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national lead

January 6th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Welcome to the polar vortex

(CNN) - On Monday morning, Nashville was 40 degrees colder than Albany, New York. Memphis, Tennessee, was 20 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska. And Atlanta was colder than Moscow.

But the U.S. South was downright balmy compared to the Great Lakes region, where temperatures hovered in the negative 20s - before wind chill, which dropped temps to the negative 50s, making it very dangerous to go outside.

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December 9th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

Travel havoc, family missing, many stranded in coast-to-coast freeze

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(CNN) - Flights are canceled, cars are piling up in icy crashes, and millions are stranded - many at home, others along roads. And this isn't just typical winter fare slamming the Northeast. It's part of a rare pattern walloping virtually the entire United States at once.

"It's very unusual," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Monday. "This literally spreads across the entire U.S., and we're 12 days from the official start of winter."

Temperatures have plunged below freezing in parts of California and Nevada, including Las Vegas.

Wind chills are 40 below zero in the Midwest. Snow and ice have blanketed a large swath of the Northeast, all the way up to Maine.

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August 15th, 2013
06:14 PM ET

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's latest accuser is a great-grandmother

SAN DIEGO (CNN) - The latest person to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment is a great-grandmother.

The woman, who works at the Senior Citizens Service Desk in San Diego City Hall, allegedly faced "continuous inappropriate sexual advances by the mayor while trying to do her job," according to the office of her attorney, Gloria Allred.

An announcement, including the woman's identity, is planned for Thursday afternoon.

She is the 16th woman to come forward with such allegations, according to CNN affiliate KFMB.

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world lead

August 14th, 2013
05:19 PM ET

Bloodiest day since revolution marks new 'beginning' for Egypt

Cairo (CNN) - Military raids on protest camps and vicious battles that followed left scores dead Wednesday in Cairo, starting a new turn in the tumultuous cycle that has rocked Egypt for more than two years.

Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of oustedPresident Mohamed Morsy made it the country's bloodiest single day since the 2011 revolution that ousted the previous president, longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.

"It's an open war," said one protester who managed to escape one of the two protest camps.

At least 278 people were killed in Wednesday's violence, including 235 dead civilians, state TV reported, citing an Egyptian emergency official. Additionally, interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said that 43 police officers were killed.

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