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WINTER WEATHER

NYC mayor: Storm could be biggest ever to hit city

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast could be among the worst the city has ever seen.

The National Weather Service has a blizzard warning in effect for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night. Forecasters say a massive storm could drop two to three feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Connecticut.

Boston is expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow, and Philadelphia could see 14 to 18 inches.

At a news conference Sunday De Blasio held up a list of the city's top 10 snowstorms and said this one could land at the top of a list that goes back to 1872.

Officials urged residents to plan to stay off roads beginning Monday night.

WINTER WEATHER-NY

Blizzard threatens NYC with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to prepare for the worst as a major storm threatens to blanket the city with more than two feet of snow.

At a news conference on Sunday, de Blasio said it "could be one of the top two or three largest storms in the history of the city."

The National Weather Service has a blizzard warning in effect for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night. Forecasters say a massive storm could drop two to three feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Connecticut.

The mayor urged New Yorkers to avoid the Monday evening rush hour and to get home as early as possible. He said schools would be open Monday, but that after-school activities have been canceled.

Alternate side parking has been suspended for Monday.

WINTER WEATHER-CUOMO

NY governor urges commuters to stay home due to storm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging commuters to stay home on Monday, if possible.

Cuomo said roads and public transportation throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island could be closed due to a storm that threatens to dump over two feet of snow on the region.

Cuomo also urged commuters to leave work early on Monday.

A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston, and the National Weather Service said the massive storm would bring heavy snow and powerful winds starting Monday and into Tuesday.

WINTER WEATHER-FLIGHTS

Airlines prepare to shut down in Northeast for snowstorm

UNDATED (AP) — Airlines are preparing to shut down operations along the East Coast as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.

More than 1,400 flights scheduled for Monday are expected to be cancelled, according to the flight tracking site FlightAware.

Most major airlines are allowing customers whose flights are canceled in the next few days to book new flights without paying a penalty. Customers ticketed on flights to dozens of Eastern airports are generally eligible for the allowance, though specific terms vary by airline.

The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 3 feet of snow for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including the New York and Boston areas. Philadelphia should get 14 to 18 inches.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER

NY speaker to temporarily cede power as he fights charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to temporarily cede power to a small group of top lawmakers as he fights federal corruption charges.

A spokesman for Speaker Sheldon Silver says the Manhattan Democrat plans to brief Democratic members of the Assembly on his intentions Monday.

Silver spokesman Michael Whyland says the speaker is not stepping down but plans to appoint the lawmakers to take on responsibilities including state budget negotiations. He would not name the specific lawmakers.

Whyland says the arrangement will give Silver the "flexibility" he needs to defend himself against the charges.

Silver was arrested Thursday. He faces federal charges that he took nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. Silver has said he is confident he will be vindicated.

MANHATTAN STORE-SHOOTING

Cops: Man kills co-worker, then himself at NYC Home Depot

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the posh Chelsea neighborhood. NYPD Capt. Steven Wren said the employee came into the store and exchanged words with another man before pulling out a gun and shooting him multiple times.

The shooter then shot himself in the head. It was unclear what the argument between the men was about. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Police said the victim was a 38-year-old man. The shooter was 31. No identifications were released.

Wren said about 70 employees were in the store, but no one else was injured.

Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the company was "deeply saddened."

FISHER-PRICE-DIVERSITY

New Fisher-Price photo studio seeks ad, packaging diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Fisher-Price has been using local kids on its packaging for years, eschewing "professional" models in favor of the babies and toddlers parents trundle in to the toy maker's headquarters in the quaint village of East Aurora, outside Buffalo.

Now Fisher-Price has opened a second studio, in the city itself, to tap into Buffalo's more multi-cultural feel. Company officials say it's making it easier to better reflect the faces in the 150 countries where Fisher-Price toys are sold.

Fisher-Price marketing executive Teresa Gonzalez Ruiz says the company has always featured an array of children but that internal marketers saw a need for even more diversity.

Fisher-Price opened the Buffalo studio in December and plans to use it for about 25 percent of its 4,000 annual shoots.

MANHATTAN COYOTE

Coyote captured in Manhattan, 2nd this month

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time this month a wild coyote has been captured in Manhattan.

Parks officials say a female coyote was captured in the sprawling Stuyvesant Town housing complex in lower Manhattan Sunday morning.

The coyote was sedated and delivered to Animal Care and Control where veterinary staff examined and fed the animal. Officials say the coyote will be released in a wilderness area in the Bronx.

Earlier this month, a coyote was caught in Riverside Park and later released in a Bronx wooded area.

Most coyotes pose no danger to people.