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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather Service (NWS) on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the northern section of the East Coast from Monday afternoon until Tuesday, placing states from New Jersey to Indiana under winter storm watches and advisories. "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference, saying the snowfall could reach up to 3 feet. . . more
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest was the shooter, was declared dead at the scene, Detective James Duffy said. The shooting took place around 2:45 p.m. EST, and police recovered a gun on the scene close to the body of the first victim. ... . . more
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. Jet Blue Flight 1006, inbound to Seattle from Long Beach, California, and SkyWest Flight 4741, were both cleared of passengers after landing and moved away from terminals, spokesman Peter McGraw said. He declined to elaborate on the security concern, saying it was still under investigation. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman referred calls regarding the evacuations to the airport. . . more
MIAMI (AP) Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega made it into the top five finalists in the running to be crowned Miss Universe in Sunday evening's pageant in Miami. . . more
A quick thinking firefighter jumped into action to rescue a young girl who fell into icy waters in Bear, Delaware. . . more
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo. . . more
The busy Northeast corridor prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the coming storm: . . more
A church in Bridesburg was targeted by copper thieves and the damage left behind forced church officials to temporarily shut down their food pantry. . . more
LOS ANGELES (AP) A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: . . more
NEW YORK (AP) A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said. . . more
Airlines are preparing to shut down operations along the East Coast as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region. . . more
Due to the impending snow, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will be dismissing at 12:00 p.m. on Monday. . . more
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." . . more
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:32:31 -0500
A Home Depot in New York City's Flatiron District was evacuated Sunday after police say two employees were killed in a murder-suicide. . . more
Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed five days of talks as of Sunday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor on wages and benefits for USW members. Management at each refinery also negotiates issues unique to that plant with the USW local union. The national agreement and local agreement are combined to create the final contract for that refinery. . . more
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. Twitter messages on Friday and Saturday said one industry offer had been rejected and the talks with lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc were moving slowly. The negotiations underway between the USW and Shell are to reach a national agreement that sets a floor on pay and benefits along with some other issues for USW members. The national agreement and local agreement are put together to make a contract at an individual refinery. . . more
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: . . more

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