A massive late-winter storm hit several central US states Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate, snarling air traffic and leaving drivers stranded. There were widespread road closures and more than 1,000 flights canceled at the worst affected airports. The intense storm affected much of the nation's midsection with "heavy snows, blizzard conditions and widespread wind gusts over hurricane force," according to the National Weather Service. "Travel will remain difficult and life threatening across these areas," the NWS said. The deluge caused flooding in parts of Nebraska and Iowa. Raging waters washed away a bridge in one part of Nebraska, while nearly toppling a levee near the small city of Norfolk -- requiring thousands of residents to evacuate. "It's a very serious event, one of the most serious we've seen in our history," Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning told a news briefing. Law enforcement in the state launched rescues of stranded people in various communities due to flooded … [Read more...] about Sprawling storm threatens several US states, thousands evacuated
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Paul Davidson USA TODAY Published 12:11 PM EST Feb 25, 2019 It’s not exactly a tale of two cities. More like a saga of two stragglers. Nearly 10 years after the Great Recession ended, just two metro areas – former manufacturing strongholds Elmira, New York, and Danville, Illinois – are mired in an economic downturn, according to Moody’s Analytics’ recession tracker. That’s the fewest number in recession since the late 1990s, Moody’s data show. That’s good news: It means the U.S. economy is so strong that it has lifted even the handful of the 400 metro areas that were floundering. In 2018, the economy grew a healthy 3 percent and generated an average of 223,000 jobs a month. “The rising tide is lifting all boats, even places that have struggled,” says Moody’s economist Adam Kamins. The bad news: Despite the booming economy, Elmira and Danville remain outside the party looking in, stuck in a … [Read more...] about Recession: Elmira, New York, Danville, Illinois struggle amid US boom
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 1:04 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 A potent storm slammed the central United States on Thursday, bringing a ferocious mix of wild weather from blizzard conditions to flash floods. Schools, universities and businesses were closed Thursday in several states as travel proved difficult if not impossible. More than 130,000 customers were without power in Michigan due to the storm, according to poweroutage.us. At least five people have been killed. Four died in traffic accidents on snowy or icy roads in the central United States over the past few days and a student died in Seattle after slipping on the ice. Earlier in the week, the storm brought heavy snow and ice to portions of the West Coast, including the Seattle and San Francisco areas. As of midday Thursday, the National Weather Service reported that more than 20 million people were threatened by winter weather, while another 25 million were bracing for flooding. The … [Read more...] about Winter storm: Blizzard, ice, floods, thunderstorms blast central U.S.
Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!
The UK Independence Party (UKIP ) is a Eurosceptic and right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom. It currently has three representatives in the House of Lords and sixteen Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), making it the third-largest UK party in the European Parliament. It has four Assembly Members (AMs) in the National Assembly for Wales and two members in the London Assembly. UKIP originated as the Anti-Federalist League, a single-issue Eurosceptic party established in London by the historian Alan Sked in 1991. It was renamed UKIP in 1993 but its growth remained slow. It was largely eclipsed by the Eurosceptic Referendum Party until the latter's 1997 dissolution. In 1997, Sked was ousted by a faction led by Nigel Farage, who became the party's preeminent figure. In 2006, Farage officially became leader and under his direction the party adopted a wider policy platform and capitalised on concerns about rising immigration, in particular among the White British … [Read more...] about UK Independence Party