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NATION IN BRIEF: Snow blankets Northeast

The Associated Press. A pyramid of snow has been formed in a parking lot in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday at the corner of E. Willow St. and N. Salina St. Heavy, wet snow pummeled the Syracuse region Thursday, intensifying by late afternoon to near white-out conditions that could restrict travel, snap power lines and topple trees, the National Weather Service said.

The Associated Press. A pyramid of snow has been formed in a parking lot in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday at the corner of E. Willow St. and N. Salina St. Heavy, wet snow pummeled the Syracuse region Thursday, intensifying by late afternoon to near white-out conditions that could restrict travel, snap power lines and topple trees, the National Weather Service said.

Snow blankets Northeast

PHILADELPHIA -- A slow-moving winter storm bringing snow again in the Northeast is also dumping a lot of rain in parts of northern New England and threatening to cause flooding.

In parts of southern and mid-coastal Maine more than 3 inches of rain has fallen and forecasters said some areas could get more than 7 inches. The river in the flood-prone New Hampshire town of Goffstown is nearing flood stage and residents have been told to prepare for possible evacuation.

Back-to-back storms have been blamed for a number of deaths, including a man who was hit by a snow laden tree branch in Central Park. In upstate New York, state police report two deaths in traffic accidents on slick roads, one near Rochester and another southeast of Syracuse.

Man arrested in abandonment at Del. gas station

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Authorities in New Jersey charged a man Thursday with kidnapping in the case of a 20-month-old child found abandoned at a gas station in Delaware over the weekend.

Dwayne Jackson of Edison also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. He was being held in lieu of $750,000 bail. Jackson also faces a separate reckless endangerment charge in Delaware.

The child was found Sunday afternoon in the bathroom of a Shell service station in Newark, Del., by a stranger who heard her crying. A photograph of the toddler was distributed, and she was identified as Jackson's daughter.

Suspect in deaths charged with attempted murder

CLEVELAND -- The man suspected of killing 11 women whose remains were found in and around his Cleveland home has been indicted on attempted murder, kidnapping and felonious assault charges.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Thursday that a grand jury returned the three-count indictment against 50-year-old Anthony Sowell. He's already facing a possible death penalty in the 11 deaths.

The latest charges involve an alleged attack on a 42-year-old Cleveland woman at Sowell's home.

Amtrak train kills 2 teen girls near Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- A high-speed Amtrak train struck and killed two teenage girls near Philadelphia.

Officials said the Acela train traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C., hit the two girls about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Norwood, about 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

Interboro School District Superintendent Nancy Hacker said the 10th-graders had been in school earlier in the day, but left at some point. She doesn't know what they were doing on the tracks, which aren't far from the school.

2 indicted in foiled NYC subway bomb plot case

NEW YORK -- Two high school classmates of admitted terrorist Najibullah Zazi were indicted Thursday in a foiled scheme to bomb New York City subways that a prosecutor said was directed by ''al-Qaida leadership.''

Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin, both 25, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support to the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Pilot who ignored Pearl Harbor reports dies

SAN DIEGO -- Hawaii-based pilot Kermit Tyler thought the big blip on the radar screen on Dec. 7, 1941, was a fleet of U.S. B-17 bombers due in from the mainland, so he replied ''don't worry about it'' when told of the approaching mass that turned out to be the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tyler, who was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing, has died at age 96, content he did all he could that morning.

He was the Army Air Forces' first lieutenant on temporary duty at Ft. Shafter's radar information center in Hawaii when two privates reporting seeing an unusually sizable blip on their radar screen, indicating a large number of aircraft about 132 miles away and fast approaching.