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Parts of US shut down ahead of 'Snowmageddon'

A storm which could bring the worst snow fall in New York's history has started coming down and the city is shutting down in preparation. The whole of the north east of the United States is on alert.

Three feet of snow is expected over the next few days and the blizzard is being called 'Snowmageddon'.

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports:


Hard negotiations lie ahead for new Greek government

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has yet to react to the result in Greece, but her finance ministry in Berlin said there can be no new restructuring of Greece's debts - though it may be given more time to complete its current programme of reforms and repayments.

From Berlin ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports.

New York City gets ready for 'crippling' snow storm

The US is preparing for a storm that could bring as much as three feet (90 cm) of snow to the east coast region.

The 'crippling and potentially historic' snow storm has already forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, curtailed mass transit and closed hundreds of schools.

People rushed out to get supplies before the storm was due to strike. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
New York's mayor told people to prepare for the worst as the storm approached. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
The snow is expected to blanket areas from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri
People have been told to stay indoors and roads in New York will be closed after 11pm local time. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

Joan Rivers' daughter sues clinic over death

Joan Rivers' daughter is suing the New York clinic where she suffered brain damage and died after a routine procedure.

Melissa Rivers is also suing the doctors who treated her mother before her death. In a statement she said she is filing the lawsuit so that no other family had to go through what she did.

Joan Rivers with her daughter Melissa Credit: Donna Ward/ABACAUSA.COM

Comedian Joan Rivers died last September aged 81 of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

The federal Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the clinic for failing to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.

Yorkville Endoscopy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The clinic could lose its Medicare accreditation.

Spielberg warns of antisemitism rise in Auschwitz speech

Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.

The film directors warning came in a speech to dozens of Auschwitz survivors ahead of official commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the Nazi death camp.

Steven Spielberg warns of rise in antisemitism in Auschwitz speech Credit: Utrecht Robin/Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The Oscar-winning director of the 1993 Holocaust film "Schindler's List," was introduced by an 81-year-old survivor, Paula Lebovics, who praised him as "a man who has given us a voice in history."

In a short speech, Spielberg warned of "anti-Semites, radical extremists, and religious fanatics" who are again provoking hate crimes.

"These people ... want to all over again strip you of your past, of your story and of your identity," he told them. He stressed the importance of countering that hatred with education and preserving Auschwitz and other historical sites.

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