Afghanistan: The Taliban suspended its peace talks with the U.S. citing Washington’s "alternating and ever changing position," according to The Washington Post. The news comes as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta concludes a visit with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
New Jersey: A Union County jury ruled that a man who bilked his co-workers out of a $38.5 million lottery pool must share the prize, The Star-Ledger reports. In other Jerz-related news, jury deliberations continue in the case of a former Rutgers University student who allegedly spied on his roommate. Dharun Ravi's former roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death in 2010 from the George Washington Bridge after his embrace with another man was broadcast via webcam over the internet.
War on Women: Senate Democrats are pushing for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and they're facing staunch opposition from conservatives, reports The New York Times. The once bi-partisan legislation is the latest struggle for women across the country on women's health issues and rights.
"I'll see you around": Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich made final remarks to the media as he left Chicago for Colorado to start a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, Chicago Tribune reports.