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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rare winter flood threatens hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri today as widespread evacuations occur and federal officials monitor 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries. Several days of torrential rain also caused sewage to flow unfiltered into waterways. At least 18 deaths over several days in Missouri and Illinois are blamed on flooding.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northeast is getting its first widespread taste of winter from a storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain. Parts of northern New England got 4 to 6 inches of snow yesterday, with Carrabassett Valley in western Maine coming in at 10 inches. Forecasters say the big storm is over now but some light snow or freezing rain could linger.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of residents in a heavily populated area of Southern California report feeling the earth move. A moderate, magnitude 4.4 earthquake turned out to be the culprit last night. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake was felt throughout the suburbs east of Los Angeles, which is about 50 miles southwest of the epicenter.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that in some cases, Americans are willing to surrender their rights. Fifty-four percent say it's sometimes necessary for the government to sacrifice freedoms to fight terrorism, while 45 percent say no. And 56 percent of Americans favor warrantless government surveillance of internet communications, including for U.S. citizens. Concerns about terrorism have risen since 2013.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — A teen fugitive from Texas known for using a widely ridiculed "affluenza" defense in a drunken driving case is scheduled to return to the United States today along with his mother. Authorities say 18-year-old Ethan Couch and his mother, Tonya, who were on the lam in Mexico, were tripped up by a phone call to order pizza in Puerto Vallarta (PWEHR'-toh vah-YAR'-tah).

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