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BOSTON (AP) — Nearly the entire island of Nantucket in Massachusetts has lost power. And on the mainland, a travel ban remains in effect in most of the state, amid a blizzard that's expected to leave behind two feet or more of snow. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says about 500 pieces of equipment are on their way to Long Island to help start digging out. The eastern part of the island got more than two feet of snow.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Despite U.S. concerns about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, a U.S. official says President Barack Obama brought up the issue only in broad terms today during a meeting with the new Saudi king. The official says Obama didn't cite specific cases. The Saudi ruler was installed on the throne after the death of 90-year-old King Abdullah on Friday. Obama made a four-hour stop in Saudi Arabia today to pay his respects.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament is formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with representatives of separatist republics backed by Russia. The parliament today declared those republics to be terrorist organizations. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been urging the Ukrainian government to speak directly to the rebels, in hopes of ending the fighting that has killed thousands of people in eastern Ukraine since April.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in the rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players have started deliberating. Defense attorneys say evidence shows both former players were extremely drunk on the night of the alleged assault. And they say that the compromising video and photos that the jury saw don't prove their guilt. One of the defense attorneys blamed a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex. Prosecutors told the jury that the teammates believed they were entitled athletes.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by a Mexican cartel kingpin. Prosecutors have portrayed the 33-year-old brothers as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in history. For security reasons, the brothers pleaded guilty behind closed doors at a 2012 hearing. This was their first public appearance since they began to spill their secrets six years ago.

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