CONCORD, N.H. -- A winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast on Thursday, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas.
The storm, which was blamed for at least 16 deaths farther south and west, brought plenty of wind, rain and snow to the Northeast when it blew in Wednesday night. Lights generally remained on and cars mostly stayed on the road, unlike many harder-hit places including Arkansas, where 200,000 homes and businesses lost power.
By afternoon, the precipitation had stopped in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, though snow continued to fall in upstate New York and northern New England. Parts of snow-savvy New Hampshire expected as much as 18 inches.
The storm heads into Canada today, the National Weather Service said.
Hawaii's newest senator
WASHINGTON -- Brian Schatz, who had been serving as Hawaii's lieutenant governor, was sworn in Thursday to take the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died last week of respiratory complications.
Mr. Schatz, 40, was selected for the post Wednesday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, who said his decision was "in the best interest of the party, the state of Hawaii and the nation."
Mr. Schatz accompanied President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One on an overnight flight to Washington and took the oath of office, administered by Vice President Joe Biden, on Thursday afternoon.
Bush remains hospitalized
HOUSTON -- George H.W. Bush's chief of staff says the former president is getting excellent medical treatment in Houston and that he would ask that people "put the harps back in the closet."
But Mr. Bush's longtime Houston chief of staff Jean Becker says in a statement released Thursday evening that the 88-year-old Mr. Bush is sick and likely will be in the hospital for a while after a "terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications."
Mr. Bush has been in intensive care since Sunday.
Protecting whales in Calif.
LOS ANGELES -- Ship traffic off the California coast will be re-routed under new rules designed to protect slow-moving endangered whales from ship collisions.
The International Maritime Organization has approved vessel lane changes on approaches to San Francisco Bay and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and in the Santa Barbara Channel. The changes take effect next year after the Coast Guard goes through the rulemaking process.
Migrating blue, fin and humpback whales are prone to ship strikes since they are often lured to the California shoreline by plentiful krill. All are endangered.
Official sandwich for Md.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- When Maryland lawmakers reconvene next month, they'll debate whether the Free State needs a state sandwich.
Legislation introduced in advance of the session that begins Jan. 9 would designate the soft-shell crab sandwich as Maryland's official state sandwich.
Republican state Sen. Richard Colburn, the bill sponsor in the Senate, said the promotion of "a Maryland delicacy" would help restaurants and struggling watermen who harvest crabs in the Eastern Shore counties he represents.
-- Compiled from news services