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Storm pun­ishes swath of US with snow, ice and freez­ing rain

A win­ter storm that con­trib­uted to at least five deaths in the Mid­west pum­meled the mid-At­lantic re­gion for a sec­ond day Sun­day, bring­ing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, can­celled flights and con­trib­uted to hun­dreds of car ac­ci­dents.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said the driver of a mil­i­tary sur­plus ve­hi­cle was killed late Satur­day af­ter he lost con­trol on In­ter­state 81 be­cause of slick road con­di­tions.

Po­lice said Ron­ald W. Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Geor­gia, died af­ter his ve­hi­cle was struck by two trac­tor-trail­ers. The two trac­tor-trailer driv­ers were taken to a hospi­tal for in­juries that were not lifethreat­en­ing. The state med­i­cal ex­am­iner de­ter­mined Sun­day that Har­ris’ death was storm-re­lated, po­lice said.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said they re­sponded to more than 300 traf­fic crashes and helped nearly 200 dis­abled ve­hi­cles in Vir­ginia from mid­night to late Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The storm knocked out power to nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina at its height Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.us.

Judge blocks Trump birth con­trol cov­er­age rules in 13 states

OAK­LAND, Calif. — A U.S. judge in Cal­i­for­nia on Sun­day blocked Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rules, which would al­low more em­ploy­ers to opt out of pro­vid­ing women with no-cost birth con­trol, from tak­ing ef­fect in 13 states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Judge Hay­wood Gil­liam granted a re­quest for a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion by Cal­i­for­nia, 12 other states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The plain­tiffs sought to pre­vent the rules from tak­ing ef­fect as sched­uled on Mon­day while a law­suit against them moved for­ward.

But Gil­liam lim­ited the scope of the rul­ing to the plain­tiffs, re­ject­ing their re­quest that he block the rules na­tion­wide.

The changes would al­low more em­ploy­ers, in­clud­ing pub­licly traded com­pa­nies, to opt out of pro­vid­ing no-cost con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age to women by claim­ing re­li­gious ob­jec­tions. Some pri­vate em­ploy­ers could also ob­ject on moral grounds.

Cal­i­for­nia and the other states ar­gue that women would be forced to turn to state-funded pro­grams for birth con­trol and ex­pe­ri­ence un­in­tended preg­nan­cies.

Trump’s week­end: new Rus­sia ques­tions, shut­down ir­ri­tants

WASH­ING­TON — It wasn’t the week­end that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wanted: largely alone at the White House, irked by a pair of star­tling Rus­sia head­lines and baf­fled that he’s not get­ting more credit for stay­ing put dur­ing the par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Trump sur­prised his aides by de­cid­ing, with just a few hours’ no­tice, to call in to Jea­nine Pirro’s show on Fox News on Satur­day night to push back against cov­er­age of his pres­i­dency on mul­ti­ple fronts, par­tic­u­larly pub­lished re­ports about his ap­proach to­ward Rus­sia.

Even then, the pres­i­dent avoided di­rectly an­swer­ing when Pirro asked whether he cur­rently is or has ever worked for Rus­sia. The ques­tion came af­ter The New York Times re­ported that law en­force­ment of­fi­cials be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing, in 2017, whether Trump had been work­ing on be­half of Rus­sia against U.S. in­ter­ests. The news­pa­per said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion came af­ter the pres­i­dent’s fir­ing of FBI Direc­tor James Comey.

“I think it’s the most in­sult­ing thing I’ve ever been asked,” Trump told Pirro, a per­sonal friend. “I think it’s the most in­sult­ing ar­ti­cle I’ve ever had writ­ten, and if you read the ar­ti­cle you’ll see that they found ab­so­lutely noth­ing.”

Trump went on to as­sert that no pres­i­dent has taken a harder stance against Rus­sia than he has.

Shoot­ing out­side Phoenix mo­tel kills woman, 5 wounded

PHOENIX — Phoenix po­lice say a shoot­ing out­side a mo­tel left a young woman dead and five oth­ers wounded by gun­fire.

They say in a state­ment that the shoot­ing hap­pened shortly be­fore noon Sun­day af­ter two men ar­gued with a group of peo­ple on the sec­ond floor of the mo­tel.

Po­lice say one sus­pect re­port­edly pulled out a hand­gun and fired mul­ti­ple shots.

They say one of the sus­pects was wounded in the in­ci­dent and was among those shot. Three of those who were in shot were hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice are search­ing for the other sus­pect.

The vic­tims ranged in age from 18 to 41 years old. Their iden­ti­ties were not im­me­di­ately made pub­lic.

Man who killed of­fi­cer said he was hit by ul­tra­sonic waves

DAVIS, Calif. — The man who shot and killed a rookie Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer left a let­ter on the bed in the home where he lived claim­ing po­lice bom­barded him with ul­tra­sonic waves, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice in the col­lege town of Davis near Sacra­mento on Satur­day made pub­lic the one-para­graph let­ter they said was writ­ten by Kevin Dou­glas Lim­baugh, 48. He killed him­self Thurs­day af­ter fa­tally shoot­ing Of­fi­cer Natalie Corona.

Po­lice spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov said the paper was found face up on the gun­man’s bed.

“The Davis Po­lice depart­ment has been hit­ting me with ul­tra sonic (sic) waves meant to keep dogs from bark­ing,” the let­ter said. “I no­ti­fied the press, in­ter­nal af­fairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sen­si­tive to its af­fect (sic) on my in­ner ear. I did my best to ap­pease them, but they have con­tin­ued for years and I can’t live this way any­more.”

The hand­writ­ten note was signed “Cit­i­zen Kevin Lim­baugh.” Also re­cov­ered as ev­i­dence from the man’s home were two un­reg­is­tered guns.

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