Shutdown worsens historic blizzard that killed tens of thousands of South Dakota cattle

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An unusually early and enormous snowstorm over the weekend caught South Dakota ranchers and farmers unprepared, killing tens of thousands of cattle and ravaging the state’s $7 billion industry — an industry left without assistance because of the federal government shutdown.

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Swirling storm packing ‘heart attack snow’ pounds Midwest, takes aim at Northeast

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Travel-snarling system mauls Midwest, with forecasters saying it could hit major Eastern Seaboard cities later this week.

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Deadly storm dumps snow in North, heavy rain in South

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A powerful winter storm continued to hit much of the country Tuesday, with heavy snow spreading from the Plains to the Great Lakes and severe thunderstorms possible in the South, forecasters warned.

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Danger not over as Northeast digs out after storm 

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Ten deaths are blamed on the blizzard, including a boy killed by carbon monoxide; hundreds of thousands still without power.

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BREAKING: 9 deaths from Northeast blizzard confirmed, including 5 in Connecticut

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A gusting winter storm buried parts of the Northeast under 3 feet of snow and left millions of people with little to do Saturday but wait — for lights to come on, flights to resume and packed-in cars to be freed.

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Vehicles stranded along the Long Island Expressway in New York after monster winter storm dumps snow across the northeast. 

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Weary Sandy survivors hunker down for storm: Like a repeat ‘nightmare’

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NEW YORK — As millions of Americans braced for a winter storm bearing down on the Northeast on Friday, people still recovering from Hurricane Sandy stood in line at gas stations to buy fuel and stocked up on wood for the fireplace. It was, one man lamented, “like a nightmare of Sandy all over.”

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'Whiteout': Potentially historic winter storm closes in on Northeast

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Severe winter weather barrels toward some of the most populated parts of the nation, closing schools, causing travel chaos and threatening two feet of snow and gale-force winds.

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#NBCNewsPics: Share your blizzard photos

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A crippling and potentially historic winter storm is barreling toward the Northeast this weekend, threatening tens of millions of people with 2 feet of snow. How is the blizzard affecting your area? Show us with the hashtag #NBCNewsPics on InstagramTwitter, or upload your pictures directly to NBCNews.com on the link below.

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'it’s going to be crippling': huge storm closes in on northeast

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With more than 50 million Americans in its path and Boston in the crosshairs, a dangerous winter storm churned Friday into the Northeast, where thousands of schools were closed and thousands of flights canceled as forecasters warned of a whiteout.

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Blizzard alert: Northeast snowstorm could be among the worst of all time

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A crippling and potentially historic winter storm barreled toward the Northeast on Thursday, threatening tens of millions of people with 2 feet of snow. Airlines encouraged fliers to change their plans and get out of the way.

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Winter storm moving across US threatens holiday travelers, gifts

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A major winter storm moving across the nation Wednesday is threatening to disrupt travel plans for millions of Americans heading home for Christmas. The weather system even has package delivery companies nervously checking out the forecast, with the timely delivery of precious gifts on the line.