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Northeast blizzard...CBO estimates don't discourage GOP health planners...Record spending to oppose FOIA

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 3:00 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — There are blizzard warnings today for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The powerful nor'easter has prompted flight cancellations, school closures and warnings from city and state officials to stay off the roads. The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow on the New York City metro area.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Republican health care overhaul are showing no signs of faltering despite a damaging report that estimates the bill would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year alone, and 24 million over a decade. Critics of the GOP legislation are hoping the Congressional Budget Office report gives them fresh ammunition. The findings could make it tougher to pass the bill.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record spending to fight requests and record futility locating information under the Freedom of Information Act. Those are the key findings of an Associated Press analysis of the Obama administration's results in its final year in office. The analysis finds the former administration spent a record $36.2 million defending its refusal to turn over records. And it set a record for times federal employees said they couldn't find any requested files.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky isn't holding its breath in waiting for a promised revival of the coal industry and is on the cusp of doing what was once unthinkable: opening the door to nuclear power. The Republican-controlled state legislature is close to lifting its decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. Coal has been in decline for decades.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors are set to resume deliberations today in the corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. At issue is whether Baca helped obstruct a 2011 FBI investigation into guards who savagely beat inmates in his jails and lied about trying to obstruct the probe. Baca is now 74 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

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