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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - A major winter storm is bringing snow and high winds to parts of the central Plains. National Weather Service officials in Kansas and Oklahoma have issued blizzard warnings and watches through tonight. Forecasters predicted up to 18 inches of snow near Amarillo, Texas, and wind gusts up to 65 mph, as the storm tracks eastward. Conditions have already forced road closures in Texas and Oklahoma. Forecasters also warn of possible tornadoes in the Southeast.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In federal court in New Orleans, the trial has started in the case of the deadly oil rig explosion that triggered the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial is designed to identify the causes of BP's well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved. Months of negotiations have failed to produce a settlement that could have averted the trial. Eleven workers died in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says it's taking allegations of misconduct seriously, but so it has far found no evidence that U.S. special forces in Wardak province have been involved. Yesterday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered all U.S. special forces to leave the strategic eastern province after the governor and local officials accused Afghans working with U.S. special forces of being behind the disappearance of at least nine men and the murder of an Afghan university student.

ROME (AP) - Exit polls in Italy show the center-left coalition leading the vote for the lower house of parliament, ahead of the center-right coalition under former Premier Silvio Berlusconi. A political movement founded by a comic-turned-political agitator is in third, while outgoing Premier Mario Monti's centrist coalition trails with less than 10 percent of the vote. The election is seen as a test of Italy's resolve to stay the course of painful economic reform.

VATICAN CITY (AP) -Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader says he won't take part in the conclave to elect the next pope. Pope Benedict has accepted Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. The Observer newspaper reports that three priests and a former priest have filed complaints to the Vatican alleging that the cardinal acted inappropriately with them. O'Brien is contesting the allegations, which The Observer reports date back to the 1980s.

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