NEW YORK (AP) — A judge refused to block a merger between American Airlines and US Airways on Friday, saying a bankruptcy judge correctly rejected arguments made by a lawyer for some consumers.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers' communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers' data.
Areas further east are bracing for the frigid blast as the storm creeps into the Southern plains, the Tennessee Valley and the Northeast later this week. Yahoo News is collecting anecdotes from residents in the storm’s path. Below are lightly edited excerpts from stories they shared with us this week.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal regulators issued an emergency order on Friday requiring the company that operates the New York commuter train involved in the deadly crash last Sunday to implement urgent temporary safety measures. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said it ordered Metro-North Railroad, operator of the train that derailed as it entered a sharp curve in New York's Bronx borough, to take specific, immediate steps to make sure its crews did not exceed speed limits. Federal investigators have said the early morning train was traveling nearly three times the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit when it left the tracks near the end of its run from Poughkeepsie to New York's Grand Central Station. In its emergency instruction to Metro-North, which runs commuter trains from New York City to other stations in New York state and Connecticut, the FRA ordered the railroad to provide by early next week a "list of main track locations" where a reduction of more than 20 mph is required for passenger trains.
The National Weather Service has issued ice and winter storm advisories for more than a dozen states. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee have already declared states of emergency. Snow, ice and freezing rain are moving to the Northeast.
The U.S. judge managing Detroit's bankruptcy on Friday gave the city the go-ahead to move forward with a financing plan to mend broken street lights. Judge Steven Rhodes put off a decision on the matter last week after he was made aware of a potential conflict of interest centered around law firm Miller Canfield, which represents Detroit on certain bankruptcy matters as well as the Public Lighting Authority, created by a bill passed by the Michigan Legislature late last year. Miller Canfield, it said, only represents the lighting authority on bond issues. Detroit's plan is to use $12.5 million in annual utility tax revenue to back $153 million of bonds that will be issued by the Public Lighting Authority through a Michigan agency to finance improvements to the city's dilapidated public lighting infrastructure.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Whether you're ready to ship that holiday package across the country or waiting for your next shipment of cooking grease, now's not the best time to be in a hurry.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has refused to block a merger between American Airlines and US Airways, saying a bankruptcy judge was right to reject the arguments made by a lawyer for some consumers.
By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A deadly winter storm some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years slammed the nation's midsection Friday, snarling travel and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of customers. The line of ice, snow and freezing temperatures stretched from the Texas-Mexico border northeast to the Ohio Valley, with the most severe conditions near Dallas, then punching through Arkansas and western Kentucky, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.com. First-time air traveler Madison Cunningham, 18, was stranded for more than 12 hours overnight in the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport when ice prevented her flight home to Indianapolis. "I'll take the train next time." The travel troubles also delayed commerce, as the United Parcel Service, the nation's largest package delivery company, said deliveries have been disrupted in Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico and the panhandle portion of Texas on Friday.
Mourners sing and dance outside Nelson Mandela's old house in Johannesburg. In Pakistan, children gather around his portrait holding candles. Well-wishers leave flowers outside South African diplomatic missions in Beijing and New York.
DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
(Reuters) - After two straight weeks with no winner, the Mega Millions Friday night jackpot topped expectations and jumped to $297 million, with a cash option of $158 million. Officials said last week they were expecting Friday's prize, which will be drawn at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, to total $257 million. The largest haul in history was $656 million, won in March 2012 and split between three winning ticket holders in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. More recently, an anonymous ticket holder in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, won $189 million on October 1, according to the lottery's website, www. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.
By David Alexander MANAMA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured a U.S. warship in the Gulf on Friday and declared Washington's commitment to Middle East security, despite policy differences over Iran and Syria that have angered Gulf allies. His visit to Bahrain, in which he will speak at the Manama Dialogue security conference, comes at a time of regional unease over President Barack Obama's policies - ranging from the cautious U.S. response to Syria's civil war to the six world powers' interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The ship he toured, the USS Ponce, part of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, is to be equipped in 2014 with a new laser weapon designed to deter aircraft and missiles as well as attacks by swarms of small boats like those used by Iran, on the opposite side of the Gulf.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market has been recovering fitfully for three years. Now, it's starting to show consistency.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 5 about legal liability in a deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment, The Associated Press misidentified a lawyer who represented a Staten Island Ferry pilot involved in a 2003 wreck. He is Alan Abramson, not Andrew Abramson.
Thieves robbed an armored car on the University of Houston campus on Friday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money, federal investigators said. No one was injured in the heist, in which an armored car guard fired one shot in defense, FBI Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said. The robbers left the armored car in a parking lot near the Student Center, where the robbery occurred. The campus remained open during and after the robbery, university spokesperson Shawn Lindsey said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction for a record $965,000.
The 150-page court ruling finding Detroit eligible for bankruptcy focused on the city's soaring crime, crushing debt - and the late Anna Nicole Smith. The former Playboy Playmate spent years making headlines with a reality show, brief marriage to J. Howard Marshall, an octogenarian billionaire she met while working at a Houston strip club, and 2007 drug overdose death. But Smith's contribution to pop culture pales in comparison to her lasting impact on the arcane world of bankruptcy procedure, which was discussed in detail in the Detroit opinion, which was published on Thursday. A U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday that Detroit, with more than $18 billion in debt, was eligible for bankruptcy protection, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.