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Winter storm expected to set new record low temperatures in parts of U.S.

Boston stormA major winter storm could drop up to 12 inches of snow from the south-central United States to the Mid-Atlantic coast, affecting more than 40 million Americans.

Disrupted power lines and dangerous traffic conditions are expected as temperatures could drop to single digits in the affected areas.  The winter storm is expected to cross the Appalachians and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

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FAA finally issues its small drone rule

Drone rules from FAADrones can begin flying low over the American skyscape by 2017 under rules proposed Sunday by the Obama administration that will finally allow their legal use for business purposes.

The rules, which still need to go through an extensive public comment phase, apply to smaller drones weighing 55 pounds or less. Such small flyers aren’t likely to share airspace with manned flights.

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Unrelenting winter storms blast New England again

New England storms continueSnow and dangerously high winds roared into New England for the fourth time in less than a month Sunday, threatening to deliver life-threatening blizzards, hurricane-force winds, whiteouts and widespread power outages.

The storm is the latest blow to a region that has already seen more than 6 feet of snow in some areas.

A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal areas from Connecticut to Maine through Monday morning, promising 8 to 14 inches in southern New England and up to 2 feet in Maine.

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Schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

e cigSome schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down because e-cigarettes, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used for illegal substances like marijuana.

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West Coast ports partially shut down amid labor dispute

Ports close in labor disputeThe 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo ships for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers' union.

The loading and unloading of cargo vessels was halted for 24 hours starting Thursday morning, and the companies said those operations will be suspended — as they were last weekend — this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, unless a contract settlement with the union is reached.

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Judge Halts TransCanada’s Use Of Eminent Domain On Nebraskans For Keystone Pipeline

Keystone pipeline fightersA Nebraska district judge has halted TransCanada’s attempts to use eminent domain to force landowners to turn over their land for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, an act that anti-Keystone activists are calling a major win.

Nebraska State District Court Judge Mark Kozisek issued a temporary injunction against TransCanada on Thursday after a hearing during which nearly 70 landowners called on the judge to grant the injunction. The injunction will remain in place until Nebraska’s Supreme Court takes up the landowners’ case against state law LB1161, which gave TransCanada the right to use eminent domain against the landowners.

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Gary Owens of 'Laugh-In' and 'Space Ghost' fame is dead at 80

Gary OwensTelevision announcer and voice artist Gary Owens has died at his home in Los Angeles after a lifelong battle with diabetes. He was 80.

Variety reported he died Thursday, but the entertainment industry trade newspaper did not specify an exact cause of death.
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