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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northeast is taking its first big hit of the season, with a winter storm already dumping more than 6 inches of snow on parts of northern New England. Some areas are expected to see more than ten inches by the time the snow stops. Southern New England, meantime, has been dealing with mostly rain and sleet.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Record flooding is projected in towns along the Mississippi River after several days of torrential rains. At least 18 deaths in Missouri and Illinois are blamed on flooding, mostly involving vehicles that drove onto swamped roadways. The entire town of West Alton, Missouri, has been evacuated. Flood concerns in southern Illinois have prompted a prison to transfer its inmates.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the latest fatal shootings by Chicago police raise questions about why officers don't have more options besides using lethal force. In a statement, Rauner says the Saturday shootings of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones are "deeply troubling." Meantime, calls for Chicago's mayor to resign are mounting. A protest was staged outside his home earlier this evening.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a lower court decision blocking the president's plan to shield 5 million immigrants from deportation. A brief by the Texas attorney general claims the president's plan bypasses constitutional authority and established federal laws.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users. The change may help Twitter answer criticism from politicians and others who say militant extremists are using the service to recruit members and promote their agendas.

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