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East Coast on alert for blizzards as storm system approaches

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- A winter storm expected to dump hefty amounts of snow bore down on a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast on Sunday, prompting a blizzard warning stretching from New Hampshire to Philadelphia, the National Weather Service said.

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will propose expanding the protected area of Alaska's Arctic refuge by 12.28 million acres (4.97 million hectares), including the state's Coastal Plain where oil and gas are drilled, the Interior Department said on Sunday.

Environment, 12:28pm EST

Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday.

Politics, Housing Market 12:59pm EST

U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

- Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said.

Aerospace & Defense 24 Jan 2015

FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle.

24 Jan 2015

Father fatally shoots three in New York home before killing self

- A New York man shot and killed his 7-year-old daughter, his girlfriend and her mother inside their home early on Saturday before taking his own life, police said.

24 Jan 2015

Kia Motors recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

WASHINGTON - Kia Motors is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the United States because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by U.S. auto safety regulators.

24 Jan 2015

Lock of Abe Lincoln's hair sells for $25,000 at Dallas auction

DALLAS - A lock of slain U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's hair and items connected to his assassin were top sellers on Saturday at an auction that fetched $803,889 in the sale of a top private collection of Lincoln memorabilia.

24 Jan 2015

Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

- A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody.

24 Jan 2015

Two marines die in California military helicopter crash

- Two marines died on Friday when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in southern California, military officials said.

24 Jan 2015

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