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Snow and travel woes...Obama to stop in Saudi Arabia...Finally from Fidel



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NEW YORK (AP) — It's currently illegal to drive on some roadways in the Northeast because of a nasty winter storm expected to dump as much as 3 feet of snow in some areas. Travel bans are in effect in Rhode Island, in the New York City area and in parts of New Jersey. Commuter trains and transit systems are temporarily on pause. Snowfall will not only be a challenge, but strong winds are expected to create white-out conditions in a wide area well into Tuesday.

BOSTON (AP) — A threat and the Northeast storm will mean the crew and 135 passengers from a JetBlue flight will be spending at least one night in Boston instead of heading to Palm Beach, Florida. The plane returned to the gate Monday night before takeoff because of an unspecified threat, which authorities now believe wasn't credible. Troopers with search dogs swept the aircraft and about 100 pieces of luggage. The passengers will have to be rebooked because the airport had to close.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Cutting short a visit to India, President Barack Obama will lead an American delegation to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death. During a four-hour stop in Riyadh, Obama will meet with new monarch King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and attend a dinner with other Saudi officials.

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has finally commented on his country's recent decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States. The 88-year-old revolutionary leader said in a written comment that he still distrusts Washington but backs the negotiations. He said he favors "cooperation and friendship with all the people of the world, including political adversaries."

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple whose pet ferrets attacked their newborn daughter and chewed off parts of her face have been charged with child endangerment. Authorities in Delaware County say the month-old girl was left downstairs in her car seat, where she was attacked by the ferrets. Officials say the ferrets chewed off her nose and part of her cheek and lip.

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