RSSCategory: National News

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, intense rain in parts of the […]

Continue Reading

Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1 percent over the past month to 104.7. Higher prices and weak wage growth has limited […]

Continue Reading

FAA chief orders review Chicago air traffic snarl

FAA chief orders review Chicago air traffic snarl

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says he’s ordered a review of the agency’s security protocols and how it deals with unexpected incidents such as last week’s fire at a Chicago-area air traffic facility that disrupted air travel. The fire brought flights at the city’s two busy airports to a halt […]

Continue Reading

Death toll from GM ignition switches now at 23

Death toll from GM ignition switches now at 23

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – At least 23 people have died and 16 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals in an Internet posting Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. […]

Continue Reading

Jury selection for marathon suspect’s friend

Jury selection for marathon suspect’s friend

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

BOSTON (AP) – Jury selection has begun in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is accused of lying to authorities investigating the bombing. Robel Phillipos is charged with making false statements when he was questioned about his movements on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing and […]

Continue Reading

US awards $450M to link job training to industry

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training. Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley Technical College are the largest recipients and will each get about $20 million. A Maryland program will receive $15 million to partner with […]

Continue Reading

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators are looking into a consumer’s petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes. The inquiry covers about 1.69 million of the compact cars from the 2006 to 2010 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether to open a […]

Continue Reading

2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center

2 weeks to reopen Chicago-area control center

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city’s two international airports to a halt last week. The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13. Authorities say […]

Continue Reading

US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August

US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, with about half of the increase coming from auto sales. Income rose by a modest amount. The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August after showing no gain in July. It was the best result since spending also expanded 0.5 […]

Continue Reading

Judge won’t stop Detroit water shutoffs

Judge won’t stop Detroit water shutoffs

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – A judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy won’t stop the city from shutting off water if people can’t pay their bill. Judge Steven Rhodes announced his decision Monday after hearing two days of testimony last week. He says bankruptcy law doesn’t give him the authority to interfere with specific services offered by Detroit. The […]

Continue Reading