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Tropical Storm Karen stalls, but remains a threat

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Karen stalled Saturday in its move toward the Gulf Coast but still threatened to bring high winds and heavy rains. Officials from Louisiana to northwest Florida acknowledged that the storm was weakening and sent some emergency workers home, but urged residents to be cautious. (AP)


Plains cleaning up after snowstorms

PIERRE, S.D. — Parts of South Dakota were dealing with power outages and digging out from chest-high snow drifts on Saturday. In the Rapid City area, where 21 inches of snow fell, authorities were recruiting snowmobilers to help rescue about 80 motorists stuck in their vehicles. Up to 3½ feet of snow hit the Black Hills. (AP)


Sisters question fatal D.C. shooting

NEW YORK — The sisters of a woman who was fatally shot in Washington after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier say police should not have shot her. ‘‘We’re still very confused as a family why she’s not still alive,’’ said Amy Carey-Jones, speaking of Miriam Carey. Another sister, retired New York City police officer Valarie Carey, said there was ‘‘no need for a gun to be used when there was no gunfire coming from the vehicle.’’ (AP)