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  • Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    The Christmas storm of 2010, which dropped 31 inches of snow on some parts of New England and crippled New York City, will likely stand out as a memory-maker, something to tell the grandkids about – especially if you got stuck in the national air traffic snarl or localized mayhem in New York, where police cars got stuck in drifts and New Yorkers yelled at the mayor for failing to keep the streets clear. But the past decade – the snowiest since the 1970s – had several other memorable winter storms. Here's the five that got the most attention – and did the most damage.

  • From New York's MTA, LIRR to Boston's MBTA, winter storm slows transit

    From New York's MTA, LIRR to Boston's MBTA, winter storm slows transit

    New York transit – including the MTA, LIRR, and Metro North – has seen significant delays in the wake of a winter storm that covered rails in as much as two feet of snow.

  • US News 2010: Are you a real newshound? Take our quiz.

    US News 2010: Are you a real newshound? Take our quiz.

    The end of 2010 is here, a year remembered for the WikiLeaks drama, GOP and tea party gains in the midterm elections, and BP’s Gulf oil spill marking the worst environmental disaster in US history. But also Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch,” campaign ad, Apple’s releasing of the iPad, and entertainment stars rallying on Washington’s National Mall. So, what else happened in 2010? Test your memory for those less obvious news stories.

  • LaGuardia airport and others reopen, but stranded fliers still face ordeals

    LaGuardia airport and others reopen, but stranded fliers still face ordeals

    LaGuardia airport, JFK airport, and Liberty airport are all open again after the 2010 blizzard, but many travelers are still days from catching a flight home.

  • 'Death panels' controversy: Is Obama avoiding Congress?

    'Death panels' controversy: Is Obama avoiding Congress?

    The Obama administration is set to expand options for 'end of life' counseling for Medicare recipients. The White House says it's practical. Sarah Palin says it's akin to 'death panels.'

  • Obama to Philadelphia Eagles: Thanks for hiring Michael Vick

    Obama to Philadelphia Eagles: Thanks for hiring Michael Vick

    President Obama praised the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for giving Michael Vick a second chance, a media report says. For Michael Vick, the comments add to a charmed season.

  • Gallup poll: Top 5 men and women admired by Americans

    Gallup poll: Top 5 men and women admired by Americans

    Gallup released its annual “Most Admired” poll Monday. Since the organization started surveying people about this in 1946, sitting presidents have held the No. 1 spot for men 52 times. How did President Obama fare in the 2010 ranking? Read on to learn who earned the Top 5 spots for both men and women in the Gallup poll.

  • Snowfall totals: why blizzard 2010 didn't bring Northeast to its knees

    Snowfall totals: why blizzard 2010 didn't bring Northeast to its knees

    Snowfall totals in the Northeast were big, but schoolkids were on vacation already, and in many cases their parents had time off from work.

  • Blizzard of 2010: Has global warming turned Americans into winter wimps?

    Blizzard of 2010: Has global warming turned Americans into winter wimps?

    The 'snowball express' blizzard of 2010 led to lots of public nail-biting and even the postponement of a pro football game. Perceptions about global warming have helped make Americans forget that, sometimes, winters bring a lot of snow, an expert suggests.

  • In Alaska, Joe Miller steps aside for Lisa Murkowski to take Senate seat

    In Alaska, Joe Miller steps aside for Lisa Murkowski to take Senate seat

    Joe Miller says he is withdrawing his objection to the certification of Lisa Murkowski so that Alaska can have its full delegation seated next month.

  • When will LaGuardia, JFK airport reopen? Winter weather advisory persists.

    When will LaGuardia, JFK airport reopen? Winter weather advisory persists.

    The New York area's JFK airport, LaGuardia airport, and Liberty airport all shut down after Christmas. Despite a winter weather advisory, the airports hope to open Monday.

  • Obama team plans for 2011 – and for 2012

    Obama team plans for 2011 – and for 2012

    Obama and his senior staff are hard at work on the size and shape of his White House team as they prepare for the 2012 elections. He hopes to spend more time outside of Washington.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones fuels speculation about next head coach

    Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones fuels speculation about next head coach

    After getting the Christmas spirit kicked out of them with a loss to Arizona, the Dallas Cowboys need to make a decision on how to rebuild this team. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must make tough off-season decision. Will it be Cowher, Gruden, or Garrett?

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • Winter storm bears down on US east coast

    Winter storm bears down on US east coast

    Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm from the Mid-Atlantic through New England, including high winds and heavy snowfall. Hundreds of airline flights have been canceled.

  • End-of-year high note for Obama on foreign policy, too

    End-of-year high note for Obama on foreign policy, too

    Russia's Medvedev lauds Obama for pushing New START through the Senate. North Korea is more subdued, ahead of US visit from China's Hu. Obama and Britain's Cameron, well, they still talk.

  • Thermoses, coffee cups added to list of possible terrorist weapons

    Thermoses, coffee cups added to list of possible terrorist weapons

    During the busiest travel season of the year, travelers carrying thermoses or beverage cups – which could be used to conceal explosive materials – may be subject to extra scrutiny.

  • Top 5 overlooked stories of 2010

    Top 5 overlooked stories of 2010

    History, it seems, will remember 2010 in the United States as the year of health-care reform, the Gulf oil spill, and the tea party movement. But the most widely covered stories are clearly not the only events that could shape the future of the nation. Here we note five overlooked stories of 2010 – developments that might have received some press coverage but perhaps not as much as they should have, given the impact they could have on various aspects of American life in the years ahead.

  • 'Twas the time to recover and all through the shops...

    'Twas the time to recover and all through the shops...

    An ode to the economic recovery – and other news of 2010 – inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's classic Christmas poem.

  • Obama vacation book list: Is he reading up on bipartisanship?

    Obama vacation book list: Is he reading up on bipartisanship?

    Obama vacation activities often include reading, and his book list apparently includes one on GOP icon Ronald Reagan. If nothing else, the book could offer valuable lessons on leadership style.