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'State of emergency' declared for north east US states

A 'state of emergency' has been declared by the Governor of Massachusetts - which is expected to be hit by a "crippling" and potentially "historic" blizzard within the next few hours.

State of Emergency declared for north east US states Credit: Reuters
Some have begun stockpiling essentials like water. Credit: Reuters

A state-wide travel ban has been imposed from midnight tonight and all state-run transport services will be cancelled. Some 500 National Guard troops have been called up to deal with the expected consequences of the blizzard. It is the same situation in many counties across New York - where state employees are being sent home.

Massachusetts bans 'upskirt' photos

The governor of Massachusetts moved to update the state's voyeurism laws yesterday.

The move came just two days after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took mobile phone photos up the skirts of female subway passengers in Boston was not violating the law as written.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, bans so-called "upskirting" by making it illegal to photograph or videotape the "sexual or other intimate parts" of women or children in public. The law also applies to male victims.

British paedophile will be deported at end of sentence

Paedophile Geoffrey Portway will be deported from the US to Britain at the end of his jail sentence, which will be between 18 and 27 years.

Portway, who was born in Spain, possessed more than 20,000 images and videos of children being abused.

In recovered online discussions, he described his home-made dungeon as a place he intended to keep kidnapped children, sexually abuse them, murder them and then eat them.

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