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WASHINGTON (AP) A powerful winter storm is bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic with as much as 2 feet of snow in store for the nation's capital. Airlines have canceled flights across the region.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board says it will hold a three-day public hearing into the fatal collision of two Metro trains in June. The hearing will begin Feb. 23 in the NTSB's board room and conference center in southwest Washington,and witnesses will be questioned.

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