Morning Roundup: Afghan Avalanches; Calif. Storms; Honda Recalls; Google Buzz : The Two-Way More than 150 killed in Afghan avalanches.

Morning Roundup: Afghan Avalanches; Calif. Storms; Honda Recalls; Google Buzz

Morning Roundup: Afghan Avalanches; Calif. Storms; Honda Recalls; Google Buzz

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Good morning.

Yes, it's snowing again in much of the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast. Earlier, we rounded up some of the latest reports from cities that are in the way of the latest blizzard.

And we shouldn't neglect the bad weather in other parts of the nation, especially California. As the Los Angeles Times reports:

A cold storm belted Southern California with rain and snow Tuesday, flooding streets and leaving residents in foothill neighborhoods wondering whether saturated hillsides would withstand the latest onslaught of wet weather.

Other stories making headlines include:

-- BBC News -- Afghan Avalanche Toll Exceeds 150: "At least 150 people have been killed in a series of avalanches that have blocked a mountain pass north of Kabul, Afghan officials say. Rescuers are trying to reach hundreds more people who are trapped in their vehicles in the Salang Pass. Some 2,500 people have been rescued so far, but scores more are feared buried following several days of heavy snow."

Also from Afghanistan, on Morning Edition: NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports on how U.S. Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province are gearing up for a major offensive against a Taliban stronghold:

-- The Associated Press -- Honda Expands Recall: "Honda Motor Co. is adding more than 378,000 cars to an existing safety recall for air bag inflation problems, the company said Tuesday. The company will replace the driver's side air bag inflator on the cars because they can deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator to rupture and injure or kill the driver. The recall now affects more than 822,000 vehicles, including certain 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans."

-- Reuters -- "Were Red Flags Missed?" Before Toyota Recall: "As the U.S. Congress gears up to delve into Toyota Motor Corp's massive global vehicle recall, the question they face is whether the automaker and regulators misread or ignored rising consumer complaints. Complaints about unintended acceleration rose sharply from model years 2002 to 2007 -- a period when Toyota expanded its use of electronic throttle controls, according to an analysis of data compiled by Safety Research and Strategies. But by 2007, only two formal federal investigations had been launched."

Update at 9:15 a.m. ET. From Shanghai, NPR's Louisa Lim wrapped up the Honda and Toyota news:

Morning Roundup: Afghan Avalanches; Calif. Storms; Honda Recalls; Google Buzz

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-- PC Magazine -- Google Launches Buzz: "Google's new social layer-cake service, Google Buzz, pays lip service to integration with non-Google apps like Twitter. But if Google gets its way, Twitter and Facebook will only be so much noise outside the increasingly closed world of Google."