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"High Wind Watch" ...High wind watch in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a high wind watch...which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...strongest winds will likely occur from mid morning Monday into Monday evening. * Impacts...downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or higher, may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. , "Storm Watch" ...Storm watch remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... * winds and seas...east winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet...and as high as 9 to 12 feet east of Orient Point. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A storm watch is issued when the risk of storm force winds of 48 to 63 kt has significantly increased...but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans. -- Saturday Jan.21 17,08:12 AM

Miss Universe Title Returns to the U.S. After 15 Years

Miss USA wins the title of Miss Universe 2012.

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The last time an American won the Miss Universe pageant was in 1997. After 15 years, the title and crown comes back to the U.S. with the crowning of Olivia Culpo as Miss Universe 2012.

The Miss Universe pageant was held Wednesday evening at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was broadcast to a global audience of 1 billion in more than 100 countries. It involved 89 contestants that were then narrowed down to 16 semifinalists for the main show.

Twenty-year-old Culpo’s performance came with confidence and poise, even when she stumbled on her evening dress during the competition.

Culpo is from Rhode Island and attended school at Boston University as a sophomore studying theater and communications.

After the competition, Culpo commented to a group of reporters that she hoped this win helps lift everyone’s spirits up in light of what has happened, including the deadly school shooting in Connecticut.  

Miss Universe 2012 will spend next year traveling and champion for her cause alliances, namely HIV/AIDS prevention.

The Miss Universe pageant is a competition co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC. Miss Philippines came in second and Miss Venezuela came in third for the pageant competition. The outgoing Miss Universe is Leila Lopes of Angola.

The last American Miss Universe winner was in 1997 with Miss Hawaii Brook Lee.