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Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast
NEW YORK (AP) -- A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said....

What you need to know about the snow headed to the Northeast
The busy Northeast corridor prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the coming storm:...

Obama presides over India's grand Republic Day parade
NEW DELHI (AP) -- President Barack Obama presided Monday over a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands, and elaborately dressed camels, becoming the first American leader to be honored as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities....

'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
BOSTON (AP) -- One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon....

Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter....

Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read "Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More."...

Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases....

Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) -- Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed....

Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo....

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami
MIAMI (AP) -- Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami....

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