Record Cold Freezes Much of US
Thousands of schools across the eastern and southern United States were closed Tuesday as a bitter cold front moved into the area after freezing the midwestern section of the country.
Forecasters say temperatures will plunge well below minus 10 degrees Celsius in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston, while the wind chill, which is the temperature feels like during a strong wind, will be far lower.
The frigid weather is also reaching into the so-called Deep South, including Florida and southern Texas, which usually enjoy moderate temperatures during the cold weather season.
Authorities have decided to close schools to keep children safe from exposure to the extreme cold, which could lead to frostbite within minutes if skin is left exposed.
但是反对派说，这是不够的。他们要求在选举前进行改革。 分析人士认为， 如果举行选举，英拉的执政党很可能获胜。
Thai Opposition Protesters Rally Support for 'Bangkok Shutdown'
Anti-government protesters marched through Bangkok Tuesday, rallying support for a larger demonstration next week they hope will shut down the capital and force the prime minister to resign.
One of the protesters, 27-year-old Naprapat Phrompipatpakdee, said she supports the opposition's call for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to hand over power to an unelected people's council.
The protesters, led by ex-Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, aim to paralyze the capital next Monday with mass demonstrations that will block main highways and prevent government offices from functioning.
Prime Minister Yingluck has dissolved parliament, called for early elections, and proposed the formation of a national reform council as a way to resolve the months-long political crisis.
But the opposition has said this is not enough, saying reforms must take place before elections, which analysts say the prime minister's ruling party is likely to win.