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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is describing the device that crashed on the White House grounds overnight as a small "quad copter." A spokesman for President Barack Obama says it poses no threat. But the discovery put the White House on lockdown.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a relatively smooth Monday morning commute in the northeastern United States -- but officials are warning residents to prepare for what's described as a "crippling and potentially historic" storm. Communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine could be buried in up to two feet of snow from a storm that is expected to arrive later today. A blizzard warning is in effect for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast. Airlines are already canceling or delaying thousands of flights in and out of East Coast airports.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of a radical left party has been sworn in as the new prime minister of Greece. Alexis Tsipras (TSIH'-pras) heads a party that wants to overhaul the terms of the international bailout of his country -- and bring an end to the painful austerity measures that are part of that rescue plan. But in order to become prime minister, he had to form an alliance with a small right-wing nationalist party -- and that could mean a confrontation over the bailout.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slightly lower in early trading, as investors shrug off the political developments in Greece. Global financial markets have also taken the news in stride, with most investors apparently concluding that Greece will remain a part of Europe's currency union.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking his firmest step so far toward a presidential bid next year. He's launched an organization that will allow him to raise money for a campaign. The Republican isn't expected to announce a final decision until spring.

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