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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The first days of spring in parts of the Northeast will look a lot like the last weeks of winter. Forecasters say a powerful nor'easter with wind-driven snow could dump up to 18 inches on Wednesday, the fourth such storm to smack the region in the last three weeks. Widespread power outages are possible. Sleet and freezing rain are expected to start falling by Tuesday afternoon, the first day of spring.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) - Loes van Dam thought using a computer model to study plate tectonics would be limiting, so she turned to corn syrup. She built a large tank with six counter-rotating belts and 2,000 pounds of the sticky stuff. The syrup represents the Earth's mantle, which melts to form magma. The belts are the drifting and shifting tectonic plates. Their intersection is the ocean ridge. It's believed to be the first 3-D model of a mid-ocean ridge system that can migrate in any direction.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) - Police say a Rhode Island man pulled over on suspicious of impaired driving had hundreds of marijuana-laced candies in his vehicle. Portsmouth police say 47-year-old David Joseph Myrick, of Providence, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Saturday on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Officers say Myrick's car was swerving in and out of the breakdown lane. During a search of his vehicle, police say they found more than 700 individually wrapped marijuana candies.

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island high school has implemented a new security system that requires students to use badges to enter the building. Starting Monday, students at Westerly High School will use their badge to enter certain parts of the building at allowed times. Principal Todd Grimes says the system has been planned for more than a year, but the recent deadly shooting at a Florida high school accelerated the process.

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