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Heavy snow, frigid temps take aim at eastern U.S.
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 07:08

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another batch of heavy snow and frigid temperatures is forecast from Virginia to New England as a winter storm bears down on the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.

The National Weather Service says the winter storm could bring 10 inches of snow to Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday and bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero later in the day.

It warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions throughout the day as the storm moves up the East Coast.

The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Tuesday because of the storm. The weather service warns the storm could impact the morning commute in Washington and Baltimore.


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Parades, marches and service projects to honor MLK
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Monday, 20 January 2014 06:11

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation will pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. with parades, marches and service projects.

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January. In Atlanta, a service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King will be played at the National Civil Rights Museum. The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King's wife more than 50 years ago.

Historians generally agree Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960 — and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released — helped JFK win the White House.


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Chicagoan killed in Kabul 'sought a better world'
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Monday, 20 January 2014 05:58

CHICAGO (AP) — Friends and family of a Chicago woman killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, say the 27-year-old was committed to helping others despite potential dangers, telling friends it was "something she was meant to do."

Lexie Kamerman was among 21 people killed Friday in a Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners.

She had worked since June as a student development specialist at the American University of Afghanistan, where her family said she was helping women "get an education and take their rightful place as leaders in Afghan society."

Kamerman graduated from the Latin School of Chicago and Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., The Chicago Sun-Times reported (http://bit.ly/1dJDDX ).

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Conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80
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Monday, 20 January 2014 06:03

ROME (AP) — Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, has died. He was 80.

Raffaela Grimaudo, spokeswoman for the Bologna mayor's office, said Abbado died Monday morning.

Abbado made his debut in 1960 at La Scala in his home city of Milan and went on to be its musical director for nearly 20 years. Among his many other stints were as musical director of the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra and chief guest conductor of the Chicago Philharmonic.

Even as he battled illness in his later years, Abbado founded his own all-star orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.


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George W. Bush library archives open to public
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Monday, 20 January 2014 05:56

DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.

The library will start taking requests Monday, which marks five years from the end of Bush's presidency. Access to the records is governed by the Presidential Records Act, which says the records may be requested by the public five years after the presidential administration ends.

The library says all requests must be in a written format — email, mail or fax — and must state that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act.

The library, which opened last year on the Southern Methodist University campus, notes the process will take time and cited factors including the volume and complexity of presidential records.


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DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.

The library will start taking requests Monday, which marks five years from the end of Bush's presidency. Access to the records is governed by the Presidential Records Act, which says the records may be requested by the public five years after the presidential administration ends.

The library says all requests must be in a written format — email, mail or fax — and must state that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act.

The library, which opened last year on the Southern Methodist University campus, notes the process will take time and cited factors including the volume and complexity of presidential records.


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