<![CDATA[NBC New York - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:42:36 -0500 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:42:36 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Be Prepared: What to Do During and After "Monster” Storm]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:32:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/161130398.jpg

Tens of millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for a blizzard the National Weather Service says could prove historic. The storm is expected to slam the region with damaging wind gusts, heavy snow and coastal flooding and cripple travel for two days straight.

Tom Moore, coordinating meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said the storm could intensify into “a monster.” And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday that it’s important to “prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”

Whatever the storm ends up dishing out, it’s good to be prepared. Ready.gov has put together a preparedness plan for people in the path of severe winter storms. Here’s what you should know.

Before the Storm

Before the worst of the storm hits, stock up on rock salt, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment to help remove snow and melt ice on walkways. Putting sand down can help improve traction.

If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, grab some extra wood or other heating fuel, as you could be stuck in your home for a few days without power.

It's also a good idea to stock up on food, water and medications. Check your stockpiles of essentials like batteries, toilet paper and pet food and test flashlights, battery-powered radios and other tools that might be needed if the power goes out. 

While you’re at it, dig out all the old blankets, quilts and sheets you have piled away in case you lose heat.

If you have time it’s a good idea to make a “Family Communication Plan.” This will ensure that the members of your family can get a hold of one another if you're separated when disaster strikes.

You can sign up in advance to receive notifications from local emergency services and the National Weather Service. FEMA, the American Red Cross and other organizations have free apps that can provide up-to-date information about shelters, first aid and recovery assistance.

During the Storm

When the storm hits, with wind and snow whirling outside, it’s best to stay indoors and keep warm.

If you have to go out, walk carefully through snow and on icy sidewalks. Avoid getting your clothes wet, as soggy clothing loses all of its insulating power.

Be very careful when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack, which is a major cause of death in the winter months. To stay safe while shoveling take breaks, push snow instead of lifting it and lift lighter loads.

It’s also important to check frequently for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Symptoms of frostbite include loss of feeling and a whitish pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes and the tip of the nose. Make sure to cover the exposed skin — but avoid rubbing it — and seek medical help immediately.

Hypothermia occurs when your body reaches a dangerously low temperature. Symptoms include an uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and exhaustion. If you think someone has hypothermia, take his temperature. If it’s below 95 degrees, get medical help immediately. While you’re waiting for help, get the victim to a warm location and remove any wet clothing he’s wearing. Warm the center of his body first by wrapping him in blankets and if he’s conscious give him warm, nonalcoholic beverages.

Don't forget Fido! Pets should be brought inside when the temperatures drop.

Drive only when you must and avoid traveling alone in case you become stranded. Inform others of your schedule — including your destination, route and when you expect to arrive — and travel only on main roads where others will see you if you get in an accident.

Back at home, conserve fuel by keeping your residence cooler than normal and temporarily closing off heat to some rooms. Use blankets and additional layers to keep warm. If you’re using kerosene heaters, make sure that you’ve got plenty of ventilation so that toxic fumes don’t build up and refuel kerosene heaters outside. It's also a good idea to make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Never use a stove or outside cooking equipment like grills or propane heaters indoors.

If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap them in rags. Then open up all the faucets and pour hot water on the pipes, starting where they’re most exposed.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, grab a sled and enjoy the newfound winter wonderland before it melts away into muddy slush! Be sure to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing several layers of warm, loosefitting clothing.

If your home lost power or heat in the storm and it still hasn’t returned, or if you don’t have the supplies you need to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to stay in a public shelter. You can figure out where the nearest one is by texting “SHELTER” plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). Make sure to dress warmly on your way to the shelter and bring anything you might need that night.

After all is said and done, assess how your supplies and family plan worked. If you think they could have been improved in any way, learn from your experience, and plan ahead for the next big one.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Blizzard 2015 Rokerthon]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:29:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-26+at+8.21.27+PM.jpg

Rokerthon is back!

Al Roker, who broke the Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast in November, is providing continuous coverage of the blizzard pummeling the Northeast.

In a special edition of Rokerthon, the veteran weatherman will offer continuous forecasts, analysis and video coverage of the predicted-to-be historic blizzard.

Roker will anchor special coverage Monday night from 8 p.m.–12:00 a.m. ET, which will stream live on NBCNews.com and msnbc.com.

Back in November, Roker beat the 33-hour record set in September by Norwegian TV personality Eli Kari Gjengedal, forecasting weather live for 34 hours.



<![CDATA[Blizzard of 2015: Reaction on Social Media]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/Brooklyn_Bridge_Blizzardof2015.png

A record snowstorm is expected to bring upwards of two feet of snow to some parts of the Northeast.

"This is not going to be like other snowstorms... it's going to be worse," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters today. 

Government officials in New Jersey, New York, Massachussets and Connecticut declared states of emergency this afternoon.

The Weather Channel reports that 28 million people are in the blizzard zone. From Boston to Philadelphia, social media users shared what storm preparation looks like to them.

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<![CDATA[5 Biggest Snowstorms to Hit Northeast]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:14:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP744402766935.jpg

The Northeast is bracing for a “historic” snowstorm that is expected to pummel an area from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with as much as two to three feet of snow by the time it's over late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night.

"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. "My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before."

The forecast means, New York City could beat its one-day snowfall record — 26.9 inches, recorded in Central Park in February 2006.

"This is going to be a big one, historic," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore told NBC News. "There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions. They're going to be talking about this one for a while."

