Southwest storm leads to flight cancellations ahead of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2013
Southwest
Storm leads to many flight cancellations

A large storm that caused at least eight deaths in the West slogged through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest on Sunday, leading to hundreds of flight cancelations ahead of Thanksgiving.

Meteorologists expect the Arctic mass to head south and east, threatening plans for Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

More than 300 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, representing about one-third of the scheduled departures.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for chunks of North Texas from noon Sunday until midday Monday. Parts of Oklahoma are also under a winter storm warning.

Portions of New Mexico also had several inches of snow.

By early Sunday, the weather was blamed for at least eight deaths in traffic accidents.

— Associated Press

Connecticut
Police still holding back on Sandy Hook

A prosecutor is planning to release a report Monday on the investigation of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but the public will have to wait longer for the state police’s full accounting of the crime.

The decision to continue withholding the bulk of the evidence is stirring new criticism of the secrecy that has surrounded the inquiry since a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at the school on Dec. 14, 2012.

Although the gunman took his own life and authorities are not contemplating any prosecutions, the lead investigator, State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, has gone to court to fight the release of 911 tapes, consulted privately with victims’ families on what might be included in the report and resisted calls from Connecticut’s governor to divulge more information sooner.

Investigators have cited the scale of the criminal investigation and consideration for the victims’ families, some of whom have lobbied for tighter restrictions on public information and complained of being harassed by conspiracy theorists.

— Associated Press

Oklahoma
4 killed, 1 injured in shooting at home

Four people were killed and a fifth person was hospitalized after being shot in a Tulsa residence, police said Sunday.

The victims were shot by one gunman at close range Saturday night, police said. The Tulsa World reported that officers are looking for a suspect.

Police said that a shooting involving multiple victims was reported about 7 p.m. Investigators said that the home had been the scene of several drug arrests.

Officers arrived to find two people dead, a man and a woman both between 30 and 40 years old, responders said. A second woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, was pronounced dead at a hospital, said Kelli Bruer, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Sgt. Dave Walker of the Tulsa Police Department told television station KOTV that the fourth victim was a woman in her 50s. Officials said a fifth person is hospitalized in serious condition.

— From news services

N.Y. putting food waste to use: New York City says that more than 2,500 tons of restaurant food waste has been diverted from landfills in the past six months — for use as compost or donations to food banks. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) said the food came from 100 restaurants that are participating in the voluntary Food Waste Challenge. He said the city aims to expand the program to hotels, stadiums and other large producers of food waste. Food that is unsellable — for instance, misshaped pies — goes to food banks rather than being thrown out.

— Associated Press

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