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Relentless blizzard ... Obama visits Saudi Arabia ... Deepened Wall Street losses



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BOSTON (AP) — Even winter-hardened New Englanders are stunned by the force and relentlessness of the Blizzard of 2015. The storm that began Monday, continued most of today, dumping nearly 21 inches of snow at Boston's Logan Airport. Nearby Framingham has 30 inches of snow and Worcester (WUS'-tur), 26 inches. About 23 inches of snow has piled up in Waterford, Connecticut. The region also is dealing with bitter cold. The low in Boston on Wednesday is expected to be 10 degrees, with wind chill minus 5, and forecasters say it will not get above freezing for the next week or so.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama, the first lady and a parade of American dignitaries have made a four-hour visit to Saudi Arabia to pay respects after King Abdullah's death last week. Following a lavish dinner of grilled meats and Arabic desserts at the king's opulent personal palace, Obama met with the new leader, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. Also joining Obama on the Saudi stop were Secretary of State John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice and James Baker, who led the State Department under Republican presidents.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Tripoli affiliate of the Islamic State group is said to be behind today's attack on a luxury hotel in Libya that killed 10 people. That claim has been made in Twitter posts and a statement on social media, but there's little evidence to back it up. Two attackers were killed following an hourslong standoff at the seaside Corinthia Hotel, which is used by diplomats and businessmen. An American, a French citizen and three people from Asia are among the dead.

UNDATED (AP) — Today's Wall Street performance has deepened losses for the year. U.S. stocks slumped after some of the market's largest companies, including Microsoft, Caterpillar and Procter & Gamble, reported disappointing earnings. The Dow lost 1.7 percent today. The S&P lost 1.3 percent and the Nasdaq dropped 1.9 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church insists it's making no changes in doctrine, but the church has announced a campaign for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Church elder, Jeffrey R. Holland says, "We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, values and behaviors in the process."

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