A pair of British twins from Whitley Bay are facing charges in the US for allegedly defrauding investors out of more than $1.2 million (£745,000) in a stock market scam.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
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