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WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill aimed at preventing military veterans from committing suicide after they serve is on track for final approval. The Senate is expected to take up a bill today named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is in response to a suicide epidemic among military veterans which claims some 22 lives a day.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget proposal today while Congressional Republicans say the plan that seeks higher taxes on the wealthy to help the middle class is a non-starter. Obama's plan would also ease tight budget constraints imposed in 2011 and include money for highway, bridge and transit upgrades. Republicans are accusing Obama of reverting to tax-and-spend policies.

BOSTON (AP) — The Northeast is starting to see the snow today from a major winter storm that left more than a foot in Chicago a day earlier. Several inches to more than a foot are expected to tie up parts of New York, Northern Pennsylvania and New England. Schools and governments are closed and airline flights have been canceled.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — They threw a party in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to mark the launch of an Ebola vaccine trial. Guests clapped, danced along and nodded as musicians sang lyrics yesterday that explained the purpose and intent of the trial. The singing was part of a campaign to overcome Liberians' reluctance to embrace the vaccines amid conspiracy theories. The actual trial starts today.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels in control of Yemen's capital appear to be expanding their power grab. A senior Yemeni politician says rebel Houthis (HOO'-theez) are demanding that their militia become part of the country's army and police as a precondition for talks on releasing nation's president and Cabinet members from house arrest. The Houthis gave Yemeni political factions a three-day ultimatum before taking over unilaterally.

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