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Blizzard expected for 250-mile stretch of Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14

Icicles drip from the overhang of a picnic shelter at the Blacksburg Municipal "Hill" Golf Course after a winter storm in Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday, Jan. 24 2015. The National Weather Service has lifted a winter weather advisory for much of the Baltimore and Washington areas. But the advisory remains in effect until noon for western Maryland, western Virginia and points to the north.(AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)NEW YORK (AP) — A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.


Young girl rescued from icy waters in Bear, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:38

Young girl rescued from icy waters in Bear, DelawareA quick thinking firefighter jumped into action to rescue a young girl who fell into icy waters in Bear, Delaware.


Copper theft forces Bridesburg church to close food pantry

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:08

Copper theft forces Bridesburg church to close food pantryA church in Bridesburg was targeted by copper thieves and the damage left behind forced church officials to temporarily shut down their food pantry.


Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:56

FILE - This file photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Michael Keaton, left, as Riggan in a scene from the film, "Birdman," directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. “Birdman” received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America’s highest film award Saturday night, Jan. 24, 2015, at a ceremony in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Copyright Twentieth Century Fox, Atsushi Nishijima, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:


Airlines prepare to shut down in Northeast for snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:46
Airlines are preparing to shut down operations along the East Coast as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region.

Philly public, archdiocesan schools to dismiss early Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:34

Philly public, archdiocesan schools to dismiss early MondayDue to the impending snow, all Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will be dismissing at 12:00 p.m. on Monday.


2 Dead in Murder-Suicide at Home Depot in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:32
A Home Depot in New York City's Flatiron District was evacuated Sunday after police say two employees were killed in a murder-suicide.

Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:30
Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed five days of talks as of Sunday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor on wages and benefits for USW members. Management at each refinery also negotiates issues unique to that plant with the USW local union. The national agreement and local agreement are combined to create the final contract for that refinery.

Two flights evacuated at Sea-Tac International over security issue

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:20
Two commercial airline flights were evacuated after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday over a security concern, a spokesman for the airport said. Jet Blue Flight 1006, inbound to Seattle from Long Beach, California, and SkyWest Flight 4741, were both cleared of passengers after landing and moved away from terminals, spokesman Peter McGraw said. He declined to elaborate on the security concern, saying it was still under investigation. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman referred calls regarding the evacuations to the airport.

Union sends messages of frustration in U.S. refinery contract talks

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:15
In five days of negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries, the United Steelworkers union (USW) has sent only messages of frustration to its members. Twitter messages on Friday and Saturday said one industry offer had been rejected and the talks with lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc were moving slowly. The negotiations underway between the USW and Shell are to reach a national agreement that sets a floor on pay and benefits along with some other issues for USW members. The national agreement and local agreement are put together to make a contract at an individual refinery.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:12

Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters in Athens, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. "Today the Greek people have made history. Hope has made history," Tsipras said in his victory speech at a conference hall in central Athens. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:02

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in LawrenceBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast. The proposal, unveiled by the Interior Department on Sunday, ran into instant criticism from Republicans and will likely face an uphill battle in Congress, where Republicans now control both chambers. The wilderness designation, the highest level of federal protection under which oil and gas drilling is banned, would be extended to a total of 19.8 million acres (8 million hectares) under the proposal, the Interior Department said. Republicans kicked off the new Congress earlier this month with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to help move Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.


Obama seeks bigger wilderness designation in Alaska refuge

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:34

FILE - This July, 2001 aerial file photo shows the Coastal Plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.


Man fatally shot by police in Winslow Township after domestic disturbance

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:25

Man fatally shot by police in Winslow Township after domestic disturbanceOfficials say a man was fatally shot by a police officer responding to a domestic disturbance in Winslow Township, New Jersey.


Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:24

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Brittany Mariscal, an entomological technician with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, sorts and counts dead captured mosquitoes under a microscope in Key West, Fla. Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.


Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:22

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, Brittany Mariscal, an entomological technician with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, sorts and counts dead captured mosquitoes under a microscope in Key West, Fla. Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.


Blizzard warning prompts United Airlines to cancel Tuesday NY flights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines will cancel all Tuesday flights at airports in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, due to warnings for a historic blizzard expected to reach the East Coast on Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman said. The company will limit operations beginning Monday evening at the Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy airports in the New York area. Service at Washington Dulles will be uninterrupted on Monday. United will be waiving flight change fees that would otherwise apply. (Reporting By Luc Cohen; Editing by Chris Reese)

Notre Dame theologian known for books, liberal stands, dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:03
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut, according to the school. He was 78.

UN Security Council faces Ukraine, Yemen emergency meetings

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold emergency meetings Monday on the crises in Yemen and Ukraine.

Region prepares for more snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:49

Region prepares for more snowMore snow is headed our way and area road crews and residents are getting ready.