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blizzard to bring havoc to new england; snow possible in texas

a blockbuster snowstorm with blizzard conditions was expected to continue messing with travel on monday across parts of the northeast, just days after another storm pummeled the area. winter storm warnings were in effect from upstate new york to northern maine, where 2 feet of snow is possible, the national weather service said. meanwhile, a separate storm system threatened snow, ice and rain in texas from amarillo to lubbock, according to accuweather. last week, a storm blanketed new england with up to 19 inches of snow and canceled more than 4,300 flights.

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verizon launches unlimited data plan after competitors gain ground

the nation's largest wireless provider had been an unlimited plan holdout as t-mobile and sprint have gained ground on verizon and no. 2 provider at&t with their unlimited offerings. starting monday, customers can keep their current plans or opt for an $80 monthly plan, for a single line with unlimited data, talking and texting. families can also pay $45 per line for four lines. as customers use their smartphones for more video and photo sharing via social media networks, t-mobile and sprint have attracted users who don't want to worry about using more data than their plan allows.

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verizon announced it will launch a new introductory plan on monday that offers unlimited data, talk time and texts for $80 per month for the first line when you select automatic payments. usa today

want wi-fi calls banned on planes? speak soon

the transportation department has received more than 7,000 comments, often punctuated with capital letters and exclamation points, that almost universally urge a ban against wi-fi calls on planes. the comment period ends monday. now transportation secretary elaine chao must decide whether to follow her predecessor’s effort to potentially ban all voice calls on flights, drop the matter or pursue her own changes. the hitch is that if the department doesn’t act, the status of wi-fi calls will be left in regulatory limbo.

a passenger checks her cellphone oct. 31, 2013, before

a passenger checks her cellphone oct. 31, 2013, before a flight in boston.

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westminster dog show kicks off with new canines, furry felines

the world’s most expensive, well-groomed and well-trained dogs will compete for top honors this week at the westminster dog show in new york city. nearly 3,000 canines are expected to compete in the show on monday and tuesday. this year's show is full of firsts: the american hairless terrier, the pumi, and the sloughi will take part for the first time, and the "meet the breeds" event over the weekend welcomed some feline friends (though no fighting like cats and dogs occurred). here's your schedule and viewing guide for the show.

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for the win's charles curtis investigates the westminster meet the breeds event to find out if there's any tension between the cats and dogs. usa today sports

justice scalia died a year ago today

a year after antonin scalia was found dead at a texas ranch, his seat on the supreme court remains vacant. the senate gop blocked the nomination of merrick garland, the judge former president obama nominated last spring. it seems they finally have a nominee they can support: neil gorsuch. an appeals court judge in colorado, gorsuch emerged as a favorite among conservatives because of his stellar resume, writing chops and a legal philosophy akin to scalia's, but he likely won't be confirmed without a fight from democrats.

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recommendations for a supreme court vacancy can come from a variety of places. once confirmed, justices can serve for as long as they want. usa today network

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