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More than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state may need emergency assistance – double the number of those originally thought to need help – the United Nations humanitarian official in the country said today.

Fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle communities escalated sharply in late December, causing an estimated tens of thousands people to flee their homes in Pibor County and resulting in casualties, destruction of property and livelihoods.

This Week in History

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This Week in History, Jan 22 - Jan 28

Jan 22, 1998
Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty to bombings in a Sacramento, California, courtroom, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the "Unabomber."

Jan 23, 1957

Headlines 1/22/12

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GOP TURNAROUND. Born Again and Renewed Newt.

NYC DEMOCRAT MAYOR. Bloomberg Predicts.

NFL PLAYOFF. Down and Dirty Game.

UK TV PROMOTES. Abortions?



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Slippery travel will be the weather warning into this evening and overnight. Some pockets of light snow, sleet, or freezing drizzle will continue into the evening. Temperatures will remain below freezing. As such, untreated surfaces will remain quite slippery into the overnight hours.

Authorities advise all that if traveling, make sure you exercise extreme caution and keep alert for slippery spots, especially on bridges and all elevated roadways.


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Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman has announced that Uday Sukhatme, Sc.D., Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a distinguished physicist, will assume the role of provost of Pace, effective May 21, 2012.

Good News For Newt

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The Associated Press along with several Television network have announced that Newt Gingrich as the winner of the South Carolina primary Saturday, just 10 days after a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire left the impression his candidacy was all but dead.

Some feel that Newt Gingrich's 40+ percent win over Mitt Romney's 20+ percent of the vote is an indication of the GOP's future. Since 1980, every South Carolina winner has won the party's nomination.


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Shortly after returning to NYC following a trip, I am faced with our very first winter snow storm of the 2012 season. Thankfully it is finally beginning to wind down, although it was snowing in parts of City Island late this afternoon.

The storm has left behind several inches of snow. Residents should expect a total of 3-6 inches of accumulations by the early evening hours.

By late this afternoon, that snow turned into a wintry mix, with sleet and ice pellets making for dangerous driving conditions.

First Snowfall - 2012

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Although City Island avenue was plowed hours ago, the side streets on the island are just beginning to be cleaned by city trucks. NYC's Department of Sanitation reports many snow plows clearing our roads, and 40,000 pounds of salt are being deployed.

So far, we've got a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but this accumulation is expected to increase very quickly since the snow is sticking to the ground.

Vehicles on and around the area, including 95 are moving in these snowy conditions. Officials are asking drivers to slow down as a precaution in this wintry storm.


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The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom today condemned the murder of a Thai newspaper owner, editor and political organizer and called for an investigation into his killing.

Wisut Tangwitthayaporn was shot by a gunman on a motorcycle while driving with his wife on a major street in the resort island of Phuket on 12 January. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his wounds. His wife was unharmed.