No liquids in carry-on luggage to Russia...Embarrassing diplomatic leak... No heat or lights for many in PA

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Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:14:58 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department says it isn't aware of any terrorist threat against America but it's banning all liquids from carry-on luggage for nonstop flights from the U.S. to Russia. Airlines have already been warned that terrorists might try to smuggle explosives on board in toothpaste tubes and try to assemble a device in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking a conversation between two senior American diplomats who were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call about Ukraine that was apparently bugged. The top U.S. diplomat for Europe and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had thought their call was secure and private.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are still without electricity after an ice storm brought down trees and limbs onto power lines in parts of the mid-Atlantic region. Adding to the misery is the bone-chilling cold. Most of the outages are in the Philadelphia area. Officials liken the scope of the damage to a hurricane. Some might not get power back for several days.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A power company, state regulators and an environmental group are in disagreement about the levels of toxins in a North Carolina river following a massive spill of coal ash. The state and Duke Energy say tests show arsenic and other potentially harmful contaminates in the Dan River are at safe levels. But a lab hired by the Waterkeeper Alliance says levels are far above state standards.

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California private school is apologizing for a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month. When students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord announced a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon, other students and parents were offended. Officials have removed the items from the menu and apologized to parents.

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