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Stick to home, Northeast told as snow blows

Several states ban traveling

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- As more than 35 million residents in the Northeast prepared for a powerful blizzard bearing down on the region, bringing with it near-hurricane-force winds along the coast and as much as 3 feet of snow, officials from New Jersey to Maine and north into Canada urged people to get off the roads and stay indoors. Continue reading...

U.S. tying health tab to quality of services

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration will make changes to how the U.S. pays its annual $3 trillion health care bill, aiming to curtail a costly practice of paying doctors and hospitals without regard to quality or effectiveness. Continue reading...

Mild budget deficits seen till '19, but interest balloons over decade

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The federal budget deficit will shrink slightly to $468 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, but the agency warned that the mounting level of federal debt over the next decade would mean a tripling of interest payments and new spending constraints. Continue reading...

Drone crashes at White House

Secret Service: Hobbyist says he lost control of device

Subscriber onlyThe small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday morning was operated by a government employee who has told the Secret Service that he did not mean to fly it over the White House fence and near the president's residence, according to law enforcement officials. Continue reading...

Ex-CIA officer convicted in leak case

Secrets on mission against Iran given to reporter who refused to testify

Subscriber onlyALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

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Subscriber onlyRobert McDonnell, the Republican former Virginia governor, can remain free while appealing his conviction for public corruption and a two-year prison sentence he received earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled. Continue reading...

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. Continue reading...

Small drone crashes at White House complex; origin unclear

WASHINGTON — A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home. Continue reading...

Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK — The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day. Continue reading...

Northeast hunkers down for snow

Second storm in a week expected to drop as much as 3 feet

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- A "potentially historic" storm is set to dump up to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Connecticut starting today, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said. Continue reading...

Obama to push for Alaskan wilderness

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress to increase environmental protections for millions of acres of pristine animal habitat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in a move that already has triggered fierce opposition from the state's Republican lawmakers. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

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Pope Francis joined children at St. Peter’s Square to release balloons instead of the traditional doves as a gesture of peace, a change instituted after last year’s pair of doves was attacked by other birds in the city. Continue reading...

Nutrition pyramid pulled into politics of global warming

Seeing attack on carbon footprints of meat animals, industry up in arms

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The political clash over climate change has entered new territory that concerns not a contentious oil pipeline or a subsidy for renewable energy but a quaint federal chart that tries to nudge Americans toward healthy diets. Continue reading...

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