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New year could bring record low temperatures to U.S. Midwest, East Coast

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(Reuters) – Bitterly cold weather will usher in the new year for much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains this weekend, bringing record low temperatures to the Midwest, making travel difficult and putting a chill on New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The mercury in New York City’s Times Square was expected to drop to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 Celsius) with a wind chill at nearly 0 F (minus 18C) during the final hours of 2017, the National Weather Service said, testing the willpower of hundreds of thousands of New Year’s Eve revelers.

In the heartland, next week could bring low temperatures last recorded 130 years ago to parts of Nebraska, said David Eastlack, a meteorologist with the weather service. That includes a record low for the date of minus 22F (minus 30C) for Tuesday.

“The bitter cold is going to be dangerous,” he said in a phone interview, warning residents of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa to avoid venturing outside or taking a car trip. He said that the wind chills will be near minus 35F (minus 37C), a level when frostbite could set in within 10 minutes.
People cross 6th Avenue and 42nd Street as a cold weather front hits the region, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 30, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The weather service predicted lows would hit minus 20F to minus 30F (minus 7C to -34C) from Montana into the Dakotas and Minnesota, well below average.

Temperatures could drop to around 0 F (minus 18C) as far south as the northern border of Oklahoma on New Year’s Day, and into the minus 30s near the Canadian border on Sunday and Monday, the service said.

The arctic air from Canada will also bring subfreezing temperatures to U.S. Gulf Coast cities such as Biloxi, Mississippi.

 Icy roads will make travel difficult over much of the United States, from the south-central states of Texas and Oklahoma and eastward over Arkansas, northern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama through the New Year’s weekend, the private AccuWeather forecasting service said.

Weather was expected to remain much more mild on the West Coast, with temperatures forecast in the low 70s in Los Angeles over the next few days.

Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; editing by Diane Craft and Jonathan Oatis

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Four Indian police, two militants killed in Kashmir attack: police

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SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Four Indian paramilitary policemen and two militants were killed in a gunbattle that ensued after militants stormed into a police training center in Kashmir on Sunday, a police official said.

At least two militants entered the building at around 2:30 a.m. at Letpora, south of Srinagar, Rajesh Yadhav, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spokesman told Reuters.

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The militants fired indiscriminately and lobbed grenades before heading into the center, Yadhav said.

He said two militants and four police were killed in the gunbattle.

SN Srinvastav, special director general of the CRPF, said that there could be one or more militants still hiding.

“We hope that we will conclude the operation as soon as possible”, he said.

S P Vaid, director general of Jammu and Kashmir police, said that a search operation was going on, adding that they had received tip-offs about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir for the past three days.

“They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid said.

Militants have targeted police camps in Kashmir in recent months. Eight Indian police officials were killed when Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked a security camp in southern Kashmir in August.

Indian troops have killed 206 militants this year, Vaid said. Last year’s total was 150.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.

The South Asian neighbors have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

Writing by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Alison Williams

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How to Choose the Right Lipstick According to Your Skin

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A lot of people choose the right lipstick thinking by randomly going to a mall and selecting a shade the find attractive. Without applying them directly on their lips, they swatch a couple of colors on their wrist and think they find the right match. However, once they get home and apply the lipstick on their lips, the reflection they look in the mirror does not go according to their expectations. This is because the process through which they think they choose the right color is wrong.

Let is examine the right way of finding that one perfect shade according to your skin undertone that you can wear whenever you want. Follow the instructions below step by step.

See Your Skin Tone

The right way to do is to stand in front of a mirror and examine your skin too. Are you fair, light, tan, medium or dark? See if you get sunburn easily or you don’t get a burn at all? Do you get tanned easily or your skin is already tanned? Look for answers to these questions before jumping to the next step.

Undertone

Once you figure out the outer tone of your body, it is time to examine the undertone. Look for the color of your vein. We humans usually have three types of tones: warm, neutral, and cool. If your veins are blue or purple then you have a cool undertone. If your veins are green in color then your undertone is warm. However, if you can’t decide whether you have blue veins or green then you probably have neutral undertone.

Gold and Silver Jewelry

If you are still not able to figure out what undertone you have, you might as well switch to examining the kind of jewelry that fits best on your skin. Does your skin looks better when you wear a silver jewelry or are you more comfortable with gold? People who can easily sport these two are the ones with neutral undertone. Silver jewelry looks good on cool tone whilst gold on warm.

Everyday Color

Now let’s choose a lipstick for you. The best way is to find a color that is at least two shades darker than your lip color. Apply a lipstick you think is right on your lower lip and compare it with your bare natural upper lip. If you think that there is slightly difference, then you have found the perfect color. However, if there’s a lot of difference then you need more options. All users can get 20% Off on Teleflora Coupon Codes.

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5 Ways to Spruce up Your Garden

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If you are planning on throwing a party to your friends then a good option is to arrange that party on your backyard lawn. Home gardens are the best places for birthday parties, BBQ dinners, new-year gatherings and many other occasions. For these events, people like to arrange and decorate their lawn in the best possible manner by hiring some event organizer, or a lawn decorator. Now you can beautify your garden using some simple ways and save a handsome amount of money. Apply the following tips and enjoy your parties.

Unusual Plant Containers

Now you don’t have to go out for some plant containers. You can grow plants in some of the useless things in your home and they look really beautiful. Old metal containers, paint buckets, wooden crates, broken drawers and colourful ladies willies are some of the best choices to plant flowers in them. Just fill those with some potting compost and plant geraniums and some California poppies. Your old handbags are a good option to hang them on the fences and lamp posts and arrange some silk flowers in them.

Colourful Lighting

Evening parties look really promising in the lawns if suitable attractive lightning is available too. You can have solar lights available quite easily in a huge variety of colours and designs to arrange them in your lawn over the trees, vines and some short plants, blinking and giving a soothing effect to eyes. Similarly, if you have spare and useless glass jars or wine bottles you can arrange them on the grass along the pavements or pathways adding a small tea light and that’s it. Now you have created a light marked pathway that looks really fascinating especially in the moonlight.

Topiary

Topiary can be a great way to trim your plants and trees of extra weeds, bushes, and shrubs. Definitely, it is a time taking task but will totally become worthy when your guests will admire your garden. There is no need to go for some fancy characters or animals, just try some globes and squares to give them a neat look.

Remove the trash

Always remove or hide the unnecessary things from the garden. This looks so ugly and crappy when your garden is well decorated but then you see a water-hose or a pile of rotten leaves left in the corner. Compost bags, tools, heap of soil, broken furniture bits and pieces, watering can, and wheelie bins are all the unsightly items. Try to remove them or at least hide them behind some sort of structure (like the wheelie bin store pictured) evergreens or tall terracotta plants.

Paint your Fences

Old wooden garden fences look so ugly and shabby when they are worn out. These fences need a little more time and they turn your garden into heaven. Just have some oil-based paint and paint the entire wooden fence, shed or any other woodwork around your garden giving it a totally new and eye-catching look. Try giving a sophisticated and traditional view using some bright colours.

Author bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports.

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