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A blizzard for parts of Northeast ... Drone found on White House grounds ... Russia ruble continues to fall



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UNDATED (AP) — Some parts of the Northeast could get up to 2 feet of snow between today and tomorrow, as a nor'easter gets ready to pound the region. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning and the flight tracking site FlightAware says already more than 1,700 flights have been canceled. Boston could get up to 24 inches of snow. Hartford, Connecticut could get 30 and Providence, Rhode Island is expecting as much as 27 inches of snow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service isn't commenting, but a White House spokesman says agents have retrieved a drone of some kind that landed on the White House grounds. President Barack Obama and the first lady are in India right now and it's unclear if the Obamas' daughters were home at the time. Police, fire and other emergency vehicles swarmed around the White House in the pre-dawn hours, with several clustered near the southeast entrance to the mansion.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels have violently broken up protests against them in Yemen's capital Sanaa (sah-NAH'). Witnesses say the Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels tried to break up the crowds using knives and batons. The Houthis seized Sanaa in September and days of gunbattles last week ended with their placing the president, prime minister and top Cabinet members under house arrest. After reaching a tentative deal with the Houthis, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the prime minister later quit their posts.

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in Egypt say the two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have been released from prison. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were released today, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father. But the sons still face trial on insider trading charges, and they, along with their father, are to be retried on corruption charges. Earlier this month the sons' sentences of four years for using state funds to renovate family homes were overturned.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian currency fell by more than 3 percent early today, after Western leaders threatened to punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend. The ruble tumbled to 65.8 to the dollar from 63.7, one day after rocket fire left at least 30 civilians dead in the city of Mariupol (mah-ROO'-pahl). Western leaders announced that they would consider additional punitive measures against Russia for what they say is its role in supporting the separatists. Russian officials blame Ukrainian forces for the attack.

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