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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is about to make history as he takes off later today on a trip to Alaska. Obama, who is undertaking a closely choreographed three-day tour, will be the first sitting president to visit the Alaska Arctic, home of Alaska Natives who have gotten less attention amid the administration's recent efforts to improve conditions for Native Americans.
UNDATED (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred is now Hurricane Fred, and with its additional strength, the storm is approaching the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Fred's maximum sustained winds early today increased to nearly 75 mph. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ignacio is expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it moves closer to Hawaii's Big Island and Maui. The National Weather Service says tropical storm force winds are no longer expected to reach the islands.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Emergency crews in Canada are trying to clean up in the aftermath of a vicious windstorm that tore through southwestern British Columbia. The storm knocked over trees and left branches straddling power lines and cars. It left an estimated 500,000 people without electricity. BC Hydro says it could take until later today to restore power to some areas.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 22-year-old Arizona woman has been arrested on charges that she drowned her 2-year-old twin sons in a bathtub on Sunday. Police tell KTVK-TV that Mireya Alejandra Lopez has been arrested on two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide after her sons were found unresponsive in the family's home.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore says it's lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people entering the country. But officials say such visitors are limited to a three-month stay. The Health Ministry made the announcement today, but actually lifted the ban on April 1, given what it says is "the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease."
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