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Thousands of flights were canceled, students got an extra day off from school or were being sent home early, and the federal government closed its offices in the Washington area Tuesday as a winter storm bore down on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 8 to 12 inches of snow to Philadelphia and New York City, and more than a foot in Boston. Bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero was forecast.
Human remains found last week along the East River belong to an autistic teen who walked out of his school more than three months ago and vanished, the medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. Avonte Oquendo’s remains, a left arm and lower torso and legs, were identified through DNA given by his family. They were discovered Jan. 16 after a teenager shooting photos for a school project noticed the arm. Pieces of Avonte’s clothing were also recovered. A part of a skull was recovered a few days later. The cause and manner of death were pending further study, the medical examiner said.
The Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy broke box-office records this weekend. The film, which hit theaters on Friday, raked in an estimated $41.2 million opening weekend. It is the highest reported earning for a January release.
Congratulations to Catherine Samba-Panza! She was elected by an interim parliament and became the first female president of the Central African Republic. In her acceptance speech, Samba-Panza said: “I call on my children, especially the anti-balaka, to put down their arms and stop all the fighting. The same goes for the ex-Seleka – they should not have fear. I don’t want to hear any more talk of murders and killings.”
On August 5 and 6, 2014, the White House will host the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. According to the White House press secretary, the summit “will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”