• Obama signs Oklahoma disaster declaration for winter storms

    Yesterday

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in 41 Oklahoma counties following recent severe winter weather storms and flooding that affected the state. The White House announced in a news release Wednesday that federal aid will be available to the state to supplement state, tribal and eligible local recovery efforts in the 41 counties affected from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Affected counties include Adair, Comanche, Cherokee, Muskogee, Osage and Okmulgee. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that additional disaster designations may be made at a later date. William J. Doran III has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected

  • Storm-battered cruise ship returns to New Jersey homeport

    Yesterday

    BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A cruise ship battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean returned to its New Jersey port on Wednesday night. Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty shortly after 9 p.m., its passengers cheering wildly. It was escorted by two tugboats and a Coast Guard vessel. "I could kiss the ground" a woman cried as she rushed toward the cruise terminal, where passengers were reunited with family members. "Free at last," shouted a man. The ship was carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members when it departed Saturday on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas. But the 1,141-foot vessel sailed into a major winter storm on Sunday. Powerful winds and waves as high as 30 feet

  • Living On The Edge

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    FILE - In this file photo from Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, waves crash near a damaged section of seawall in Pacifica, Calif. Living with the Pacific Ocean as your backyard has its benefits. But the crumbling ocean cliffs have forced dozens to move quickly and at a high cost. Still, others remain, unsure of when the call to leave might come. The toll has been heavy in recent years. In 2010, two apartment buildings undermined by previous storms were evacuated and face demolition. Last month, during El Nino storms, the residents of another apartment building and two homes were forced to move out. Continuing erosion has left these three neighboring apartments sitting unsafely on the edge of an 80-foot bluff.

  • More than a dozen injured in crashes on snowy interstate

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials say more than a dozen people have been injured in a series of crashes during whiteout conditions on a northeast Ohio interstate. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says more than 15 tractor-trailers and several cars were involved in crashes on snowy Interstate 90 on Wednesday afternoon. Painesville fire officials say 17 people were taken to area hospitals. At least three are in critical condition. The interstate was shut down in both directions as officials worked to clear the scene. The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for the area until Thursday afternoon.

  • Winter Weather Georgia

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A Kennesaw State University student walks on campus on a cold day, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Kennesaw, Ga.

  • Turnpike boss: Drivers stranded by snow safer on turnpike

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Keeping vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during a major snowfall that stranded hundreds of motorists for more than 24 hours last month was the safest decision under the circumstances, turnpike officials and state police said Wednesday. Turnpike chief executive Mark Compton told the state House Transportation Committee that alternative routes onto which motorists could have been diverted also were impacted by the blizzard and drivers "were safer on our system." "Having these motorists essentially shelter in place was the best option," Compton said. Maj.

  • Idaho snowpack above average in much of state this winter

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's winter snowpack is looking good but continued cold weather is needed to keep it in place and a few more snowstorms wouldn't hurt, experts say. "We don't need spring to come too early like it did last year," said Ron Abramovich of the National Resources Conservation Service. "It's best if we can keep the snowpack in the high country longer and melt in May and early June and fill the reservoirs." Idaho's snowpack ranges from about 150 percent of average in the south to 125 percent in the central portion of the state to 95 percent in northern Idaho. Streamflow forecasts are for 90 to 120 percent of average for most of Idaho and should help irrigators and water storage.

  • Lake-effect snow showers pound northern Indiana counties

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say lake-effect snow showers reducing visibility to near zero at times have led to multiple crashes and slide-offs in northern Indiana. Police say one of the crashes Wednesday on the St. Joseph Valley Parkway in St. Joseph County involved a patrol car. There was no immediate word on any injuries. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for St. Joseph, Elkhart and LaPorte counties through 10 a.m. EST Thursday. Forecasters said snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour were possible in the heaviest bands. The Indiana Toll Road banned certain long and high-profile vehicles through Thursday morning through the region.

  • Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order. Venezuela's socialist government is asking more than 100 malls to close or generate their own power four hours each day, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dozens of mall workers and would-be shoppers waited out the closure at a shopping center in upscale Caracas Wednesday. They complained about the new policy, which comes amid a general economic breakdown that has led to chronic shortages and triple-digit inflation. "I need my salary," fast food restaurant manager Yorgenis Tovar said. "I can't let myself become unemployed at this point, with everything

  • Rare weather event produces spontaneous snowballs in Idaho

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no human tracks. A rare weather event caused the spontaneous snowballs at the Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo. Preserve manager Sunny Healey spotted the cylindrical shapes up to 18 inches high on Jan. 30 following an overnight windstorm. They created long lines in the snow as they moved. "You could see the tracks that they made, and I thought that was really curious," Healey said. "I had to stop a couple times. Then, along Highway 20, there were thousands of them.

