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Feb 26, 2014

Wintry weather returns to U.S. Midwest, Northeast with a vengeance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A recent stint of warm days and sunshine in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast was just a tease, as forecasters on Wednesday predicted an extended stretch of bitter cold and snow reaching well into March.

The wintry conditions were likely to take a firm hold on Thursday in the Midwest and move eastward over the weekend, meteorologists said.

Feb 21, 2014

From a tainted Christie, Republican voters demand time and attention

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Sipping his breakfast coffee in a cozy booth at Chez Vachon, a New Hampshire cafe favored by political junkies and a regular stop for aspirants on the campaign trail to the White House, Bill McEvoy debated the presidential future of Republican Chris Christie.

“If they can prove that he lied, then he’s out,” said McEvoy, 71, referring to the so-called Bridgegate scandal that has dogged Christie for weeks and raised questions about whether his administration orchestrated massive traffic jams as political payback.

Feb 10, 2014

Gold glitters among the looks at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Going for the gold isn’t just a
slogan for the Olympics Games; the gleaming metal is dominating
fashions for fall.

Gold is appearing in elegant evening wear, where it might be
expected to shine, and in casual tops, sweaters and jackets as
well on the runways in New York, where hundreds of designers are
showing their Fall 2014 collections this week.

Feb 10, 2014

Facebook’s Zuckerberg tops 2013 list of top U.S. philanthropists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife topped a list of the biggest U.S. philanthropic donors in 2013, giving away nearly $1 billion, the Chronicle of Philanthropy said on Monday.

The top 50 U.S. donors gave $7.7 billion last year, up 4 percent from the previous year, helped by a surge on Wall Street, according to the Chronicle, which compiles the list.

Feb 6, 2014

Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A gala week of designer fashion
shows kicked off on Thursday in New York, where insiders said to
expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down
monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

Nicholas K, a brother-and-sister design team based in New
York, was first out of the chute at the official Fashion Week,
staged at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, with oversize anoraks and
folded, draped sweaters in somber hues of midnight blue, gray
heather and indigo, with dashes of burgundy.

Feb 5, 2014

Fashion fans flock to New York for unveiling of newest looks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion followers and fans descend upon New York this week for shows by designers – from edgy newcomers to influential veterans – who say, despite its faults, Fashion Week is key to sartorial success.

The semi-annual fashion spree has faced a growing chorus of criticism over its role and relevance in the industry, yet thousands of designers, stylists, editors and photographers make the trek to runways in New York to unveil, assess and promote the newest looks.

Feb 3, 2014

Snowstorm sweeps across U.S. Northeast, trapping Super Bowl fans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fast-moving winter storm swept into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight cancellations, slowing traffic and proving weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday night’s Super Bowl championship football game faced long delays at the region’s airports and risky driving on snow-covered roads.

Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – A winter storm swept across the
U.S. Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight
cancellations, snarling traffic and proving weather-forecasting
groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday
night’s Super Bowl championship football game faced traffic jams
at the region’s airports and risky driving on slippery roads.

Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to Northeast United States

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was proven right on Monday as a winter storm swept across the Northeastern United States and brought an all-too-familiar bout of travel woes.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday’s Super Bowl championship football game faced snarls at the region’s airports and risky driving conditions on the roads.

Jan 31, 2014

Judge upholds Connecticut gun control law passed after Newtown shootings

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday upheld Connecticut’s tough gun control law that was passed in the wake of the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The stringent law is constitutional, said the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello, denying a legal challenge by a group of gun owners.