Winter storms hit U.S.

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A towing crew from Moody's of Rochester, Minn. hooks up a tanker trailer truck that lost control and landed in the median of U.S. 52 North near Oronocco, Minn. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.  The first major snowstorm of the season began its slow eastward march across the Midwest early Thursday, creating treacherous driving conditions and threatening to disrupt some of the nation's busiest airports ahead of the holiday weekend.(AP Photo/ Rochester Post-Bulletin, Jerry Olson)

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A winter storm system that blew through Christmas Day with Gulf Coast tornadoes and snow in the nation's midsection headed for the Northeast, spreading blizzard conditions that slowed holiday travel all week. The death toll rose to six with car accidents on snow and highways.

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