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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans and corporations. It would use the money to get rid of tight budget spending caps, fund an ambitious public works program and provide middle-class tax relief. In a message accompanying the massive budget books, Obama says his proposals are "practical, not partisan." But even before the books were delivered, Republicans found plenty to criticize in tax hikes totaling $2 trillion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does the United States want to get into a proxy war with Russia? According to a senior administration official, that's one of President Barack Obama's concerns as he considers whether to provide lethal assistance to government forces in Ukraine who are battling rebels backed by Russia. The official says Obama also isn't sure that the move would be effective.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Navy Yard building that was the site of a mass shooting in 2013 has reopened after extensive renovations. About 400 employees of the Naval Sea Systems Command began reporting to work at the building this morning. It's been closed since the September 2013 shooting, in which 12 people were killed and four others were injured. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police. Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Patriots fans are basking in the glow of another championship run for their beloved team even as New England weathers another major snowstorm. On the day after the Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks, a sporting goods store in Cambridge brought in extra staff for a 7 a.m. opening. Devoted fans trickled in through the morning grabbing championship T-shirts and hats by the armful. In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh has scheduled a championship parade tomorrow leading to City Hall.

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — If a Pennsylvania groundhog is correct, the kind of weather that's now hitting the Northeast could be around for a while. The handlers of Punxsutawney Phil say he has forecast six more weeks of winter. And it's not because he saw his shadow -- which wouldn't have been visible on a day that saw a steady pre-dawn rain turn to snow.

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