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Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 04:51

A morning commuter carries an umbrella as she passes by the NYSE during a winter storm in New YorkBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast. Meteorologists said a storm moving east across the plains will bring a wide swath of 1-3 inches of snow into the Midwest, including Illinois and Kentucky, on Saturday night. Snow was already falling Saturday afternoon in areas that do not usually see it, such as Arkansas and Oklahoma, said Alan Reppert, senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com. Snow and freezing rain overnight made roads treacherous in the Dallas area on Saturday morning, but conditions were improving in the afternoon as temperatures rose, according to NWS meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad.


Sheriff releases names of 3 rural Missouri shooting victims

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 04:22
TYRONE, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff has identified the final three victims in a shooting rampage that left seven people dead before the gunman killed himself.

New Hampshire lake is Lower 48's only ice runway

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 04:15

Planes are parked after flying in on frozen Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Alton,N.H. Dozens of pilots flew in to the the only ice runway in the Lower 48 states approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ALTON, N.H. (AP) — Winter on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes.


Skating rink roof collapses in Massachusetts, no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 04:06
(Reuters) - Part of the snow-covered roof of a Massachusetts skating rink collapsed on Saturday as a youth hockey team was practicing, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The roof at the Metropolis Skating Rink in Canton, a Boston suburb, gave way shortly after 7 a.m. EST, the city police department said in a statement. Photos on the CBS Boston website showed debris and snow on the rink's surface from one the third of the roof that collapsed. A youth hockey team was practicing when the roof failed.

30 struggling Colorado schools have 1 more year to improve

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 03:59
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A magnet middle school in Colorado Springs with a focus on aviation and Pueblo City Schools are among 30 schools in Colorado in their fifth consecutive year of low academic performance. Under Colorado's accreditation rating system, those schools are considered to be failing and could face state sanctions.

Authorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on US-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 02:38
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.

Los Angeles airport could see delays due to runway project

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 02:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport could face flight delays due to a four-year construction project aimed at increasing the size of safety areas at the ends of its runways.

Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 02:00

EJ Zamudio, 5, rides his all-terrain vehicle in a snow covered Sherwood Park, Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2015, in Odessa Texas. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Courtney Sacco)DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs.


Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:48

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, Monarch butterflies climb up a twig, at the Piedra Herrada sanctuary, near Valle del Bravo, Mexico. The population of the butterfly, that migrates thousands of miles each year from winter nesting grounds in Mexico, has been shrinking partly because farmers are growing more herbicide-resistant crops that have stripped millions of acres of milkweed they depend on to nourish them along their route. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat.


Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:39

30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The resolution asks the university to divest from six corporations the resolution’s sponsors say violate Palestinians' human rights. (AP Photo/The Daily Northwestern, Nathan Richards)NEW YORK (AP) — The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said.


Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:32

In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 photo, custodian George Blomquist clears snow from the grounds of Our Lady of the Angels Church after a weekend snowstorm in Worcester, Mass. Churches, synagogues and mosques in New England report that attendance is down at worship services this winter, as many storms have hit over weekends. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Christine Peterson)BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God.


Man pleads guilty in case of 9-month-old ingesting heroin

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:17
WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to child endangerment after his pregnant girlfriend's 9-month-old accidentally ingested heroin last year.

Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 01:01

30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The resolution asks the university to divest from six corporations the resolution’s sponsors say violate Palestinians' human rights. (AP Photo/The Daily Northwestern, Nathan Richards)NEW YORK (AP) — The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said.


NYC ID program starts off with a bang

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:49

Luis Gordillo, a carpenter from Ecuador, adjusts his shirt collar as he has his picture taken while applying for a New York City municipal ID card at Make the Road New York in the Queens section of New York, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register. City officials have scrambled to keep up with the demand. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register.


Added tax season hassle for some due to health form errors

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:48

This undated handout photo provided by Access Health CT shows Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan. It’s not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there’s an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama’s law. Taxpayers who got erroneous tax information from the government are now receiving robo-calls and electronic messages advising them not to file their returns yet. Some are taking it in stride; others wonder what else could go wrong. (AP Photo/Access Health CT)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season.


Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:44

This image provided by the Middletown Police Department shows Eric Lonergan of Rio de Janeiro. Lonergan is accused of possessing a controlled substance and illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. Lonergan was one of four Wesleyan University students arrested Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly. (AP Photo/Middletown Police Department)MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations.


Retired Goodyear blimp gondola joins Cleveland exhibit

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:22
CLEVELAND (AP) — The gondola of the decommissioned Spirit of Goodyear blimp has landed at its new home in a Cleveland historical society exhibit.

National monument supporters in California get antsy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 00:16

FILE - In this May 17, 2010 file photo, the peloton rides on a mountain road during the second stage of the Tour of California cycling race near Berryessa Pines, Calif. California lawmakers and an array of interest groups are ramping up effort to designate four new national monuments in the state. From bill introductions to appearances at the sites by high-profile guests, they want to win protections before President Barack Obama leaves office.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — California lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to win national monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to canyons and mountains near the state's famous wine country.


Details about proposed national monuments in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic members of California's congressional delegation have sponsored bills to establish four national monuments. Supporters are also pushing for President Barack Obama to establish the national monuments if Congress declines to act on the bills. The proposed national monuments include:

Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 23:39
NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering.