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>Capital region prepares for snow

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Road crews Saturday were preparing for a rare spring snow in the nation's capital with forecasts calling for accumulations in Washington, central Maryland and east to the Delaware shore.

Snow was expected to fall early today across the area. It may turn to rain later in the morning and this afternoon.

In Washington, the city's snow team was preparing to deploy about 160 plows by 2 a.m. to handle up to 2 inches of snow. Officials asked residents to treat their sidewalks before they went to bed Saturday.

The forecast led organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival to postpone the annual kite festival set for today. They plan to announce a new date for the event on Monday.

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>Navy exercise linked to death of 3 dolphins

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Naval training exercise that included an underwater blast off San Diego's coast has been linked to at least three dolphin deaths earlier this month, prompting a probe into whether the military violated the federal law that protects marine mammals.

Navy officials, who reported the deaths of the long-beaked common dolphins following the March 4 detonation off the coast, said they were following proper procedures and will continue with the training.

The National Marine Fisheries Service plans to take another look at the Navy's pending request to disturb marine mammals between Imperial Beach and Coronado, where it conducts amphibious and special warfare training, agency leaders told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday.

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>Protesters compete for White House notice

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What do Yemeni violence, Bahrain's monarchy and genetically modified foods have in common?

All were the subjects Saturday of small but animated prowtests in front of the White House, where President Obama was ensconced indoors on the other side of the fence.

The pedestrian-only strip of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and Lafayette Square, often hosts demonstrators. Rarely, however, do so many interests bump into each other, literally, and generate such a cacophony of unrelated chants. Under cool, sunny skies, the eastern-most circle comprised people demanding the ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Another circle of flag-waving people supported Bahrain's monarchy. "We love our government" one sign said.

The loudest group, thanks to amplifiers, protested the U.S.-led bombings of Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Perhaps the largest group -- more than 50 people -- carried signs criticizing genetically modified organisms, which render some foods unsafe, the demonstrators said.

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