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national lead

November 19th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Western New York buried by snow; at least 6 dead

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(CNN) - Stories about acts of bravery and kindness were emerging after as much as 6 feet of snow covered Buffalo, New York, one of the hardest-hit areas in a week when snowstorms and record-low temperatures whacked much of the country.

Six deaths in the region were blamed on the extreme storm, authorities said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and city officials Wednesday recounted stories of emergency personnel working double shifts with little sleep, of rescuers trudging around snow drifts as high as houses to get people to hospitals, of fire stations turned into temporary shelters and police officers delivering special baby formula to a pair of infants.

"It is clear that we are one Buffalo," Brown said.


national lead

November 19th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Up to 3 additional feet of snow expected in Buffalo, NY

(CNN) – Bulldozers in Buffalo, NY, have been pushing the snow on to the corners of streets all day, leaving snow mounds as big as 13 feet high all over the city.

The problem now is it's a race against time. Snow has just started to come down again in the last hour, and Tuesday's storm wasn't even the main event.

The lake-effect snow will begin again tonight and will run through Friday morning; the city could possibly see two to three additional feet of snow,

CNN's Jennifer Gray reports.

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politics lead

November 19th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Impeachment? How far will GOP go to stop Obama's immigration move?

(CNN) – President Obama is expected to take executive action on immigration Thursday. While Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says the House will review Obama's policy, he is already slamming the President's move as unconstitutional.

"I'm confident that it's going to be unconstitutional and the reason I say that is because the President would have acted by now if he'd had executive way to do what he wants to do," King said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Asked if Republicans would be willing to shut down the government over this issue, King deflected, saying House Republicans could hold back funding for Obama's action on immigration.

"We're prepared to cut off any funding that would implement or enforce his unconstitutional act, presuming that stipulation is unconstitutional," King said.

The Iowa Republican listed more serious reactions, including an act of censure against Obama, and even impeaching the President.

"We have constitutional authority to do a string of things. That would be the very last option, but I would not rule it out," King said.

For more of our interview with Rep. Peter King, check out the video above.

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national lead

November 19th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Grand jury decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson could come Friday

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said.

St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment is expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said.

If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a public announcement, possibly on Sunday.


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