with police was failing.