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Rachel Canning (right) sits with her friend Jamie Inglesino during a hearing at the Morris County Courthouse on Tuesday. Canning, an honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18, is now asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college.

Teen Sues Parents, Claiming They Owe Her Money For College

A judge held an unusual hearing in New Jersey on Tuesday: a lawsuit brought by an 18-year-old who says her parents kicked her out of their house. Rachel Canning is seeking to force her parents to give her financial support and money for college, in addition to pay for tuition at her private school.

Superior Court Family Division Judge Peter Bogaard, who heard the case in Morristown, N.J., on Tuesday afternoon, denied Canning's requests in what's seen as the first round of hearings in the case.

People walk by a Radio Shack storefront on Tuesday in San Francisco.

RadioShack To Close 1,000 Stores Nationwide Amid Big Losses

RadioShack said Tuesday it will close 1,100 retail stores across the country amid a disappointing fourth quarter, in a sign that the electronics retailer is ceding ever-more market share to big box stores and online providers, such as Amazon.

CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closings would leave the company with more than 4,000 U.S. stores still operating. RadioShack did not say which of its stores it planned to shutter.

It's too cold to eat out.

Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear

The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as this week's storm, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual.

Sal Sambataro, the manager of Il Cortile in Manhattan, says that when the weather is better, people are packed into the family-owned Italian restaurant. On a recent day, though, the temperature is close to 15 degrees and the doorman wears a furry hat. Business is slower than usual.

High Court Extends Whistleblower Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a federal whistleblower law, enacted after the collapse of Enron Corporation, protects not just the employees of a public company, but also company contractors like lawyers, accountants, and investment funds.

Writing for the six-justice majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that in enacting the Sarbanes-Oxley law in 2002, Congress provided protection from retaliation for employees and contractors alike to ensure that they would not be intimidated into silence when they knew of corporate wrongdoing.

Marijuana plants in Seattle.

D.C. Council Votes To Decriminalize Some Marijuana Use

The District of Columbia Council moved Tuesday to decriminalize some use of marijuana.

The Washington Post reports Mayor Vincent Gray said he intends to sign the bill into law, pitting the district directly against the federal government, which still considers smoking marijuana a criminal offense.

Host Abby Martin of RT America's <em>Breaking the Set</em>.

Russian TV Host Who Slammed Moscow Says She Won't Go To Crimea

The Kremlin-backed Russia Today television channel says a program host who delivered a show-closing commentary denouncing Moscow's intervention in Ukraine will be sent to Crimea to "make up her own mind." But the anchor herself begs to differ.

In Boston, Gay Groups Remain Closed Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade

As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year

Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine

Among Soldiers, Risk Of Suicide May Have Surprising Roots