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NEW ENGLAND: Unusual cold strikes wide area

Train equipment froze, cars sputtered, schools canceled classes and cold-weather enthusiasts opted to stay inside Monday as a bitter blast of below-zero temperatures gripped the Northeast. The cold tested the mettle even of New Englanders, who pride themselves on winter hardiness. Kelly Walsh, 28, walked home from an auto parts store in Montpelier, Vt., with a new battery after her car wouldn't start in the morning. It was minus 21 there at 7 a.m. Amtrak suspended service between Albany and New York City, saying the cold affected signals and switches. "It takes your breath away if you're not ready for it," said Dan Giroux at Northern Outfitters snowmobile rentals in Greenville, Maine, where the fleet was mostly idle because it was too cold for most folks."It's hard to get teenagers to bundle up, but even they're putting on their hats this morning," said Tim Scott, director of development at Fryeburg Academy, in Fryeburg, Maine, where it hit minus 28. Skiers said "no thanks" at some resorts. At Maine's Sugarloaf, the combination of cold and wind caused operators to shut down lifts to the summit.


FLORIDA: 2 cops killed in 100-shot exchange

Authorities and a fugitive holed up in an attic fired more than 100 shots at each other Monday in a firefight that killed two officers, wounded a deputy U.S. marshal and led to an hourslong standoff that ended when the suspect was found dead in the home. St. Petersburg police went into the home in the afternoon, about six hours after the shootout, the latest in a rash of shootings of law enforcement officers across the nation. Police had been at the home to arrest Hydra Lacy Jr., 39, on an aggravated battery charge.


WASHINGTON STATE: Shooting at Walmart baffles police

Investigators face a difficult puzzle as they work to determine why a Utah man bolted and began shooting at sheriff's deputies in a Walmart parking lot, leading to a gunfight that left him and a woman, his companion, dead and two deputies wounded. A day after the shootout in Port Orchard, 15 miles west and across Puget Sound from Seattle, officials said Monday they still couldn't say why Anthony A. Martinez, 31, of Salt Lake City, suddenly ran and opened fire during what began as a routine contact by deputies.


OREGON: Truck owner sought in cop shooting

Police have named the owner of a truck stopped for speeding as a suspect in the shooting of an officer on the coast. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said Monday that David Anthony Durham, 43, of Portland is under investigation in connection with the Sunday night shooting that left Lincoln City police Officer Steven Dodds in critical condition.

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