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Snow mold spotted in lawns after the thaw

An extremely cold February kept snow cover around longer than usual this year, causing a cotton-candy like mold called “snow mold” to spring up on lawns.

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

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Photos: Northern Lights

PIctures of the spectacular colors visible in the night sky in more southerly locations than what is typical.