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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

'Blizzard-Like' Conditions In Store For Parts Of Northeast

A forecast map issued by NOAA's Weather Prediction Center shows the possibility of heavy snow for parts of the northeast beginning Sunday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 10:29 am

Parts of the U.S. northeast are bracing for as much as 2 feet of snow as a blizzard-like system bears down on the region.

The strong system could leave significant snowfall on the ground from Philadelphia to Maine beginning late tonight and continuing through Tuesday.

The Weather Channel runs down the basics:

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Government
8:53 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Schumer: New Runway Lights Needed

Credit Port Authority NY/NJ

ALBANY (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to install a new runway lighting system at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports that he says will help prevent plane collisions.

The Democrat on Sunday says money for the automatic lighting systems has already been approved. He says he's written to the FAA to ask that the equipment be installed as soon as possible.

The system uses red lights embedded in the runway to warn pilots of another plane.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Sun January 25, 2015

U.S. And India Announce New Ties On First Day Of Obama's Trip

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Sunday, the first day of Obama's three-day trip to India.
UPI Landov

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 12:03 pm

Updated at 8:25 a.m. ET

President Obama announced Sunday that the U.S. and India have made progress on civilian nuclear trade. In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Obama said the countries had agreed to more cooperation in other areas as well, including defense and climate change.

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Arts & Culture
7:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Joe Franklin Dies, Ending 60 Year Career

NEW YORK (AP) A pioneering New York City radio and TV host who gave breaks to Al Pacino and Bill Cosby long before they became famous and boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades has died. Joe Franklin was 88.

Longtime producer Steven Garrin says Franklin died Saturday of cancer.

Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity.

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Business
1:09 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Kia To Recall Thousands Of Fortes

Credit Kia

(AP) Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 87,000 of its 2014 Forte sedans because of faulty equipment that could cause the cars to catch fire.

The recall notice issued Saturday affects Kia Fortes made from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17, 2014.

The cooling fan resistor might overheat and melt in those vehicles, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 24.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Video Purports To Show Beheaded Japanese Hostage

A passerby watches a TV news program reporting two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa, held by the Islamic State group, in Tokyo, on Friday.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 5:02 pm

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the purported beheading of a Japanese hostage by his ISIS captors an "outrageous and unacceptable" act that had left him speechless.

The remarks came after a video surfaced showing what appears to be one hostage holding a photo of his decapitated fellow abductee.

"This is an outrageous and unacceptable act of violence," Abe told reporters as he arrived at his office after midnight for an emergency meeting, according to Reuters. "We strongly demand the immediate release."

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Around The State
10:16 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Welcome Back to "Snowtown"

Credit Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerc3e

WATERTOWN, NY (AP) Watertown is again celebrating its "Snowtown'' nickname.

The northern New York city's "Snowtown USA" celebration continues this weekend with a snow softball tournament and other events. The celebration began New Year's Eve and runs through mid-February.

City parks superintendent Erin Gardner tells the Watertown Daily Times that attendance is up from last year, when Snowtown USA was brought back after a 27-year absence.

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Government
10:07 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Renewed Calls For NYS Ethics Reform

Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

ALBANY (AP) New York good government advocates are renewing calls for ethics reform at the state Capitol after the arrest of the Legislature's top Democrat.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on charges that he collected nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks since 2002 and disguised it as legitimate income. Silver says he is confident he will be vindicated.

Reform groups are now calling for an overhaul of ethics oversight, more disclosure by lawmakers, stricter rules for lobbying and changes to the state's campaign finance system.

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Environment
6:57 am
Sat January 24, 2015

State Parks' Advocates Like Budget Proposal

Credit NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group that advocates for parks and trails across New York says it likes what it sees in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal released this week.

Albany-based Parks & Trails New York says Cuomo's spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year includes $110 million for the extensive backlog of infrastructure needs at more than 200 state parks and historic sites.

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The Two-Way
1:53 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks, 1st Black Player In Team History, Dies

The Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses in 1970. The Cubs announced Friday night that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 1:01 am

Baseball's Chicago Cubs report that Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks has died. "Mr. Cub," who began his career in the Negro leagues, was the first black player for the team — eighth in the majors overall — and played in 14 All-Star games in his 19 seasons, all with the Cubs.

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