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Massachusetts Nuclear Plant Shut Down During Winter Storm


Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(PLYMOUTH, Mass.) -- The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth was shut down early Tuesday morning as a result of the strong winter storm that swept through the Northeast.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee said on its website Tuesday that the plant experienced an automatic shutdown after one of the site's offsite power lines was deenergized due to weather concerns and a second was tripped early Tuesday morning. At that point, at about 4 a.m., the reactor was shut down.

A third, less powerful, offsite power line remains available, but the primary source of power -- for safety systems -- are the plant's emergency diesel generators.

The exact cause of the loss of the second offsite power line is still under investigation.

Messages posted to the plant's Twitter account explained that it is in "safe, stable shutdown" and "has enough fuel onsite to operate our emergency generators for 10 days." More fuel can also be delivered as needed. The plant says it is in stable condition and there is no threat to the safety of workers or the public.

 

Status Update (1/2): Pilgrim remains in safe, stable shutdown and using emergency onsite diesel generators to run our safety systems

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

 

 

Status Update (2/2): Pilgrim has enough fuel onsite to operate our emergency generators for 10 days.More fuel can be delivered as needed.

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

 

 

NOTE: As backup, the plant has additional standby power available from an offsitte power line and another onsite emergency generator

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

 

 

Plant conditions are stable and there is no threat to the safety of plant workers or the public. All systems worked as designed.

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

 

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WVU Student Who Died in Fraternity Pledging Had Blood Alcohol Six Times Legal Limit


pixelpup/iStock/Thinkstock(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) -- A West Virginia University student who died during a fraternity pledge event had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal limit, well above what health officials consider lethal, police said Tuesday.

Nolan Burch, 18, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Nov. 14, after suffering a "catastrophic medical emergency" during a pledging ceremony at Kappa Sigma fraternity, police said.

Burch and 19 other fraternity pledges were taking part in an initiation function known as "Big-Little," Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said in a statement released Tuesday.

Burch and the others were taken to a room in the fraternity where they were blindfolded and then taken to another house where they were presented to the "Big," a senior member or alumnus of Kappa Sigma, and given a bottle of liquor, Preston said.

After he drank a large quantity of alcohol, Burch was taken back to the fraternity house, where he was so intoxicated he was laid on a table, the police chief said.

Later that night, a fraternity member noticed that Burch's face was blue and tried to wake him, but it was found that he had no pulse, Preston said.

While some fraternity members performed CPR, a call was placed to 911. He later died at a Morgantown hospital. A report from the medical examiner is still pending, the police chief said.

Subsequent tests revealed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.493, Preston said.

The day after Burch's death, the school put a moratorium on Greek activity on the campus.

"And while some events such as chapter meetings, philanthropic activities and educational programming are allowed, the ban remains in place for social activities with the exception of alcohol free/dry events, pending approval of plans," WVU officials, the WVU InterFraternity Council, the WVU Pan-Hellenic Council and the WVU National Pan-Hellenic Council said in a joint statement released Tuesday evening.

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Surveillance Video Shows Moment Man Allegedly Hit Pregnant Girlfriend With Car


welcomia/iStock/Thinkstock(PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) -- Surveillance footage released by Florida police shows the terrifying moment a pregnant woman was struck by a car driven by her boyfriend, according to police.

Justin Colby, 33, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide after he allegedly hit his pregnant girlfriend, Crystal Noordhuizen, with his car on Monday.

Noordhuizen, about seven months pregnant, suffered minor injuries and was recovering at an area hospital, according to a police spokesman.

She told police she had been fighting with Colby, her live-in boyfriend, when she decided to leave their home, according to the arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in Pasco County, Florida.

Officials from the Pasco Sheriff's Department said video of the incident shows Noordhuizen being hit by a car they said was driven by Colby.

Noordhuizen told police she was waiting across the street for a ride when Colby reportedly called to her and said, “Are you ready for your abortion date?” according to the police report.

Colby then allegedly drove his car onto the sidewalk where Noordhuizen was standing, striking her before he hit a nearby pole.

He was arrested a short time after the crash and was being held at the Pasco County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted murder of an unborn child.

Public defenders for Colby did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Defendants in Vanderbilt Rape Trial Found Guilty on All Counts


iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A jury has found the defendants in the Vanderbilt rape trial guilty.

After just a few hours of deliberation, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all seven charges against Cory Batey and all nine charges against Brandon Vandenburg.

