Court says Detroit can enter bankruptcy; pensions may take big hit.
Illinois cuts pension benefits.
Vice President Biden seeks to calm tensions in Asia.
Engineer may have “zoned out” before crash in New York.
Winter storm hits Rockies and plains.
The North Atlantic hurricane season ends today, and South Florida made it through without so much as a storm warning.
There’s been speculation as to why we didn’t get as much development this year; the named storms only made it up to the “M” before the season ended, whereas in the past we’ve gone through the alphabet and then some. One report said it had to do with dust in the atmosphere from the Sahara Desert blowing over the Atlantic. But other parts of the world did see a lot of activity, especially in the Pacific, including Mexico and the Philippines. So this year we here in South Florida and the United States just lucked out.
The next season starts in June.
If you’re going anywhere today or tomorrow in the Eastern half of the United States, it’s going to be a slog.
The massive Winter Storm Boreas, blamed for at least 14 deaths in the Plains and West, is parked over the East Coast and South Wednesday, halting Thanksgiving traffic with snow, ice, heavy rains, and even a tornado. In general its wreaking havoc on travel plans in the air and on the roads on the busiest travel day of the year.
“The timing of the storm couldn’t be worse,” said Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. “We are seeing numerous threats as the storm is beginning to develop and intensify.”
Listening to Interlochen Public Radio out of northern lower Michigan, they’re under a lake-effect snow advisory until tomorrow with snowfall of an inch an hour expected.
But even south Florida hasn’t escaped the weather; at least the rain. It’s been storming on and off since Saturday. It’s expected to clear off for tomorrow though, and become partly cloudy with highs in the low 80′s.
The I.R.S. is changing the rules for non-profits political activities.
U.S. tests China’s air rights claims with B-52′s.
CBS suspends Lara Logan and producer over Benghazi hoax.
Holiday travel is a real mess in the East.
Scotland has plans for independence.
Kerry defends Iranian nuclear pact.
Pakistani police halt NATO supply truck blockade.
Honduras ruling party candidate takes lead, claims win.
Sandy Hook massacre report due to be released today.
Texas braces for freezing rain and sleet.
Iran and western powers agree to deal to curtail nukes.
More than 70 killed in Syrian clashes.
Afghan council approves U.S. security pact.
Winter storms kill in the West; head east.
Rhodes Scholars named for 2014.
Kerry hopes to clinch Iran deal.
Syrian rebels reportedly captured a key oil field.
6.5 earthquake hits the South Pacific.
Family of U.S. man seized in North Korea appeals for his release.
Winter storm could hamper Thanksgiving travel.
U.S. and Afghanistan reach agreement on security deal.
Iran’s leader backs nuclear talks… with conditions.
Illinois makes it official — marriage equality signed into law.
Medal of Freedom goes to 16, including Bill Clinton and Oprah.
Tropical Update: Melissa still moving east.
The Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler.
Car bomb kills 10 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.
Iran says nuclear talks can be promising.
Albuquerque votes down proposed 20-week abortion ban.
Florida GOP congressman charged with cocaine possession.
Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law.
Tropical Update: Subtropical Storm Melissa heads east.
From Think Progress:
Seventeen out of twenty-two Republican members of the committee, or 77 percent, are climate deniers. The members’ refusal to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change dovetails with their open disregard for the EPA and the work it does.
So one of the biggest typhoons in recorded history hits the Philippines, portions of Miami Beach are under water, we have killer tornadoes hitting central Illinois in November, and the jury is still out?
Two people confirmed dead in tornadoes in central Illinois.
Russian airliner crash kills 50.
Two dead, 20 injured in Colorado mine accident.
Mount Etna erupts in Sicily.
Nancy Pelosi says Democrats not afraid of Obamacare in 2014 elections.
The destruction from the typhoon in the Philippines is massive.
Talks with Iran over nuclear weapons fails to reach an agreement.
Syrian activists say truce reached over blockaded town.
Job numbers surged even after shutdown.
The last reunion of the Doolittle Raiders was held to honor their service.
West and Iran may be near a deal on nuclear weapons.
President Obama offers an apology for problems with healthcare boot-up.
White House backs $10/hour minimum wage.
Security officer’s account of Benghazi attack under attack.
All in the family — Jason Carter, Jimmy Carter’s grandson, is running for Georgia governor.
Powerful typhoon hits Philippines.
NATO reduces its scope for postwar Afghanistan.
Syrian rebel groups opposed to peace talks.
Colombian rebels release kidnapped former Marine.
Florida braces for cuts to food stamp programs.
Hurricane-force winds hit Britain.
World Series: Boston ties it up with the Cards 4-2.
Car bombs kill dozens in Iraq.
Five dead in stabbing rampage in Brooklyn.
Authorities close Indiana University campus after a report of individual with a knife on the loose.
U.S. spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone back in 2002.
Tropical Update: Raymond becomes a hurricane in the Pacific.
World Series — The Cards win 5-4 in a wild finish and lead the series 2-1.
President Obama defended the healthcare law, saying the tech problems will be fixed.
Another school shooting – this time in Nevada — leaves two dead.
Gov. Christie drops fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
France is not happy about allegations of U.S. spying there.
Cooler temps and rain ease Australian wildfires.
Some people are evacuated along the Mexican coast ahead of Hurricane Raymond.
Jim Leyland steps down as manager of the Tigers after eight seasons.
Healthcare.gov website repair underway; could take weeks.
Microsoft pulls Windows update to fix problems.
Mexico’s Pacific coast braces for Hurricane Raymond.
Israel warns against easing sanctions on Iran.
J.P. Morgan close to $13 billion settlement over mortgages.
The government slowly gets back to work.
Big bucks — The shutdown was not cheap.
U.S. mulls options in easing sanctions on Iran.
Jeh C. Johnson is likely the next head of Homeland Security.
Prisoners escape Florida pen with fake documents.
Typhoon Francisco soaks Guam.
The Tigers lost 4-3, head back to Boston behind 3-2 in the ALCS.
Senate leaders talk budget but report no progress.
World leaders urge U.S. debt limit deal.
Iran will make new nuclear offer.
Dozens die in stampede in India.
More bombings, more death in Iraq.
Tropical Update: Still tracking Invest 98L.
The Tigers lost to the Red Sox 6-5, head to Detroit.
Captured Libyan al-Qaeda leader was hiding in plain sight.
Geewhaddashock — Ted Cruz wins “Value Voters” straw poll.
Cyclone hits India.
Cold case — Couple arrested in 22-year-old murder of “Baby Hope.”
Tropical Update: Invest 98L looks to the west.
The Tigers beat the Red Sox 1-0 in the first game of the ALCS; Sanibal was this close to a no-hitter.