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1. Northeast U.S. May Get Another Snowstorm Next Week, With Up to 20 Inches 2. Giffords Smiles on Hearing Applause During Transfer to Hospital in Houston 3. Three Dead, Dozens Injured After Thousands Protest Government in Albania 4. Emanuel's Money Entourage Stars Trump, Jobs, Spielberg in Chicago Campaign 5. Jets Loss to Steelers Could Be Blamed on Home Field Beating Momentum Myth

1. Northeast U.S. May Get Another Snowstorm Next Week, With Up to 20 Inches

A blast of Arctic air this weekend will probably give way to another intense snowstorm, one that may drop as much as 20 inches of snow as it moves up the East Coast next week, forecasters said. Six to 12 inches of snow may fall from Washington to New York and Boston with as much as 10 to 20 inches in the Appalachian mountains into central New England, according to Tim Bowden, senior meteorologist at Planalytics Inc. in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. "Of course, this is all highly dependent on the track," Bowden said by telephone. "Fifty miles either way makes all the difference, which is what makes it so fun. It is your standard nor´easter." About 36.1 inches (91.7 centimeters) of snow has fallen in Central Park since Oct. 1, about 28 inches above normal for this time of year, according to National Weather Service records. In Boston, 49.6 inches have fallen, 34.6 inches more than normal.

2. Giffords Smiles on Hearing Applause During Transfer to Hospital in Houston

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords smiled when she heard applause from bystanders as she was being moved to a Houston hospital to continue recovering from a gunshot to the head in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting rampage, a doctor said. While traveling in an ambulance through Tucson, she reacted when she heard applause from people standing along the street, Tucson trauma surgeon Randall Friese, who accompanied Giffords on the flight, said at a news conference today in Houston. "She responded very well to that" and was "smiling and in fact even tearing up a little bit," Friese said. Giffords, 40, was moved from Tucson´s University Medical Center, flying to Houston for admission to Texas Medical Center´s intensive-care unit. She is to be moved later to the facility´s rehabilitation hospital.

3. Three Dead, Dozens Injured After Thousands Protest Government in Albania

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4. Emanuel's Money Entourage Stars Trump, Jobs, Spielberg in Chicago Campaign

Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama´s former chief of staff, raised $10.6 million through Jan. 19 for his bid to succeed Richard M. Daley as mayor of Chicago, with the help of Wall Street, LaSalle Street, Silicon Valley and Hollywood donors, campaign disclosure records show. Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs gave Emanuel $50,000, while Kenneth Griffin, chief executive of Chicago-based Citadel Investment Group LLC, contributed $100,000. David Geffen, co-founder of DreamWorks SKG, donated $100,000. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, part of the city´s financial industry known as LaSalle Street, gave Emanuel $200,000, while the Chicago Board Options Exchange gave $25,000. "We´re highly supportive of Rahm Emanuel," Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group Inc., the Merc´s parent, said in a Jan. 6 interview. "This city needs someone who has the strength, intellectual ability and contacts worldwide. He´s got a Rolodex no one can match."

5. Jets Loss to Steelers Could Be Blamed on Home Field Beating Momentum Myth

Forecasting a Bears victory over the Green Bay Packers is natural for finance professor Tobias Moskowitz, not just because he teaches at the University of Chicago. His number crunching predicts that home-field advantage will trump the Packers´ four-game winning streak. For proof, Moskowitz also likes Pittsburgh over the New York Jets because both the Bears and Steelers play host. The Packers take their streak into Sunday´s National Football Conference title game with the Bears after a 48-21 victory Jan. 15 over the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons. The Jets face the Steelers in the American Football Conference championship after upsetting the top-ranked New England Patriots 28-21. Momentum in almost all sports, including football, doesn´t exist, according to Moskowitz, 39, who teaches at the university´s Booth School of Business and is co-author of "Scorecasting," a book set for release Jan. 25 that tests sports cliches and conventional wisdom against data.

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