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■ United States

Ice storms continue havoc

The ice storms that have been blamed for at least 21 deaths continued to lash much of the country as crews tried to restore power to hundreds of thousands and slick roads spawned accidents. Waves of freezing rain, sleet and snow since Friday have caused at least 12 deaths in Oklahoma, six in Missouri, two in Texas and one in New York. Many of the deaths were from traffic accidents. In Texas, 415 flights were canceled on Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt said about 300,000 households remained without power on on Sunday. About 350 National Guardsmen were going door to door checking on residents in the hardest-hit areas.

■ United States

Alice Coltrane dies at 69

Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died on Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. For nearly 40 years, Coltrane managed the archive and estate of her husband, a pivotal figure in the history of jazz. He died of liver disease in 1967 at age 40. A pianist and organist, Alice Coltrane was noted for her astral compositions and for bringing the harp onto the jazz bandstand. A convert to Hinduism, she was also a significant spiritual leader and founded the Vedantic Center, a spiritual commune located in Agoura Hills, California.

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