The National Weather Service in northern Indiana issues WINTER STORM WATCHES for Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties from 7 PM Saturday night until 10 PM Sunday.  Light snow develops near midnight Saturday night and becomes steadier and heavier toward daybreak Sunday.  Snow, heavy at times, may accumulate on order of 6" to 12" by Sunday evening.  Traveling will be difficult and further compromised by blowing and drifting snow.  The exact track is still being fine tuned, so please stay with throughout your weekend!

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U.S. troops sent to Iraq

Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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IRAQ (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More U.S. troops have been sent to Iraq, but the Department of Defense insists these are not "boots on the ground."  

At least 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq Tuesday.

The Pentagon calls them advisors on a temporary mission.

They will assess the humanitarian crisis facing tens of thousands of religious minorities trapped on a mountaintop by Islamic militants in northwestern Iraq.

"Very specifically this is not a combat boots on the ground operation. We're not going to have that kind of operation," said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

The U.S. and the U.K. have been dropping food and water for the refugees, who are in danger of starving.

They fled their homes after Isis militants threatened to kill any who refused to convert to Islam.

The Pentagon says the newly arrived troops also will evaluate how successful the U.S. airstrikes have been in protecting the refugees.


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