The Northeast is no stranger to powerful snowstorms. Here’s a list of some of the biggest blizzards the region has ever seen.

1993: The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century did not only hit the Northeast, it surged up the entire East Coast from Alabama to Maine. The storm affected parts of 26 states, which is where roughly half of the entire U.S. population lives, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The blizzard began on March 12 and wrecked havoc for two days. For the first time, every East Coast airport had shut down at some point during or after the storm hit. Parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania received over three feet of snow and wind gusts reached up to 89 mph on Long Island. Approximately 270 people died from direct and indirect results of the storm. The storm is still ranked as the number 1 most impactful snowstorm on the NOAA’s Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS), which is used to categorize snowstorms.

The Storm of the Century had uncanny similarities to the Blizzard of 1888: both started on Mar. 12 and affected 26 states.

2006: New York City Blizzard

While this storm is 29th on the NESIS list, it did account for New York City’s most snowfall in history: 27 inches. The snowstorm, however, was not categorized as a blizzard— winds of at least 35 mph for three consecutive hours and visibility of less than a quarter mile constitute a blizzard, which this snowstorm did not have.

1977: The Buffalo Blizzard

The snow began early morning on January 28 and temperatures dropped approximately 26 degrees in four hours. At the blizzard's peak, gusts of winds were 75mph and wind chills reached 50 to 60 degrees below zero. Thousands were stranded in office buildings or stalled cars and roads became parking lots quickly. Although the storm did not dump record-breaking snow— only 12 inches— it did put Buffalo on the map as the blizzard capital of the United States.

1978: The Great Northeast Blizzard (Boston/Rhode Island)

New England shut down after this blizzard dumped over 30 inches of snow and wind speeds hit over 100 mph. After the storm, President Carter declared portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts federal disaster areas and brought the National Guard to help with the clean up. The storm lasted 32 hours which accumulated over 3000 stranded cars on the highways and claimed the lives of almost 100 people. This may have been the most powerful storm in the region since the Great Snow of 1717 when four snowstorms struck the area between February 27 and March 7, covering the New England and New York colonies with more than four feet of snow.

The Blizzard of 1996

This nor’easter hit the Northeast Corridor on January 6, as the country was getting back on track from the federal government shutdown. This storm ranked second on the NESIS scale. Parts of Pennsylvania were completely shut down and many Pittsburgh Steelers fans from areas east of Pittsburgh were stranded in the city after the NFL playoff game on Sunday. Philadelphia recorded 30.7 inches of snow— its highest record to date.

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<![CDATA[Will Blizzard Be Boon or Bust for Delivery Services? ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/deliveryguys.jpg

As cities along the East Coast started shutting down ahead of what's expected to be a historic blizzard, food delivery companies were ramping up in the hopes of feeding hungry customers. But questions remained about how travel bans enacted amid treacherous conditions would affect business.

Popular services in New York City and beyond, including GrubHub and Delivery.com, were expecting spikes in orders from restaurants once the brunt of the storm hit and people hunkered down. The winter storm, projected to pummel the tri-state area with more than two feet of snow and high winds, has already prompted widespread travel warnings and planned school and business closures. 

“On particularly cold and snowy days, we see an increase in orders of comfort / cold-weather food from our restaurant partners,”  Kate McKee, vice president of marketing for delivery.com, wrote in an email.

Travel bans could keep those deliveries from arriving as the storm intensifies late Monday. In New York City for example, where restrictions are set to take effect at 11 p.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that delivery bicycles were not emergency vehicles.

“Obviously the safety of the delivery drivers is of most importance to us,” said Allie Mack, a spokeswoman for GrubHub, which allows customers to order directly from about 30,000 takeout restaurants in more than 800 U.S. cities and London. “We’re constantly in contact with restaurants not only to determine if they’re going to be open but also to make sure that their drivers are safe.”

GrubHub was analyzing its data from Sunday to determine if people had heeded warnings about an impending blizzard, she said. The analysis could indicate whether order sizes were larger than normal because people wanted to have take-out meals on hand for the rest of the week or if tips were higher.

Like delivery.com, GrubHub was looking forward to orders rising following the snowfall. Neither company would provide figures on hikes or orders. But whether restaurants stay open to fill those orders is their decision, Mack said.

“As the blizzards sets in we just want to take the opportunity to remind diners to be appreciative of their delivery drivers and be patient,” she said.

Seamless, which is part of the same company as GrubHub, echoed those sentiments on social media, telling Twitter followers that the app-driven delivery service "remains open and is in constant communication with our open restaurants to ensure local safety guidelines are met." The app's account told one follower that they "hope customers are generous in understanding & tipping." 

"Shout out to the people on the front line!" Seamless replied to another user urging big tips amid bad weather. 

Grocery delivery services were canceling or cutting back. Fresh Direct, which serves parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delware, will not make deliveries on Tuesday, it announced on its website.

Peapod, which has 24 markets in the United States, is limiting its East Coast deliveries to metro Boston and Providence and the Washington D.C. area Monday night, said a spokeswoman, Peg Merzbacher. Tuesday’s deliveries will be available only in Washington D.C., she said.

At the Natureworks Restaurant on Manhattan’s East 31st Street, which got more GrubHub and Seamless orders than any other New York City restaurant during last January’s polar vortex, had planned were to double its delivery staff for each shift, from 10 to 20. Manager Carlos Arcos was predicting a busy Tuesday.

