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BOSTON (AP) — The latest big snowstorm in the East is expected to wind down today, but it's leaving behind stalled mass transit, closed schools and piles of snow officials don't quite know what to do with. Some areas got more than two feet of snow and Boston's public transit system was crushed into submission. It'll be closed today. Some communities are being forced to consider dumping piles of snow into the ocean.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expected request for new war powers to use against the Islamic State group could happen as early as today. After that comes the haggling between lawmakers who want wide authority to fight extremists and others, including members of Obama's own party, who worry that it could lead to another drawn out war.

LONDON (AP) — British police say they're rethinking their 24-7 watch on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (ah-SAHNJ'), because it's too expensive. Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about possible sexual assaults. He denies any wrongdoing. He says he fears being sent to the United States to face trial for his WikiLeaks work.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The case of the missing Marine opens today in North Carolina with lawyers for both sides laying out their arguments before a military judge at Camp Lejeune. Cpl. Wassef Hassoun (wah-SEF' hah-SOON') faces charges of desertion, larceny and destruction of property. He vanished from his post in Iraq a decade ago and later wound up in Lebanon.

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — A warehouse for lip balm is turning into an unlikely home for a classic musical instrument. A giant theater pipe organ that was popular in the early 1900s to accompany silent movies is being built at the Wisconsin company that makes Carmex. It's the personal passion of Carma Laboratories president Paul Woelbing. Woelbing hopes to one day open it up to the community. It has four keyboards and 6,000 pipes.

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