(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.
With a huge winter storm looming over the eastern United States, many of the region's residents will stock up on canned goods, bottled water and - for some - diapers. The storm, which is expected to pound the Mid-Atlantic states on Friday and Saturday, has mothers-to-be asking a simple, yet vital, question: What do you do if you go into labor and there are two feet of snow on the ground? "I'm vascillating between thinking this is no big deal and freaking out," Julie Walsh, a former lobbyist living in the Washington, D.C.-area, wrote on a Facebook page for "These Walls," her personal blog.
The Ohio judge who oversees county grand juries, including the one that ruled not to indict two Cleveland police officers for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, said on Thursday he has formed a committee to review the process to see if it can be made more efficient. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Russo said in a statement that his office has appointed two judges to lead a grand jury review committee that will evaluate local rules and help guide grand juries in the future. Russo's announcement followed reports that the Rice grand jury never voted on specific charges against the officers involved in the November 2014 shooting because they had found that the use of force was justified.