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East Coast braces, flights canceled as 'historic' blizzard bears down


NEW YORK - The East Coast of the U.S. from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced on Monday for a potentially historic blizzard that forecasters say could dump up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow on the region and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.

Unknown 'device' lands on White House grounds; no danger seen

NEW DELHI - The U.S. Secret Service has recovered a "device" on the White House grounds, which according to reports was a small drone, but there was no immediate danger from the incident, the White House said.

6:40am EST

N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Silver to temporarily relinquish duties: NYT

- New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the matter.

Politics 4:28am EST

U.S. firms raising wages; skills gap in goods producing sector: survey

WASHINGTON - A significant number of American companies plan to raise wages in the next three months, a survey showed on Monday, bolstering expectations of an acceleration in wage growth this year.

12:16am EST

Union sends messages of frustration in U.S. refinery contract talks

HOUSTON - In five days of negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries, the United Steelworkers union (USW) has sent only messages of frustration to its members.

25 Jan 2015

Two flights evacuated at Sea-Tac International over security issue

LOS ANGELES - Two commercial airline flights were evacuated after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday over a security concern, a spokesman for the airport said.

25 Jan 2015

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast.

Environment 25 Jan 2015

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

NEW YORK - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said.

25 Jan 2015

Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

- A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said.

25 Jan 2015

Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday.

Politics, Housing Market 25 Jan 2015

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