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ot as much snow as anticipated, but more ice...No signs of retreat...Volkswagen wants more US business

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Weather Service says the dividing line between snow and a wintry mix from today's nor'easter has moved farther inland, cutting down the amount of snow accumulation, but increasing the chance of icing. Meteorologist Sarah Johnson, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, says the dividing line between snow and a mix of snow, sleet and rain has pushed west, from the Jersey coast into Philadelphia. She says strong winds of 50 to 55 mph are still expected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and some Republicans on Capitol Hill are showing no signs of retreat when it comes to the replacement for "Obamacare," even though the Congressional Budget Office yesterday said it would mean 14 million uninsured Americans next year alone. House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News Channel that the millions losing coverage is to be expected, because health care under the GOP plan would no longer be mandatory. The House Budget Committee is expected to vote on legislation within days.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia. It's the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel on the crucial global trade route since 2012. The organization Oceans Beyond Piracy says the Aris 13 vessel reported being approached by two skiffs on Monday. The Aris 13 had been carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Eight Sri Lankan crew members were reportedly aboard.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a young man accused of robbery in a remote area in western Herat province has had a hand and foot cut off in public by the Taliban. A provincial spokesman says the man is hospitalized following yesterday's incident, and that his condition is non-life-threatening. Incidents of public punishment by the Taliban are common, especially in areas under their control.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says the United States remains a "core market" for the German automaker despite its diesel emissions scandal and has underlined that it hopes to expand in the U.S. Matthias Mueller says "we are standing by our investment decisions and intend over the long term to play a significantly greater role there than today." The Volkswagen brand has only a small share in the U.S. market although it is important for the company's luxury brands Porsche and Audi. It makes cars in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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