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Feb 21, 2015

Eastern U.S. bitter cold snap brings pain, grimaces and wonder

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of people awoke to painfully cold weather in the eastern United States on Friday, with temperatures frigid enough in New York City and Washington to break decades-old record lows for Feb. 20.

New Yorkers hid much of their faces under hoods, hats and scarves but could not entirely hide their grimaces as they hurried down sidewalks to work. Parts of the East River had scabbed over with ice. Commuters’ breath was visible on subway platforms deep below the ground and the wind.

Feb 20, 2015

New Yorkers grimace through East Coast’s bitter cold snap

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of people awoke to painfully cold weather in the eastern United States on Friday, with temperatures frigid enough in New York City to break a 65-year-old record low for Feb. 20.

New Yorkers hid much of their faces under hoods, hats and scarves but could not entirely hide their grimaces as they hurried down sidewalks to work. Parts of the city’s East River had scabbed over with ice. Commuters’ breath was visible on subway platforms deep below the ground and the wind.

Feb 19, 2015

New York assembly ex-speaker Silver indicted on corruption charges

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A grand jury indicted Sheldon
Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker and one of
the state’s most powerful politicians for two decades, on
federal corruption charges on Thursday, federal prosecutors
said.

Silver, who resigned as speaker after his arrest last month
but remains the assemblyman for Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was
indicted on one count of honest services mail fraud, one count
of honest services wire fraud and one count of using his office
for extortion.

Feb 4, 2015

Seven dead as commuter train hits car near New York City

(Recasts with governor’s comments)

By Adrees Latif and Jonathan Allen

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (Reuters) – A crowded New York commuter
train struck a car near suburban White Plains during Tuesday
evening’s rush hour, sparking an explosion and a fire that
killed seven people, officials said.

Six passengers on the train died, as well as the driver of
the car, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference
after visiting what he said was a devastating scene.

Feb 3, 2015

In annual speech, mayor vows to make New York City more affordable

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio plans to make it compulsory for developers to include
cheaper, affordable apartments if they build in six newly
rezoned parts of the city, he said in his second annual State of
the City speech on Tuesday.

De Blasio also said the city will triple the money it spends
on legal services for tenants to $36 million in the hope of
making it harder for landlords to force out older, poorer
tenants in favor of new ones willing to pay more.

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

, Jan 26 (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 at least six states up and down
the East Coast to declare emergencies, forced the cancellation
of thousands of flights, closed schools and major mass transit
systems – including the New York City subway.

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.