New York City officials are asking residents to dig out their garbage so trash collection can resume Monday, a week after the big post-Christmas blizzard.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty asked Saturday that residents also clear a path through remaining snow banks so collectors can get to the trash.
Residents can also put out their discarded Christmas trees.
Trash collection was suspended in the city all week while sanitation crews struggled to plow streets. New York has enough road to stretch to Los Angeles and back. Read More
Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the U.S. South and Midwest on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens.
Three people died in the northwestern Arkansas hamlet of Cincinnati when a tornado touched down just before sunrise Friday, and three others died when a storm spawned by the same weather system ripped up the Missouri countryside near Rolla. Read More
Planes began landing again Monday at two of the nation's busiest airports after a blizzard that clobbered the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow grounded flights in the New York metropolitan area, stranding thousands of travelers trying to get home after the holidays.
A Royal Jordanian flight was the first to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, shortly before 7 p.m., said Steve Coleman, of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports. Read More
Every year, Cindy Ehnes makes it a point to buy clothing her daughters will not like for Christmas.
That way, Ehnes said, she can spend the following day with the two of them in San Francisco exchanging the unwanted items for something more to their liking.
“It’s a lot of work,” Ehnes, a Sacramento resident, said of her strategy. “It’s all a matter of taste.”
Lacey Castellano, Ehnes’ daughter, said that taste included ruffles.
“A lot of ruffles,” Castellano said. “This way we get what we like. It’s a sort of heavy gift card.” Read More
Killings in tourist hotspots, at packed nightclubs and at a gay-pride street party were some of the tragic headlines from 2010, a year in which, as of Dec. 18, 48 people were murdered in San Francisco. Although most of these homicides are unrelated, many of them share one similar trait: They remain unsolved. Read More
Former President Carlos Andres Perez, whose popularity soared with Venezuela's oil-based economy but who later faced riots, a severe economic downturn and impeachment, has died in Miami, his family said Saturday.
The 88-year-old Perez's daughter, Maria Francia Perez, said her father had died in a Miami hospital.
"He was happy and well when he awoke this morning. Suddenly he had difficulty breathing," she told The Associated Press. Read More
A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South barreled up the East Coast on Saturday night, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow Sunday for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and the New Jersey shore. Read More
A burqa-clad female suicide bomber in Pakistan lobbed hand grenades, then detonated her explosive belt among a crowd at an aid center Saturday, killing at least 45 people in militants' latest strike against the authorities' control over the key tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Read More
Carlos Gonzalez slowly came to. He was almost too weak to turn his head; when he finally did, he saw his mother weeping. He couldn’t understand what she was saying. His body didn’t feel right; when he tried to move it, it failed to obey. With great effort, he tilted his head to look down at it.
Only then did he notice that he was he was missing a leg. Read More
President Barack Obama signed a new law Wednesday that will allow gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America's military. And he urged those kicked out under the old law to re-enlist.Framing the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied, Obama said that "we are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot ... a nation that believes that all men and women are created equal." Read More