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Sky, a wire fox terrier, wins the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday in New York.
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Package blast kills lawyer

– Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

Police said 74-year-old Jon Setzer was killed and 72-year-old Marion Setzer was in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital on Tuesday.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials declined to say what kind of package was sent to the Lebanon home.

Gay teen attains Eagle Scout rank

Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

On Monday night, members of Boy Scout Troop 52 of Chevy Chase, one of the nation’s oldest troops, formed a circle and gave Pascal Tessier sustained applause and some handshakes and pats on the back.

His achievement comes just weeks after the organization lifted its ban on gay youth and may make him the first publicly gay Eagle approved under the new policy.

Wire fox terrier on top at Westminster

Sky the wire fox terrier has been declared America’s top dog.

Sky won best in show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night. The wire fox terrier beat out a standard poodle, a Portuguese water dog, a bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher.

Judge Betty Regina Leininger picked the winner at a nearly full Madison Square Garden in New York City. The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.

This was the record 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at the nation’s top dog show.

Atlanta braces for ‘catastrophic’ storm

Atlanta dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned of a potentially “catastrophic” second blow in a thick layer of ice that threatened to bring hundreds of thousands of power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days.

The streets and highways in metro Atlanta were largely deserted as people in the South’s business hub heeded advice from officials to hunker down at home, especially after the snow jam two weeks ago saw thousands of people stranded on icy, gridlocked roads for hours when 2 inches of snow fell.

Aid efforts blocked as truce nears end

Aid workers failed to evacuate anyone from blockaded, rebel-held neighborhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday or deliver any food, increasing pressure on them to complete the ambitious humanitarian operation before a fragile truce expires, activists and Syrian Red Crescent officials said.

More than 1,000 civilians have left the embattled districts, which have been under siege for 20 months by government forces and which suffer from widespread hunger.

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