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Deflate-gate: Patriots Players Support Coach’s Scientific Explanation

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Several New England Patriots said Sunday they missed their coach’s scientific explanation for why footballs the team used in the AFC championship lacked enough air, but they seemed to agree: If Bill Belichick said it, there was probably something to it.

Defensive end Chandler Jones said he didn’t see the presentation about the science experiment Belichick gave at an impromptu press conference Saturday, but he saw no reason to doubt what he said.

“Coach Belichick is a very brilliant coach and I understand that he’s a smart man,” he said. “I feel like if he has an explanation for something then it helps.”

Jones added, “But I don’t really touch the ball. So I don’t know too much about it.”

Wide receiver Julian Edelman said he also wasn’t aware of Belichick’s press conference.

“Coach [has] always got his own thing going and I’ve moved on to Seattle last Sunday. That’s how I feel about that whole thing,” Edelman said.

Fullback James Develin said Belichick has the “fire” and “emotion” needed in the NFL.

“Any time I see that kind of fire out of anybody, whether it’s our quarterback or anybody, it always kind of inspires me,” he said. “Football is an emotional game and I think whenever you wear your heart on your sleeve and show that emotion, it’s always great.”

The players said they are instead focusing on next weekend’s Super Bowl.

Belichick talked about many things in the rambling press conference Saturday, including “atmospheric” and “climatic” conditions, that could have affected the air pressure in 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots used in the AFC Championship game.

“If there’s activity in the football relative to the rubbing process, I think that explains why when we gave them to the officials and the officials put it at, let’s say 12.5, if that’s in fact what they did, that once the football reached its equilibrium state, it probably was closer to 11.5,” he said.

The NFL’s guidelines dictate that a ball must be inflated to about 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

“The atmospheric conditions, as well as the true equilibrium of the football is critical to the measurement,” Belichick added.

On Good Morning America Sunday, “Science Guy” Bill Nye said Belichick’s scientific explanation “didn’t make any sense.”

“Rubbing the football? I don’t think you can change the pressure,” Nye said. “To really change the pressure, you need the inflation needle.”

But the chairman of the Department of Physics at Boston College, Michael Neughton, says Belichick’s thesis is possible.

“Pressurized inside, brought outside and played in colder temperatures, my answer to that is the pressure in the balls must have changed,” he said.

Whatever caused the footballs to be underinflated, Belichick said it was not anything the team did intentionally.

“At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage,” he said.

The NFL acknowledged for the first time Friday that the Patriots used under-inflated balls in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 and will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft said he told the team staff to be “completely cooperative and transparent with the league’s investigators,” and said the team takes it seriously.

The NFL is still investigating.

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast. The storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 1,672 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard. FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents in a press conference Sunday not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

Ahead of the winter storm, NYC residents race to stock up on food essentials.

college point walbaums! No more bread #2015blizzard #ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/kzoa3F2VSk

— James Felton Jr (@xchief210) January 26, 2015

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected. New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines have issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest, and Delta.

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday and Tuesday.

Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast. The storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 1,672 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard. FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents in a press conference Sunday not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

Ahead of the winter storm, NYC residents race to stock up on food essentials.

college point walbaums! No more bread #2015blizzard #ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/kzoa3F2VSk

— James Felton Jr (@xchief210) January 26, 2015

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected. New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines have issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest, and Delta.

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday and Tuesday.

Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast. The storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 1,672 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard. FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents in a press conference Sunday not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

Ahead of the winter storm, NYC residents race to stock up on food essentials.

college point walbaums! No more bread #2015blizzard #ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/kzoa3F2VSk

— James Felton Jr (@xchief210) January 26, 2015

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected. New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines have issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest, and Delta.

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday and Tuesday.

Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.

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Thousands of Flights Canceled Ahead of Major Winter Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights for Monday by 5 a.m. as a major winter storm takes aim at the Northeast. The storm is expected to bring as much as two feet or more of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

An additional 1,672 flights have been cancelled for Tuesday and that number is expected to rise, according to FlightAware.com.

