Senate supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from a private Canadian company to Texas oil refineries, failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the controversial project.
Louisiana's two-term Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal opened an all-day prayer rally that drew thousands to LSU. Critics argued the American Family Association, the group hosting the rally, promotes discrimination.
Shannon Maureen Conley of Arvada, Colo., was sentenced to four years in a federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State, designated by the US government as a foreign terrorist organization. She had planned to fly to Syria join ISIS.
Residents from Maryland to New England will see a mix of sleet, rain, and snow over the weekend, as winter's first major storm moves along the Eastern Seaboard. Boston is expected to get between 4 to 6 inches of snow.