A Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close to the icy waters of a bay.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A transgender "body sculptor" is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.
SEPTA has updated its alerts concerning Thursday's snowstorm.
(Reuters) - The 1960s hit "Hang On Sloopy" is a step closer to becoming Ohio's official state rock song. A bill granting the song legal status passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday and will be assigned to a Senate committee this week or next, a spokesman for co-sponsor state Representative Michael Stinziano said on Thursday. Why pick "Hang On Sloopy," which doesn't even mention the Buckeye State in its tale of a girl who lives in a "very bad side of town?" The song was a major hit in 1965 for The McCoys, of Dayton, Ohio. It was written about Steubenville, Ohio, singer Dorothy Sloop, who sometimes used the stage name "Sloopy," according to Stinziano's office.
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Protesters shouting "right-to-work is wrong for Wisconsin" from the Assembly gallery brought a temporary halt to the session on Thursday afternoon, drawing an order for security to clear the viewing area. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. Thousands of workers demonstrated last week when senators debated the bill, but capitol crowds have been far thinner than four years ago, when tens of thousands of people protested a push for a law limiting the powers of public sector unions.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Houston Ship Channel was closed Thursday afternoon after a tanker carrying lube oil and a container ship collided in the waterway, the Houston Pilots said. The shutdown came hours after the channel reopened following several days of fog that held up traffic. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of Thursday's collision in the top U.S. petrochemicals port, the pilots said. (Reporting By Kristen Hays; Editing by Terry Wade)
HONOLULU (AP) — A Navy helicopter team has joined the search for a 17-year-old hiker who's been missing in Hawaii for nearly a week.
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The man accused of shooting at five public places in Maryland told police he heard voices directing him to fire at a random driver, according to charging documents released Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) — A new baby orca wasn't the only interesting discovery researchers made while tracking endangered killer whales.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons. "It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington. Kendall said he planned to add cybersecurity to the next phase of his "better buying power" initiative, and was also working on a special section on cybersecurity requirements to be added to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A Portland woman is suing a local restaurant owner and business manager for $100,000, saying she was booted out of the establishment on Valentine's Day because of her race and for dining alone, the woman said on Thursday. Kathleen Hampton, who filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court last week, said she made reservations for two at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano on Valentine's Day in northeast Portland but ended up going alone when her husband was not hungry. Hampton said she was seated at a table and given a complimentary glass of wine because she had to wait. Hampton also said she believes she was treated rudely because she is African-American. “I was just in tears. I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before, especially in my community.” Restaurant owner Enzo Lanzadoro, who is named in the suit along with business manager Nick Lanzadoro, said that is not what happened. “Whatever she’s saying is totally fabricated and not true at all,” he told Reuters, adding that he established a policy for Valentine’s Day that the restaurant could have no open seats and so she was asked to move to the bar or outside seating.
Philadelphia International Airport employees captured what the snowstorm looked like from their vantage point.
(Reuters) - New York's LaGuardia Airport reopened on Thursday afternoon, after a Delta Air Lines aircraft skidded off a runaway during a snowstorm, forcing the closure of the facility for more than three hours, city officials said. It was unclear when flights would begin to land and depart from the airport and delays are expected, the New York City Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. (Reporting by Frank McGurty and Laila Kearney; editing by G Crosse)
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia prosecutor will seek a misdemeanor charge against a suburban Atlanta police chief who accidentally shot his wife in bed on New Year's Day, leaving her partially paralyzed. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to indict Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom on a reckless conduct charge in the Jan. 1 shooting of his wife. Margaret McCollom is paralyzed from the waist down and still hospitalized, the district attorney said. William McCollom went to sleep around 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, Ballard said.
MIAMI (AP) — A southwest Florida man put his dead neighbor in the bed of his pickup truck and drove — bloody and agitated — to his lawyer's office, where he said he had killed the man in self-defense.
A treacherous winter storm reaching from Texas to New England closed schools, canceled more than 4,000 flights and stranded hundreds of drivers overnight in Kentucky, where as much as 23 inches (58 cm) of snow fell. A Delta Air Lines plane arriving in heavy snow at New York's LaGuardia Airport from Atlanta slid off the runway into a fence and was hanging over the water surrounding the airport. Cancellations were announced for hundreds of school districts, government offices and legislatures in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report from the U.N. secretary-general says nearly half a million people were displaced in Darfur last year, the highest number in a decade for the chaotic region of western Sudan.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's LaGuardia Airport, closed at midday on Thursday due to an airplane that slid off a snowy runway, was expected to reopen at 7 p.m. EST, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The timing of the reopening coincided with the projected 7 p.m. EST lifting of a winter storm warning for the airport and the surrounding New York City region issued by the National Weather Service. (Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Bill Trott)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - One runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport was expected to reopen on Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern (1900 GMT), a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. The airport was initially expected to be closed until 7 p.m. following a Thursday morning mishap in which a Delta Air Lines plane arriving in heavy snow from Atlanta skidded off the runway. No serious injuries were reported. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bill Trott)