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Dec 13, 2010

Cold, snow hit schools, travel in many states

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bone-chilling cold swept across the snow-hit Great Plains and Midwest on Monday, closing schools and playing havoc with travel plans, with the sub-freezing temperatures reaching as far south as Florida.

Minnesota and Wisconsin shivered in temperatures not expected to top single digits — with wind-chills much colder than that — and motorists spent hours awaiting rescue on impassable roads in northwest Indiana.

Dec 2, 2010

Judge denies request to close Great Lakes to carp

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday denied a request by five U.S. states to close off man-made waterways that connect the Great Lakes to inland rivers, ruling there was no imminent threat of Asian carp entering the lakes.

Five states bordering the lakes, led by Michigan, had sought a preliminary injunction that would have required the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to immediately shut off the waterways, arguing action was necessary to head off a disaster for the lakes’ $7 billion fishery.

Dec 2, 2010

Rivers swell in east, winter storm forecast

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A storm that socked eastern states stranded drivers and posed flooding risks on Thursday, while a winter storm originating in the Northwest was expected to lay a blanket of snow on the Midwest and Appalachians, weather forecasters said.

“For some in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, this could be the first significant, plowable snow of the season,” the Weather.com website said.

Nov 16, 2010

Next Congress may slow green job growth: expert

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Republican gains in the next Congress will likely curtail spending on green construction projects, but the sector promises to be a source of job growth for an economy that sorely needs it, advocates said on Tuesday.

“America needs 30 million jobs. Our mission ought to be to make those green jobs,” David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of nine labor unions and four environmental groups, told the Greenbuild Expo in Chicago.

Nov 9, 2010

Hotel workers file complaints against Hyatt

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Union-represented housekeepers filed injury complaints against Hyatt Hotels Corp properties in eight U.S. cities on Tuesday, but the company said the filing was a union ploy to gain leverage and members.

The 12 filings with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration asked for an investigation into what the union, Unite Here, said were high rates of injuries among overworked housekeepers at Hyatt properties.

Nov 9, 2010

Hotel workers file complaints against Hyatt

CHICAGO, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Union-represented housekeepers
filed injury complaints against Hyatt Hotels Corp (H.N: Quote, Profile, Research)
properties in eight U.S. cities on Tuesday, but the company
said the filing was a union ploy to gain leverage and members.

The 12 filings with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health
Administration asked for an investigation into what the union,
Unite Here, said were high rates of injuries among overworked
housekeepers at Hyatt properties.

Nov 9, 2010

George Bush, promoting book, laughs it up on Oprah

CHICAGO (Reuters) – George W. Bush, promoting his memoir that hit store shelves Tuesday, pronounced himself “through with politics” and defended his decisions as president in a jokey interview with television talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

“A lot of people didn’t think I could read, much less write,” Bush cracked about his book, “Decision Points,” during the taped interview in Winfrey’s Chicago studios.

Oct 29, 2010

Ex-media mogul Conrad Black to be resentenced

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former media mogul Conrad Black may be headed back to prison in light of a U.S. Appeals Court ruling on Friday that upheld his convictions on one of three fraud counts and obstruction of justice.

Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to the trial judge to resentence Black on the affirmed counts, but took what legal experts said was an extraordinary step by urging prosecutors to “wind up this protracted litigation” and not retry him.

Oct 22, 2010
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Blagojevich’s retrial postponed until April 2011

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich won a delay until April 20 of his scheduled retrial on corruption charges, which means the trial won’t be going on while Chicagoans vote for their next mayor.

Judge James Zagel of the U.S. District Court granted the defense request for a delay, saying the Democrat’s scaled-down defense team will have to “retool” when he is retried on nearly two-dozen corruption counts. Among the charges are that Blagojevich attempted to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

Oct 21, 2010

No worries of major quake in US Midwest-scientist

CHICAGO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The New Madrid seismic zone
will not produce a major earthquake in the U.S. Midwest for
hundreds, if not thousands, of years, according to a geologist
and author of a new book on the topic, “Disaster Deferred.”

The book’s publication comes nearly 200 years after three
major earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 shook the region, famously
reversing the flow of the Mississippi River (temporarily) and
ringing church bells on the East Coast (partially true).

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