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Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

Monday, 16 February 2015 16:05
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared this winter. That all changed with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain across the region, making roads treacherous and knocking out power to thousands of people. Luckily, the storm arrived on a holiday, Presidents…
Icy storm paralyzes central U.S., heads for nation's capital
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:05
(Reuters) - Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states before it was expected to barrel toward the mid-Atlantic in time to snarl Tuesday's morning commute. Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, the National Weather Service said. Freezing rain encased Nashville in ice, cancelling flights and closing Interstate 24, according…
CSX oil train derails in West Virginia, at least two cars on fire
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:05
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A CSX train hauling crude oil has derailed in West Virginia, with at least 14 cars bursting into flames and two nearby towns evacuated, local media reported on Monday. At least one of the tank cars has entered the Kanawha River, and one car ran into a house before bursting into flames, wvgazette.com cited Lawrence Messina, communications director for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, as saying in…
'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68. Gore died of lung cancer at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, according to her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.
CSX oil train derails in West Virginia; 14 cars on fire, towns evacuated: media
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:03
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A CSX train hauling crude oil has derailed in West Virginia, with at least 14 cars bursting into flames and two nearby towns evacuated, local media reported on Monday. At least one of the tank cars has entered the Kanawha River, and one car ran into a house before bursting into flames, wvgazette.com cited Lawrence Messina, communications director for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, as saying in…
Ex-prostitutes drop civil action against DSK in pimping trial
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:00
Paris (AFP) - Two ex-prostitutes on Monday dropped a civil suit against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn who is standing trial for pimping in France, their lawyer said. The former prostitutes had delivered dramatic testimony during the trial of how they felt powerless to say no to Strauss-Kahn sodomising them during sex parties.Company Legal & Law MattersCrime & JusticeDominique Strauss-Kahn
Europe scrambles to reassure Jews after Copenhagen attacks
Monday, 16 February 2015 12:00
Copenhagen (AFP) - European nations scrambled on Monday to reassure their Jewish communities after deadly attacks in Copenhagen that heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence. Flags were flying at half-mast across Denmark after the weekend shootings on a synagogue and a cultural centre that stunned one of the world's most peaceful nations. The suspected Danish gunman, who was shot dead by police Sunday, was identified as a 22-year-old of Palestinian origin with…
Danish sources name slain suspect in Copenhagen attacks
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:59
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police said Monday that they have arrested two men suspected of helping the gunman who carried out two deadly shooting attacks over the weekend in Copenhagen. Police in Copenhagen said the arrests were made on Sunday and that the two men will face a custody hearing on Monday. The defense attorney for one of the two suspects, Michael Juul Eriksen, told public broadcaster DR that the two were accused of…
Danish PM says Copenhagen gunman not part of wider cell
Monday, 16 February 2015 08:57
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police said Monday that they have arrested two men suspected of helping the gunman who carried out two deadly shooting attacks over the weekend in Copenhagen. Police in Copenhagen said the arrests were made on Sunday and that the two men will face a custody hearing on Monday. The defense attorney for one of the two suspects, Michael Juul Eriksen, told public broadcaster DR that the two were accused of…
Controversial executions in Indonesia set to continue
Monday, 16 February 2015 07:57
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, will be transferred to a prison island for execution despite international appeals. Attorney General Office's spokesman Tony Spontana said Monday that Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, will be taken from their cell on Bali island to Nusa Kambangan prison island this week. He said seven men from Indonesia, Australia, France, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria and a woman from the Philippines,…

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