But as evening approached, the restaurant instead decided to close at 7 p.m and it could remain closed on Tuesday.

"Right now my delivery guy was walking," he said.

Postmates, a courier service that can make deliveries from any restaurant or store, was putting together a plan in response to New York City’s travel ban, April Conyers, the company’s director of communications, said Monday afternoon.

But that has not stopped the company, which works with 6,000 couriers across 18 markets, from boosting its network of available independent contractors to meet increased demand, Conyers said. Postmates readied for the typical influx in orders by sending a message through Facebook encouraging New York-based couriers to sign up for shifts. In addition to a spike in restaurant delivery, she said orders for trips to the grocery store for storm essentials such as water and batteries tend to go up when conditions get bad.

"We know that demand is going to be really high, so we try to get as many postmates on the platform as possible to gear up for the storm,” she said.

Courier community managers send out tips for braving the conditions safely. Suggestions include bundling up with hand and foot warmers, wool socks, boots and trash bags, "because they’re really good ponchos on your bike,” Conyers said.

Recruiting couriers willing to take a job in the snow is not much of a challenge, she said. Postmates’ prices typically go up during bad weather to help temper the high demand, so couriers can expect to make more during bad weather, she said. Tips also increase.

“A lot of our couriers love it,” she said. “It’s kind of fun to be outside in the storm. You’re well compensated certainly in this type of weather.”

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<![CDATA[Final Maryland Fire Victim Found]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:02:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Boone+Pyle+family1.jpg

The sixth and final victim of a massive fire that destroyed a Maryland mansion has been found more than a week later.

The victims are believed to be grandparents Don and Sandy Pyle, and four grandchildren, the parents of the children have said. 

Investigators found the remains of the final victim Monday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

The parents said the children -- two sets of cousins -- were in the mansion near Annapolis when a massive fire tore through the home early Jan. 19. Last week, they shared memories of sisters Alexis and Kaitlyn Boone, 8 and 7; and siblings Charlotte and Wesley Boone, 8 and 6.

"Life is fragile. Make time today to embrace your loved ones," a statement from the Boone and Pyle families read in part.

Alexis and Kaitlyn are the daughters of Randy and Stacey Boone, while Charlotte and Wesley are the children of Clint Boone and his ex-wife Eve Morrison. The family says Clint and Randy are the sons of Sandra Pyle and the stepsons of Don Pyle.

Although there is no sign of foul play, the fire is being handled as a crime scene because there is no indication how or where the fire started and there were no witnesses.

Fire officials say the home did not have a sprinkler system. An alarm monitoring company and a neighbor who saw flames reported the fire in the 900 block of Childs Point Road in Annapolis about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 19, according to Capt. Russ Davies, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

The families said in a statement that they "are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need."

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more shortly.

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<![CDATA[Blanket Shields Boy from Bullet]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/01-26-2015-dylan-hernandez-palmdale-shooting.JPG

A 3-year-old boy returned home Monday morning from a hospital after he was treated for a gunshot wound suffered when a bullet fired from outside his home struck him in the lower back.

Dylan Hernandez wore a bandage on his lower back, where he was struck by a round that went through the wall of his Palmdale home as he slept in his crib. The boy suffered a large bruise and small burn.

The blanket in which he was wrapped likely prevented more serious injuries, according to investigators. Family members displayed the blanket Monday outside their home, showing what appeared to be a bullet hole in the fabric.

The boy's father, through an interpreter, said Monday that he is thankful his son is at home in good condition. The family, including three children, have lived at the home for about four years.

"It's something that's just mind-blowing," said friend Mario Morones. "They're humble. They're in church four days out of the week. They raise their kids very well. It's something they never expected to happen."

Another round was found in his parents' mattress, investigators said.

"The baby's doing great," Morones said. "He's home. He's laughing and giggling. He's back to being his normal self."

Three to five rounds were fired at about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 38000 block of 65th Street East. No arrests have been reported.

Investigators said they have not determined what led to the gunfire.

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<![CDATA[Man Towed Kids' Sled From Truck: PD]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:35:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/michael+chauvin+mug.jpg

A Connecticut driver faces charges after police say he towed a sled full of kids behind his pickup truck at high speeds in Monday evening's snowstorm.

Police said Michael Chauvin, 40, of Plainfield, was driving recklessly in the area of Community Avenue with several young children and another adult in the bed of his truck, towing others on a sled behind him.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with four counts of risk of injury to a minor, four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and is due in court Feb. 9.

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Blizzard of 2015]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/462292328.jpg See photos from around the northeast as a blizzard pummels the area with record amounts of snowfall in two days.

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<![CDATA[Auschwitz Survivor Recalls Ordeal]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:24:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/inset-auschwitz.jpg

Helen Farkas is one of a dwindling group of Holocaust survivors still alive to relay the horrors she experienced.

At age 94, the Romanian-born woman is still an active speaker, telling children and civic groups how she scrambled for scraps of bread and escaped the infamous Auschwitz death camp march with her sister in 1945, during a guard shift in the middle of the night.

"We just slipped away," she told a group of students this spring. "Very slowly."

Farkas, who lives in Burlingame, a small city just south of San Francisco, is one of about 40 regular speakers at the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center in San Francisco still around to tell her story. By the center's estimates, Farkas is one of 4,000 Holocaust survivors still living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of 7,000 Auschwitz prisoners in Poland, Farkas's eyewitness accounts are even more poignant.

"I want people to remember the Holocaust," Farkas told NBC Bay Area on Monday. "I teach tolerance. I want future generations to know what has happened and what can happen."

