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CHICAGO (AP) — It's lost a lot of its punch, but a storm that has punished portions of the Great Plains is still creating problems. North Dakota's Minot International Airport is expected to reopen early Tuesday after being shut down by whiteout conditions. Portions of Interstates 94 and 90 have faced closures. Winds gusting 40 mph to 50 mph led to delays and cancellations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The storm also has caused power outages in the Dakotas and Nebraska.

HONOLULU (AP) — The question is hypothetical, but the response is real. Who would have won if President Barack Obama had been able to run for a third term against Donald Trump? Obama said in a podcast interview that he would have been victorious because he is still supported by the same coalition of voters that put him in office twice. Trump, responding on Twitter, said "NO WAY!"

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) has laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing at Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II. On Tuesday, Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial that honors sailors and Marines killed in the attack. He will be joined by President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii with his family.

BEIJING (AP) — China has set out its space plans for the next five years, including soft landing a probe on the far side of the moon around 2018. According to goals released Tuesday, China also plans to launch its first Mars probe by 2020. While Russia and the United States have more experience in space travel, China's military-backed program already has made steady progress in a comparatively short time.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —The same Alaska volcano that erupted three times last week has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says an eruption that produced ash started just after 2 p.m. Monday at Bogoslof (BOH'-goh-slawf) in the Aleutian Islands. It's about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage. Temperatures recorded on cloud tops suggested an ash cloud that reached 30,000 feet.

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