Vandenburg and Batey, along with two other former football players for Vanderbilt University, were accused of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room at the university in June 2013. Attorneys in the case gave their closing arguments this week after 10 days of testimony.

The two other players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, also face charges of rape and sexual battery, but have not yet gone to trial. All pleaded not guilty.

Batey and Vandenburg were each found guilty Tuesday on four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

According to prosecutors, the four players, who have since been kicked off the team, laughed at the victim before they allegedly assaulted her. Vandenburg allegedly recorded the assault on his phone and was additionally found guilty on one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography. Prosecutors claim Vandenburg sent pictures and video of the attack to his friends, and later searched online how to delete photos so the police can't find them.

Prosecutors then accused the former players of texting each other about the alleged attack, trying to cover it up.

Vandenburg and Batey had their bond revoked, and the two are expected to be sentenced in March.

The university released a statement following the announcement of the verdict, calling the evidence shown at trial "profoundly disturbing and utterly unacceptable."

"Our heart goes out to the victim," the statement read, "her testimony was forceful and brave. She has received our care and support." Vanderbilt noted that it had taken action against the two men after it was determined that they had violated the school's sexual misconduct policy, saying the school is "confident we acted appropriately."

The school vowed to continue cooperating with law enforcement, while calling "the safety and security of our students" its "top priority."


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NYC Mayor on Blizzard 2015: Travel Ban Was a 'No-Brainer'


Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin(NEW YORK) -- New York City's mayor is defending a complete travel ban officials ordered ahead of a snowstorm overnight that halted subway service and cleared city streets of cars even as New York City got far less snow than feared.

The travel ban was a "no-brainer based on the forecast" New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday at a news conference.

Forecasts called for perhaps two feet of snow. Most of the city got far less, though 11 inches fell at LaGuardia Airport in the eastern borough of Queens, which was harder hit than other parts of the city.

Responding to a question about potential loss of business amid the travel ban, de Blasio said if the storm had hit at the strength of the most severe forecasts, business might have been hindered for days, rather than just Monday evening and Tuesday morning. In addition, he argued, snow removal crews would have had a harder time clearing the snowfall amid all the cars. And, he said, lives could have been lost.

"It was right to take extraordinary precautions," the mayor said. "We got lucky this turned out a lot better than we feared. We were prepared."

"My job as a leader is to make decisions, and I will always err on the side of safety or caution," he added.

"We got about half as much" as what was expected, de Blasio said. "We were spared the worst of this storm.

"Just 20, 30 miles east of the city border in Long Island, they got exactly what was originally projected for here," de Blasio said. "Our friends in Boston got what was projected for here."

The city-wide travel ban was lifted at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, but de Blasio said the subway will not return to full weekday capacity on Tuesday. City parks reopened Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The public transit system is "quickly coming back to life," the mayor said. "The worst has passed."

New York's blizzard warning was cancelled Tuesday morning, but a winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight Tuesday night.

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Mormon Church Announces Conditional Support for LGBT Rights


Stock Photo of the Spires of the Salt Lake Temple. Photo Credit: Andriy Kravchenko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday that it would support legislation that would provide protections for LGBT people in areas including housing and employment.

In the announcement, the church said it would support that legislation "while ensuring that religious freedom was not compromised." The announcement was made at a news conference featuring three members of the governing Twelve Apostles and one female leader of the church. The call was made for a "fairness for all" approach -- one "that balances religious freedom protections with reasonable safeguards for LGBT people."

In 2009, the church supported Salt Lake City ordinances protecting housing and employment rights for LGBT people. Tuesday's announcement broadened that position, saying that the church would now support similar ordinances across the state of Utah and the country, "as long as there was a balanced approach to protect constitutional religious exercise and conscience."

"We are at our best as fellow citizens when the push-pull of different viewpoints, freely and thoroughly aired in national debate, leads ultimately to compromise and resolution and we move on as a nation, stronger than before," said Sister Neill Marriott.

According to a release from the church, the appeal is not a change in doctrine, but represents "a desire to bring people together, to encourage mutually respectful dialogue in what has become a highly polarized national debate."

"In this approach," the church said, "neither side may get all that they want. We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values."

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Maryland Sinkhole Nearly Swallows Two Cars


ABC News(BLADENSBURG, Md.) -- Two cars partially fell into a sinkhole in a Washington, D.C., suburb early Tuesday morning after a water main break.

A Bladensburg, Maryland, family was forced to leave around 4 a.m. after discovering water in their home, a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokeswoman told ABC News.

