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By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - 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. The blustery weather also led to winter storm warnings and advisories in states stretching from Maine to Indiana, which could snarl transport from Monday in an area where more than 60 million people live, it said. The National Weather Service has predicted heavy wind gusts and as much as 11 inches (28 cm) of snow for Boston and 8 inches (20 cm) of snow for New York City starting on Monday and through the night. The weather service expects as much as 8 inches of snow for western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, while parts of New Jersey through eastern Massachusetts may get 6 to 12 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. The proposal to expand the part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge designated as wilderness faces an uphill battle in Congress, where Republicans in control of both chambers oppose curbs to oil production, and drew immediate criticism. The wilderness designation, the highest level of federal protection under which oil and gas drilling is banned, would be extended to 19.8 million acres under the proposal, the Interior Department said. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called the Obama administration's move a politically motivated attack on Alaska.
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. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Committee on Financial Services, said shepherding legislation to remove a government backstop for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a "huge priority," adding that he is willing to compromise to get a bill passed. "We've got to get off that boom-bust-bailout cycle, and I fear that under government control, we are once again repeating the same mistakes of the past," he said.
NEW DELHI (AP) ? President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.
NEW YORK (AP) ? A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: a storm the National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and Boston.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) ? The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) ? Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Monday.
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) ? Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed.
ATLANTA (AP) ? An FBI agent says law officers are continuing to pursue a suspect after someone made bomb threats targeting two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes.