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Winter storm could hamper travel...Ernie Banks dies...Fate of Japanese hostages unclear



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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The biggest snowfall amounts from a weekend storm are expected in southern New England, but forecasters warn that temperatures hovering near freezing could make for slippery driving conditions across a much wider area. A winter storm warning is out for a large portion of central Pennsylvania. Philadelphia could get 2-4 inches of snow and ice while New York City could get up to 4 inches and Boston could get 6. The storm heads out to sea Sunday.

CHICAGO (AP) — He's being remembered as one of baseball's greatest players never to make it to the postseason. That's because Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs. Banks, a two-time MVP, never lost his zest for game despite being on losing teams for years. "Mr. Cub" died last night. He was 83. His death was announced by the Cubs.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With the Supreme Court taking up the same-sex marriage issue this term, Alabama's attorney general wants a federal judge to put the brakes on a ruling in his state that topples a ban on the marriages. The judge's decision Friday reverberated through the Deep South state, where 81 percent of state voters in 2006 approved inserting a ban on gay marriage into the Alabama Constitution.

TOKYO (AP) — The fate of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State group extremists remains unclear. Japan is promising not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to rescue the men threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom. A ransom deadline passed with no word from the captors.

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Deflating balloons thwarted efforts to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner out of the Java Sea. The section of wreckage had been lifted to near the surface before the balloons deflated and it sank to the ocean floor again. Officials say more bodies were discovered in the search area today. A total of 69 bodies have been recovered. The flight carried 162 people.

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