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NEW YORK (AP) — For residents in the Northeast, winter is setting up a roadblock to spring being just around the corner. A powerful storm with high winds and heavy snow is expected to hit the region this week. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for coastal regions including New York City 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. Washington, D.C., could also get its first significant snow of the winter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is asking for Republican unanimity when it comes time to vote on the White House-backed health care overhaul that includes repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He spoke about it yesterday during a brief visit to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan's skeptics. Pence's trip was part of an effort to reassure conservatives who have raised objections to the House plan.
MOSCOW (AP) — The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is expressing frustration with the inconclusive first two months of relations between Moscow and the Donald Trump administration. Hopes were raised in the Kremlin by the election of Trump, who had spoken admiringly of Putin and called for improved U.S.-Russia relations. But Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells CNN there are no signs of progress yet.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has staged a nationwide training event to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump. The event, livestreamed to locations in all 50 states, was aimed at capitalizing on numerous demonstrations since Trump's election in November and to make sure people know their rights to protest.
GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — The train derailment in rural Iowa that spilled ethanol into a creek and was still burning nearly two days later has prompted a federal safety official to call for action. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the rail industry needs to move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers. The train was composed of an older type of tank car.
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