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UNDATED (AP) — A storm system stretching from Eastern South Dakota directly across the country to New Hampshire is bringing heavy snow, ice and blustery winds to some places. And parts of the already waterlogged Southeast are getting hit with more heavy rain. The weather has stranded people by air and on the ground. More than 2,000 flights were canceled today. Snow and ice are making driving in some places a hazard.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Though a grand jury has declined to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun, prosecutors say plenty of mistakes were made in the lead-up to the tragedy. They say no one intervened as Tamir Rice wielded the toy gun for at least two hours at a recreation center before police were called. And a responding officer stopped the police cruiser close to Tamir, heightening tensions. 911 dispatchers also failed to relay a key message from a caller: The person holding the gun appeared to be a juvenile and the gun was probably fake.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Some of the thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Central America since Nicaragua closed its border to them will soon have a chance to continue their journey to the U.S. Countries in the region have reached a deal to allow an unspecified number of migrants to leave Costa Rica and continue their journey north. A humanitarian transfer will airlift them to El Salvador, and from there they will continue by bus toward Mexico.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motorhead frontman "Lemmy" has died at 70 after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister was revered by generations of hard-rockers and metal-heads. He spent four decades in Motorhead, a group best known for its 1980 anthem, "Ace of Spades."

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County, Maryland, police say a panhandler stabbed a man in the head after the victim gave him some money. It happened on Christmas Eve. Authorities say the victim gave the panhandler a few dollars and started to walk away. Officers say the panhandler then stabbed the man in the forehead and demanded more money, saying he was not going to be poor on Christmas. The homeless man has been arrested; the victim's condition is not known.

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