Northeast Shutting Down as Massive Blizzard Approaches

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Airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights for Monday and Tuesday as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast.

Nearly 7,000 Flights Canceled Before Massive Blizzard

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Airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights for Monday and Tuesday as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast.

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Bodies, SUV Found in Search for Missing Craigslist Car Couple

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Flights Canceled, Travel Bans Enacted Ahead of Major Winter Storm

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As a massive blizzard prepares to engulf the Northeast, some 2,983 flights have been canceled as the storm is expected to bring two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 3,670 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

President Obama was briefed on the storm, and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard, according to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest.

FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

Governors in six states — Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have all declared states of emergency.

Local leaders in the New York area were warning residents to stay off the roads and planned to shut down or curtail mass transit systems as the storm intensifies.

Also on Monday night, Amtrak announced the cancellation of its service between New York and Boston for Tuesday. Service south of New York City will also be reduced, Amtrak said.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a travel ban for the entire state effective at 9 p.m. this evening.

“We encourage citizens to stay in place during the duration of the storm,” Malloy said.

Cuomo and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie announced at separate briefings that the New York subway, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New Jersey Transit would all be reducing service dramatically leading up to total closures for the subway, LIRR and Metro North at 11 p.m. and for NJ Transit at 10 p.m. Subway and PATH train service were to be curtailed. The MTA said that Monday night was the first time snow has shut down the entire subway system.

Cuomo also said that all non-emergency vehicles would be banned from local, county and state roads on Long Island beginning at 11 p.m.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

All vehicles will be barred from New York City roads starting at 11 p.m., as part of an order that will stand until further notice, de Blasio said.

Ahead of the winter storm, New York City residents raced to stock up on food essentials.

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.” He also warned that the storm “will hit very hard and very fast and people cannot be caught off guard.”

New York City Public Schools will also be closed Tuesday to more than one million students.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

Boston Public Schools are slated to be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday due to the storm.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where up to two feet of snow is expected.

New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic through New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

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

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm this 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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Bodies, SUV Found in Case of Missing Craigslist Car Couple

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A suspect has turned himself in to authorities investigating the disappearance of a Georgia couple who vanished last week while going to meet someone to buy a vintage car

Gov’t Employee Says He Lost Control Of Drone Found on White House Grounds

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A small drone was found on the White House grounds overnight, two law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The Brrr-fect Storm! Northeast Braces for Massive Blizzard

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Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast.

5 Tips for Waiting Out a Cancelled Flight

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We Need Kale – Now! Most Annoying Reactions to NYC Blizzard Prep

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Lance Armstrong on Doping: ‘I Would Probably Do It Again’

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George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images(LONDON) — Lance Armstrong said his life has been “brutal” since he admitted to doping during his pro cycling career, but he said he would still use banned performance-enhancing drugs and methods if transported back to his heyday.

“If I was racing in 2015, no I wouldn’t do it again because I don’t think you have to do it again. If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that,” Armstrong told BBC Sports in his first TV interview since he confessed to doping.

In the two years since he came clean on the Oprah Winfrey Show, “The fallout has been heavy, maybe heavier than I thought,” Armstrong said. “It was, you know, pretty brutal afterwards. It’s been tough.”

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 in the wake of the scandal and banned from professional cycling for life, said his biggest fear was the possibility of facing questions from his kids as they got older.

“You’d have that day when a 13-year-old or a 15-year-old would come home and just be in pieces. ‘Dad, I heard this in the hallway’ or ‘I read this on social media, is this true?’” Armstrong said. “Yeah, that would rock me.”

Asked whether he deserved forgiveness, especially in light of his bullying and intimidation of his accusers and former teammates, Armstrong said, “some of that’s true, some of that’s not true. There was certainly a dishonesty there that I think is totally regrettable and inexcusable — the ring leading, the bullying, not totally true.”

Armstrong added that he thinks he should be forgiven and his lifetime ban lifted.

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Northeast Braces for Major Blizzard

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Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast.

Suspect Surrenders in Case of Missing Craigslist Car Couple

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A suspect has turned himself in to authorities investigating the disappearance of a Georgia couple who vanished last week while going to meet someone to buy a vintage car

Major Blizzard Forces Thousands of Flights Cancellations

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Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast.

