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Christie says he tackled problems no other politicians would

By MICHAEL CATALINIAssociated Press TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Outgoing Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that New Jersey needed “tough and plain-spoken leadership” when he took office eight years ago and he delivered it, pulling the state from “the brink of financial ruin” by confronting problems leaders of both parties had …

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6 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and DANIEL DREIFUSSAssociated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) – At least eight people were killed and homes were torn from their foundations Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. Rescue crews …

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Snow, avalanche risks strand 13,000 tourists in Zermatt

By JAMEY KEATENAssociated Press GENEVA (AP) – Unusually heavy snowfall and a high risk of Alpine avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists Tuesday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain. With nearby roads, trains, cable cars, ski slopes and hiking trails into the town …

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The Latest: Girl rescued from California mudslide

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Latest on storms in California (all times local): 9:53 a.m. Firefighters have rescued a 14-year-old girl from the rubble of a home devastated by a mudslide in the Montecito area of Southern California after a powerful storm hit an area ravaged by a December wildfire. …

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The Latest: Zermatt tourists get helicopter evacuations

GENEVA (AP) – The Latest on the thousands of tourists stranded in the Swiss ski town of Zermatt, near the Matterhorn (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A Swiss police official says authorities in Zermatt near the famed Matterhorn peak have begun an “air bridge” by helicopter to bring down tourists …

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US ends protections for Salvadoran immigrants, sparking fear

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO and ELLIOT SPAGATAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration’s decision to end special protections for about 200,0000 Salvadoran immigrants filled many Salvadoran families with dread Monday, raising the possibility that they will be forced to abandon their roots in the U.S. and return to a …

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. MUELLER INTERESTED IN INTERVIEWING TRUMP, SOURCE TELLS AP The issue of an interview with the president has come up in recent discussions between the special counsel’s team and …

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Rain unleashes risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged California

By ERIC RISBERG and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZAssociated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Storms brought rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities, driving property owners to stack sandbags in devastated northern wine country areas and leading authorities to order evacuations for Southern California …

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End of protection for Salvadorans fills families with dread

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO and ELLIOT SPAGATAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration’s decision to end special protections for nearly 200,0000 Salvadoran immigrants filled many Salvadoran families with anxiety dread Monday, raising the possibility that they will be forced to abandon their roots in the U.S. and return to …

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US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion

By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and …

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