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Snow storm strands team on bus for more than 24 hours
After spending more than an entire day stranded on a bus in a snow storm, the Niagara University Women's Basketball team is finally headed back to campus.
The team became stranded Monday night on the Thruway, a major New York highway, as more than five feet of snow buried northern areas of the state, killing at least five people and trapping citizens in their homes and on roadways.
"There's nowhere to go, there's nowhere to even walk to that's close enough that would be remotely safe to get to," Niagara coach Kendra Fuastin told CNN via phone as she and 25 other people, including her 1-year-old son, were stuck on the bus.
The team was on its way back to their Lewiston, New York campus from a game at Pittsburgh.
The bus had a full tank of gas and some snacks on hand while the team waited for crews to reach them. Other stranded motorists even came aboard seeking shelter and bonded with the team, according to ABC News.
The ordeal finally came to an end early Wednesday morning when the bus was plowed out of the snow and the women transported back to campus.
Oxford names "Vape" as word of the year
vape, verb: Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device
vape, noun: An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device
The Oxford Dictionary selected "Vape" for the 2014 word of the year, saying their language research revealed the use of the word has more than doubled in the past year.
"A gap emerged in the lexicon, as a word was needed to describe this activity, and distinguish it from 'smoking'," Oxford described in a blog post on Tuesday. "Selfie" was the 2013 word of the year.
"Vape" beat out contenders "bae" and "budtender" for top honors. See the entire list of Word of the Year runner-ups here.