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March 13, 2017 - 6:00 am


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

NEW YORK (AP) — Road crews in Philadelphia already have begun treating streets, ahead of a powerful nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions Monday and Tuesday.

The Philadelphia area is expected to get 6 to 12 inches of snow. Boston and New York could see up to 18 inches.

And farther south, the nation's capital is also expecting snow ahead of Wednesday's scheduled start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump last week accused the Obama administration of wiretapping phones at Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

Now Republican Sen. John McCain is telling the Trump administration to either provide evidence of wiretapping by today or issue a retraction.

A request for evidence was also made in a letter sent to the Justice Department by House committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican from California.


Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office could release as soon as today an analysis expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the Republican plan to dismantle "Obamacare."

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he fully expects the CBO analysis to find less coverage since the GOP plan eliminates the government requirement to be insured.

But Ryan and Trump administration officials are vowing to move forward with their "repeal and replace" plan.


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.


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.


Closing arguments set in suit over Florida deputy shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Closing arguments are set in the trial of a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of an unarmed nurseryman who was fatally shot by a Florida sheriff's deputy.

Arguments are scheduled today in the lawsuit filed by the parents of 24-year-old Seth Adams, who was shot by Palm Beach County Sgt. Michael Custer in May 2012. It happened outside the nursery where Adams lived and worked.

Custer was parked there doing surveillance on a gang when Adams arrived home. Custer testified that Adams cursed him and grabbed him by the throat before rummaging through his truck's cab as if seeking a weapon. He said he shot Adams when he spun toward him.

Adams family attorneys say the location of blood stains, shell casings and other evidence disprove Custer.


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

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

UNICEF says at least 255 children were killed in or near schools last year and 1.7 million youngsters are out of school.

One of every three schools in Syria is unusable, some because armed groups occupy them.


NEW: Top Saudi prince to meet Trump in White House visit

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's second-in-line to the throne, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will meet President Donald Trump at the White House in the highest-level visit to Washington by a Saudi royal since November's presidential election.

The kingdom's royal court announced today that the prince, who is also defense minister and King Salman's son, would start his Washington visit on Thursday.

The statement says Prince Mohammed will meet with Trump and a number of U.S. officials to discuss "the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues of mutual interest."

No details were given on when he will meet Trump.

Saudi relations with Washington cooled under President Barack Obama after his administration secured a nuclear deal with regional rival Iran. Obama also openly criticized Gulf Arab countries.


Push to avert plane battery fires stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — A safety regulation to prevent fires involving shipments of rechargeable batteries on planes has stalled under President Donald Trump.

The Obama administration last year successfully persuaded a U.N. agency that sets aviation safety standards to ban lithium-ion battery shipments on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner. Batteries on cargo flights can be no more than 30 percent charged.

Regulations extending the international rules to domestic flights were on the verge of being published when Trump took office on Jan. 20 and signed an executive order freezing the publication of new regulations. That means airlines and cargo operators remain free to ignore the international standard for domestic flights.

Industry lobbyists are now asking for changes to the rules.


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.


NEW: Old-time extremist 'Carlos the Jackal' back on Paris trial

PARIS (AP) — Once the world's most-wanted fugitive, the political extremist known as Carlos the Jackal is appearing a French court for a deadly 1974 attack against a Paris shopping arcade, a trial that victims' families have been awaiting for decades.

The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is accused of throwing a hand grenade from a mezzanine restaurant onto a shopping area in the French capital's latin Quarter. Two people were killed and 34 injured at the trendy Drugstore Publicis.

Known worldwide as Carlos, the 67-year-old is already serving a life sentence in France for a series of murders and attacks he has been convicted of perpetrating or organizing in the country on behalf of the Palestinian cause in the 1970s and '80s.


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.


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 today'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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