(Reuters) - Oregon's governor blasted the federal government's response to the occupation of a wildlife refuge by a group of armed men saying the situation was "absolutely intolerable" and costing the state about $100,000 a week. Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, said she had been asked by federal officials to limit her public comments about the protest which began on Jan. 2 at the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and that she had no wish to escalate the situation. "The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and under-served by federal officials' response thus far." The takeover at Malheur was the latest flare-up in the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion, a decades-old conflict over the U.S. government's control of millions acres of land in the West.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington D.C. and Baltimore were under blizzard warnings on Thursday and states of emergency were declared across the East Coast as preparations were made for a storm expected to bring up 30 inches (75 cm) of snow. As the first major East Coast winter storm began dumping snow on the nation's capital, residents from North Carolina to New York were told to stay indoors, avoid travel and stock up on food and other necessities. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged motorists to stay off roads, starting on Friday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford Club, a social hub for the city's upper crust that counts Mark Twain among past members, is launching its first modern advertising campaign to as it tries to overcome damage from the recession and a stuffy public image.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A convicted serial killer was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the slayings of three prominent Alexandria residents over the course of a decade as part of a grudge against the city's elite.