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March 13, 2017 - 2:45 am


Nor'easter to bring heavy snow, strong winds to Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut. Winter storm warnings and watches have been issued for the remainder of the Northeast.

Meteorologists say the storm could dump 12 to 18 inches of snow on New York City with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon.

Boston also could get 12 to 18 inches, while Philadelphia could see 6 to 12 and Washington 6 to 10.


McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration to submit by Monday evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign, as President Donald Trump has charged.

Republican Sen. John McCain says Trump has two choices: either provide the evidence or retract his allegation against former President Barack Obama.


Confirmation hearing for Trump's labor pick now March 22

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department has been delayed until later this month.

Alexander Acosta had been slated to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday.

But a spokesman for the panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, says the hearing will now be held on March 22.

The spokesman, Taylor Haulsee, cites a scheduling conflict in which Alexander is to appear with Trump at an event in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday to help promote Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law.

Acosta is dean of Florida International University's law school. He was nominated after Trump's original choice for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination.

Acosta is expected to win confirmation.


Abrupt dismissals spark turmoil among federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered dozens of the country's top federal prosecutors to clean out their desks, he gave those political appointees a pep talk during a conference call.

The seemingly abrupt about-face Friday left the affected U.S. attorneys scrambling to brief the people left behind and say goodbye to colleagues. It also could have an impact on morale for the career prosecutors who now must pick up the slack. The quick exits aren't expected to have a major impact on ongoing prosecutions, but they gave U.S. attorneys little time to prepare deputies who will take over until successors are named.

The request for resignations from the 46 prosecutors who were holdovers from the Obama administration wasn't shocking. It's fairly customary for the 93 U.S. attorneys to leave their posts once a new president is in office, and many had already left or were making plans for their departures.

But the abrupt nature of the dismissals — done with little explanation and not always with the customary thanks for years of service — stunned and angered some of those left behind in offices around the country.


Flags ordered at half-staff for firefighter

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered flags in the commonwealth to be flown at half-staff to honor a central Pennsylvania fire official who died after he was injured in a crash while responding to a fatal fire.

Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a 21-year veteran of the Harrisburg fire department, died Saturday. Officials said he was on his way to the station to pick up his gear before heading to the scene of Friday night's fire when his vehicle was hit at an intersection. Authorities said the female driver fled but was later arrested.

The governor said flags would remain at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at state facilities in York and Dauphin counties until his interment.

The fire was blamed on a recharging hoverboard. The blaze killed one girl and injured four other people, two critically


Navajo Nation officer dies after shooting; suspect caught

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation police officer has died, hours after being shot during a domestic violence call in western New Mexico.

An FBI spokesman says 27-year-old Officer Houston James Largo was critically wounded early Sunday near the small town of Prewitt.

He had been with the police department for more than 4 years.

Authorities say a suspect is in custody.


Report: Park's advisers offer to resign after her ouster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A news report says the senior advisers to ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye have offered to resign days after the country's Constitutional Court formally ended her rule over a corruption scandal.

Park, whose power had been suspended in a parliamentary impeachment vote in December, was formally removed from office Friday after the court dismissed her from the top post. Park vacated the presidential office on Sunday.

Yonhap news agency says nine senior presidential advisers tendered their resignations to acting leader Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday.

Hwang's office could not immediately confirm the report.

Park will now likely face a direct investigation over the scandal that has resulted in dozens of high-profile figures facing criminal charges.


UNICEF says 2016 was worst year yet for Syria's children

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. child relief agency says at least 652 children were killed in Syria last year, making 2016 the worst year yet for the country's rising generation.

UNICEF says schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes across Syria are unsafe for children because they frequently come under attack. At least 255 children were killed in or near schools last year.

The agency's Monday report comes two days before the sixth anniversary of the Syrian civil war.

It warns that coping mechanisms and medical care are quickly eroding, driving children into child labor, early marriage and combat. Dozens are dying from preventable diseases.

One in three of Syria's schools are unusable, and 1.7 million children still in Syria are out of school. An additional 2.3 million are refugees in the Middle East.


46 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 46 people are dead and several dozen are missing in Ethiopia, after a mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of the capital.

Officials in Addis Ababa (AD'-ihs AB'-uh-buh) say most of the dead are women and children.

It's not clear what caused last night's collapse, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings.

Many people at the landfill had been scavenging items to make a living, but others live there because renting homes, largely built of mud and sticks, is relatively inexpensive.

One resident told The Associated Press that about 150 people were there when the landslide occurred.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

Officials are vowing to relocate those who called the landfill home.


Death toll in Guatemala children's shelter fire rises to 40

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The death toll in a fire at a Guatemalan children's shelter rose to 40 on Sunday with the announcement that another girl had died of burns.

The death was announced by Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala's capital. Nineteen of the adolescents perished at the scene of Wednesday's inferno and 21 others have died in local hospitals.

The fire began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at the overcrowded youth shelter.

Another victim, 14-year-old Ana Roselia Perez Junay, was buried Sunday as authorities were still searching for answers in the disaster that has put a spotlight on failings in Guatemala's child protective services. Prosecutors' spokeswoman Julia Barrera has said that the head of the country's protective services agency was ordered not to leave Guatemala while investigations continue.

Four of the burn victims were flown to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, on Saturday. The office of President Jimmy Morales said the Shriners Hospitals had arranged for their transfer.


Bus runs into crowd in Haiti, killing at least 34 people

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At least 34 people were killed and 17 injured when a bus plowed into people taking part in an early morning street festival in Haiti on Sunday. Officials say the accident happened in the city of Gonaives (goh-nah-EEV'), when a passenger bus first hit two people at a bus stop and then continued into a crowd of people participating in the festival celebrating Haitian music.


Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyra Banks is hosting the 12th season of "America's Got Talent." NBC says the supermodel, Emmy-winner and creator of "America's Next Top Model" will be joining the competition series alongside returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel.

Banks will be taking over hosting duties from Nick Cannon, who left the show earlier this year after eight years in the post. Banks said she looks forward to "connecting with the dreamers" and will try to get a few to "smize" for the audience.

Contestants in the popular summer series come out to show off a wide array of talents to compete for a $1 million prize.

Episodes will be aired live this summer from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

MILTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Knitting sweaters for chickens sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter.

The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at a retirement home in Milton, Massachusetts, heard about the hardships that some chickens suffer this time of year.

Certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage in the winter months. Others imported from tropical climates just aren't suited for the wintry conditions.

Organizer Nancy Kearns says the project benefits chickens kept on a neighboring estate known as the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust.

Estate spokeswoman Erica Max says egg production has jumped noticeably since the birds began wearing the sweaters.


1 dead, dozens injured as rain, wind storms hit south Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say one person has died and dozens have been injured when heavy rains and wind storms hit a southern state.

Images in local media show streets inundated with water early Sunday in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state. The state posted a photo on its website showing houses crushed in the overnight storm.

The state government says in a statement that it will send $55,000 to help care for victims in Sao Francisco de Paula, one of the cities hit hardest. One person died there, and many have been forced from their homes.

Earlier, the state said two people died, but it later revised the toll down. It had also said several people were missing; it was not clear if they had been found.


NEW: University launches Biden policy institute

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is joining officials at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, for Monday's launch of the Biden Institute.

The Institute is a new research and policy center focused on domestic issues including economic reform, environmental sustainability, criminal justice and civil rights.

Biden will be the founding chair of the Institute, which will be part of the university's School of Public Policy and Administration.

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