When the family, which included a father and his 8-year-old son and 4-year-old and 6-month-old daughters, backed their car out of the driveway, they hit a sinkhole that had been hidden by overflowing water.

The father said the family escaped the car and watched as the sinkhole grew.

Other families in the neighborhood were rushed out of their homes after the break in the 12-inch main caused water to spill everywhere.

"The cars have been pulled out of the sinkhole and we are in the process of repairing the broken pipe," Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokeswoman Lyn Riggins told ABC News.

Nearly 80 homes and businesses in the area were without water but should have water restored by Tuesday night, according to Riggins.

"The only family that is displaced is the family that lost their car and we are working with them to stay in a hotel," Riggins said.

The commission has responded to 400 water main breaks in the area this month alone, according to Riggins. There are normally around 1,700 water main breaks in the area annually.

"This break was likely caused by a combination of the pipe's age and the cold weather," Riggins said. "The pipe was 90 years old and fluctuation in temperature plays a big role in causing water main breaks."

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Blizzard 2015: 'Mass'-ive Storm Slams Coast, Nantucket


Kerry Kennedy Flynn / Nantucket (NANTUCKET, Mass.) -- Eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island, New York were the hardest hit by the blizzard that dumped nearly two feet of snow on New England -- causing heavy winds, coastal flooding and plunging all of Nantucket, Massachusetts into the darkness.

There were more than 30,000 power outages throughout the Northeast as of 9 a.m. Tuesday -- almost half of which are on Nantucket, where winds clocked in at 78 miles per hour, the strongest of the storm, and several feet of water flooded downtown.

There are no reports of injuries or major structural damage on the island, according to Nantucket Emergency Services Chief William Pittman.

In Marshfield, Massachusetts -- between Boston and Cape Cod -- there were striking images of homes underwater.

"We basically have the ocean in much of our town," the Marshfield Fire Department said.

The coastal town of Scituate also experienced significant flooding.

 

Snow, high winds & reduced visibility continue as @nationalgridus & @TownofNantucket work to restore power #Nantucket pic.twitter.com/rJyUmlas42

— Nantucket Police (@NantucketPolice) January 27, 2015

 

 

Significant flooding in the Francis St & Washington St area #Nantucket #AckJuno pic.twitter.com/ov3vR6SSVF

— Nantucket Police (@NantucketPolice) January 27, 2015

 

Boston public schools were closed Tuesday and the city's Amtrak service to New York was suspended.

Snowfall totals were up to 32.5 inches in Auburn, Massachusetts, 30.5 inches in Thompson, Connecticut, 28.5 inches in Orient, New York, and 20.8 inches in Boston, with snow continuing to fall.

"I want to make it clear to everyone in Boston that we're still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The city feared an additional six inches of snowfall, Walsh added, with snowy conditions expected late into the evening.

Travel bans and mass transit shutdowns remained in effect in the region, though they had been lifted in areas further south and west that were spared the worst of the storm.

Airlines were expected to begin flying at Boston’s Logan Airport Wednesday morning and to have full schedules back in place by Thursday, according to an airport official.

Nevertheless, Walsh recommended Boston-area residents continue to stay in their homes Wednesday, though he expected they would no longer be required to stay off the roads.

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Suspect Charged With Murder in Craigslist Car Case After Missing Couple Found


The Runion Family | Telfair County Sheriff's Office(McRAE, Ga.) -- A suspect was charged with murder Tuesday after authorities positively identified the bodies of a Georgia couple who vanished last week while going to meet someone to buy a vintage car they found on Craigslist.

Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, disappeared Thursday, authorities said. The pair had posted an ad seeking to buy a vintage 1966 Ford Mustang convertible. Relatives said the Mustang was the couple’s dream car, one they’d wanted to buy since they were married decades ago.

The suspect, Ronnie “Jay” Towns, 28, the owner of the phone that last communicated with the Runions' phone, turned himself in Monday and was charged with murder and robbery one day later, the Telfair County Sheriff's office said. Towns was initially charged with giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.

The couple's 2003 GMC Envoy was found submerged in a lake, the Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page without revealing the lake's location. The bodies were found at another location not far away, officials said. The Runions were both shot in the head, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported.

Steverson said Towns had little or no criminal history.

The couple, after finding what they believed was a seller, reportedly set out on a 180-mile road trip from Marietta, Georgia, to McRae, Georgia. The Runions never showed up to babysit their grandchildren Friday.

