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News Wrap: Winter Weather Wallops Midwest, Killing at Least 14

December 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM EST
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KWAME HOLMAN: Parts of the Upper Midwest were paralyzed today by a powerful blizzard that claimed the lives of at least 14 people. Roads in northern Indiana and Illinois were treacherous for travelers, and on one 10-mile stretch, motorists were stuck for more than 12 hours.

Over the weekend, the storm dumped nearly two feet of snow across parts

of Wisconsin and Minnesota before moving east. The weight of the snow collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ football stadium. Their game was moved to Detroit, and will be played tonight.

In Afghanistan, several suspects have been arrested in connection with a suicide attack that killed six American troops. The incident happened Sunday in the southern province of Kandahar. A minibus packed with explosives blew up at the entrance to a joint NATO-Afghan base. It was the deadliest attack on coalition troops so far this month. It comes days before a major White House review of Afghan strategy is due.

Authorities in Sweden said a suicide bomber there was ready to attack a

train station or department store, but his bomb went off prematurely. An investigation into Saturday’s bombing was under way in both Sweden and Britain, where the bomber lived.

We have a report from Andrew Davies of Independent Television News.

WOMAN: Oh, my God.

ANDY DAVIES: This footage was taken shortly after Saturday’s suspected

terrorist attack in Stockholm. It is late afternoon in a popular shopping district. Another camera captures the sporadic series of explosions within the car.

There has been no formal police narrative as to what exactly happened in the minutes following the first explosion. But it’s understood that the driver of the car, thought to be this man, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, attempted a second explosion just 200 yards away using a device strapped to his body.

He was found with fatal blast injuries to his abdomen, with, it was

reported, other devices beside him. Now the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command and MI5 are involved investigating al-Abdaly’s links to Britain. The 29-year-old had grown up in Sweden, but spent much of the last decade in Luton, it seems, this reportedly his last known address.

It’s understood that the 29-year-old was born in Baghdad, but moved to

Stockholm with his family in 1992 and became a Swedish national. In 2001, age 20, he came to the U.K. to study physical therapy at what is now called the University of Bedfordshire. It’s believed he married in 2004 and has two daughters and a baby boy.

And in the last hour, it was reported that Taimour al-Abdaly had left a

will on a jihadist Internet forum in which it was claimed he identified himself as the bomber and called for more attacks in Europe.

KWAME HOLMAN: Seven bomb experts from the FBI went to assist in the

investigation.

Haiti’s Electoral Council reopened hearings for appeals of the

presidential election results. The move extends the appeals process by three days, to Wednesday. Officials said they made the overture with the hope of calming post-election violence.

The vote happened at the end of November, but was widely criticized for

incidents of voter intimidation and alleged ballot-box stuffing.

Back in this country, President Obama signed legislation to provide

children with more and more healthful school meals. At an elementary school ceremony, the president joined lawmakers, schoolchildren, and the first lady, who has spearheaded a drive to combat childhood obesity. The law directs $4.5 billion to expand free-meals programs, and it empowers the government to prescribe what kinds of foods may be sold in schools.

On Wall Street today, stocks were mixed after a light day of trading.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 18 points to close at 11428. The Nasdaq fell more than 12 points to close at 2625.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.