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US consumer confidence surged in January to its highest level in more than seven years, the Conference Board said Tuesday. The consumer confidence index jumped to 102.9, following a rise to 93.1 in December, as views on current conditions and their expectations both improved. "Consumers also expressed a considerably higher degree of optimism regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and labor market, as well as their earnings," said Lynn Franco, the Conference Board's director of indicators.
Oswiecim (Poland) (AFP) - 16:14 GMT - Prayers - Prayers are read and sung by religious leaders of different faiths to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Some among the audience, including survivors wearing items of clothing that were part of the Auschwitz camp uniform, shed tears. 16:13 GMT - British Holocaust memorial - Britain is to build a new Holocaust memorial in central London to which the government will contribute £50 million (67 million euros, $75 million), ministers said Tuesday. 15:53 GMT - Anti-Semitism and Israel - "For decades the world has been fed lies about Israel ... that Israel has no right to exist.
By Scott Malone, Jill Serjeant and Laila Kearney BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system restarted after being closed for 10 hours, though officials urged people to stay off snow-covered roadways. "YUP, IT SNOWED!" headlined New York's Daily News tabloid, taking matters in stride, the way New Yorkers typically pride themselves on doing. Police said a teenager died late on Monday when he crashed into a lamppost on a street where he was snow-tubing on Long Island, one of the hardest hit areas in New York state.