Pilot Pulls Parachute in Dramatic Plane Escape Over Ocean

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What You Need to Know Before the Northeast Blizzard

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Couple Vanishes After Checking Out Car Listed on Craigslist

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Remembering the Storm That Shut Down New York City

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Small Drone Found on White House Grounds

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast. The storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 1,672 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard. FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents in a press conference Sunday not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

Ahead of the winter storm, NYC residents race to stock up on food essentials.

 

college point walbaums! No more bread #2015blizzard #ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/kzoa3F2VSk

— James Felton Jr (@xchief210) January 26, 2015

 

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected. New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

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

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday 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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Two Dead in Murder-Suicide at Home Depot in NYC’s Flatiron District

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Chad Lomax(NEW YORK) — A Home Depot in New York City’s Flatiron District was evacuated Sunday after police say two employees were killed in a murder-suicide.

Two men died in the shooting at the store on 23rd Street in Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department.

Police got the report of shots fired inside the store at about 2:45 p.m., and when officers arrived they found two men who were shot inside.

The NYPD identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile Jr., 31. He was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot to the head.

A 38-year-old male who was shot in the abdomen and the chest was transported by EMS to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police said they recovered a .38-caliber revolver at the scene.

The store was full of shoppers stocking up on supplies ahead of Monday’s nor’easter at the time of the shooting.

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5 Stories You May Have Missed This Weekend

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2 Dead in Murder-Suicide at Home Depot in NYC

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A Home Depot in New York City’s Flatiron District was evacuated Sunday after police say two employees were killed in a murder-suicide.

Two Killed in Shooting at New York City Home Depot

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Brian Jackson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two people were shot inside a Home Depot store in New York City on Sunday.

ABC News has confirmed that two employees were shot at the Home Depot on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Police believe the incident may have been a murder-suicide. The store was crowded at the time of the shooting as New Yorkers were stocking up for an approaching winter storm.

A handgun was recovered at the scene. The motive for the shooting was unclear.

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Major Nor’easter to Disrupt Travel for Millions

Posted on: January 25th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

A clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday is expected to rapidly intensify as it hits the Northeast, bringing blizzard conditions.

Three Killed, 10 Injured in Omaha Shooting

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — Three people were killed and 10 more injured in a shooting at a house party in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday.

According to a press release from the office of Mayor Jean Stothert, dozens of people may have witnessed the shooting.

Two women and one man were killed and five others were shot. The incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, and when officers arrived at the scene, found more than 40 people at the home. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third died at a hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Police believe there may have been multiple shooters.

Four of the individuals shot were documented gang members. “The violence is a product of gang members with no regard for human life,” Police Chief  Todd Schmaderer said.

Police were later cdalled to Nebraska Medicine when large crowds gathered and a fight broke out. Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and one person was subdued with a stun gun.

Police said a separate shooting hours earlier left two people wounded. It was not clear if the two shootings were connected.

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Winter Weather Expected to Hit Northeast

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ashleymatheny/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With winter weather and a possible blizzard heading for the northeast, many are worried about the potential travel nightmare.

From northern Virginia up through Maine, the National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and winter weather advisories. “Heavy snow and strong wind, even blizzard conditions, are possible in parts of the northern mid-Atlantic and New England,” the NWS said.

Two to six inches of snow are expected in the Ohio Valley, with four to eight inches in northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. From New Jersey up through eastern Massachusetts could see between six and 12 inches of snow.

Conditions are expected to be worst between New York City and Boston.

On Sunday, in advance of the storm, JetBlue announced it would waive change and cancel fees and fare differences for passengers traveling on Monday or Tuesday in 14 northeastern cities. Passengers can rebook flights for travel through January 30, and any passengers whose flights are cancelled may elect to take a refund.

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F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Twitter Bomb Threat

Posted on: January 24th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled today to escort two airliners enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta for a possible bomb threat, NORAD said.

Students on Edge After 2 Reports of Sexual Assault

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Students are on edge at Iowa State University after two reports of sexual assault.