Blizzard Barrels East, Sinks Vikings Dome : The Two-Way U.S. blizzard collapses stadium dome; Ambassador Holbrooke critically ill; children attacked in France and Pakistan; British police help search for Swedish bomb maker
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Blizzard Barrels East, Sinks Vikings Dome

Here's why the Minnesota Vikings didn't host the New York Giants at home yesterday.

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The inflatable roof of the Vikings' Metrodome ruptured under heavy snow Sunday morning, forcing NFL officials to move the game's date and location. (Nobody got hurt.) The Vikings will host the Giants tonight in Detroit. The Weather Channel reports between 17 and 24 inches of snow fell on the Twin Cities over the weekend and more's coming. Forecasters warn there's a trough of bitter, arctic air waiting to fall upon much of North America, right down to Florida. It will get better. Just not till Friday.


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Ambassador Richard Holbrooke had surgery twice over the weekend at George Washington University Hospital, where doctors repaired his aorta and worked to improve his circulation. Bloomberg reports the first surgery lasted 20 hours and the second was a seven hour procedure. The report quotes a Holbrooke family friend who says the diplomat's health prospects remain unclear.


The AP reports French police arrested a teenager with swords who'd held several pre-schoolers and their two teachers in a nursery school in Besancon. The Guardian reports police talked with the teen. In Peshawar, Pakistan, a bomb struck a school bus, killing the driver and injuring several children. The AP reports the bomb was placed in the road and the school bus might not have been the target.


Sama Sarsour from Swedish Muslims for Peace and Justice attends a peace demonstration in Stockholm on December 12, 2010. MARC FEMENIA/Getty hide caption

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British police have searched a house in southern England for clues to Saturday's explosions in downtown Stockholm. One person died in a car bomb and two people were wounded after a device blew up. The AP says Swedish prosecutors believe the bomber was a Swedish man who lived in Britain for several years. NPR's Philip Reeves is in Stockholm, and tells Morning Edition Swedes are shaken; the suspect may have sent emails that blame Sweden for 500 troops in Afghanistan and a Swedish artist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed, angering many Muslims.