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Winter storm to bring snow, ice, cold to East
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A winter storm stretching from Texas to southern New England and forecast on Wednesday to dump up to a foot (30 cm) of snow on the eastern United States forced schools and local governments to close and grounded almost 1,800 flights.

Elizabeth McCracken wins U.S. Story Prize for short fiction
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Elizabeth McCracken won the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for "Thunderstruck and Other Stories," her collection of tales about life-altering experiences and loss.



'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him."

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling.



Second Los Angeles hospital identifies 'superbug' infections
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were infected with a drug-resistant "superbug" bacteria during endoscopic procedures, and 64 others may have been similarly exposed, since August, the hospital said on Wednesday.

Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general
WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.