Morgan Blum Schneider, director of education at the JFCS Holocaust Center, also wants to keep Farkas's and other Holocaust survivors' stories alive, even after the survivors have gone. Most survivors, like Farkas, are already in their 90s. Many have died in recent years.

"We are looking at an era, the post-survivor era," Blum Schneider said, "that with each day, a person loses their life, or their memory."

To keep the stories present in people's minds, however, the agency has created new speakers groups to engage the children, and grandchildren, of Holocaust survivors. A few grandchildren of survivors have offered to to tell their grandparents' stories of death and survival throughout the Bay Area. Each year, the JFCS Holocaust Center reaches 20,000 students through their educational programs. 

In addition, the agency also has created the Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program Oral History project, where 2,000 audio and video testimonies have been collected for all to see.

Blum Schneider said the goal is not only to study how Jews were tormented and killed during the Holocaust, but to learn how they lived, as well.

Farkas's oral history is indeed a window into how people lived in Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp during World War II. At one point, Farkas remembered trying to survive on crumbs.

"I've got to save these two bites of bread for tomorrow morning, because if I am able to put two bites of bread into my stomach, then I can start the day," Farkas recalled.

But what she also remembered was the humanity of those in the camp with her. "Everybody wants to survive," she said. "But I cannot remember one incidence that somebody would have harmed the other, or would have stolen the bread from those who saved it."

What Farkas wants most now is for children to remain interested in the genocide and in preventing another one, anywhere, in the future.

"I want them to see how lucky they were, being born in a free country," she said. "We have to be alert so that it will never happen again."

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<![CDATA[Man Tried to Kiss Uber Driver: PD]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/0126-uber-hilliard.jpg

A 31-year-old Northern Virginia man is accused of trying to kiss his Uber driver then stealing her phone when she resisted.

The incident was reported in the 2200 block of S. Garfield Street just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Richard Hilliard of Arlington attempted to kiss his Uber driver, then assaulted her and prevented her from calling police when she resisted. Police say Hilliard then stole her phone and left it in front of his home.

When he was taken into custody, police said Hilliard attempted to kick out the back window of the police cruiser.

He's facing charges of robbery, preventing a 911 call and attempted destruction of property. He's being held without bail.

<![CDATA[Charges in Baby's Ferret Mauling]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:39:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Child+Ferret+Attack+Parents+Fraim.jpg

The parents of a one-month-old Delaware County, Pennsylvania, girl have been charged with endangerment after the family's ferrets severely mauled the baby's face.

The baby's nose, upper lip and cheek were eaten away in the attack that took place in a Darby home last Thursday, police said.

Burnie Fraim, 42, and 24-year-old Jessica Benales were each charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, court documents show. The couple has five children including the one-month-old girl.

According to police and the child's father, the girl was strapped into her car seat in the living room of the home along the 300 block of Poplar Road when as many as three ferrets mauled her. The animals had broken out of a mesh cage. The parents were upstairs at the time.

The girl underwent emergency surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and had stents placed into her nose allowing her to breathe, police said. Fraim told NBC10 last week his daughter will need to undergo several more surgeries to repair the damage.

All three ferrets were euthanized.

Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe called the mauling the "most horrific thing" he's seen happen to a child in his 45 years in law enforcement.

The home was infested with insects and lacked food, according to the chief. Three social services agencies were monitoring the family when the mauling took place.

Smythe said the couple had developmental disabilities and he questioned their ability to care for the children.

Fraim and Bernales were arraigned in Delaware County Court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Jogger Saves Woman From Icy Lake]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:14:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/220*120/belmont+harbor+rescue.jpg

Yariv Becher said he almost didn’t put on his running shoes Sunday morning, but his decision to run in the snow near Belmont Harbor for the first time in a few weeks helped save the life of a woman who fell through the ice into Lake Michigan.

“Because of the snow, I haven’t run there for a few weeks,” Becher said.

The father of three, originally from Israel, was jogging near the harbor around 10:30 a.m. when he said he heard noises.

“I was running with my earphones listening to music and I heard noises,” he said. “There wasn’t anyone there, so I looked around, and then I noticed [a woman] hanging onto the ropes.”

A woman in her 30s, who may have been out for a run as well, had slipped and fallen into the arctic water surrounded by ice, police said. She had managed to use a belt to strap herself to the dock to keep from going under.

“She pretty much just held on for life, and she sort of lodged her arm through the belt, the strap, and was able to yell out for help,” said Sgt. Ruben Ramirez with the Chicago Police Department.

Becher said he tried to lift her out, but her legs were stuck in the ice. He called 911 and kept her head above water until police and fire rescuers arrived.

“The only thing she said: ‘Don’t let me fall. Please help me,’” Becher said. “I asked for her name, she didn't tell me her name. I think she was too cold to talk.”

The woman spent about 20 minutes in the 35-degree water, according to authorities. Police credit the quick thinking of the woman and Becher with saving her life.

“We’re not the heroes,” said Ramirez. “Yesterday, the jogger, he’s a hero.”

The woman was treated for hypothermia and was released from the hospital Monday. Police warned residents to stay off the ice and call 911 if you spot someone who has fallen in.

<![CDATA[Beer Outage? Boston Brewery Suspends Production Due to Blizzard]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:21:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Christopher+Lehault+Harpoon+Brewery.jpg

Harpoon Brewery is suspending brewing for the first time in its 28-year history due to the blizzard expected to blanket the Boston area with up to two feet of snow, according to The Boston Globe.