The Runion family set up a Facebook page -- “Find Bud and June Runion” -- and it has about 100,000 supporters.

But Monday, the page acknowledged the sheriff's discoveries of the vehicle and bodies, and supporters began leaving messages of shock and condolence.

"During this heartbreaking time I ask that you keep the family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” the couple's relatives wrote.

Officials with Craigslist referred to the safety page on the company’s website, which notes, “Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items.”

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Florida Burglar Steals $4,000 Worth of Wings, Ribs and Fries


Jacksonville Sheriff's Office(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Police in Florida say they are looking for a thief who could be throwing the ultimate tailgate party with $4,000 worth of stolen chicken, ribs, fries and wings.

Police were dispatched to a burglary last Wednesday at Jerome Brown BBQ restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida.

An investigation revealed that an unknown suspect, caught on surveillance camera, had gained entry into the business by prying open the side door, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office stated on its website. The meat and an empty cash register worth $5,000 were taken, according to the police report obtained by ABC News, while the damage to the door frame is valued at $200.

"This guy may be getting ready to throw a Super Bowl Party! - Suspect Sought - Please Share!" the sheriff's Facebook post about the burglary stated.

The image released by the police shows a man wearing a skip cap and a sweatshirt.

 

Stole $4,000 worth of chicken, ribs, wings - Super Bowl Party? Suspect sought by #JSO #JAX https://t.co/AlkxYGa7tF pic.twitter.com/BaHtA69m5A

— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) January 27, 2015

 

“The incident that happened hurts everybody,” Ericka Morris, Jerome Brown BBQ's manager of 10 years, told ABC News. “It hurts employees, managers and the business owners. We wish whoever knows something about it, just turn them in. A close friend might know him. Just turn him in, because it’s hurting everybody.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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Armed Robbers Steal Gold from Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco


KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) — Three men wearing ski masks rammed their SUV into the lobby of the Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco and stole gold nuggets, ABC's San Francisco affiliate KGO reported.

The museum on Montgomery Street is the site of the first Wells Fargo that opened in 1852. The property features an "impressive display of gold dust and ore from California's Gold Country and a special collection of Gold Rush letters carried by hundreds of express companies."

In view from the glass exterior of the building was a Wells Fargo stagecoach that "carried passengers and gold across the western plains."

Police were alerted about the robbery at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday morning. The suspects had assault weapons and held up the security guard, KGO reported.

The men then took off in another vehicle and left the SUV inside the bank, police said.

Authorities are looking for three men in a white Ford Taurus who were last seen heading eastbound across the Bay Bridge, according to KGO's report.

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Diana Rodriguez told ABC News the bank is cooperating with the San Francisco Police Department's investigation.

"We’re disturbed this happened to the Wells Fargo History Museum, but are grateful no team member was harmed," she said in a statement to ABC News. "Additionally, the historic stagecoaches on site were not damaged. Rest assured, the museum will reopen, so it can continue to serve the thousands of visitors and Bay Area residents who visit it each year.”

The San Francisco Police Department did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.


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Tense Moments After Gunfire Erupts Outside City Council Meeting in Minnesota


ABC News(NEW HOPE, Minn.) — Two police officers were shot by a gunman outside a city council meeting in New Hope, Minnesota, on Monday, where a male suspect was shot and killed, police said.

The officers are recovering from their injuries, police told ABC affiliate KSTP.

Video from the council meeting features audible popping sounds -– followed by a man yelling at meeting attendees, leaving the council members ducking behind their desks.

Two officers were scheduled to be sworn in during the meeting, but it’s unclear whether they were the officers involved with the shooting.

There’s no word on what sparked the gunfire, and the suspect’s identity has not been released.

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Passengers Stranded at the Airport Due to Northeast Storm


File photo. Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A group of plane passengers were stranded at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport overnight, with the Northeast storm contributing to their canceled flight, Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.

Flight 004 was scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Monday, but was forced to return to the terminal because of a passenger’s medical emergency, the airline said. The plane was de-iced, but a technical issue emerged.

 

Alright gonna try get some sleep! Glamorous. #vs004 #juno @VirginAtlantic pic.twitter.com/3ICCy06Wg5

— Felix Kunze (@felixkunze) January 27, 2015

 

After the issued was fixed, the airline said, the bad weather -- as well as the cabin crew running out of hours -- kept the aircraft from taking off. When a road travel ban went into effect at 11 p.m., the passengers were unable to leave the airport, forced to spend the night.

