Powerful storm hammers eastern United States with heavy snow, wind gusts
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:27:08 -0500
(Reuters) - A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend was expected on Tuesday to bring heavy snow and wind gusts to the Northeast, causing school closings, treacherous driving conditions and power outages. The storm, known as a nor'easter, was forecast to bring snowfalls of up to 9 inches (23 cm) along with icy rains and wind gusts of 40 mph (65 kph) to northern Pennsylvania through central New York and into Maine on Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service said. School districts across the region canceled or delayed the start of classes on Tuesday due to the icy road conditions.
Court appeal argues California emissions trading plan akin to 'illegal tax'
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:07:39 -0500
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Parties in a four-year-old legal challenge to California's emissions trading program will head to court in Sacramento on Tuesday with a business group arguing the billions the program collected amounts to an "illegal tax" on businesses. California's cap-and-trade program sets an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and either hands out or sells a declining number of state-issued permits, which large manufacturers and oil refineries are required to turn in annually. The lawsuit by business group CalChamber argues that the state legislature never authorized the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to collect revenue from the program when it passed AB 32, its landmark climate change law.
Far-reaching Illinois budget fix faces long odds
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:16:03 -0500
So severe is Illinoisâ self-inflicted financial ruin that its newest hope to end a record-setting budget impasse rests with a massive bundling of billions of dollars in tax increases, borrowing and pension relief for Chicagoâs cash-strapped schools. The nationâs fifth-largest state has been engulfed in political feuding between its Republican governor and Democratic-led legislature for nearly 19 months, making Illinois the only state ever to have gone more than a year without a full operating budget. Fitch Ratings has warned that failure to pass a comprehensive budget solution this month will result in yet another downgrade of Illinoisâ credit ratings, already the lowest among the 50 states.
Pittsburgh's tallest building, US Steel Tower, for sale
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:56:31 -0500
Pittsburgh's tallest building is for sale, and the U.S. Steel Tower could go for a sky-high price. Real Estate Alert, a trade publication that first reported the listing, says the 64-story, triangular ...
10am UPDATE: Nor'easter Clean Up; AccuWeather Forecast
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:43:12 -0500
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Judge weighs whether to give death penalty in girl's slaying
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:39:24 -0500
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) â A Mississippi judge has begun examining evidence and hearing testimony into whether a man should receive the death penalty after he admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and hanging her by using her socks.
Volunteer on USS Yorktown celebrates 95th birthday
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:30:35 -0500
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) â A fighter pilot who flew missions in World War II from the USS Yorktown celebrated his 95th birthday on the ship, now part of a museum in South Carolina.
Germany will hold this year's general election on Sept. 24.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:20:03 -0500
BERLIN (AP) â Germany's head of state says this year's general election will be held Sept. 24.
Judge: Release video in Charlotte police shooting of suspect
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:17:34 -0500
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â A North Carolina judge has ordered the release of video showing a fatal shooting by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in 2012.
1st of 37 defendants is sentenced in fraternity hazing death
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:15:53 -0500
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) â The first of 37 suspects charged in the fraternity hazing death of a New York City college student in Pennsylvania has been sentenced.