Too cold for building snowmen...Air travel disruption...Supreme Court puts halt to Utah gay marriage

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 3:01 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is urging people to stay safe and warm inside amid dangerously cold temperatures across much of the eastern half of the country. Temperatures in Michigan have plunged well below zero, and Snyder says it's not a time "to have kids go outside and build a snowman, or an igloo." He's also telling motorists to "slow down" and be extra careful on entrance and exit ramps.

CHICAGO (AP) — Frigid temperatures are causing major disruptions to air travel. More than 3,700 flights were canceled by Monday afternoon, with the bulk of them in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Boston. With wind chills as low as 45 below zero at some airports, workers could only remain exposed on the ramp for a few minutes. Airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport say fuel and de-icing liquids have been freezing and fuel pumping slowly in the cold.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some gay couples in Utah say they feel like "second-class citizens," now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages in the state on hold. The high court granted Utah an emergency appeal following last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples' constitutional rights. The court did not rule on the merits of the case or on same-sex marriage bans in general, leaving both sides expressing confidence they'll ultimately win.

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Rifle Association is applauding a federal judge's decision overturning Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang ruled that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. Chang wrote that the nation's third-largest city "goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol. The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist's rendering of the monument Monday and says it has formally submitted an application to the panel that oversees the Capitol grounds. The group says Oklahoma's decision to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue.

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