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Driving storm brings snow, bitter cold

Associated Press
Published January 30, 2008


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DENVER

A powerful storm system pounded a large swath of the nation's midsection on Tuesday, spawning everything from heavy snow and numbing cold to hail and possible tornadoes, and forecasters warned more could be on the way. The National Weather Service posted heavy snow warnings for parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with a blizzard warning for the Snowy Range area in southern Wyoming. The system also dragged bitterly cold air across the northern Plains.

FORT WORTH, Texas

Wildfires hit power lines, stall flights

Strong, gusty winds swept across the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday, driving fast-moving wildfires that chased people from their homes, took down power lines and delayed some flights. No injuries or deaths had been reported as firefighters scrambled to douse the flames, fueled mostly by dry grass.

DETROIT

Mayor names aide, will address city

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff Tuesday, a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair. Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff and liaison to Detroit's City Council, was appointed to Christine Beatty's job, Kilpatrick announced in a written statement. The mayor's office also said he planned to address the city for the first time since the scandal broke a week ago, with a speech tonight from his church.

MASHANTUCKET, Conn.

Fire at hotel-casino forces evacuation

A roof fire forced hundreds of guests and gamblers to evacuate a hotel and casino Tuesday, the second such blaze at a U.S. hotel-casino in less than a week. The fire at Foxwoods Resort Casino was reported around noon, and the roof of the eight-story Great Cedar Hotel smoldered through midafternoon. No one was injured, said Saverio Mancini, a spokesman for the casino, which is run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. The cause of the fire had not been determined. The fire follows a Friday blaze at the 32-story Monte Carlo casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

PHILADELPHIA

Video games fan guilty of murder

A man who spent long hours each day playing video games was convicted Tuesday of killing his 17-month-old daughter when she pulled down his Xbox console. Prosecutors believe Tyrone Spellman pummeled Alayiah Turman, cracking her skull several times, while her pregnant mother napped in another room in September 2006. Jurors rejected arguments that he confessed to protect the mother and convicted him of third-degree murder and child endangerment. He could be sentenced up to 47 years in prison.

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