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Big storm coming...CBO to issue report on GOP health plan...Air safety rule stalled

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 13, 2017 at 2:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Residents from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast who enjoyed temperatures in the 60s just last week could be shoveling snow this week as a major snowstorm bears down on them. Forecasters say more than a foot of snow could fall on some parts of the Northeast. The nation's capital is expecting 6 to 10 inches. The heaviest snow is expected tomorrow morning but could start tonight.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office is expected to issue a report as early as today that could impact Republican chances of passing their own health overhaul, which repeals President Barack Obama's signature legislation. The report is expected to conclude that the GOP plan will mean fewer Americans with health insurance, but Republicans say that's only because their plan eliminates a government requirement to be insured.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A now-stalled air safety rule is one of the casualties of President Donald Trump's order freezing publication of new regulations. The rule is intended to prevent fires involving shipments of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes. The batteries can self-ignite. Many countries adopted the international standard on domestic flights as well and the same rule was proposed in the U.S. Most domestic U.S. carriers abide voluntarily, but don't have to.

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of flights at Berlin's two airports have been canceled as a result of the second strike in four days by ground staff. The strike by the ver.di union follows a similar all-day walkout on Friday. Ver.di argues the new strike is necessary because employers hadn't reacted to the previous strike and made a new offer in their wage dispute.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Villanova is the first overall seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament as it pursues a second straight national championship. Kansas is No. 1 in the Midwest despite its loss to TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals. North Carolina has the top seed in the South, and Gonzaga heads the West Region. The tournament begins today and tomorrow with opening round games. Things get into full swing Thursday.

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