 

More raw unedited pics: passengers sleeping on floors. #VS004 #juno @VirginAtlantic pic.twitter.com/0ugGwgqjhm

— Felix Kunze (@felixkunze) January 27, 2015

 

The plane is now scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Blizzard 2015: Travel Bans Being Lifted as Snowfall Totals Fall Short in Some Areas


Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Officials in the Northeast began to lift travel ban Tuesday morning, after much of the region got far less snowfall than feared.

New York City announced it was reopening roads and restarting Staten Island ferry service as of 7:30 a.m.

In addition, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted travel bans in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester and Nassau counties, and said systems operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes the New York subway, were expected to gear up to resume service Tuesday morning.

Gov. Chris Christie said New Jersey was lifting its travel ban in all 21 counties.

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Mass transit systems had been shut down from New York City to Boston Tuesday morning, roads closed to traffic in all or parts of five states, and airlines canceled thousands of flights because of a Northeast storm.

But according to the National Weather Service, the storm was departing the region more quickly than expected, resulting in significantly less snowfall than some forecasters predicted.


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Snowfall totals already had reached as much as 17 inches in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with 15 inches reported in Islip, New York. Early snowfall totals in Boston (8 inches), New York (7 inches) and Philadelphia (2 inches) came up far short of predictions that called for more than two feet of snow.

"The science of forecasting storms, while continually improving, still can be subject to error, especially if we're on the edge of the heavy precipitation shield," the National Weather Service wrote. "Efforts, including research, are already underway to more easily communicate that forecast uncertainty."

The heaviest snowfall was expected to end at about 10 a.m. in New York City, with snow expected to continue in eastern Long Island and into Boston throughout the day. Parts of eastern New England into Maine could receive more than a foot of additional snow today.

The overnight hours brought some of the storm's most treacherous conditions, with wind gusts of up to 78 miles per hour reported on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. More than 7,000 flights were canceled because of the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday.

Before Cuomo announced the system's reopening, an MTA spokesman told ABC News that New York City's subway system would not be open for the morning rush. The subways and other forms of transportation were shut down at 11 p.m. Monday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a travel ban for 13 counties, including New York City and Long Island, prohibiting travel except for first responders and essential personnel.

"This is a serious situation," Cuomo said. "If you violate this state order, it's a possible misdemeanor. It's fines up to $300."

New York City's streets were coated in a slushy mix overnight, with few vehicles on the roads.

The New York City subway, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New Jersey Transit all reduced service dramatically leading up to the total closures at 11 p.m. NJ Transit was not expected to resume operations until Thursday.

According to the MTA, this is believed to be the first time the entire subway system as well as bridges and tunnels were shut down because of a winter storm. The last subway shutdown was when Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012.

"This is not business as usual," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters.

A 17-year-old teen on Long Island died in a sledding accident, authorities said, marking the first death reported in the storm.

The accident happened at 10 p.m. Monday in the town of Huntington, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. The teen and two friends were taking turns snow-tubing when one of the teens lost control and struck a light pole, police said.

The teen was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

On Long Island, the snow was matched with heavy winds, making the conditions especially worrisome and limiting visibility.

In Connecticut, a statewide travel ban went into effect at 9 p.m. Monday.

"We encourage citizens to stay in place during the duration of the storm," Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency and implemented a statewide travel ban beginning at midnight.

"Driving will be virtually impossible for extended periods of time starting late tonight," Baker said. "Please stay off the roads. Everyone should expect impassible roads starting at midnight tonight."

In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced that it would be closed Tuesday. There was no timetable for when service will be restored. Additionally, Boston schools were to be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the region prepared for the worst of the snowfall.

In all, seven states -- including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New Hampshire -- declared states of emergency.


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National Weather Service meteorologists downgraded a winter storm warning for the Philadelphia area to a winter storm advisory, with expected snow accumulation totals for the area dramatically decreased Tuesday morning.

In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest and Delta.


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Many airlines also waived their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that were scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm Monday evening and Tuesday.

Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.


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Blizzard 2015: New York Teen Dead Following Sledding Accident


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 17-year-old teen on Long Island died in a sledding accident, authorities said, marking the first death reported in the blizzard striking the northeastern United States.

According to the Suffolk County Police Department, the accident happened at 10 p.m. Monday in the town of Huntington. The teen and two friends were taking turns snow-tubing when one of the teens lost control and struck a light pole, police said.

The teen was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

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