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Antoine's CEO once told he'd have no future there

- Associated Press

Rick Blount had always figured he'd work for his family's restaurant when he graduated from college. After all, he'd started work at Antoine's when he was 13, taking reservations, and had worked up to assistant night manager while studying finance at Loyola University.

Crisis behind him, Dayton faces different budget pressure

- Associated Press

A $1 billion surplus sounds like plenty for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to spread around for new education initiatives, tax cuts and road and bridge improvements.

Dressed in grizzly bear garb, Cicero Goncalves looks to be well prepared for snowy weather as he waits in New York's Penn Station for a train to Vermont, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2015.  Goncalves was headed north for some snowboarding, and was traveling by train because he expected the flight he had hoped to take would be canceled due to a storm that could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from  starting Monday. Goncalves, a 34-year-old flight attendant from Queens, counted himself and his travel partner as lucky. "We'll get there before it snows, and we're coming back when the storm is over, on Thursday," he said. A blizzard warning was issued for New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow and powerful winds starting Monday and into Tuesday. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)

Blizzard threatens NYC with up to 3 feet of snow

- Associated Press

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers on Sunday to prepare for what could be the biggest snowstorm in the city's history - with a potential accumulation of as much as 3 feet.

Stennis Space Center puts South Mississippi on path to Mars

- Associated Press

Every rocket that ever propelled U.S. astronauts into space was tested at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, and the NASA test center now is focused on testing rockets that will take astronauts into "deep space" - beyond the moon to an asteroid and then to Mars.

Experts say prices and demand for beef to remain high

Associated Press

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.

Nixon's budget plan faces challenges in Missouri Legislature

- Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has asked lawmakers for more money this year and next, but with an even stronger grip on the Legislature and new checks on the governor's power, Republicans are unlikely to give him what he wants.

Indiana lawmakers facing renewed debate over casinos

- Associated Press

A new Statehouse push to allow Indiana's riverboat casinos to move to on-land sites and let the state's horse track casinos have live dealers run table games comes as supporters are more optimistic of success after several years of failure.

A man hauls farm cargo with a horse-drawn carriage in Leacock Township, Lancaster County on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Overnight snow brought wet, slushy conditions to the area. (AP Photo/LNP Media Group, Dan Marschka)

Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast

- Associated Press

A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

A book authored by Clemson University historian H. Roger Grant about a railroad that would have linked Ohio and South Carolina in the first half of the 19th Century is seen in this Jan. 22, 2015, photograph taken in Charleston, S.C. Grant, in the book, wonders if the railroad had been built whether it might have bound North and South more tightly together economically and made it more difficult for the South to leave the Union before the Civil War. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Would north-south railroad have staved off the Civil War?

- Associated Press

A century and a half after the Civil War, a Clemson University historian wonders whether a railroad linking Ohio and South Carolina - a railroad proposed in the 1830s but never built - might have helped stave off the conflict.