Hundreds of Thousands Protest Corruption in Brazil
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of cities across the country Sunday, demanding the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff over government corruption.
Much of the public anger toward Ms. Rousseff stems from revelations of a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption scheme ever uncovered in Brazil. At least $800 million was paid in bribes and other funds by the nation's biggest construction and engineering firms in exchange for Petrobras contracts.
Dozens of political figures, including close allies of the president, and former Petrobras executives, are under investigation. No one has been convicted yet, but 22 deputies, 13 senators and two governors have been implicated in the bribe-taking allegations.
Some of the alleged wrongdoing took place while Ms. Rousseff was chairman of the Petrobras board. She is not being investigated.
In addition to the corruption scandal at Petrobras, Ms. Rousseff also is facing rising inflation and a Brazilian economy that is on the brink of recession.
Sunday's gatherings were mostly calm and festive, with little of the violence that tarnished a wave of massive demonstrations in 2013, when Brazilians protested spending to host the 2014 World Cup of soccer.
Boston Sets Snowfall Record
People in the northeastern U.S. city of Boston will look forward to the arrival of spring Friday after enduring the city's highest winter season snowfall on record.
A storm on Sunday dropped another 7.4 centimeters of snow, pushing the total since November to 275.8 centimeters. That is more than double Boston's average of 110 centimeters of snow in a season.
The season actually started slow with Boston getting less than a centimeter of snow in December at its international airport where the official data is recorded. But in a three-week stretch starting January 25, the city endured a punishing stretch of multiple storms that dropped a combined 217 centimeters of snow.
That helped the month of February become Boston's snowiest since the previous record in 1995-'96.