Northeast snowstorm leaves tens of thousands without power
Snow slows traffic Friday morning in New Hampshire. More than 20,000 customers reportedly were without power in the state.
April 1st, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Northeast snowstorm leaves tens of thousands without power

An April Fools' Day winter storm roared into the Northeast on Friday, coating highways, closing schools and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for areas of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Some areas could get more than a foot of snow, forecasters said. Much of the snow was expected to be wet and heavy, the kind that can bring down power lines, the weather service said.

It didn't take long for that prediction to come true. More than 20,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts by midmorning Friday, according to The Boston Globe. A similar number were without power in New Hampshire, according to CNN affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester.

WMUR reported that 560 schools were closed in New Hampshire because of the weather.

As the storm approached Thursday, Central Maine Power Co. warned that it could be the worst in a series of storms that have battered the area this winter, CNN affiliate WGME-TV in Portland reported, because the spring thaw has loosened the ground, making it easier for trees to fall. The utility had 400 workers on standby to deal with weather emergencies, WGME reported.

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More than 2 feet of snow drop in parts of Northeast
Snow was piled high on the roof of this home in Belvidere, Vermont, on Monday.
March 7th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

More than 2 feet of snow drop in parts of Northeast

A powerful storm Sunday and Monday dropped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of upstate New York and northern New England - and heavy rain and freezing rain in other parts of the U.S. Northeast - cutting power to thousands and challenging motorists.

Thirty inches of snow was recorded in Jericho, Vermont, and New York’s Saranac Lake received 29 inches, according to CNN affiliate WPTZ. The roughly 24 inches of snow that fell in South Burlington, Vermont, is the fifth-largest amount from one storm recorded there, according to WPTZ and CNN affiliate WCAX.

Nearly all flights to and from Burlington’s airport were grounded on Monday, more than 10,000 Vermont utility customers were without power and many roads across the state were impassable, WCAX reported.


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November 12th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Antonio Margarito

The man who will take on Manny Pacquiao for the junior middleweight title at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday has not fought in the United States in almost two years.

In January 2009, the California Athletic Commission accused Margarito of having a plaster-like substance in the hand wraps under his gloves before a fight with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, according to The Miami Herald.

Not only did Mosley knock out Margarito in the ninth round, but the commission suspended Margarito’s and his trainer’s boxing licenses. Though Margarito says he was unaware the wraps were illegal, the claim has been met with some skepticism.

Though he hasn’t fought again in the U.S., the 32-year-old fighter won a match in Mexico six months ago. FULL POST

November 9th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Teen convicted in N.H. machete murder gets life

A New Hampshire teenager accused of killing a woman and severely injuring her daughter during a brutal home invasion was found guilty Tuesday of first degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Steven Spader sat emotionless as the verdict was read in the gruesome murder of Kimberly Cates in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, last year.

Spader was convicted of breaking into Cates' home and hacking her to death with a machete, while his friend, 19-year-old Christopher Gribble, repeatedly stabbed her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie as she tried to defend her  mother.


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November 2nd, 2010
08:47 PM ET

Democrats take Senate seats in West Virginia, Connecticut

West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has won his state's Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee John Raese in a tight race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal has won the state Senate seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee Linda McMahon, a wealthy former professional wrestling executive.


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November 2nd, 2010
08:35 PM ET

Projections for congressional seats announced

New Hampshire Democratic incumbent Gov. John Lynch has won re-election, CNN projects, beating out Republican John Stephen. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Florida Republican Sandy Adams has defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in the race for the state's 24th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Delaware Democrat John Carney has defeated Republican Glen Urquhart for a congressional seat, CNN projects.

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November 2nd, 2010
08:22 PM ET

Incumbents in Maryland, Alabama hold onto seats

Maryland Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Mikulski has won her bid for re-election to a fifth term in the Senate, CNN projects, beating out Republican Eric Wargotz. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Alabama Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby has won a fifth term to his seat in the U.S. Senate, CNN projects, beating out Democrat William Barnes.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio wins the state Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Sen. George LeMieux, CNN projects. Rubio beat out Gov. Charlie Crist, who was running as an independent candidate, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Delaware Democrat Chris Coons has beat out Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell in the race to fill Vice President Joe Biden's old U.S. Senate seat, CNN projects. Democratic Sen. Ted Kaufman, who replaced Biden, is retiring.

Former New Hampshire State Attorney and GOP nominee Kelly Ayotte has defeated Democratic nominee Paul Hodes, CNN projects, in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg.

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October 25th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Newspaper won't print gay marriage announcements

Greg Gould and Aurelio Tine say they just wanted to share their wedding plans.

So they went one of the largest papers in New Hampshire, where gay marriage is legal and generally accepted, to work up a wedding announcement.

But the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Manchester paper known for its conservative viewpoints, refused to print it, a decision that has sparked anger from the couple and lit up the Twittersphere and the Web.

"I was really disappointed because the Union Leader is a big voice in the state of New Hampshire, and they seem to be so out of touch," Gould told CNN affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester.

The newspaper, however, issued a statement saying that printing the announcement would be "hypocritical" given its previous practices.

“This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples," Publisher Joe McQuaid said. "It would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women and our opposition to the recent state law legalizing gay marriage.”

In its full statement, printed online, the paper said firmly that it is not "anti-gay" and because of press freedoms can choose to print - or not print - whatever it wants.


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