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Hacker group claim responsibility for Facebook outage

Hacker group Lizard Squad have claimed to be behind the outage at Facebook and Instagram.

They have previously claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live services and most recently theMalaysia Airlines website.

7,700 flights in and out of US cancelled due to storm

Tow trucks prepare to remove an illegally parked car after a travel ban was put in place in New Haven, Connecticut. Credit: Reuters/Michelle McLoughlin

More than 7,700 flights in and out of the north east of the US have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

The cancellations come as forecasters predict the snow storm that has already battered many US cities including Boston, New York and Philadelphia will built into a blizzard.

The brunt of the storm is expected to hit this morning. Many of the cancelled flights will not take off again until tomorrow. New York mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to go home and stay home.

This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City

– Bill de Blasio

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Aer Lingus board signals approval for latest takeover offer

Aer Lingus's board has recommended an improved 1.36 billion-euro ($1.52 billion) takeover offer from the owner of British Airways, International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the airline said.

Aer Lingus's board have recommended an approved 1.32 billion-euro takeover offer from the owners of BA. Credit: PA Wire.

The new proposal by IAG is its third in sixth weeks. It is worth 2.55 euros per share, up from a previous 2.40 euros, and includes a cash offer of 2.50 per euros share and a cash dividend of 0.05 euros per share.

Aer Lingus said its recommendation is subject to being satisfied with how IAG proposes to address the interests of its two largest shareholders; budget airline Ryanair and the Irish government.

Facebook and Instagram back online

Facebook and Instagram appear to be back online after both sites suffered outages.

Users had taken to Twitter to report issues logging onto their profiles with others, such as Rosenberg Police in the US, taking the outage in good humour.

Instagram had also reported having problems but was also back online.

Stations across New Jersey closed ahead of blizzard

Commuter and railway stations across the US state of New Jersey appearred empty this morning, after a state of emergency was declared last night.

Cities and towns across the north east of the US have shut down ahead of a monster storm expected over the next few hours.

New York's City's subway systems and buses shut down completely at 11pm last night. Commuter trains across the north east stopped overnight.

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Facebook and Instagram sites 'go down'

Social network sites Facebook and Instagram appear to be down.

Facebook and Instagram appear to have gone down. Credit: PA Wire

People took to Twitter to report issues logging on to their profiles.

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