Even though we're still a couple of weeks from Black Friday, there seems to be a pre-season special on snow and cold.
The upper Midwest and Great Lakes are buried in snow, shivering under the icy blanket.
From the Rockies to the heathland, ferocious winds are ripping across the Plains, bringing freezing temperatures as far south as Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.
Hardly anyone in the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be spared by the time the weekend hits, although they won't have it nearly so bad.
Northern central states are astute at fighting driving snow and subzero chill, but the early cold snap this week could hit them like a boxer's punch thrown before the opening bell.
This blast, reminiscent of last January's deep freeze, comes too early for comfort. Leaves are still on the trees, and a snow dump is coming – a foot or more in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The leaves can make the trees accumulate more snow, weighing branches down more than they would if they were bare, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater says.
More falling limbs could mean more accidents, downed lines and power outages. But there's more.
After his party's losses in the midterm elections, President Barack Obama will wade into a mass of foreign policy challenges during his trip to Asia this week.
Obama made America's pivot to Asia a centerpiece of his foreign policy architecture. But some commentators say the President, beset by crises elsewhere, has failed to put words into action.
"The Asia pivot remains more rhetoric than reality," CNN's Fareed Zakaria said. "Having promised a larger U.S. military presence in the Philippines, Singapore and Australia, there is little evidence of any of this on the ground."
Obama arrived Monday in Beijing, where the greater U.S. focus on Asia is viewed with deep suspicion.
She stumbled into the business naked, bleeding and burned.
And in desperate need of help.
This 16-year-old girl thankfully got it, and more than a month later is in good condition at a hospital and undergoing rehab, Charles City County, Virginia, sheriff's Capt. Jayson Crawley said.
And the man accused of doing this to her? Authorities say they think he is now in custody in Maryland, where he was caught coming out of a vehicle with a woman he'd allegedly abducted Sunday night in Philadelphia.
The suspect in both cases is Delvin Barnes, 37.
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