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4 Texas counties are disaster areas...Heavy snow in Texas Panhandle... Chipotle in Boston reopens



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DATELINE (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott is designating four counties in North Texas as disaster areas following the severe weather that killed at least 11 people. Abbott declared disasters in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Ellis counties and he warns that roads across the state remain in "perilous" condition because of plunging temperatures and continuing rainfall.

UNDATED (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is strongly discouraging all travel throughout the entire Texas Panhandle because blowing and drifting snow has made the roads impassable. That's a 26-county area covering nearly 26,000 square miles. Nearly all of Interstate 40, the main east-west highway through the Panhandle, has been shut down by heavy snow.

BOSTON (AP) — A Chipotle restaurant near Boston College is open again. Several weeks have passed since 136 patrons fell ill with norovirus. City health inspectors say the outbreak was likely caused by a sick employee and isn't linked to E. coli cases in other parts of the country. Boston's chief health inspector tells the Boston Herald that he plans to have lunch Monday at the Chipotle.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning is vehemently refuting a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. Manning says "The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has brought $1 billion at the box office. The Walt Disney Co. says "The Force Awakens" crossed the mark over the holiday weekend. The film accomplished the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal's "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June.

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