  • Venezuela Power Cuts

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A man and his sons collect potable water from an abandoned social center at La Dolorita neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. This poor area of the capital has been without water for the last seven days. Officials say the water shortage is due to a severe drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has also affected the generating capacity of hydroelectric power plants.

  • Forecasters extend winter weather advisory for north Georgia

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters are extending a winter weather advisory for much of north Georgia over concerns about black ice forming on roads as light snow showers continued in the region. The National Weather Service said the advisory would be in place until 7 p.m. Wednesday. It covers several counties and includes the cities of Blairsville, Dalton, Ringgold, Rome, Dahlonega and Woodstock. Forecasters had said that up to 2 inches of snow could fall across a large part of the north Georgia mountains. Though some snow was still falling early Wednesday, the weather service said little if any additional snowfall accumulation is expected during the day Wednesday.

  • Authorities: Icy roads likely factor in crash that killed 2

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say icy roads likely were a factor in a crash that killed a man and his daughter in Saginaw County. The Saginaw News reports 33-year-old Victor Bell and 12-year-old Sarah Bell, both of Midland, died after the Tuesday afternoon crash in Kochville Township. WSGW-AM reports lost Bell lost control and slid into the path of another vehicle. The crash is under investigation. On Wednesday, many schools were closed for the day in Michigan after some areas saw heavy snowfall. The National Weather Service says more snow is forecast. A winter storm warning is in effect along the western part of the state near Lake Michigan. Schools in Holland, Zeeland and Grand Haven were among

  • Zimbabwe needs $1.5 billion in food aid, says vice president

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's vice president says the drought-stricken country needs to raise $1.5 billion for food aid. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Wednesday that over 70 percent of crops in the southern part of the country were wiped out by drought conditions brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon affecting southern Africa. Mnangagwa told international diplomats and aid agencies that 3 million people in rural provinces need urgent food aid. Mnangagwa said 16,681 livestock have died. He made a similar plea to the business community a day earlier. United Nations Development Program resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli said the agency raised $60 million for aid programs in Zimbabwe.

  • Winter weather advisory extended for western Pennsylvania

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Weather Service has extended its winter weather advisory for Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania through Thursday evening. The weather service says a system that brought light snow to the region overnight will get stronger Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. By the time it moves on, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and neighboring Westmoreland County will see 2 to 4 inches of snow, with up to 6 inches in the mountains. The areas of western Pennsylvania north of Interstate 80 are expected to receive 6 to 8 inches of lake-effect snow. The temperatures will also turn colder as the week progresses, with lows near zero by Sunday.

  • Police: Highway worker spreading salt hit, seriously injured

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland State Highway Administration worker was hit by a vehicle and seriously injured while salting a road in Damascus. Montgomery County Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks told The Washington Post that the man was on the shoulder of Ridge Road around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a vehicle hit him. He says the worker was spreading salt on the roadway with a crew just before the collision. He was taken to a trauma unit in serious condition. Starks says it's not clear what caused the crash, but the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and alcohol was not a factor. SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said by phone Wednesday morning that the man was still hospitalized, but he did not h

  • Winter weather still a problem in western North Carolina

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Still more winter weather in western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for some of the western part of the state until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say another 2 inches of snow is possible around Boone. Up to an additional inch of snow is possible from Cashiers to Banner Elk. Forecasters also warn of dangerous wind chill readings early Thursday morning from Cashiers to Banner Elk, where it could feel like 15 below zero. Schools are closed in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.

  • More than 1 inch of snow recorded in north Alabama counties

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities said more than an inch of snow fell has fallen across many parts of Alabama, with areas near Fort Payne picking up 1.5 inches. DeKalb County's emergency manager told the National Weather Service that higher amounts fell on Lookout Mountain and roads were slick in some spots. The weather service reported that around an inch of snow had fallen by Tuesday evening in Jackson County -- with higher amounts in mountain areas -- based on reports from the emergency manager there. Schools altered schedules Tuesday and roads quickly turned to slush as the snow moved into northern Alabama.

  • Red flag warning issued in Oklahoma Wednesday due to high winds, fire danger

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    A red flag warning has been issued for much of Oklahoma Wednesday. High wind gusts will increase fire danger.

  • Japan Oscars Yonebayashi

    Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi speaks about his latest film "When Marnie Was There" with its poster during an interview at his office, Studio Ghibli, in suburban Tokyo. Yonebayashi says the ways his artists have carefully depicted cloudy skies and rippling waves express the soul of the main character, Anna, who nurses a scar in her heart because she is adopted. "It’s a challenge to convey internal emotions visually such as through her facial expressions and the landscape," he said quietly in the interview. "The wind is cold, but there is warmth in an embrace.




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