Midwestern United States

Cattle feed in a snow covered pasture near Lecompton, Kansas

Ice pellets and snow frustrate holiday travel rush

CHICAGO (AP) – A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow […]

12/21/2013

This is a Weather Underground forecast for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, for the U.S. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the […]

12/20/2013

Home heating fuel trucks. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

How to blunt effect of higher heating bills

NEW YORK (AP) — After two years of flat or lower fuel prices, many residents will pay sharply more to heat their homes this winter, according to government forecasts out this week. There are a […]

10/11/2013

In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 photo, fourth-grade students at Washington Elementary School in Monticello, Ill., eat popsicles to stay cool as their teacher reads to them. The school, built in 1894, has air conditioning in only a few spots and has been sending students home early this new school year as temperatures push into the 90s every day. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

‘Heat days’ become more common for sweaty schools

CHICAGO (AP) — When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet […]

09/02/2013

Obesity in America

Obesity very high in 13 states; many in the South

ATLANTA (AP) — A new government survey shows obesity still isn’t budging among American adults. Overall, the level of adult obesity has been about the same for years now. The latest survey found 13 states […]

08/15/2013

Children play on a fountain at Pier A Park during a heat wave, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Relief from worst heat on the horizon by weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooler temperatures are within sight but likely not soon enough and cool enough for a large swath of the country hit with dangerously high temperatures for days as the largest heat […]

07/18/2013

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Signed contracts to buy US homes dips slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, but the level stayed close to a nearly three-year high. The report suggests sales of previously occupied homes will keep rising in the coming months.

03/27/2013

US homes sales highest in more than 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in February to their fastest pace in more than three years, and more people put their homes on the market. The increases suggest more Americans believe the housing recovery will strengthen.

03/21/2013

Cattle feed in a snow covered pasture near Lecompton, Kansas

Slow-moving snowstorm pummels Midwest, heads east

CHICAGO (AP) — A massive, slow-moving storm paralyzed parts of the nation’s midsection with heavy, wet snow Tuesday before churning eastward.

02/27/2013

The Twelve book cover

Review: Justin Cronin returns to apocalyptic saga

The middle book in a trilogy faces a striking challenge. It must match the interest and appeal created by the first book while advancing the story with enough surprises that readers will believe their investment of time and emotion will pay off in the final installment.

01/07/2013

FBI: Crime reported to police fell last year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI says the number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines. Meanwhile, the amount of property crime reported […]

10/29/2012

Maker of Japan's bullet train chosen for US cars

CHICAGO (AP) – The company that makes cars for Japan’s bullet train has been picked to build a fleet of next generation passenger cars for rail corridors in the Midwest and California. Illinois, Michigan, Missouri […]

09/27/2012

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