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Two persons were killed in Illinois when their car slid on a sleet-covered road into the path of a truck.

Up to 13 inches of snow fell at Russellville in west-central Arkansas, with up to 8 inches in Missouri and as much as 9 inches around Alton, Ill., the National Weather Service said. Authorities urged motorists to stay home.

A band of snow and rain stretched from the southern Plains to northern New England during the morning, and the Weather Service posted winter storm warnings across sections of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, with winter weather advisories along the Great Lakes.

Thunderstorms swept through the Southeast.

Voting sites in Ohio were busy for yesterday’s presidential primaries despite heavy rain.

Flash flooding forced some to briefly evacuate rural homes around the Alabama community of Collirene, said Lowndes County Sheriff Chip Williams.

Alabama also reported two small tornadoes that destroyed at least two homes and damaged others, the Weather Service said.


Model Smith’s estate goes to daughter

LOS ANGELES — A judge yesterday ruled that the baby daughter of deceased model Anna Nicole Smith is the sole heir to her estate, meaning that 18-month-old Dannielynn could inherit a multimillion-dollar fortune.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff’s ruling also established a trust for Dannielynn that would be administered by Miss Smith’s companion, Howard K. Stern, and Dannielynn’s father, Larry Birkhead.

The former Playboy model and television actress died in February 2007 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, roughly five months after Dannielynn was born. Her son, Daniel, died only three days after Dannielynn’s birth. He was 20.

Daniel had been Miss Smith’s heir according to a will that was written well before his death, but the actress/model never changed the will. Mr. Stern, who is executor of Miss Smith’s estate, had petitioned the Los Angeles court in October to name Dannielynn as the sole heir.

At the time of her death, Miss Smith was embroiled in a legal battle over the will of billionaire oil tycoon Howard Marshall that still has not been resolved. If that dispute is settled and Miss Smith’s estate receives a large payout, the money would belong to Dannielynn.


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