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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's fairly customary for U.S. attorneys to leave their posts once a new president is in office but some observers are baffled by the way the process is being handled this time. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave his top federal prosecutors a pep talk two days before demanding dozens of resignations. The quick exits aren't expected to have a major impact on ongoing prosecutions, but they're giving U.S. attorneys little time to brief deputies.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Motorists are not very pleased at the increase in gasoline prices. But it certainly could be worse. The average price of a gallon of regular-grade rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.35. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says despite the rise, gas prices are poised to dip slightly because crude costs are falling and refinery production is strong. The national average is up 51 cents per gallon over the price a year ago.

NEW YORK (AP) — Just when people in the Northeast were thinking winter was about over, another big storm is roaring toward the region. It's likely winter's last hurrah. A blizzard is expected to sweep the New York area starting late Monday. It could possibly be the season's biggest snowstorm. A blizzard watch has been issued for coastal regions, including New York City and surrounding areas of Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut.

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities say two people have died and more than 10 are missing after heavy rains and wind storms hit a state in southern Brazil. Streets are inundated in Porto Alegre. In addition to the dead and missing in the city, dozens were injured in high winds and more than 100 houses were destroyed. It is currently the summer rainy season in Brazil.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The death toll in a fire at a Guatemalan children's shelter now stands at 40. Another girl has died as a result of burns. The fire began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at the overcrowded youth shelter. Nineteen of the adolescents perished at the scene of Wednesday's inferno and another 21 have died in local hospitals. The tragedy has put a spotlight on failings in Guatemala's child protective services.

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