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New England News
6:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. urges caution on 1st work day since blizzard

Traffic on Interstate 93 near Bunker Hill College in Boston at around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2013.
Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

BOSTON (AP) — Commuters heading back to work in Massachusetts for the first time since the blizzard are being urged to use caution and leave extra time.

Many secondary roads still have a thick coating of snow, and high snow banks that block sight lines at intersections and near highway ramps make turning and merging hazardous.

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New York News
6:27 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Hearing on Cuomo's education budget set in Albany

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Education issues are on the agenda in Albany as state Assembly lawmakers hold another in a series of public hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposals.

Monday's hearing at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany is expected to include testimony from the chancellor of the City University of New York, Matthew Goldstein; state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.; State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, leaders of the teachers union and other officials.

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WAMC News
6:21 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vatican announces pope's retirement

Pope Benedict XVI performing a blessing during the canonization mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy on Sunday October 12, 2008.
Credit WIkimedia Commons / Rvin88

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."

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New York News
1:50 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

New York Governor Cuomo sends hundreds of plows to Long Island

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assessing the winter storm aftermath with emergency responders on the Long Island Expressway, February 10, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hundreds of plows from across the state were dispatched to Long Island to clear roads clogged up by a massive snowfall.

The governor says it's one of the largest mobilizations after a winter blizzard in the state's history.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded Saturday on the Long Island Expressway and other parts of Suffolk County. Even emergency equipment couldn't reach them.

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WAMC News
1:41 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Sanders bill would crack down on tax havens

U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders

MONTPELIER, VT. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is pushing legislation to stop corporations from sheltering income in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens. The legislation also would end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs and factories overseas.

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New York News
1:34 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Hudson River floods more with higher sea levels

Flooding at Metro-North's Harmon Yard on the Hudson Line, October 30, 2012, 8:45 a.m.
Credit Flickr / MTAPhotos

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the towns far from the shore — those along the Hudson River.

Since Superstorm Sandy sent a storm surge up the Hudson, local officials and advocates have focused more intently on identifying vulnerable places along the Hudson River.

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New England News
1:26 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Mass. Pilgrim nuclear plant restores power after storm

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA.
Credit United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Off-site power has been restored to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, two days after being knocked out by the blizzard.

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WAMC News
10:19 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Travel getting easier in NNE after snowstorm

Credit Bebeto Matthews / AP

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Travel is getting back on track for trains, ferries and airlines following a snowstorm that dropped record amounts of snow on parts of northern New England.

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WAMC News
10:16 am
Sun February 10, 2013

345,000 still without power in the Northeast

BOSTON (AP) — More than 345,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity following the massive snowstorm that swept across the Northeast, with most outages in hard-hit Massachusetts.

Utilities in Massachusetts are reporting more than 243,000 of their power customers still in the dark Sunday morning, down from more than 400,000.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Governor Deval Patrick lifts driving ban for Western Mass.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is lifting a ban on driving on Massachusetts roads as of 4 p.m.

The driving ban that went into effect at 4 p.m. Friday because of the massive snowstorm is lifted immediately for Nantucket County and communities west of Interstate 91. It's lifted for everyone else as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

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