News Wrap: Winter Weather Disrupts Super Bowl Travel in Dallas
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Wall Street swung back and forth on the jobs report for much of the day. In the end, the Dow Jones industrial average finished with a gain of nearly 30 points to close at 12,092. The Nasdaq rose 15 points to close at 2,769. For the week, the Dow gained more than 2 percent; the Nasdaq rose 3 percent.
An official state of emergency was in force in New Mexico today as bitter cold gripped the state for a fourth day. Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of people as usage soared and power blackouts hindered delivery. State government offices were shut down, and many local agencies and schools were also closed.
A new winter storm hit Texas just as Super Bowl weekend arrived. The Dallas area got up to five inches of snow, making driving dangerous and canceling hundreds of flights. That was bound to snarl travel plans for more than 100,000 fans expected for Sunday’s NFL championship game. At the game site, Cowboys Stadium, six people were hurt today by ice falling off the roof. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The astronaut husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will return to space after all. Mark Kelly announced today he will command the final voyage of space shuttle Endeavour, set to begin on April 19. He said his wife is recovering well after being shot in the head last month in Tucson.
She’s now at a rehab center in Houston, where Kelly spoke this afternoon.
MARK KELLY, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: She’s made progress every day.
So, about two weeks ago, I started going through the process myself of what would I need in order to get back with my crew to continue training. And considering a bunch of other factors, including how — what Gabrielle would want me to do and what her parents and her family and my family would like, you know, I ultimately made the decision that I would like to return.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Kelly’s flight will be the next-to-last one for the shuttle program.
A federal lawsuit unsealed today accused the New York Mets’ owners of ignoring the crimes of financier Bernard Madoff. The suit was filed by a trustee working for Madoff’s victims. It said the Mets made $300 million in false profits from his Ponzi scheme. The trustee is also suing J.P. Morgan Chase. Court documents released Thursday said the bank had multiple warnings about Madoff. Both the bank and the Mets’ owners denied the allegations.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.