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Posted on February 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. — Stranded for hours on a snow-covered road, Priscilla Arena prayed, took out a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote what she thought might be her last words to her husband and children. Arena, who was rescued in an Army canvas truck after about 12 hours, was one of hundreds of drivers who spent a fearful, chilly night stuck on highways in a massive snowstorm that plastered New York's Long Island with more than 30 inches of snow, its ferocity taking many by surprise despite warnings to stay off the roads. By Frank Eltman.

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NEW YORK — The massive Northeast storm battered Long Island with 2 ½ feet of snow, knocked out power to thousands there and stranded hundreds of motorists on its highways, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ask other towns and cities Saturday to send plows to help dig out the part of the state hit the hardest by far. But New York City was "in great shape," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "We've dodged a bullet."

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New Englanders slowly begin digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow, and emergency officials on snowmobiles struggle to reach hundreds of motorists stranded on New York's Long Island after a howling storm sweeps through the Northeast. More than 650,000 homes and businesses are left without power. Cars are entombed in drifts, and some residents find the snow piled so high that they can't open their doors. By Jay Lindsay and Michelle R. Smith.

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From New Jersey to Maine, millions of people, many with Superstorm Sandy still fresh in their minds, dug out from underneath mounds of snow Saturday. Mostly, people soldiered on, planning cocktail hours after clearing waist-high snow, cross-country skiing down narrow streets and even braving 4-inch stiletto heels to stay chic during New York Fashion Week. Here are a few of their stories.

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NEW YORK — New York's airports dug out from under nearly a foot of snow and allowed some flights to land Saturday morning, while Boston's Logan Airport remained closed. The first inbound passenger flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport landed at 9:30 a.m., according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the region's three major airports. By Peter Svennson.

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NEW YORK — Even before the snowstorm hit the Northeast, airlines were already cancelling flights. It's a strategy that has served airlines well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes and crews — and passengers — away from snowed-in airports. The idea is to avoid having crews and planes stuck in one area of the country. Airlines also face fines for leaving passengers stuck on a plane for more than three hours under a rule that went into effect in 2010. By Scott Mayerowitz.

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NEW YORK — The snowstorm that hit the Northeast knocked down trees and power lines and left hundreds of thousands of homes in the cold and dark. About 650,000 customers lost power during the height of the snowstorm, most of them in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Mass., lost electricity and shut down Friday night during the storm, though authorities say there's no threat to public safety. By Jonathan Fahey.

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BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning were already in Boston when the blizzard shut down the roads, trains and airports. The Bruins and all of the game officials were standing by, too. But with a state of emergency still in effect through most of Massachusetts, public transportation shut down and the roads closed by a storm that dumped as much as a yard of snow on some areas, the NHL decided to postpone Saturday's game between the Lightning and the Bruins. By Jimmy Golen. (The Knicks were also affected.)

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NORTHEAST SNOW-STATE BY STATE: A state-by-state look at the Northeast blizzard

NORTHEAST SNOW-UPSTATE NY: Upstate NY spared worst of Northeast snow storm

NORTHEAST SNOW-TRUCK TRAFFIC: NY reopens I-84 to truck traffic between PA and CT


ALBANY, N.Y. — With Medicaid coverage already far broader than federal requirements, New York plans to add about 75,000 more people under President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul while picking up another 425,000 enrollees who are already eligible but don't know it. By Michael Virtanen.



NEW YORK — Remember clapping? As in when a fashion designer puts on his runway finale and then takes a bow before an adoring crowd. The fashion hordes these days are way too busy tweeting, Instagramming and taking video with their smartphones to put those busy hands together. But more often than not, so are the fashion houses. By Samantha Critchell.

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NEW YORK — Exactly when Lois Cohen-Goldstein can move home, she's not sure. The black, brackish water from Superstorm Sandy that filled her Long Island house has receded, the problems haven't. The repairs are far from finished, the washer and dryer that got pulled off the wall needs to be replaced. Yet she and her husband are still determined to bring Keaton the Tibetan terrier to the Westminster dog show. By Ben Walker.

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NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils will go for their fourth straight victory when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center. The Devils last was to the Penguins. By Tom Canavan. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres (4-6-1) look to improve on a 2-4 road record when they take on the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders (4-5-1) are scuffling after a hot start, and are just 1-3 at home. Gametime is set for 7:00 p.m. By freelancer Denis Gorman.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — No. 20 Georgetown looks to improve its tournament credentials, when the Hoyas take on Rutgers in snowy New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights are scuffling, and are coming off a 20-point home loss to Louisville on Wednesday night. Gametime is set for noon.


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Chris Mazdzer leads the U.S. men's luge team into singles World Cup competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Stringers Mike Kane.

— BKC--FORDHAM-LA SALLE: La Salle hits 3-pointers to rout Fordham 89-53

— BKC--HOFSTRA-UNC WILMINGTON: Mejia, Hofstra rally past UNC Wilmington 65-56

— BKC-COLGATE-AMERICAN U: Schoof lifts American U past Colgate 70-55

— BKC--N ILLINOIS-BUFFALO: Buffalo beats Northern Illinois 59-54


FIREFIGHTERS-ARBITRATION: Firefighters oppose Cuomo arbitration proposal

HEMPSTEAD FIRE: Dozens left homeless, 8 hurt in Long Island fire

GAS DRILLING-LAWSUIT: NY landowners' group: allow fracking or we'll sue

FIRE DEATH: Boy, 8, killed in Brooklyn fire

CHRISTMAS SHOOTINGS-ARRESTS: 2 NY youths charged with Christmas vandalism

OFFICER IMPRISONED: NY police officer's parole bid denied in sex case

REMAINS RETURNED: Stolen urn holding remains returned to NY home

SNOW PLOWING DEATH: Upstate NY snow-plowing accident kills man, 23