Powerful storm barrels down on Mass., with deep freeze to follow

? 10 to 14 inches of snow are forecast in Boston and areas west and north.

? MBTA subway trains will be on a normal schedule, with commuter rail trains on reduced service. Buses will be on snow routes.

? Public schools in Boston and other localities are closed Thursday.

? Boston's snow emergency will take effect at 7 a.m. Thursday.

? Power outages are possible because of high winds.

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Snowstorm, cold temperatures will be big test for MBTA

The MBTA is facing its most serious challenge since the disastrous storms of 2015, with blizzard-like conditions expected, followed by Arctic cold into the weekend.

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Schools around the region are deciding to cancel classes for Thursday as a formidable nor?easter bears down on New England.

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Power outages will be very possible because of strong wind gusts, meaning affected people could be without heat as arctic cold sets in after the storm.

The ?Slurpee waves? at Nobadeer Beach on Nantucket on Tuesday.

Jonathan Nimerfroh

?Slurpee waves? again wash ashore on Nantucket

The weather is so cold that slush-like ocean water is slowly rolling towards the shoreline on Nantucket. The effect is hypnotizing, and it?s the second time it?s happened in three years.

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Immigration battle could become a firestorm in D.C.

Trump wants to rescind the program that allowed some undocumented minors to stay in the US, and both parties are roiling.

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Once a close ally, Bannon becomes Trump?s adversary

In a statement brimming with anger, Trump essentially excommunicated his onetime chief strategist.

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After Trump said Steve Bannon has ?lost his mind,? the press secretary said the president made himself ?extremely clear.?

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A White House statement blamed the decision on numerous states that have refused to provide voter information to the commission.

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The helicopter hovered so low that its skids were underwater as an officer leaned over and grabbed the man from the river.


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Dave Ball knows Scituate history and what big storms have done to the town. He has his eye on this one.

Ground Game

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Here are all the reasons Romney will be a shoo-in for the Utah Senate seat ? all he has to do now is run.


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It?s no secret who usually has the power to persuade City Hall. It?s the business community.

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At 691 feet tall, the $1 billion building would be 84 feet shorter than originally proposed.

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Two people were killed when the pickup they were riding in collided with a city of Everett trash truck on a major roadway during the Wednesday morning commute.

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