Receive Breaking News updates as they occur
WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia's body lay in a Texas funeral home Sunday and officials awaited word about whether they would need to perform an autopsy before the late Supreme Court justice could return home to Virginia. In the nation's capital, where flags flew at half-staff at the White House and Supreme Court, the political sniping soared, raising the prospect of a court short-handed for some time.
The sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering conservative icon on the US Supreme Court, has set off an epic election-year battle over his successor that will shape American life far into the future. Scalia died in his sleep at age 79, leaving what has been a conservative-dominated court evenly divided in a year of blockbuster cases -- on abortion, affirmative action, immigration, and President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The news sent a shock wave through the race for the White House, as Republican and Democratic candidates absorbed the implications of the surprise, potentially course-altering opening on the court.
John Torchetti, a former coach of CSKA Moscow, was named interim coach of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild on Sunday, hours after the firing of coach Mike Yeo. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher made the move after a 4-2 home loss to Boston on Saturday stretched Minnesota's losing streak to eight games.