The Globe reports that the Boston brewery decided to suspend brewing to keep its crews from having to drive on roads that could become impassable beginning Monday night due to the storm.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued a statewide travel ban starting at midnight.

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About the Flu Debunked]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:58:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/denver-FLU-460977406.jpg

Flu is widespread across the United States, in a season made even more severe by a disappointing vaccine that's not very effective at battling the predominant strain that's now making people sick.

This year's vaccine is only 23 percent effective because the H3N2 strain of influenza A, a different strain from the one the vaccine protects against, began circulating just after the vaccine was created. When H3N2 is the dominant strain, it can cause more serious illness than other types of flu.

With several weeks of flu season left, here are some myths about the flu, and what you should know about them.

This year’s vaccine isn’t effective, so there’s no point in my getting it now.

Not so, medical professionals say. Even a less effective vaccine can still prevent hospitalizations and deaths, particularly among older people and young children. And it still might protect against strains that are not yet circulating.

I don’t need a flu shot year after year.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you get a vaccine every year even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed. Your immune protection from the vaccination will decline over time.

I’m afraid the flu shot will give me the flu.

A flu shot will not cause the flu because the viruses either have been inactivated and are no longer infectious or were made with no viruses at all. The nasal spray vaccine also won’t give you the flu because the viruses have been weakened.

Even if I do get the flu, it won’t kill me.

Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for young children, senior citizens and those with such chronic conditions as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. On average thousands die each year from the flu, a number that can fluctuate depending on which strain is circulating. The CDC has estimated from a low of 3,000 deaths to a high of 49,000 between the 1976-1977 and 2006-2007 seasons.

There are no effective treatments against the flu.

There are three antiviral drugs approved for treatment: Tamiflu, Relenza and Rapivab.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control

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<![CDATA[Blizzard of 2015 Approaches]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:31:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1_26_5p_1200x675_389301827660.jpg Ryan Hanrahan has new details on the massive blizzard headed toward Connecticut on Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Warns New Yorkers: "Prepare for the Worst"]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:14:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/12415plowing.jpg A paralyzing blizzard with white-out conditions is expected to dump more than two feet of snow on the Tri-State region, and Mayor de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to "prepare for something worse than we have seen before." Ida Siegal reports.]]> <![CDATA[10 Blizzard Social Media Memes to Know ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:54:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/1dd3d0a700f845a3803f810709fc8c69.jpg

Meteorologists and government officials spent the greater part of Monday detailing the massive snowstorm that hit a stretch of 250 miles along the northeastern United States Monday.

The storm is likely to break records, with more than two feet of snow expected to pound some areas of the Northeast.

From Maine to Philadelphia, 60 million people will be impacted by the weather event and 28 million are in the path of the blizzard.

Despite the grim forecast, memes popped up on social media -- turning the dreadful news of #Blizzardof2015 into fun. Here's 10 memes and funny photos to know.

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<![CDATA[By the Numbers: Blizzard Bombards Northeast]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:16:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP36535239034.jpg

A possibly "historic" blizzard barreled its way up the East Coast on Monday, bringing treacherous conditions — including damaging wind gusts, heavy snowfall and coastal flooding — to the region for two days straight, NBC News reported.

Here's a look the blizzard's expected impact:

250 miles: The stretch of the East Coast, roughly from Philadelphia to northern Maine, that will be hit with "paralyzing, crippling" conditions, NBC News reported.

60 million: The number of people under a winter weather alert; 28 million were in the path of possible blizzard conditions.

36 inches: The highest estimated snow totals expected to land on parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and the eastern half of Long Island.

7 states have declared emergencies: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.

50-65 mph: The speed of wind gusts during the storm's peak on Tuesday, according to Weather Channel forecasts.

7,000: The number of flights that have been canceled at airports around the East Coast, NBC News reported.

18-24 inches: Boston's expected snowfall, according to Weather Channel forecasts.

27.6 inches: Boston's highest-ever snowfall, over two days in February 2003.

35 hours: The duration of the blizzard warning in New York, from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday.

12-18 inches: The amount of snow expected to fall in New York City. "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Sunday.

26.9 inches: The highest-ever snowfall in New York, dropped by the February 11-12 blizzard of 2006.

14,000 employees: The number of Con Edison employees on standby in case the storm disables transformers, company spokesman Bob McGee told NBC News.

250,000 tons: The amount of salt, along with 420,000 gallons of de-icing liquid, at the ready in Massachusetts, NBC News reported.

5 syllables: Are in the word "bombogenesis," the weather phenomenon that occurs when a storm's area of lowest pressure experiences a rapid drop of more than 24 millibars in 24 hours. Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth calls bombogenesis the equivalent of a "meteorological bomb."

500 and 1,500: The number of salt spreaders and snow plows, respectively, that will clear roads across New York City.

26: The number of Long Island Railroad and Metro-North trains that will run Monday afternoon. Service will be suspended at 11 p.m.

338: The number of snowplows New York State will send out to clear streets, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. They will be accompanied by 18 snowblowers and 55 front end loaders. 

43362 (or 4FEMA): The number people are asked to text, along with the word “SHELTER” and their ZIP code, if their homes lose power or heat during or after the storm. People without power or heat will be directed to a nearby public shelter.

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<![CDATA[NYC Bank Employee Accused of Being Russian Spy: Feds]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:23:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

The FBI arrested a man they say is a Russian spy Monday in a Bronx parking lot, law enforcement officials tell NBC New York.

