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Jan 28, 2015

As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts’ power

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – In the end, it was the weather
forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard.

As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on
Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage
bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists pondered
the storm-like havoc their mere words can cause and debated who
among them was the least inaccurate.

Jan 27, 2015

`Life-threatening’ blizzard shuts down much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (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 storm could affect up to 60
million people in nearly a dozen states.

Jan 27, 2015

Blizzard shuts down New York City, much of U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A life-threatening blizzard
barreled into the U.S. Northeast, affecting up to 20 percent of
Americans by making workers and students housebound, halting
thousands of flights and prompting New York to ban cars from
roads and halt 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, and the snow blast threatened to
affect up to 60 million people in nearly a dozen states.

Jan 27, 2015

Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard, transit systems shut

By Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) – A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.

The potentially historic storm which could affect 20 percent of the U.S. population, caused several states up and down the east coast to declare emergencies, forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, closed major mass transit hubs and schools.

Jan 26, 2015

Northeastern U.S. braces for ‘crippling’ blizzard

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Northeast on Monday braced for a massive, crippling blizzard that could dump as much as three feet of snow as tens of millions of people were urged to stay home and airlines canceled thousands of flights.

Transit systems in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts planned to curtail services, and several governors ordered motorists off roadways by evening in a region that is home to some 50 million people.

Jan 26, 2015

East Coast braces, flights canceled as ‘historic’ blizzard looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first flakes ahead of a potentially historic blizzard began swirling through New York City on Monday morning, with forecasters predicting up to 3 feet (90cm) of snow in the coming day and millions of people facing snarled transportation.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas beginning 1 p.m. EST on Monday, and warned of two days of winter storms across the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Jan 8, 2015

Police unions reject NYC mayor’s leadership as deep rift persists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police union leaders said they rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership after emerging from a meeting with the city’s police commissioner on Wednesday, suggesting the mayor’s effort to mend his unusually deep rift with police was failing.

The meeting with Commissioner William Bratton came only hours after de Blasio conceded he was still unable to say whether officers in the nation’s largest police force had embarked on a widespread work slowdown in the two weeks since two policemen were ambushed and killed.

Jan 7, 2015

New York City ends ban on cellphones in public schools

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City is ending its ban on
students bringing their cellphones into the city’s public
schools, the mayor’s office announced on Wednesday.

Under the new rules, principals in the largest school system
in the United States will be allowed to devise their own
cellphone policy, or use a default policy of allowing students
to bring their phones to school as long as they remain out of
sight.

Jan 6, 2015

NY mayor brushes off reports of police arrests slowdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few “aberrant” days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown.

De Blasio, in his first interaction with journalists in two weeks, joined Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday to announce a continued general decline in serious crime in the city in 2014, which he called a record-breaking year.

Jan 5, 2015

Judge to weigh releasing grand jury record in NYC chokehold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge is due to hear arguments on Monday whether to make public records of a grand jury hearing into the case of an unarmed black man killed after a policeman put him in a chokehold while arresting him for peddling loose cigarettes.

After an unusually lengthy session lasting nine weeks, the grand jury voted in December not to indict the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, for his role in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk last summer.