Weather conditions are a mess across much of the state today. School systems in ten counties across northwest Alabama opened late because of the threat of icy weather and flooding. Forecasters say temperatures are around freezing in areas, creating the possibility of road icing after days of rain. Also, flood watches cover the state's northwest and northeastern corners, along with the entire western section of the state from Birmingham to just north of Mobile.
Shoppers in Manhattan on Christmas Eve last month.
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Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December from November, the Census Bureau says. That may be a sign that as 2012 ended consumers were still in a shopping mood even as lawmakers in Washington struggled to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.
But just the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was heard saying them Monday is news. After all, the famously silent justice has not asked a question from the High Court's bench since Feb. 22, 2006.
On CBS This Morning moments ago, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that Lance Armstrong admitted to her in an interview recorded Monday that he did use performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories (titles he has since been stripped of).
One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don't belong to any religion.