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Snowstorm causes six deaths, traffic problems in Midwest


Storm causes deaths, traffic woes in Midwest

A Midwest storm packing heavy snow and strong winds left six people dead in Kansas, hundreds of vehicles crashed or stranded in Wisconsin and more than 50,000 utility customers without power in Michigan. The storm hit a wide swath of the United States with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and wet snow — 15 inches of it over two days in Sheboygan County, Wis. Kansas has been particularly pummeled with snow, receiving more than 2 feet in some places in the last week or so.


Republicans sign gay marriage brief

More than two dozen Republicans — including a top adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and a former congresswoman who made banning same-sex marriage her signature issue — have added their names to a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to declare that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed. The list of Republicans on the brief now tallies more than 100, organizers say. It includes Beth Myers, who ran Romney's 2008 campaign and was a senior adviser in 2012, and Marilyn Musgrave, a retired Colorado congresswoman.


Suit filed over spyware images

Spyware installed on computers leased from furniture renter Aaron's Inc. secretly sent 185,000 emails containing sensitive information, including pictures of nude children and people having sex, back to the company's corporate computers, according to documents filed Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit. According to the filings, some of the spyware emails contained pictures secretly taken by the rental computers' webcams or other sensitive information including Social Security numbers, email passwords and customer keystrokes, the Federal Trade Commission determined last year. Aaron's said it disagrees with the claims in the lawsuit and will defend the case vigorously.


Washington: Radioactive waste tanks may be leaking some 1,000 gallons per year at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday officials are evaluating how to remove the remaining material from the tanks.

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Snowstorm causes six deaths, traffic problems in Midwest 02/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:11pm]
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