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WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.
The unusually grim winter in the US northeast showed no sign of relenting Monday, after Washington DC and nearby states were blanketed by some of the heaviest snows of the season. The brutal winter is wreaking havoc with preparations for traditional warm weather rituals like the start of baseball season later this month and Washington's cherry blossom festival. The National Weather Service said for instance that the western town of Billings, Montana this year received the second-largest amount of snow since it began keeping records.