Hernandez murder trial delayed by snowstorm

The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, which was to resume Monday, has been delayed a day due to a major snowstorm coming to the region. Monday’s delay is the fourth snow day in the trial’s two-week span.

Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister.


Government-backed troops begin assault on extremists

Troops loyal to Libya’s internationally backed government launched a new offensive to seize the extremist-held city of Benghazi, as witnesses saw corpses on the streets Sunday and ambulances racing by.

Information over what was happening in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, remained unclear, though a medical official at al-Jalaa hospital, one of only two working hospitals in the city, said at least 10 people had been killed since Friday. Benghazi has been held by the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an umbrella group for the city’s hard-line militias.


‘Boyhood’ gets top honors at British film awards

Slow-cooked coming-of-age tale “Boyhood” took the best film and director trophies at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, while Wes Anderson’s candy-colored comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the biggest haul of prizes, with five.

Both are unusual works by distinctive directors, and there were also multiple trophies for the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything” and the jazz-drumming drama “Whiplash” at an event that proved small, personal films could emerge as winners.

Awards-season high-flyer “Birdman” had its wings clipped, taking only a cinematography prize from 10 nominations.

– From news service reports