Anticipation of the storm has already spawned a few hashtags, as people turn to social media for updates on what’s predicted to be one historic blizzard. Unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of time before companies seized on the storm hype, using #Snowmageddon2015 as as an advertising tool.
By Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as tens of millions of people were urged to stay home with transit systems suspending services. The potentially historic storm poses the latest challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been under fire in recent weeks from police who criticized his support of public protests about white police violence against black men. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, forecast to worsen overnight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security — and a growing threat from the sky.
By Roberta Rampton and Julia Edwards NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small drone crashed on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday without endangering anyone and U.S. officials said they had identified the operator. A person has come forward to take responsibility for flying the drone, a Secret Service spokeswoman said, without providing details about the individual. The agency said the drone was being flown for recreational purposes when it breached the secure perimeter of the presidential mansion. A White House spokesman said the device, known as a "quad copter," did not appear to be dangerous.
More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were arrested after clashes erupted on the anniversary of its 2011 uprising, a minister said Monday, in the biggest police sweep for months. Protesters and security forces clashed Sunday after Islamists called for demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the toppling of ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak. Supporters of Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, have regularly clashed with security forces since he was ousted by then army chief Sisi in July 2013.
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average surface temperatures last year were 0.56 degree Celsius (1.0 Fahrenheit) above the long-term average of 1961-90. On Jan. 16, the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said last year was the warmest on record, just ahead of 2010. Discrepancies occur because they use different ways to determine temperatures in places with few thermometers, such as the Arctic.
By Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) - The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service. More than two decades after the Church allowed women to become priests, 48-year-old mother-of-two the Reverend Libby Lane became Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster, a Gothic cathedral in northern England. The protest came as John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, asked the congregation whether Lane should be consecrated as Bishop.
MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.