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Jan 21, 2014

Northeast to face snow as Midwest enters deep freeze again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fast-moving cold front will plunge the U.S. Midwest into a deep freeze on Tuesday and dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast, forecasters said.

The cold front will drop temperatures below freezing as far south as northern Florida. The high in and around Minnesota and the St. Lawrence Valley will not top zero Fahrenheit (-18 Celsius) during Tuesday’s daylight hours, forecaster AccuWeather said.

Jan 15, 2014

West Virginia AG vows probe after chemical spill fouls water

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – West Virginia’s top law enforcement officer on Wednesday vowed a full investigation of a chemical spill that contaminated tap water for hundreds of thousands of people.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said there was a lot of speculation surrounding the spill into the Elk River at Charleston, the state capital, on Thursday that shut off water to more than 300,000 people.

Jan 15, 2014

Washington, D.C., panel weighs decriminalizing marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia will take a step closer toward decriminalizing marijuana on Wednesday with a move that will make smoking a joint in the U.S. capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket.

With Washington arresting people for pot possession at a higher rate than any state, a city council panel is set to mark up a bill that would reduce penalties for possessing less than an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana to a fine as little as $25.

Jan 15, 2014

Washington, D.C., panel weighs decriminalizing marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia will take a step closer toward decriminalizing marijuana on Wednesday with a move that will make smoking a joint in the U.S. capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket.

With Washington arresting people for pot possession at a higher rate than any state, a city council panel is set to mark up a bill that would reduce penalties for possessing less than an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana to a fine as little as $25.

Jan 14, 2014

Tap water use ban lifted in parts of West Virginia after spill

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – West Virginia officials on Monday lifted a ban on drinking or bathing with tap water in some areas of the state hit by a chemical spill that affected hundreds of thousands of people for five days, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said.

Consumers in cleared areas should flush out their systems before using the water, which had been barred for use except for toilets since the chemical discharge into the Elk River on Thursday, he told a news conference.

Jan 13, 2014

Tap water use OK’d in some West Virginia areas after spill

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – West Virginia officials on Monday lifted a ban on drinking or bathing with tap water in some areas of the state hit by a chemical spill that affected hundreds of thousands of people for five days, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said.

Consumers in cleared areas should flush out their systems before using the water, which had been barred for use except for toilets since the chemical discharge into the Elk River on Thursday, he told a news conference.

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. polar vortex brings Big Chill to forest pests: scientists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The record cold U.S. temperatures may have a silver lining – killing off some tree-eating forest pests that have spread dangerously as the general climate warms up, scientists said.

The deep freeze that shattered decades-old records this week – causing fatalities and snarling air, road and rail traffic – could adversely affect pests such as the emerald ash bore, which is responsible for killing more than 10 million trees, said Robert Venette, a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jan 7, 2014

Record freeze settles into eastern United States, disrupts travel

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday, canceling thousands of flights, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.

New York’s Central Park hit a record low temperature for the date – 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius) – but with winds gusting to 32 miles per hour conditions felt far colder, the National Weather Service said.

Jan 2, 2014

Powerful storm brings Arctic cold, snow to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The first major
winter storm of 2014 bore down on the northeastern United States
on Thursday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong
winds just as many people were returning from holiday breaks.

The double-barreled storm system stretching from the lower
Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast could dump more than 12
inches (30.5 cm) of snow in some areas, especially southern New
England, by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Jan 2, 2014

Powerful storm bears down on U.S. Northeast with Arctic temps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the northeastern United States on Thursday, packing heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds for returning holiday travelers, forecasters said.

The double-barreled storm system stretching from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast could dump more than 12 inches of snow in some areas, especially southern New England, by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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