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Snowing in the Northeast...Toledo mayor has heart attack checking roads...Budget storm coming in Washington



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BOSTON (AP) — A snowstorm that brought nearly a foot-and-a-half of snow to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport by early this morning is expected to settle in off the southern New England coast. That means lots of snow, maybe more than a foot, for Boston, Hartford, Providence, southern New Hampshire and Vermont. Thousands of flights have been canceled, many schools are closed and winter storm warnings have been issued.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The latest winter storm has landed the mayor of Toledo, Ohio in the hospital in critical condition from a heart attack. Mayor Michael Collins, who is 70, was driving around the city checking on road conditions during a snow storm yesterday when he went into cardiac arrest and crashed into a utility pole. A passer-by who saw the mayor's crashed SUV gave him CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget storm clouds are brewing in Washington, where President Barack Obama is releasing a $4 trillion budget proposal today. Congressional Republicans label it a non-starter. Obama wants to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift less fortunate families. Republicans say he's reverting to tax and spend polices that hurt the economy.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least nine officers have been killed as Taliban insurgents launched more assaults on checkpoints in Afghanistan. Police launched an investigation of one assault that killed five officers amid indications one or more of the attackers wore police uniforms. So-called "insider attacks" have plagued both NATO and Afghan forces over recent years.

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A famous rodent is predicting six more weeks of winter. The handlers of Pennsylvania's groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent saw his shadow this morning, meaning no early spring. In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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