The greatest impacts from the storm, which began as a clipper system that brought snow and slick roads to the Midwest on Sunday, are expected Monday evening through Tuesday.

According to White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, President Obama was briefed on the storm and White House officials have been in touch with state and local officials on the eastern seaboard. FEMA also has assets in the region ready to assist, Earnest said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio told residents in a press conference Sunday not to underestimate the storm.

“Prepare for something worse than we have seen before. Prepare to be safe. Take every precaution,” he said. “Now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather.”

Ahead of the winter storm, NYC residents race to stock up on food essentials.

college point walbaums! No more bread #2015blizzard #ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/kzoa3F2VSk

— James Felton Jr (@xchief210) January 26, 2015

De Blasio said crews were readying to keep streets clear, as officials prepare for what could be “one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of this city.”

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was also preparing for the storm.

“All of the things that come into play during these events, we want to make sure there are no surprises and everybody is on the same page,” said MEMA spokesman Peter Judge.

The highest snowfall amounts are currently expected between just east of New York City and Boston, where as much as two feet of snow is expected. New York City can expect 12-18 inches of snow, with cities southwest on I-95, like Philadelphia seeing 6-12 inches.

Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are in effect from the mid-Atlantic to New England, with blizzard watches posted for cities closer to the coast, including New York City and Boston, where blizzard conditions are expected during the height of the storm.

In anticipation of the dangerous winter weather, several major U.S. airlines have issued travel advisories, including Jet Blue, US Airways, American, Southwest, and Delta.

Many airlines are also waiving their flight change and cancellation fees for any flights that are scheduled to arrive in cities expected to be affected by the storm on Monday and Tuesday.

Travelers can check with their specific airline for how to change or cancel their flight and get the latest updates on any travel advisories.

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Two Dead in Murder-Suicide at Home Depot in NYC’s Flatiron District

Chad Lomax(NEW YORK) — A Home Depot in New York City’s Flatiron District was evacuated Sunday after police say two employees were killed in a murder-suicide.

Two men died in the shooting at the store on 23rd Street in Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department.

Police got the report of shots fired inside the store at about 2:45 p.m., and when officers arrived they found two men who were shot inside.

The NYPD identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile Jr., 31. He was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot to the head.

A 38-year-old male who was shot in the abdomen and the chest was transported by EMS to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police said they recovered a .38-caliber revolver at the scene.

The store was full of shoppers stocking up on supplies ahead of Monday’s nor’easter at the time of the shooting.

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Two Killed in Shooting at New York City Home Depot

Brian Jackson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two people were shot inside a Home Depot store in New York City on Sunday.

ABC News has confirmed that two employees were shot at the Home Depot on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Police believe the incident may have been a murder-suicide. The store was crowded at the time of the shooting as New Yorkers were stocking up for an approaching winter storm.

A handgun was recovered at the scene. The motive for the shooting was unclear.

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Two Shot at New York City Home Depot

Brian Jackson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two people were shot inside a Home Depot store in New York City on Sunday.

ABC News has confirmed that two people were shot at the Home Depot on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, though it did not appear that shots were fired at anyone on the street.

The conditions of the victims were unknown.

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Two Shot at New York City Home Depot

Brian Jackson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two people were shot inside a Home Depot store in New York City on Sunday.

ABC News has confirmed that two people were shot at the Home Depot on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, though it did not appear that shots were fired at anyone on the street.

The conditions of the victims were unknown.

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Three Killed, 10 Injured in Omaha Shooting

aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — Three people were killed and 10 more injured in a shooting at a house party in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday.

According to a press release from the office of Mayor Jean Stothert, dozens of people may have witnessed the shooting.

Two women and one man were killed and five others were shot. The incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, and when officers arrived at the scene, found more than 40 people at the home. Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third died at a hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Police believe there may have been multiple shooters.

Four of the individuals shot were documented gang members. “The violence is a product of gang members with no regard for human life,” Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.

Police were later cdalled to Nebraska Medicine when large crowds gathered and a fight broke out. Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and one person was subdued with a stun gun.

Police said a separate shooting hours earlier left two people wounded. It was not clear if the two shootings were connected.

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