SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.
New York authorities and meteorologists defended a decision to shut down America's biggest city for a storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow east and north. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city got only a fraction of the two feet (60 centimeters) of snow that had been widely predicted in the 48 hours leading up to the storm. "You plan the best you can and you lean toward safety," said New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, fending off a barrage of questions. De Blasio, who repeatedly warned before the storm struck that it was likely to be one of the worst in the city's history, fended off accusations that he had been needlessly alarmist.