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Morning Headlines: Possible Budget Deal; Swiss Letter Bomb

Democrats and Republicans appear closer to a federal budget deal, On It's All Politics, Frank tells us compromise among budget negotiators means a partial government shutdown could be avoided. They're close to agreement on some $33 billion in spending cuts.

A letter bomb exploded in the Swiss offices of a lobbying group that represents nuclear power companies. The BBC reports two women were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. AFP says a small group of Greenpeace activists were demonstrating outside the offices in Olten but called off their protest when they learned what had happened, saying they had nothing to do with the attack.

A top executive at Berkshire Hathaway, the company run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is resigning. The Wall Street Journal says David Sokol is quitting amid questions about personal stock trading. He'd purchased about $10 million dollars in shares of a chemical company that he'd advised Berkshire Hathaway to buy.

There's a nor'easter headed for New England and should strike on April Fool's Day. The Weather Channel notes winter storm warnings are posted from Pennsylvania up to Maine. Areas north of Boston are under threat of heavy snow.

The Times of India says India now has 1.2 billion citizens, or 17.5 percent of the world's population. That's equal to the combined populations of the U.S., Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan and Pakistan.

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