In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything. So small last minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches. Fearful forecasts turned into apologies.
Strong, damaging wind gusts during blizzard conditions in Rhode Island caused the state's official tall ship to blow over on its side. The USS Providence was blown onto its side in the Newport Shipyard during the storm, breaking its mast about 10 feet above the deck, according to the Thorpe Leeson, the owner and caption of the ship.
Two Chicago twin brothers who provided unprecedented testimony against one of the world’s most dangerous drug cartels were sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday. In announcing his sentence, Judge Ruben Castillo paid special attention to the sheer volume of drug trafficking for which Pedro and Margarito Flores were accused.
A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow, but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.
House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans behind closed doors on Tuesday that GOP leaders are evaluating a variety of legal actions to take against President Barack Obama following his executive actions on immigration, NBC News reported. "We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue - one we believe gives us the best chance of success," Boehner said, according to a source in the room. Some possible actions could be filing a congressional lawsuit against the president or joining the 26 states challenging Obama's executive order granting temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. However, the House would need to vote to authorize any future action the chamber would take.
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Stocks plunged Tuesday with the Dow falling more than 375 points in morning trading. The slide followed news that that business spending plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, NBC News reported. Some companies also reported disappointing earnings. The Northeast blizzard appeared to have little impact on trading.
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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, senior defense officials told NBC News. The officials say the charges -- based on allegations he abandoned his post in June 2009 -- could be referred within a week. Bergdahl's actions go beyond the lesser offense of AWOL, absent without leave, because he allegedly abandoned his post "in the middle of a combat zone, potentially putting the lives of his fellows soldiers at risk," according to one senior official.
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Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.
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Former California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of secretly copying and sharing explicit photos of female DUI suspects, and agreed to speak at community forums to tell everyone what he did.
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A drone landed on the grounds of the White House Monday morning, but officials say the device posed no threat. The operator of the drone has come forward and is cooperating with authorities, the U.S. Secret Service said. A D.C. resident called the Secret Service at about 9:30 a.m. Monday after hearing reports of the crash in the media, and told authorities he had been flying the drone before it crashed.
A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday...
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A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, rejecting the argument that Perry was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he carried out a veto threat.
The decision by District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, means the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful can move forward. Perry left office Jan. 20 and says he will announce as soon as May whether he will make a second run for the White House.
Perry was indicted in August on charges of abuse of official power and coercion of a public servant.
An FDNY lieutenant found and rescued a puppy that had been missing for five months near the department's training facility on Randall's Island and reunited the pooch with its owner.