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Still asking, where's spring?

There are few signs of spring as a snowstorm tracks eastward, mostly along Interstate 70, bringing heavy snow and high winds. Two people killed in weather-related crashes were identified, dozens of Palm Sunday services were canceled throughout Missouri, and about 100 flights were scrapped at Lambert Field in St. Louis. Winter storm warnings and advisories were issued for Monday as far east as Pennsylvania. The storm dumped 7 to 9 inches of snow from eastern Kansas into central Missouri before tapering off Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said.


MICHIGAN: Detroit manager going to work

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A bankruptcy lawyer and turnaround expert tasked with reviving Detroit's beleaguered finances could be greeted by protesters as he arrives at work Monday. He plans to spend his first day meeting with some city officials who for months fought against creating his job at all. Kevyn Orr is under no illusions that he'll be treated as a hero when he begins his duties as the Motor City's emergency manager, an appointment that makes Detroit the nation's largest city ever put under state control. "I'm a worker bee. I'm not a honey bee," Orr, 54, told The Associated Press. "My set-in-stone plan is to get to the office . . . and start meeting folks." Gov. Rick Snyder named Orr, a Washington attorney who represented Chrysler in its successful restructuring, as the man for an even larger fix-it task.


WASHINGTON: Few visas issued for Iraqis

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The federal government has issued less than a quarter of 25,000 visas created for Iraqis who helped American efforts during the Iraq War and the program is to end this year. As the nation marks the war's 10th anniversary, advocates and Republican and Democratic members of Congress are urging the Obama administration to extend and reform the visa program. The State Department reports it has issued 5,500 of the 25,000 available visas, and says there haven't been as many applicants as there are visas. They say Iraqis can also come to the United States through the refugee program, which has resettled more than 80,000. Advocates say applying for the visas can be unnecessarily onerous, with extensive paperwork, timelines and agencies.

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