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Snowstorm threatens to paralyze crowded Northeast
Dems accuse GOP of breaking promises on Benghazi panel
Democrats on the special House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks have accused Republicans of conducting the committee’s work without them and withholding information that would undermine the credibility of the panel itself, according to three letters obtained by Yahoo News.
Companies try to capitalize on Northeast storm
Anticipation of the storm has already spawned a few hashtags, as people turn to social media for updates on what’s predicted to be one historic blizzard. Unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of time before companies seized on the storm hype, using #Snowmageddon2015 as as an advertising tool.
'Life-threatening' blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast
By Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A life-threatening blizzard barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of Americans as it kept workers and students housebound, halted thousands of flights and prompted New York to ban cars from roads and shut down subway trains. With memories still fresh of Sandy, a superstorm that ravaged the East Coast in 2012, the governors of six East Coast states declared emergencies. The National Weather Service warned of a "life-threatening blizzard" that could dump as much as 30 inches (76 cm) of snow on parts of the region at rates up to four inches an hour. Winds might gust up to 55 mph (80 kph) around New York City.
Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting
A man shot two police officers shortly after a swearing in ceremony at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two police officers were in good condition and were expected to survive after the shooting at the city hall in New Hope, Minnesota, Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told a news conference. Two new officers were sworn in shortly after 7 p.m. near the start of a regular city council meeting and were fired at just after they left the council chambers by an adult male, Carlson said. Council member John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, can be heard saying, "Get down, get down, everybody get down.
New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital. Moreover, the complaint says, the outpatient clinic allowed a doctor whose presence was unauthorized to twice conduct a procedure that Rivers had not consented to, a trans-nasal laryngoscopy, in which a scope is passed through sinus passages into the larynx.
Live updates: Northeast braces for 'potentially historic' blizzard
Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse
Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide
516 'Brotherhood elements' arrested on Egypt anniversary
More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were arrested as clashes erupted on the anniversary of its 2011 uprising, a minister said Monday, in the biggest police sweep for months. Twenty people, mostly demonstrators, were killed Sunday when protesters clashed with security forces after Islamists called for rallies against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the toppling of ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak. Supporters of Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, have regularly clashed with security forces since he was ousted by then army chief Sisi in July 2013.
Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: 'No, No, No, No'
Church of England consecrates first woman bishop
By Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) - The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service. More than two decades after the Church allowed women to become priests, 48-year-old mother-of-two the Reverend Libby Lane became Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster, a Gothic cathedral in northern England. The protest came as John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, asked the congregation whether Lane should be consecrated as Bishop.
More bad news for Malaysia Airlines
Last year tied with 2010 as warmest on record
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average surface temperatures last year were 0.56 degree Celsius (1.0 Fahrenheit) above the long-term average of 1961-90. On Jan. 16, the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said last year was the warmest on record, just ahead of 2010. Discrepancies occur because they use different ways to determine temperatures in places with few thermometers, such as the Arctic.
Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security — and a growing threat from the sky.