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NATION: New Yorkers mad over blizzard

New Yorkers mad over blizzard

NEW YORK — With many streets still unplowed, New Yorkers are griping that their billionaire mayor is out of touch and has failed at the basic task of keeping the city running, while New Jersey’s governor is taking heat for vacationing at Disney World during the crisis.

The fallout against two politicians who style themselves as take-charge guys is building in the aftermath of the Christmas-weekend blizzard that clobbered the Northeast, with at least one New Jersey newspaperman noting Gov. Chris Christie’s absence in a column headlined: ‘‘Is Sunday’s storm Christie’s Katrina?’’

Across New York, complaints have mounted about unplowed streets, stuck ambulances and outer-borough neighborhoods neglected by the Bloomberg administration.

‘‘When he says New York, he means Manhattan,’’ said Hayden Hunt of Brooklyn, a borough of 2.6 million people where many streets were not cleared for days. ‘‘He’s the man in charge. ... It’s foolishness, come on.’’

Jet goes off runway in Wyo.

JACKSON, Wyo. — An American Airlines jet went past the end of a snowy runway while landing at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Airport on Wednesday, but no one was injured and the plane was not damaged, officials said.

Airline spokesman Ed Martelle said Flight 2253 from Chicago ‘‘had a long rollout’’ when it landed at 11:37 a.m. Wednesday. The plane came to rest on a hard surface and did not go off into grass or brush, he said.

There were 175 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants on board the Boeing 757, Martelle said.

O’Donnell to be investigated

BALTIMORE — Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.

O’Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has long been dogged by questions about her campaign finances.

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that O’Donnell routinely used political contributions to pay personal expenses.

Ski lift was being shut when it fell

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Ski area maintenance workers dispatched to realign a lift cable were unable to fix the problem and had restarted the lift in an attempt to off-load riders when the cable derailed, sending skiers plummeting 25 to 30 feet, the resort said Wednesday.

High winds had shut down the lift at Sugarloaf in the hours before Tuesday’s accident, but it was cleared for operations and reopened just before 10 a.m. About 20 minutes later, the two maintenance workers saw the cable was out of place and were preparing to shut down the lift when the cable jumped its track. Five chairs fell, eight people were sent to hospitals and dozens were stranded on the crippled lift for more than an hour.

Woman was strangled in tub

NEW YORK — A swimsuit designer found dead in an overflowing bathtub in a chic Manhattan hotel was strangled and drowned, the medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Sylvie Cachay was discovered half-clothed, face-up in a tub at the Soho House hotel on Dec. 9 after hotel staffers noticed water leaking from the ceiling below her room. She had been held underwater and strangled, the medical examiner’s office said. The agency ruled the death a homicide.

Her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, the son of ‘‘You Light Up My Life’’ songwriter Joseph Brooks, was arrested and arraigned on charges of attempted murder and strangulation.

Parole allowed for transplant

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has suspended the life sentences of two sisters for a 1994 armed robbery on the condition that one of the women donates a kidney to her sister.

Barbour said Wednesday that Gladys and Jamie Scott are eligible for parole in 2014, but ‘‘Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her.’’