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Keeping up with the snow...Forecaster apologizes...No cyber-attack



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BOSTON (AP) — Snowplow operators around New England are having trouble keeping up with the snow that's been falling overnight and this morning. The Boston area already had about a foot of snow by mid-morning, while the far eastern tip of New York's Long Island had more than two feet. One man who walked his dog overnight in a town south of Boston says the snow and the strong wind gusts "felt like sand hitting you in the face."

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — The snowstorm that's moved through the Northeast hasn't been as bad as expected in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia -- and now, a National Weather Service forecaster is apologizing. He tweeted, "You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't." An official at the agency's office in New Jersey says forecasters will take a closer look at how they handled the storm, and, in his words, "see what we can do better next time." Gov. Chris Christie says the statewide travel ban was "absolutely the right decision to make" in light of the dire forecast.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Don't blame a cyber-attack for the shutdown of Facebook and Instagram overnight. Facebook says the outage that made the sites inaccessible around the world for about an hour was the result of a technical change it had made. A statement says it was a change affecting "configuration systems." Although a group claimed responsibility on Twitter for the outages, a security consultant says a technical fault was more plausible.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a special House committee looking into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 says the probe is being hampered by resistance from the Obama administration. Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says the panel recently received 15,000 pages of new documents, but needs more cooperation from the State Department and others. The committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, says he and his Democratic colleagues are concerned about what he says is a "partisan path" taken by the panel.

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) — A Holocaust survivor is urging world leaders to remember the atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany -- and not to allow "our past to be our children's future." Roman Kent was among about 300 survivors who gathered with world leaders today in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The ceremony came amid anxiety over growing anti-Semitism and radicalism in Europe and the Middle East.

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