Channel reopens...Rain complicates search...Obama: No simple solution

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Updated: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:15:44 EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has reopened the Houston Ship Channel to some traffic after thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a barge this weekend. Officials say the key waterway on the Gulf of Mexico has been cleared enough to allow barges in and out, though cleanup continues. As much as 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into one of the world's busiest waterways for moving oil on Saturday, when a barge carrying the oil collided with a ship. The area is also a key sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. State officials believe most of the oil is moving away from the coast near Houston and into the Gulf of Mexico.

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Rainy conditions are complicating the search for more victims of the mudslide that swept through a community in Washington state over the weekend. Fourteen people are confirmed dead, but a list of potentially missing people includes 176 names. The landslide flattened about two dozen homes.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of the snowiest winters on record in the northeastern United States had officially been over for a few days now -- but that isn't keeping another snowstorm from making its way up the East Coast. The storm today has been dropping flurries on Washington and Philadelphia on its way to Cape Cod, which could see 8 to 10 inches of snow.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama says there's no "simple solution" to Russia's annexation of Crimea. And he says he's concerned that Russia will move deeper into Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in the Netherlands after a nuclear security summit, Obama also said that Russia is threatening its neighbors "not out of strength but out of weakness."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says virtual currencies like bitcoin will be taxed like property — not currency. The IRS says bitcoin is not legal tender. You can't use it to pay your taxes. However, if you receive wages in bitcoin, you have to pay taxes on it just like you would if you got paid in dollars.

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