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Blizzard 2015: Snowblower Attack Leads to Arrest of 61-Year-Old Woman

Arlington Police Department(ARLINGTON, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman was arrested during the blinding blizzard that walloped New England after she attacked her neighbor with a snowblower, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place as the freezing winds and snow continued to fall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were called to a home in Boston’s upscale suburb of Arlington to find a 60-year-old woman suffering from lacerations to her foot.

Her alleged attacker, Barbara Davis, 61, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violating a restraining order, and mayhem. Anderson had a long-standing dispute with the victim, who was not seriously injured, police said.

“Emotions may run high during a historic weather event like the blizzard we just endured, but that is no excuse for violence,” said Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan. “We are supposed to come together as a community during events like this, and I am very disappointed with these allegations.”

Anderson was held on $35,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, police said. Suffolk County courts remain closed Wednesday after the massive storm that left Boston digging out from more than two feet of snow that fell Monday into Tuesday.

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Massive Snowball Fight Breaks Out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — Residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire found the perfect way to endure Tuesday’s snowy conditions — a snowball fight.

The dustup, which was publicized in a Facebook post, broke out at 1 p.m. in Market Square and lasted for about 45 minutes. The event was organized with a playful nod to the town’s settlers, as organizers hearkened back to the fictitious “inaugural Portsmouth Snowball Fight” of 1624.

Dozens of people tossed snow at each other, a spirited showing as the Northeast was blanketed by wintry weather. One person was seen waving a pirate flag.

“Oh, it was worth it,” participant Calum Ryan told ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV.

For Portsmouth residents, the snowball fight offered the chance to bring a humorous touch to a serious storm.

“A lot of people were scared, you know: ‘Stay inside, it’s going to be really chilly,'” participant Ben Goodwin told WMUR. “But you get outside and get some exercise, and it’s just nice.”

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WATCH: Helmetcam Captures Rescue of Children from Apartment Fire

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) — The Fresno Fire Department released dramatic helmetcam video from an apartment fire on Sunday in which three children left home unattended were rescued by firefighters.

The video shows firefighters in the California city battle through flames and smoke as they attempt to locate the children, whose ages range from 1 to 4 years. According to a statement from the department, firefighters were able to locate and remove the kids within four minutes of arrival on the scene.

“The firefighters would say it’s just their job. But to get a rescue of this magnitude is something we really don’t come across every day,” said Agapito Martinez, the public information officer for the department.

Martinez says the video contains helmet camera footage from two different firefighters. The rescue came as a surprise to officials, as firefighters were originally called to the scene for reports of smoke in a building, according to Martinez.

The three children were taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries due to smoke inhalation, according to the statement. No firefighters were injured in the rescue.

The Fresno Police Department is investigating why the children were left home without supervision.

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NASA Photos Show Scope of Blizzard From Space

NASA/NOAA GOES Project(NEW YORK) — As the Northeast digs out from a wild winter storm, NASA has released images showing what the snow and strong winds looked like from space.

An image from a satellite operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association showed the winter storm system near its peak as it covered the Northeast around 1:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Nighttime & daytime views of the #blizzardof2015 from @NOAASatellites & @NASANPP: http://t.co/KLkxf2wo4o pic.twitter.com/sVJLzkQO7E

— NASA (@NASA) January 27, 2015

The winter storm was so intense that it managed to obscure the bright lights of the big cities as the high cloud tops moved through the area.

New England was hit the hardest by the winter storm, which blanketed the area with more than 30 inches of snow in some areas.

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Blizzard 2015: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows Snow Accumulation in MA

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The snow rises, and rises, and rises.

A time-lapse video shows snow piling up over the course of 24 hours on a backyard deck in Massachusetts.

The recording starts the night of Monday, Jan. 26, and continues into Tuesday, Jan. 27. The video shows the snow accumulating, almost reaching the deck’s railing — nearly three feet of snow.

Coastal New England was walloped by the storm, which led to travel bans and mass transit shutdowns across the northeast.

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Blizzard 2015: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows Snow Accumulation in MA

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The snow rises, and rises, and rises.

A time-lapse video shows snow piling up over the course of 24 hours on a backyard deck in Massachusetts.

The recording starts the night of Monday, Jan. 26, and continues into Tuesday, Jan. 27. The video shows the snow accumulating, almost reaching the deck’s railing — nearly three feet of snow.

Coastal New England was walloped by the storm, which led to travel bans and mass transit shutdowns across the northeast.

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WVU Student Who Died in Fraternity Pledging Had Blood Alcohol Six Times Legal Limit

pixelpup/iStock/Thinkstock(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) — A West Virginia University student who died during a fraternity pledge event had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal limit, well above what health officials consider lethal, police said Tuesday.

Nolan Burch, 18, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Nov. 14, after suffering a “catastrophic medical emergency” during a pledging ceremony at Kappa Sigma fraternity, police said.

Burch and 19 other fraternity pledges were taking part in an initiation function known as “Big-Little,” Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said in a statement released Tuesday.

