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Ice storm encases parts of the South

ATLANTA (AP) — An ice storm gripped the winter-weary South on Wednesday, knocking out power to a wide swath of the region as the outages nearly doubled by the hour, and forecasters warned the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm was yet to come.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Senate looks to clear debt limit bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills is on the brink or clearing Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office, including right after Hurricane Katrina.

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Long journey ends at home for man drifting at sea

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year has finally made it home to El Salvador, exhausted and speechless.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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W.Va. coal prep plant spills slurry into creek

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Messy storm makes its way across the South

ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up Wednesday to a region encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, with forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm is yet to come.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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2 dead in Oregon avalanche; Colorado victim found

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An avalanche in the mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, and another skier was found dead in Colorado a day after he was swept up in a large slide, officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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