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Snow forecast...Obama spokesman predicts more Russia news...Teen bombers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 12, 2017 at 4:10 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Forecasters at the national Weather Service says the recent signs of Spring in the northeast are about to get buried. A powerful storm with high winds and up to a foot of snow is expected this week. There's a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City and Boston. There also is a winter storm watch for a larger area that includes much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A former White House spokesman says there's a lot more to be written about ties between Russia and aides to President Donald Trump. Speaking to The Associated Press while attending a conference in Dubai, Josh Earnest says "there's a lot of really good unanswered questions about why senior Trump officials are, at best, not being forthcoming." He worked for the Obama administration.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria say two teenage girls wearing explosive vests under their clothes tried to sneak into the northeastern city of Maiduguri (my-doo-GOOR'-ee) but were shot and killed by troops. Authorities say the vests were safely detonated. Maiduguri is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency known as Boko Haram and the base for Nigerian military efforts to combat it. The insurgents have been using more teenage bombers.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Many international conservationists are sounding the alarm over South Africa's decision to move ahead with plans to allow a domestic trade and limited export of rhino horns. Conservationists believe rhinos will now be more vulnerable to poachers who have killed record numbers in the past decade. Critics argue that any exported horns would be hard to monitor and likely would end up on the commercial market.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Fire crews slipped an oxygen mask over the face of a 20-pound iguana after rescuing the creature from a house fire in Oregon. Pendleton Fire Department Assistant Chief Shawn Penninger tells the East Oregonian that only an adult human and the reptile were home at the time of the fire on Friday afternoon. The person wasn't hurt.

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