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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says the snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast could be among the worst the city has ever seen. Officials are urging city residents to stay off roads beginning tomorrow night, when a blizzard warning takes effect for the New York and Boston areas. The National Weather Service says the storm could drop two to three feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Connecticut.

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending his counterterrorism strategy in Yemen, as influential lawmakers from both parties suggested the U.S. may need to send special operations forces to root out terrorists. Speaking in India, Obama rejected the notion of moving away from the current drone-based campaign against al-Qaida in Yemen to a heavier footprint on the ground.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's conservative prime minister has conceded defeat to the a radical left party in today's elections. The anti-bailout party is still waiting to see if it won enough seats in parliament to form a government alone, or whether it would need the support of a smaller party.

LONDON (AP) — British officials say they are reviewing security measures in the government after a hoax caller managed to get through to Prime Minister David Cameron on the phone. Downing Street officials say the caller, who claimed to be the director of the eavesdropping agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, was put through to Cameron today. They say the prime minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax, and no sensitive information was disclosed.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We could get a preview of the Oscars tonight when the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out tonight in Los Angeles. Vying for the evening's top honor, best ensemble, are: "Birdman," ''Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," ''The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." The two-hour ceremony will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS.

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