Evgeny Buryakov is charged in a criminal complaint with being an unregistered agent of the Russian government.

The court papers describe Buryakov as being an agent of the SVR, the foreign intelligence agency for the Russian Federation. Buryakov entered and remained in the U.S. as a private citizen under “non-official cover” and posed as an employee in the Manhattan office of a Russian bank.

Buryakov’s mission on behalf of the SVR was to gather intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation and U.S. efforts to develop alternate sources of energy, the court papers say.

Also charged in the criminal complaint are Igor Sporyshev, who had served as a Trade Representative in New York for the Russian Federation, and Victor Podobnyy, a former attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Both Sporyshev and Podobnyy are believed to be in Russia.

Between 2012 and 2014, Buryakov and Sporyshev used coded language to signal they needed to meet and then met more than four dozen times at outdoor locations during which Buryakov passed bags, magazines and slips of paper to conceal the exchange of intelligence information.

Buryakov is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan Monday afternoon. Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available.

<![CDATA[Police Nab Coyote in Manhattan Housing Complex]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:40:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/11115coyote.jpg

Police captured a female coyote Sunday that was spotted roaming a Manhattan housing complex, authorities said.

The coyote was sedated and captured in the sprawling Stuyvesant Town complex and delivered to the city's Animal Care and Control, where it was fed and examined by veterinarians.

The animal was later released in a wilderness area in the Bronx.

Earlier this month, police captured a coyote in Riverside Park and released it into a Bronx wooded area.

"Although it's often called the concrete jungle, New York City has over 5,000 acres of forest land and is home to an abundance of wildlife," said city Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Most coyotes pose no danger to people, but New Yorkers shouldn't try to feed or approach them, Silver advised.

<![CDATA[Blizzard Blasts Tri-State, Streets, Transit Close]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/ft-animated.gif

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut declared states of emergency ahead of a paralyzing blizzard expected to wallop the tri-state with more than 2 feet of snow, coastal flooding and heavy sustained winds that will cause power outages and make even the slightest travel hazardous.

Gov. Cuomo announced a total shutdown of the New York City subway and bus system beginning at 11 p.m. after a National Weather Service blizzard warning went into effect for New York City. MTA officials initially believed they could keep the underground subway service running through the blizzard, but Cuomo said worsening conditions necessitated the closure.


All non-emergency vehicles are also being ordered off state highways and all local streets and roads in New York south of Ulster county beginning at 11 p.m.

Cuomo said motorists were stranded on snowy roads for 24 hours in other storms.

"We learned the lesson the hard way," he said Monday afternoon. "We'd rather be safe than sorry."

Similar travel bans are in place in New Jersey and Connecticut. Metro-North, PATH and New Jersey Transit are also shutting down at 11 p.m.

The evening rush was effectively moved up several hours as offices closed early and workers were sent home. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North added extra trains in the afternoon to accommodate the early rush home, and supermarkets in New York City were wiped of inventory as last-minute shoppers got in line to stock up on food and emergency supplies.

"This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in New York City history," Mayor de Blasio said. "It is not business as usual."

Conditions began to deteriorate later, with snow falling as quickly as 2 to 4 inches per hour, Storm Team 4 says. Lightning and thunder may accompany the snow during the most intense part of the storm overnight. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph will create whiteout conditions across the region.

Between 12 and 24 inches of snow are expected to fall in New York City, with up to 3 feet possible on parts of Long Island and in Connecticut. Lower, but still significant, snow totals are expected west of New York City. Some areas may see more than 30 inches of snow.

Snow accumulation was expected to be variable in New Jersey, with some parts of the state seeing 6 inches and others seeing 2 feet, Gov. Christie said. Connecticut was expected to be especially hard hit, and snow drifts were expected to reach upwards of 4 feet on top of the 22 to 32 inches likely to pummel the state, according to Gov. Malloy.

Most of the waterfront counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are under coastal flood watches or warnings from Monday night into early Tuesday.

Utilities are predicting widespread outages.

Drivers on Long Island flocked to gas stations early Monday to fuel their vehicles and fill up gas cans for generators before the blizzard. Some stations in Hicksville and Bethpage were already out of gas, and one attendant said he had been pumping gas nonstop since 6 a.m., pumping more in three hours than he typically does in a half day.

Hotel rooms booked quickly as travelers became stranded in the area. One Marriott hotel manager told NBC 4 New York said her chain of hotels with the company had no vacancies within a six-mile radius of LaGuardia Airport.

The largest snowstorm recorded in the city was a February 2006 storm that dumped 26.9 inches on Central Park. 

Photo Credit: NOAA
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<![CDATA[Bill Nye Knocks Belichick]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:41:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Nye-Belichick_SplitScreen_sm.jpg

The cast of "Saturday Night Live" wasn't the only one poking holes in the New England Patriots' explanation for the "deflategate" scandal over the weekend.

Bill Nye offered his expert opinion as “The Science Guy” Sunday, saying coach Bill Belichick's recent account for why his team’s footballs were under-inflated during the American Football Conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts doesn't add up.

“I’m not too worried about coach Belichick competing with me,” Nye told ABC’s "Good Morning America." “What he said didn’t make any sense."

The Patriots have denied allegations that the team broke NFL rules by intentionally under-inflating the footballs to gain an advantage in their 45-7 victory against the Colts, which clinched their chance to face the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Belichick said in one news conference that it's possible that climatic conditions and rubbing the balls ahead of last weekend's game affected air pressure.

