New sentence, new charges for Manafort — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7 1⁄2 years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside a president’s power to pardon. In Washington, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson brushed aside Manafort’s pleas for leniency and rebuked him for misleading the U.S. government about his lucrative foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf. “It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved” in the crimes, Jackson told Manafort, 69. She added 3 1⁄2 years on top of the nearly four-year sentence Manafort received last week in a separate case in Virginia, though he’ll get credit for nine months already served. The new state charges allege residential mortgage fraud.
Britain aims for Brexit delay — In a tentative first step toward ending months of political deadlock, British lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the country from leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement, triggering an attempt to delay that departure, currently due to take place March 29. Parliament is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to put the brakes on Brexit, a vote set up after lawmakers dealt yet another defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May amid a crisis over Britain’s departure from the EU. The lawmakers’ 321-278 vote has political but not legal force and does not entirely rule out a chaotic no-deal departure for Britain. But it might ease jitters spreading across the EU after lawmakers resoundingly rejected May’s divorce deal on Tuesday. Exiting the EU without a deal could mean major disruptions for businesses and people in the U.K. and the 27 remaining EU countries. May hinted that she plans to make a third attempt to get lawmakers to support her Brexit deal, which they have already rejected twice.
‘Epic’ storm: Blizzards, floods, tornado — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. “This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “We’re looking at something that will go down in the history books.” Hundreds of drivers were stranded on Colorado highways, including 500 in the Colorado Springs area alone. Hundreds of flights were canceled in Denver. In north Texas, severe thunderstorms damaged buildings and flipped over small planes parked at an airport. Flooding forced evacuations in Nebraska and Iowa. A tornado in New Mexico ripped roofs from buildings in the town of Dexter. The storm was expected to drop up to 22 inches of snow in Wyoming. The culprit was a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado, the most pronounced dive since 1950.
School shooting in Brazil — At least five students were killed in Brazil on Wednesday when two assailants, both former students, broke into a school and opened fire, police officials said. The attackers also killed two employees at the Professor Raul Brasil school in Suzano and injured at least nine other students. Police said the assailants fatally shot the owner of a car rental outlet on their way to the school. The attackers killed themselves after their rampage. Police identified one of the assailants as a 17-year-old who was enrolled the year before.