US, Cuba to normalize relations  The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday.

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Looking at 'burning snow' phenomenon

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We've received several calls and emails from people concerned there are chemicals in the snow, because they think they can burn it.

But as it turns out, that's not the case.

Newschannel 3 talked to a physical chemist to get the scoop.

Videos of the phenomenon are popping up everywhere on YouTube--people are taking snowballs and trying to burn them.

They turn black and smell bad, but don't melt right away.

So why can't you burn snow?

Western Michigan University physical chemist Dr. John Miller indulged us and helped us find out.

Newschannel 3 meteorologist Cyndi Kahlbaum takes over the story from there.