But “The Science Guy” refuted that claim.

“By rubbing the football, I don't think you can change the pressure," he said. “To really change the pressure, you need one of these: the inflation needle. I can't help but say, 'Go Seahawks!’”

The NFL, which is investigating the allegations that the Patriots were involved in the ball issue, said evidence concluded that the footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half of the game. But the one used for the second half were in compliance with their policy.

“The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games,” the statement reads. “We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay.”

<![CDATA[Couple's Pregnancy News Goes Viral]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:42:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Camille+Averett+and+Kyle+Averett.jpg A North Texas couple is going viral after their unique pregnancy announcement was posted online.

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<![CDATA[Bring on the Snow!]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:39 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NECN_012515_glennsnow_5pm_1200x675_388945475708.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[6-Alarm Grass Fire in Calif.]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:34:45 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pacifica6.JPG

A growing grass fire in a Pacifica canyon early Monday morning prompted evacuations and kept several people shut away in their homes as firefighters battled the blaze.

But by 7:30 a.m., firefighters had the five-acre grass fire - which quickly escalated to six alarms - contained, and residents who were allowed back into their homes, officials said.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Fasler Avenue, and created a dramatic scene for the small beachside city in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.

Clyde Preston of the North County Fire Authority said as of 6:30 a.m. about 90 people had been evacuated as a precautionary measure and being helped at the Pacifica Community Center. Residents were allowed back to their homes by 8:15 a.m.

The winds and steep terrain, he said, were making the vegetation fire challenging to fight. About 60 firefighters were working to quell the flames, which were pushing toward the ocean.

Mike Dulay was woken up by authorities about 5 a.m. and scrambled to get his wife, kids and animals out of the house to safety. He said he's lived in this area for 23 years and neve seen a wildfire burn on this particular ridge. He noted how thick the brush and poison oak is in this canyon, and sympathized with the firefighters who had a difficult fight ahead of them.

Donna Metcalf and Randall Cooper took photos of the fire, and said they were stuck in their house for at least a couple of hours as police had blocked off their street.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew overhead, tracking the bright orange flames consuming foliage and licking the sky.

Cal Fire recommends homeowners in fire-prone areas select fire-resistant plants and materials.

Photo Credit: Josh Keppel
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<![CDATA[10-Plus Students Sent to Hospital in Lab Mishap]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/shutterstock_31535164.jpg

A lab experiment gone wrong sent 12 New Jersey high school students to a nearby hospital early Monday morning, officials said.

Twelve students and five faculty members from Kingsway High School in Swedesboro, Gloucester County were taken to the Crozer Chester Medical Center by school bus after a mishap during an experiment in the chemistry lab emitted fumes around 7:40 a.m., Superintendent Dr. James J. Lavender confirmed to NBC10.

The entire student body was evacuated and sent to the nearby middle school, said Dr. Lavender.

Following an inspection by the Gloucester County Hazardous Materials Team, clearance was given and students returned to class.

No word on what experiment the students were working on when the accident happened.

<![CDATA[Mini Therapy Horse Joins SoCal Sheriff's Department]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:59:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LA-sheriffs-department-mini-therapy-horse-valor.jpg

A miniature therapy horse named Valor is joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to “heal hearts and bring smiles to hurting people” who have suffered traumatic incidents, officials said.

Valor has been specially trained as a law enforcement therapy horse and will join reading programs and appear in community outreach events in the Malibu area, a Jan. 23 news release from the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station said.

Valor and her handler, Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, are part of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, a team of pint-sized horses that visit hospitals and hospice programs, comforting more than 35,000 adults and children each year who have experienced traumatic events. The horses were sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, after the 2012 mass shooting.

"Valor will serve as a 'face' of law enforcement and does so while upholding the Sheriff's Department motto of 'A Tradition of Service," according to Heather Fuquay from the department.

Valor lives in Malibu with four other therapy horses. She was named after Port Authority Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen , who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Photo Credit: Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses on Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Wintry Weather in Times Square]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:18:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/snow+falling+times+square+day.jpg

See live video streaming from Times Square. 

<![CDATA[NJ College Freshman Shot in Drive-by at Off-Campus Party]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:14:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/202*120/Rowan+The+Crossings+Shooting.JPG

A gunman hanging out of the passenger side of a car shot a teenager outside of an off-campus party at a New Jersey apartment complex Sunday, authorities said.

Gunfire rang out outside the Campus Crossing Apartments in Glassboro in southern New Jersey at around 1 a.m. Sunday leaving a Rowan University freshman shot in both legs, said Glassboro police

The victim, identified by the university as Anayochukwu Logan Iloabanafor, was rushed to Cooper University Medical Center in stable condition. Doctors treated and released Iloabanafor, said police.

The freshman was expected to make a full recovery, said Rowan University spokesman Joe Cardona.

Witnesses at the same party as Iloabanafor told investigators that they saw someone fire multiple shots from a revolver while hanging out the side of a vehicle.

Police later spotted a vehicle matching witnesses' descriptions nearby and pulled it over. Investigators questioned one man in the car before later releasing him while they held the other man, a 23-year-old on outstanding warrants.

The shooting happened at a complex popular with college students.

A message on The Crossings website describes the complex: “The Crossings at Glassboro provides an affordable and private home away from home where students can live and study off-campus in Glassboro, NJ. Our apartments serve Rowan University, Gloucester County College and Camden County College, among others.“

Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Jack Manning at 856-881-1500 or submit a tip online.

