Friday, January 3
Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Everly, one half of the pioneering Everly Brothers harmony duo that sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, has died. He was 74.
His son Jason Everly says his father died Friday at a Burbank hospital of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Everly and his brother Don molded rock 'n' roll with their high harmony while their poignant lyrics captured the restlessness and energy of a generation of young people.
Their hit records included the then-titillating "Wake Up Little Susie" and the universally identifiable "Bye Bye Love."
In all, their career spanned five decades, although they performed separately from 1973 to 1983. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, they had 19 top 40 hits.
TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL
UPDATE: Plans firmed up to move girl from Calif. hospital
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for a California hospital and the family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery have finished hammering out procedures for moving the girl to another facility.
The two sides emerged from a settlement conference Friday night with a federal magistrate offering few details about their day-long talks.
But Christopher Dolan, who represents Jahi McMath's mother, says he is pleased with the progress that was made.
He says Jahi's family now has clarity on what it needs to do to get the girl out of Children's Hospital, where doctors have been arguing that it's time to remove her from the ventilator that is keeping her heart pumping.
The girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, says the family won't say any more about their plans until she is resettled.
Pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman kept alive
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas hospital is refusing a husband's wish to pull life support for his pregnant wife whom he says has been declared brain dead.
Erick Munoz said he found his wife, Marlise, unconscious in November. At the time, she was 14 weeks pregnant.
Both Erick and Marlise are paramedics. He says they've have discussed that they would not want to be kept on life support.
But John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth says it's bound by state law not to pull life support from a pregnant patient. However, three experts on the law say a brain-dead patient is not covered by it.
While not ruling out legal action, Munoz said Friday that he's more concerned about letting others know about his family's ordeal.
Storm bring snow, freezing temperatures, kills at least 16
BOSTON (AP) — At least 16 deaths have been blamed on a winter storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in finger-numbing temperatures in parts of the Northeast.
Light, fluffy snow meant an easier time digging out than it might have been Friday. The storm has caused just a few thousand power outages.
But the bone-chilling cold could mean a risk of frostbite for anyone who spends more than a few minutes outside.
Wellington Ferreira has been clearing a snowy sidewalk in front of a Somerville, Mass., restaurant. He says: "My ears are frozen."
Wind chills around New England are reported as low as negative-20. Forecasters warn it could be just as bad into Saturday.
Temperatures in the Northeast are expected to rise above freezing this weekend before the arrival of another blast of frigid air already affecting the Midwest.
DEEP FREEZE-PACKERS FOOTBALL
Packers-49ers game shaping up to be Ice Bowl II
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sunday's playoff contest in Green Bay could be one of the coldest NFL games ever played, rivaling the subzero temperatures of the legendary Ice Bowl of 1967.
Temperatures at Lambeau Field are expected to be minus 2 degrees when the Packers and 49ers kick off and are expected to drop as the night goes on. At the so-called Ice Bowl, also in Green Bay, it got down to minus 13.
The Packers will give fans hand warmers, packets that fit inside gloves and stay warm for hours. They'll also provide coffee and hot chocolate.
Leon Perkins is a 49ers fan from temperate Stockton, Calif. He's going to the game and says he'll dress warmly and keep moving. He says the freezing temperature will make the game more memorable.
Rescued Antarctic passengers continue journey home
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic has resumed its journey home after it was halted for a second potential rescue operation.
The icebreaker Aurora Australis had been traveling through pack ice toward open water after a Chinese helicopter on Thursday plucked the passengers from their stranded Russian research ship and carried them to the Aurora.
But Australian Maritime Safety Authority told the Aurora on Friday afternoon to stay in the area because the Chinese icebreaker that had provided the helicopter might not be able to get through the ice and may need help.
AMSA said the Aurora had been allowed on Saturday to continue its journey to Australia despite the Chinese ship remaining stuck in ice.
Obama to leave Hawaii for Washington on Saturday
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning his return to Washington after two weeks in Hawaii for a holiday vacation.
White House officials say that the president and his family expect to depart Hawaii on Saturday night.
The president's vacation, spanning Christmas and New Year's, is his longest to the islands during his presidency. He was born in Honolulu.
Obama has spent most of his vacation playing golf and staying in a rented home in the sleepy suburb of Kailua on Oahu's eastern coast.
He has taken his daughters to the zoo and for shave ice and watched Oregon State play in the first round of a basketball tournament.
Obama also has done some official business, signing a defense bill and a budget deal easing spending cuts.
NSA SURVEILLANCE-RAND PAUL
Sen. Paul says he's suing over NSA policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he is filing suit against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies of the National Security Agency. And on his website, he's urging Americans to join the lawsuit, in his words, "to stop Barack Obama's NSA from snooping on the American people."
In an interview airing Friday night on Fox News, the Kentucky Republican tells host Sean Hannity that he believes everyone in the U.S. with a cellphone would be eligible to join the suit as a class action.
Paul says that people who want to join the suit are telling the government that it can't have access to emails and phone records without permission or without a specific warrant.
Paul says the lead lawyer in the suit is Virginia's former attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.
OBIT-GONE WITH THE WIND ACTRESS
NEW: 'Gone With the Wind' actress dies at 98
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The oldest surviving cast member of "Gone with the Wind" has died in South Carolina. She was 98.
Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes in the 1939 film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Kimberly Farfone Borts is spokeswoman for the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, S.C. She told The Associated Press that Rhett died about 5 p.m. Friday at Gadsden, where she had lived since August 2002.
In the movie, India Wilkes is a sister of Ashley Wilkes, with whom Scarlett O'Hara is deeply in love before Ashley marries his cousin and Scarlett becomes involved with Rhett Butler.
The news release says Alicia Rhett was born Feb. 1, 1915, in Savannah, Ga.
Farfone said Rhett also was a portrait painter who sketched her fellow actors on the set.
NEW: Actress Barbara Lawrence dies at age 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Barbara Lawrence, who played Gertie Cummings in the 1955 movie "Oklahoma!", has died. She was 83.
Her daughter-in-law, Christy Nelson, said Friday that the actress died of kidney failure on Nov. 13.
Lawrence's career spanned the late 1940s through the early 1960s.
Her movies include "The Street with No Name," ''A Letter To Three Wives," and the 1957 sci-fi cult classic "Kronos."
Her TV work included episodes of "Perry Mason" and "Bonanza."
Lawrence later became an author, publicist and real estate agent in Beverly Hills.
She has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.