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New York City's roads to close to non-emergency traffic on Monday night

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's roads and streets will be indefinitely closed to non-emergency vehicles from 11 p.m. EST on Monday as potentially record-breaking blizzard heads toward the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. They will remain closed until a further announcement, he said at a news conference. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)

Accuweather: Light Snow Today, Nor'easter Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:15

 Light Snow Today, Nor'easter TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says significant snow will impact travel both tonight and tomorrow.


American Airlines Group canceling flights from major northeast hubs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:49
(Reuters) - American Airlines Group has canceled all late afternoon and evening flights scheduled for Monday from the New York area, Philadelphia and Boston as a major winter storm bears down on the northeast, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said. The cancellations affect flights of American Airlines, US Airways and all regional partners, Huguely said in an email.

VIDEO: Annie McCormick reports on snow in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:46

 Annie McCormick reports on snow in South JerseyAnnie McCormick reports from Pennsauken, N.J.


Georgia police arrest suspect after car-buying couple disappear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:42

Ronnie Towns is seen in an undated photo released by the Telfair County Sheriff's OfficeBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suspect sought in the disappearance of a suburban Atlanta couple missing since they traveled to the southern part of Georgia last week to buy a vintage car off Craigslist turned himself in on Monday, a local sheriff said. Ronnie Towns, 28, was being interviewed after his family helped arrange his arrest on charges of criminal intent to commit deception and lying to investigators, said Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said. Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, of Marietta were last seen on Thursday when they set off for Telfair County to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible from a purported seller who responded to their ad on Craigslist, Steverson said.


Two high-profile Massachusetts trials delayed by forecast storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:27

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoTwo high-profile criminal trials in Massachusetts, that of the accused Boston Marathon bomber and a former New England Patriots player charged with murdering an associate, will be delayed by an impending winter storm, judges said on Monday. Jury selection in the trial of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which began its fourth week on Monday, will be suspended on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said on Monday, citing the storm, which is forecast to bring up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow to the Boston area. Jury selection in that case has already taken longer than O'Toole initially expected, as it has proven difficult to find jurors open minded about the guilt of Tsarnaev, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack and could face the death penalty if convicted. The death penalty is unpopular in Massachusetts, where it is banned under state law.


Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:22

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This Jan 23 story corrects name of service throughout to Agricultural Research Service) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), was sent to all ARS employees on Friday afternoon in response to recent media reports over controversial animal welfare conditions at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. In addition, an independent panel will be convened to review the group's animal handling protocols, policies and research practices. Agricultural Research Service officials could not be reached for comment on Friday evening.


Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:15

This undated photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. Her trial begins Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.


Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:49

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


California turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:43
By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO (Reuters) - A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. The news on Saturday came just weeks after China banned U.S. poultry after an outbreak of another strain of bird flu in the Pacific Northwest. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after detecting the H5N8 strain on a single turkey ranch in Stanislaus County following routine testing. State and government labs confirmed the findings from samples submitted by Foster Farms, which had experienced a spike in bird deaths, according to the USDA.

NY man is lone combat vet returning to scene of WWII battle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II combat veteran from upstate New York is returning to the scene of a bloody Pacific island battle as an army of one.

Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:05

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. But a small minority have covertly engineered a partial solution by pooling funds to create a private network of more than 9,000 computers with small, inexpensive but powerful hidden Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet cables strung over streets and rooftops spanning the entire city. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.


Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:03

Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.Gloucester County emergency crews responded to a high school after a chemistry lab mishap Monday morning.


Man apparently commits suicide with gun in midtown Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:46

News Corp buildingPolice say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan. The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday. Authorities aren't certain ...


New Jersey school evacuated after chemistry lab 'mishap'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:41
WOOLWICH, N.J. (AP) — Students have returned to class in a New Jersey high school that had been evacuated after what police called a chemistry lab "mishap" that sent a dozen students and five faculty members to a hospital.

U.S. markets stick to regular hours with pending storm

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:31
U.S. financial markets sought to do business as usual on Monday even though a potentially historic blizzard might dump up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow on the East Coast and disrupt travel for tens of millions of people. The New York Stock Exchange said it currently plans to stay open for normal operating hours Monday and Tuesday, a NYSE spokesman said. Meanwhile, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which represents U.S. bond dealers and investors, said the domestic fixed income market will stick to its regular trading hours Monday and Tuesday, a SIFMA spokeswoman said. I don’t suspect it will be an issue at all," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.

United Airlines cancels all Tuesday flights from major Northeast hubs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:25
(Reuters) - United Airlines said on Monday it will cancel all of its Tuesday flights from the New York area, Boston and Philadelphia as a potentially historic blizzard rips through the Northeast. The carrier said its operations at other airports throughout the Northeast will be affected as well. Certain Monday evening flights will be delayed and canceled because of the weather conditions, it added. United is waiving change fees to rebook travel for affected customers, the release said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

United Airlines cancels all Tuesday flights from major Northeast hubs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:25
(Reuters) - United Airlines said on Monday it will cancel all of its Tuesday flights from the New York area, Boston and Philadelphia as a potentially historic blizzard rips through the Northeast. The carrier said its operations at other airports throughout the Northeast will be affected as well. Certain Monday evening flights will be delayed and canceled because of the weather conditions, it added. United is waiving change fees to rebook travel for affected customers, the release said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:23

Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snowShoveling snow is a tough job, and the increased workload and the risks associated with cold weather could be a dangerous combination.