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.
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.
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.
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City high school will be named in honor of late South African President Nelson Mandela, who had received a hero's welcome when he visited the campus on a tour calling for an end to apartheid, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday. Mandela, who became the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, died on Thursday at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. The high school in the borough of Brooklyn, slated to open in September, will be named the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, according to Bloomberg and the city's Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
DALLAS (AP) — As snow and freezing rain blanketed normally sun-swept North Texas, residents accustomed to warmer temperatures appeared to heed warnings on what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," staying off nearly impassable roadways and out of the skin-stinging cold.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Twenty-four whales believed to be part of a pod found stranded in the Everglades earlier this week could not been located by air Friday, a potentially encouraging sign they have moved farther offshore, wildlife officials said.
A Detroit-area entrepreneur has offered to donate $5 million to help protect the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold or otherwise monetized as part of Detroit's bankruptcy, the Detroit Free Press reported on Friday. A. Paul Schaap, founder of diagnostics research firm Lumigen Inc, told the paper he planned to meet on Friday with U.S. Judge Gerald Rosen, the lead mediator in the bankruptcy, to discuss the potential donation. The Detroit Insitute of Arts' collection is owned by the city of Detroit, and Rosen has asked a number of charitable foundations to create a fund to purchase the art from the city and create an independent nonprofit to run the museum. The Christie's report also suggested five strategies for monetizing the art collection without selling it outright.