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Cold Temperatures Cause LIRR Delays

by Associated Press
LIRR

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr 

The Long Island Rail Road is reporting system-wide delays due to broken rails.

   Transit officials say there were five broken rails that caused 15-20 minute delays.

   LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan says railroad officials need to investigate whether temperatures in the single digits may have contributed to the broken rails. He says cold temperatures are usually a factor in these situations.

   Two of the broken rails were in Westbury, one was in Babylon and another was in Great Neck.

Brooklyn Loses Bid to Host Democratic National Convention

by Associated Press

Karl Norling

Mayor Bill de Blasio's strong push to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn is coming up short.

The Democratic party chose Thursday to award the presidential nominating convention to Philadelphia. Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio were the other finalists

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday that Brooklyn's recent comeback is "American's greatest urban success story." He says it would have been a great convention site.

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