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NEW YORK (AP) — The Northeast is bracing for a big winter storm. Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall on parts of the region next week. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for coastal regions including the New York metro area and Boston for Monday night into Tuesday. There's also a winter storm watch for much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England. High winds are expected to whip through the region.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's customary for a new president to replace virtually all of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys. But the removal of an outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for crusading against public corruption has surprised other prosecutors. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara was fired Saturday by the Justice Department after he refused to resign. He was a holdover from the Obama administration.

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising the U.S. Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person" who had breached the White House security perimeter Friday night. Local police identify the suspect as 26-year-old Jonathan Tran of Milpitas, California. He was arrested by the Secret Service on the south grounds. Agents say Tran told them he was "a friend of the president" and had an appointment."

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The death toll from a fire that broke out during a protest by residents at a youth shelter in Guatemala stands at 39. All the victims were girls. A judge has ordered the head of the country's protective services agency not to leave the country while investigations into Wednesday's blaze continue. Various groups are also demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

BEIJING (AP) — China's chief justice says his country has given the death penalty to what he describes as "an extremely small number of criminals for extremely serious offenses" in the past 10 years. But he didn't give any numbers of death sentences in his report to the national legislature. China is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined. The actual number is a state secret.

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