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March 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — It didn’t generate the snow totals estimated in earlier forecasts, but the nor’easter impacting the East Coast from Virginia to Maine is still plenty nasty. It came on the heels of mild weather that had many talking about an early spring. One to two feet of snow has fallen in inland locations. Nearly a quarter-million power customers suffered outages. Six-thousand flights were canceled. Winds topping 70 mph have generated coastal flooding in some areas.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge in San Diego has ordered Retired Adm. Bruce Loveless released without bond for his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal linked to a Malaysian defense contractor. The contractor was nicknamed “Fat Leonard” and was accused of providing prostitutes and other perks for secrets. A prosecutor says Loveless, who was arrested at his home, was bribed with “wild sex parties.” Eight other officers have also been indicted.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that a firm owned by the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law is reportedly negotiating to sell a $400 million stake in a New York City skyscraper to a Chinese company that has ties to China’s ruling party. The Times reports the deal with Anbang Insurance Group is for a stake in the family’s building at 666 Fifth Avenue. Jared Kushner is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka and is a senior adviser to the president. The White House says Jared Kushner previously sold his interest in the building.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Congress have complained that under President Barack Obama, the government placed too many limits on states for deciding which unemployment applicants can be drug-tested. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, says the new rule means people looking for work are “guilty of drug use until being proven innocent.”

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” has won preliminary approval in the Texas Senate over the objections of big businesses including Amazon and American Airlines, celebrities such as Lady Gaga and warnings from the NFL and NBA. But the bill, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, still faces big obstacles that could ultimately derail the proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature.