A powerful winter storm was barreling east Sunday after wreaking havoc in western parts of the the country, with one emergency official calling it a "historic ice event," NBC News reported. More than 1,000 flights within, into or out of the United States have been cancelled for Monday, according to Global flight tracking company Flightaware. The storm that started in Washington state pounded Texas on Saturday causing event cancellations and power outages. Four hundred flights remained grounded Sunday at Dallas Fort Worth International airport, according to airport officials. Just as Texas started to emerge from the storm, the Midwest and Northeast plunged into bitter cold. In Chicago, people started flooding into warming centers Saturday night as wind chills dropped below zero. Residents in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore were warned to be careful on the roads, as they could expect their first major snow accumulation of the season Sunday night, according to The Weather Channel.
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Eight major tech companies have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance, according to Reuters. The companies -- Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc -- issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress calling for reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities. Documents leaked by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency had penetrated and perhaps targeted some of the companies, prompting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to increase the amount of encryption. The campaign lists five major concerns including limiting governments' authority to collect users' information, transparency about government demands and avoiding conflicts among governments.
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North Korea announced on Monday the dismissal of Jang Song Thaek, the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a string of criminal acts including corruption, womanizing and...
North Korea announced on Monday the dismissal of Jang Song Thaek, the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a string of criminal acts including corruption, womanizing and drug-taking, according to Reuters. South Korea's spy agency last week said it believed Jang had been relieved of his posts in November, despite being long regarded as the second most powerful man in the secretive state. The sacking means Pyongyang is undergoing its biggest leadership upheaval since the death in 2011 of former leader Kim Jong Il, the younger Kim's father. Jang is married to Kim's aunt, the daughter of the North's founding leader Kim Il Sung, and was widely believed to be helping his nephew firmly established his grip on power in the past two years. Experts say Jang's removal will help the younger Kim consolidate his power base with a group of younger aides, according to Reuters. South Korean media said on Friday that a man who managed funds for Jang had fled and sought asylum in South Korea.
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On Monday morning, disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is expected to be sentenced. In October, he he pleaded guilty to three counts involving sexual harassment, including a felony. Under a plea agreement, Filner is expected to get three years of probation and three years of house arrest. Because of the felony count, he will never be able to vote or hold public office again. Gloria Allred, the famed attorney representing one of Filner’s alleged victims in a civil suit, is expected to be in court for Monday’s sentencing. After weeks of controversy, recall efforts and women coming forward with sexual harassment claims, Filner resigned from office Aug. 23.
South African of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as the "Father of the Nation" and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation, NBC...
South African of all colors and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as the "Father of the Nation" and as a global beacon of integrity, rectitude and reconciliation, NBC News reported. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid died late on Thursday at the age of 95. The day of prayers begins an official program of mourning
that includes a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday. Mandela's body will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday, followed by a state funeral next Sunday at Mandela's Eastern Cape ancestral home of Qunu - expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in modern history. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Former President George W. Bush and his wife, will travel to South Africa for the services.
Wal-Mart has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to court...
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Wal-Mart has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to court documents obtained by NBC News. The money from the nation’s largest retailer amounts to a little more than 15 percent of a proposed $161 million fund that would settle dozens of lawsuits against Blitz USA, the largest manufacturer of these cans, records from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware show. Blitz is now in bankruptcy and out of business, largely because of the lawsuits and previous payouts to victims of alleged gas can explosions. Individuals burned in alleged gas can explosion incidents have filed at least 80 lawsuits against the can manufacturer in the last decade or so, however some have targeted retailers that sold the cans. A hearing on the proposed settlement is set for early next year.
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The life of South African anti-apartheid crusader and democracy icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was one marked by scores of extraordinary moments. From his earliest involvement in the...
The life of South African anti-apartheid crusader and democracy icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was one marked by scores of extraordinary moments. From his earliest involvement in the black liberation movement via the African National Congress, through his decades in prison and to his successes toppling apartheid in South Africa and leading it as president, here are six such moments. In August 1952, he co-founded the country's first black law practice and organized a campaign of peaceful resistance to apartheid laws — but a March 21, 1960, massacre of protesters would later move him to abandon nonviolence in favor of armed struggle. Four years later, while on trial for treason, he would famously declare that democracy was "an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Almost three decades later, his release from prison would set in place an end to apartheid. Click through for more key moments in Mandela's life. Read »
"The pillar of our family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us."
— Nelson Mandela's family said Saturday in their...
It turns out that a high chair is not always the safest spot for baby. The number of high chair-related injuries increased by more than 22 percent between 2003 and 2010, according to a nationwide study.
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It turns out that a high chair is not always the safest spot for baby. The number of high chair-related injuries increased by more than 22 percent between 2003 and 2010, according to a nationwide study. The study, published Monday in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, found about 9,400 high chair-related injuries were treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms. Falling caused most of the injuries and head injuries, such as concussions, were the most common diagnosis. Researchers aren't sure why injuries are increasing, however parents need to make sure they use the high chair’s restraining system properly, according to Dr. Gary Smith, one of the study researchers. This includes using safety straps and not just using the tray as a restraint. A research manager at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital says parents should periodically check recall lists for high chairs and booster seats at www.recalls.gov Get More at NBC News
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Sunday that it was adding an automatic safety braking system on the curve where a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people, according to NBC News. The authority, which controls public transportation in New York, said it planned to install several new protections, including a signal system that will warn the engineer to slow the train and automatically do so if the engineer fails to in spots where there is a dramatic speed change. The Dec. 1 accident happened on a sharp curve in the Bronx where the speed limit switches from 70 mph to 30 mph. The train was going 82 mph as it approached the Spuyten Duyvil station, officials said. The new system will be fully operational Monday.
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Two men who pretended to be sheriff's deputies while trying to rob SoCal homes got a shock when they broke into the home a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy while he was inside, officials said. The men...
Two men who pretended to be sheriff's deputies while trying to rob SoCal homes got a shock when they broke into the home a former Los Angeles sheriff's deputy while he was inside, officials said. The men broke into two homes in separate neighborhoods within a matter of minutes Saturday night, according to police. In the first attempted robbery, the men falsely identified themselves as sheriff’s deputies to a man and his son. Upon entering the home, they forced the two down onto the ground, but then left the home, officials said. In the second home invasion just moments later, the men unknowingly forced their way into the home of a former deputy of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station. The former deputy fired shots at the men but missed, officials said. The two fled the scene and are still being sought by authorities.
A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened tonight after a motorist was hit and killed when he got out of his car following an minor accident on the highway. That accident set off a series of other...
A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened tonight after a motorist was hit and killed when he got out of his car following an minor accident on the highway. That accident set off a series of other accidents behind him that involved about 50 cars and shut down the Westbound lanes of the turnpike from Downingtown to Morgantown for seven hours. The turnpike crash was the only fatality reported amid a multitude of fender-benders caused as a storm brought much heavier than expected snow to the region. Hazardous conditions caused multiple fender-benders which also shut portions of I-95 in Philadelphia as well as the Platt Bridge which is a major artery to and from Philadelphia International Airport. All planes at PHL were grounded during the worst period of the storm and by nightfall, one of the airports four runways was open. Road conditions were treacherous, despite PennDOT's preparations, which began on Saturday.
Ukrainian protesters topple a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev on Sunday, in the latest wave of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia,...
Ukrainian protesters topple a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev on Sunday, in the latest wave of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia, Reuters reported. The statue's felling - a symbolic rejection of Moscow's power - came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to overthrown his government. A Reuters reporter at the scene witnessed the protesters beating the statue with hammers after using ropes and metal bars to bring it down. The demonstrators are furious with the Yanukovich government for its decision to reject a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord. Yanukovich's move provoked the biggest street protests since the 2004-5 Orange Revolution.
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Would you buy a burned-out house for $400,000? The owners of such a home in San Jose, Calif., are selling one for that much--and maybe more. And it might even be a bargain. The home is very close to downtown and...
Would you buy a burned-out house for $400,000? The owners of such a home in San Jose, Calif., are selling one for that much--and maybe more. And it might even be a bargain. The home is very close to downtown and steps from San Jose State University. Neighbors said the home was abandoned for years before fire destroyed it in June 2012. These are two great selling points, according to realtors. Also, there is not a lot of inventory in the Bay Area real estate market, but there is high demand. The average price for a home in this neighborhood is in the $800,000 range, according to Realtor Bernie Sinsay.