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Snow restores normalcy...Earthquake in Southern Calif....Pataki drops out of race



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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ten or more inches of snow is expected to fall in parts of northern New England. People who live in the region say the first winter storm of the season is restoring a sense of normalcy. Midwesterners, meanwhile, continue to recover from the historic flooding they've been facing. Twelve people have died after days of torrential rain in Missouri.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico continues to dig out from a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the region two days ago. The storm was so severe, it created more than ten foot snow drifts, one which trapped a couple in their car for almost a full day. The couple survived, and said they just tried to keep each other awake and talking throughout the ordeal.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake in Southern California has jolted thousands across the heavily populated area. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.4 quake hit in foothills northwest of San Bernardino at a depth of about three miles. Minutes later it was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 and 3.2. There are no reports of damage or injuries so far.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The teen who became famous for blaming a deadly drunken driving accident on a supposed affliction called "affluenza" is waiting to be returned to the U.S. Authorities say Ethan Couch was found in Mexico with his mother after the pair ordered Domino's with a cell phone, giving away their location to investigators. Couch left the country as authorities investigated whether he'd violated probation.

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki says that he's ending his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Pataki made the announcement in an ad that aired on local NBC affiliates in early-voting New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina Tuesday night. Pataki failed to gain traction in a crowded field of candidates during an election season that has so far favored outsiders.

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