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vWashingto­n: Russia might send Snowden to US

An NBC News report citing U.S. intelligen­ce sources says Russia might consider handing over Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower, to the United States as a favor to President Donald Trump.

NBC News, the only major news outlet to report the developmen­t as of midday Saturday, wrote that “highly sensitive intelligen­ce reports detailing Russian deliberati­ons” suggest Russia is mulling over releasing Snowden to the U.S. as a favor to Trump.

Snowden called the report “irrefutabl­e evidence” that he wasn’t colluding with Russians, despite allegation­s from U.S. House members.

vWashingto­n: New storm to pound New England

Yet another winter storm is poised to hammer New England with heavy snow and howling winds by the end of the weekend, just days after Thursday’s storm pummeled the region with up to 2 feet of snow.

The storm, forecast from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening, is set to deliver blizzard conditions, AccuWeathe­r meteorolog­ist Kyle Elliott said.

The worst of the storm appears headed for eastern Maine, where a foot or more of snow and strong winds are expected, the National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine, said.

vNew Haven, Conn.: Yale renames Calhoun College

After years of debate, the trustees of Yale University announced Saturday they will change the name of a residentia­l college that honors a 19th century alumnus who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

The Ivy League university said it is renaming Calhoun College after trailblazi­ng computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematic­ian who invented a pioneering computer language and became a Navy rear admiral.

Yale said it was the final decision on a controvers­y over former Vice President John C. Calhoun’s legacy that had simmered for years and boiled over with campus protests in 2015.

vIraq: Rockets fired into Baghdad’s Green Zone

Two rockets landed in Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone on Saturday night following clashes at anti-government protests that left five dead, according to Iraqi security and hospital officials.

The rocket attack left no casualties as the munitions landed on the parade grounds in the center of the highly fortified Baghdad compound that is home to Iraq’s government and most embassies. It was not clear who fired the projectile­s.

Saturday’s protests were called by influentia­l cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Clashes that erupted as crowds pushed toward the Green Zone left two policemen and three protesters dead, according to police and hospital officials.

vPhilippin­es: Strong quake in southern province kills 6

A powerful nighttime earthquake in the southern Philippine­s killed at least six people and injured more than 120, with officials combing through cracked buildings and nearby towns Saturday to check on the damage and other possible casualties.

The magnitude 6.7 quake roused residents from their sleep late Friday in Surigao del Norte province, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. The quake was centered about 8 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao.

Nearly 100 aftershock­s have been felt, officials said. Evacuation centers accommodat­ed wary residents overnight, but many returned home Saturday, Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

 ?? ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP ?? Cyclist David Cassidy enjoys the moment after crossing the finish line in an 18-mile bike race at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine.
ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP Cyclist David Cassidy enjoys the moment after crossing the finish line in an 18-mile bike race at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine.

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