Burch and the others were taken to a room in the fraternity where they were blindfolded and then taken to another house where they were presented to the “Big,” a senior member or alumnus of Kappa Sigma, and given a bottle of liquor, Preston said.

After he drank a large quantity of alcohol, Burch was taken back to the fraternity house, where he was so intoxicated he was laid on a table, the police chief said.

Later that night, a fraternity member noticed that Burch’s face was blue and tried to wake him, but it was found that he had no pulse, Preston said.

While some fraternity members performed CPR, a call was placed to 911. He later died at a Morgantown hospital. A report from the medical examiner is still pending, the police chief said.

Subsequent tests revealed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.493, Preston said.

The day after Burch’s death, the school put a moratorium on Greek activity on the campus.

“And while some events such as chapter meetings, philanthropic activities and educational programming are allowed, the ban remains in place for social activities with the exception of alcohol free/dry events, pending approval of plans,” WVU officials, the WVU InterFraternity Council, the WVU Pan-Hellenic Council and the WVU National Pan-Hellenic Council said in a joint statement released Tuesday evening.

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Surveillance Video Shows Moment Man Allegedly Hit Pregnant Girlfriend With Car

welcomia/iStock/Thinkstock(PASCO COUNTY, Fla.) — Surveillance footage released by Florida police shows the terrifying moment a pregnant woman was struck by a car driven by her boyfriend, according to police.

Justin Colby, 33, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide after he allegedly hit his pregnant girlfriend, Crystal Noordhuizen, with his car on Monday.

Noordhuizen, about seven months pregnant, suffered minor injuries and was recovering at an area hospital, according to a police spokesman.

She told police she had been fighting with Colby, her live-in boyfriend, when she decided to leave their home, according to the arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Pasco County, Florida.

Officials from the Pasco Sheriff’s Department said video of the incident shows Noordhuizen being hit by a car they said was driven by Colby.

Noordhuizen told police she was waiting across the street for a ride when Colby reportedly called to her and said, “Are you ready for your abortion date?” according to the police report.

Colby then allegedly drove his car onto the sidewalk where Noordhuizen was standing, striking her before he hit a nearby pole.

He was arrested a short time after the crash and was being held at the Pasco County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted murder of an unborn child.

Public defenders for Colby did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Massachusetts Nuclear Plant Shut Down During Winter Storm

Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(PLYMOUTH, Mass.) — The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth was shut down early Tuesday morning as a result of the strong winter storm that swept through the Northeast.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee said on its website Tuesday that the plant experienced an automatic shutdown after one of the site’s offsite power lines was deenergized due to weather concerns and a second was tripped early Tuesday morning. At that point, at about 4 a.m., the reactor was shut down.

A third, less powerful, offsite power line remains available, but the primary source of power — for safety systems — are the plant’s emergency diesel generators.

The exact cause of the loss of the second offsite power line is still under investigation.

Messages posted to the plant’s Twitter account explained that it is in “safe, stable shutdown” and “has enough fuel onsite to operate our emergency generators for 10 days.” More fuel can also be delivered as needed. The plant says it is in stable condition and there is no threat to the safety of workers or the public.

Status Update (1/2): Pilgrim remains in safe, stable shutdown and using emergency onsite diesel generators to run our safety systems

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

Status Update (2/2): Pilgrim has enough fuel onsite to operate our emergency generators for 10 days.More fuel can be delivered as needed.

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

NOTE: As backup, the plant has additional standby power available from an offsitte power line and another onsite emergency generator

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

Plant conditions are stable and there is no threat to the safety of plant workers or the public. All systems worked as designed.

— Pilgrim Nuclear (@PilgrimNuclear) January 27, 2015

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Mormon Church Announces Conditional Support for LGBT Rights

Stock Photo of the Spires of the Salt Lake Temple. Photo Credit: Andriy Kravchenko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday that it would support legislation that would provide protections for LGBT people in areas including housing and employment.

In the announcement, the church said it would support that legislation “while ensuring that religious freedom was not compromised.” The announcement was made at a news conference featuring three members of the governing Twelve Apostles and one female leader of the church. The call was made for a “fairness for all” approach — one “that balances religious freedom protections with reasonable safeguards for LGBT people.”

In 2009, the church supported Salt Lake City ordinances protecting housing and employment rights for LGBT people. Tuesday’s announcement broadened that position, saying that the church would now support similar ordinances across the state of Utah and the country, “as long as there was a balanced approach to protect constitutional religious exercise and conscience.”

“We are at our best as fellow citizens when the push-pull of different viewpoints, freely and thoroughly aired in national debate, leads ultimately to compromise and resolution and we move on as a nation, stronger than before,” said Sister Neill Marriott.

According to a release from the church, the appeal is not a change in doctrine, but represents “a desire to bring people together, to encourage mutually respectful dialogue in what has become a highly polarized national debate.”

“In this approach,” the church said, “neither side may get all that they want. We must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values.”

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