Long Island

$1.5m snow moving train is digging ditches
5:55 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

LIRR's 'Darth Vader' yet to make snow debut

Dubbed "Darth Vader" this $1.5 million train has so far only been used to dig ditches.
Credit Courtesy of MTA

Even with all the snow on Long Island this week, the Long Island Rail Road still hasn't called out its secret snow-clearing weapon.  In fact, said snow weapon hasn't seen active snow duty yet.    

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Complaints over sniper techniques
3:26 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Hunters consider legal action over deer kill

Credit AP/Mike Derer

Farmers and some towns on the East End of Long Island have hired federal sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this winter to kill thousands of deer as a population control measure. Hunters have voiced discontent with the program and are weighing legal action.

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Government
6:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

NY proposes swan hunt and capture

Native to Europe the mute swan has been labeled a pest on the East Coast targeted for eradication.
Credit AP

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft wildlife management proposal Thursday that calls for reducing the number of "mute swans" in the state. 

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Most Obamacare enrollees are over 45
3:25 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Health "death spiral" doesn't worry experts

New York's Department of Health released data on enrollment in its health insurance exchange this week.  The data show 26% of young adults are enrolling in the exchange.  This number is just above what experts call the "death spiral."  

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9 to 12 inches expected
8:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

LIE Closes as Long Island braces for blizzard

Loading salt trucks at public works facility in Commack, Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

Forecasters are expecting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of snow and frigid temperatures in New York.  Long Islanders are bracing for the brunt of the storm with blizzard like conditions lasting as long as 24-hours.   

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