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<![CDATA[SF Church Bans New Altar Girls]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/star_of_the_Sea_church_sf.jpg

One San Francisco Catholic church said it will not have girls as altar servers, and its priest behind the policy is coming under fire.

Families tied to the Star of the Sea Church, located on Ninth and Geary streets in San Francisco, said they are shocked about the new policy that would only allow altar boys to serve.

Father Josephy Illo, who came to the church about six months ago, said many girls were serving the altar for years.

He explained the reason for the switch.

"We'd like to get back to an altar boy program, which is a proven, effective way to promoting vocations to the priesthood," Father Illo said. "So boys get closer to the altar, and as you know, the Catholic church does not ordain women."

But parents said they are outraged.

"I think it's ridiculous," Jewli Judd said. "I think nowadays that's not the way we're going. It's not P.C. [politically correct]."

Father Illo said parents who oppose the policy will eventually see the greater good. But he also said it is important to have programs for both boys and girls. And he said there are special social groups for girls, places to read at the mass, and girls can prepare the altar.

But, while some families are OK with the policy, others said it sends the wrong message.

The priest said altar girls at the church can continue to serve.

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<![CDATA[Home Depot Worker Fatally Shoots Co-Worker, Self]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/221*120/12515depot.jpg

An employee at a Manhattan Home Depot argued with a co-worker and fatally shot him before killing himself Sunday afternoon, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 2:30 p.m. inside the crowded store on West 23rd Street.

Hundreds of store employees and customers scrambled for safety when the gunfire erupted, witnesses said.

Police say 31-year-old Calvin Esdaile exchanged words with his co-worker, 38-year-old Sy Moctar, pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times.

Esdaile then shot himself in the head, police said. Moctar was Esdaile's supervisor, sources said.

"It sounded like fireworks, but more because it's enclosed, so you could hear the echoes," said Emilio Bantero, who was shopping inside the store.

Investigators didn't disclose the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

"We're deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot. "We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation of what appears to have been an isolated incident."

<![CDATA[Officials Prepare for Blizzard Conditions]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:51:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/possnoreaster.png

A major nor-easter is headed our way with potential to cause "historic" damage, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Snowfall amounts up to three feet could occur with the worst of the storm expected to be Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

MEMA has issued a winter storm watch for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Barnstable, Nantucket, Dukes counties. A blizzard watch is in place for Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth counties.


The snow will arrive Monday afternoon at the south coast, overspread New England with widespread heavy snow and coast blizzard Tuesday. The snowfall will end Tuesday night for most, but snow in Maine will last into Wednesday.

The storm will last about 30 hours, with battering waves and coastal flooding Tuesday and Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts will range from 1 to 3 feet. Strong, damaging winds may exceed 50 mph and snow may combine for widespread power outages.

It will be a very cold storm, with temperatures in the single numbers and teens, except 20s right at the coast. Southeastern Massachusetts could have periods of rain/freezing rain during the peak of the storm, according to MEMA.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addressed concerned residents Sunday evening.

"Our city has been through blizzards before and I am confident we are prepared," he said in a statement. "Public Works has 700 pieces of equipment ready, over 35,000 tons of salt on hand and snow farms are being readied for anticipated removal operations."

Walsh also reminded people to stay off the roads whenever possible and check on neighbors.

Critical agencies, from the National Guard to Massachusetts State Police, are going over the game plan and making sure everyone knows their responsibilities.

The storm will be a big test for the new governor, Charlie Baker, and his administration.

"We anticipate a very significant storm, beginning around dusk on Monday evening," said Gov. Baker in a statement. "People across Massachusetts should presume that roads on Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday, will be very hard, if not impossible, to navigate, that power outages are a distinct possibility, and that most forms of public transportation may not be available.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, whose entire state of Connecticut is under a blizzard warning, announced that the Emergency Operations Center will be open beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday.

<![CDATA[Sleeping Toddler Struck by Bullet ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150125-child-shot-palmdale.jpg

A 3-year-old boy sleeping in his bed was struck by a bullet Sunday night after gunfire erupted outside his Palmdale home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

The boy was hospitalized at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster with minor injuries, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. He was expected to survive.

The boy was wrapped in a heavy blanket when the bullet hit him. The impact left him with a large bruise and a small burn, but the bullet did not penetrate his body, sheriff’s officials said.

Three to five gunshots were reported just before 10 p.m. in the 38000 block of 65th Street East, officials said. A round pierced a wall and struck the boy as he slept in his crib.

Another bullet was found lodged in his parents' mattress, investigators said.

Deputies were searching for the gunmen, who fled on foot. There was no description available.

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Ernie Banks Died of Heart Attack]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:27:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ErnieBanks2014.jpg

The family of Ernie Banks announced in a press conference Sunday that the famous Cubs player died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks' death was caused by the heart attack, according to Mark Bogen, the family attorney. Funeral arrangements are currently being made.

Banks passed away on Friday at the age of 83, just seven days before his next birthday.

Bogen also announced that a Facebook page has been created for fans to celebrate Banks' legendary life. The page, called Ernie Banks Remembered, was created shortly after Banks passed away.

Banks' family is currently working with the Chicago Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to create a public memorial for Mr. Cub, Bogen said.

Liz Banks, the wife of Ernie Banks, was present at the press conference, but Bogen delivered the news and did not take any questions.

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