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CHICAGO (AP) — Winter weather continues to make travel difficult in the northern Great Plains. Forecasters say people in parts of North Dakota might not get a chance to start digging out from snow drifts until later today, after howling winds die down. Some roads in the Dakotas have been closed since yesterday. The storm has also caused widespread power outages.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Thousands of people have been searching the Black Sea for wreckage and victims of yesterday's crash of a military Russian plane. Russian authorities say some fragments of the plane have been found, but not the fuselage. The 92 people on board included dozens of singers in Russia's world-famous military choir, nine Russian journalists and a Russian doctor known for her charity work in war zones.

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president is linking recent terror attacks in Europe to the influx of migrants escaping war-torn, poverty-stricken countries. He says "almost no one doubts the connection between the migration wave and terrorist attacks." And he says that in order to prevent attacks on Czech soil, the Czech Republic shouldn't take in migrants on a "so-called volunteer basis." It's an apparent reference to European Union efforts to distribute migrants across the continent.

BERLIN (AP) — Several hundred peace activists have set out on a protest march from Berlin to Syria. Organizers of the Civil March for Aleppo estimate it will take about three and a-half months, if they cover 12 miles a day. They plan to walk through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. They hope to get at least as far as Turkey's border with Syria, if not all the way to Aleppo.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — If a costume designer ever wants to recreate a World War I era wraparound dress, a 1940s zoot suit or even a bodice from 1875, the sewing patterns are in Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island has what experts say is the largest known collection of sewing patterns in the world. About 50,000 are on paper and 62,000 are in an electronic database. A former costume designer donated her personal collection to the university years ago, and now serves as the curator.

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