NBC Los Angeles - There were mudslides, thunder and lightning, and hail storms overnight, with a flash flood warning being issued for Los Angeles County until 5:30 a.m. Friday. It started when a small fall storm moving through Southern California dropped much-needed rain across parts of the region Thursday night. A lightning storm later hit the San Gabriel Valley at around 2 a.m. Friday, and could be seen from miles away.The Colby Fire restoration preparedness alert level was raised to yellow in light of possible flooding and mudslide danger.
Friday, November 21, 2014
 
FOX News - An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In a statement late Thursday, the Houston, Texas-based company said it was "an isolated incident that has been fully contained." The company said the person who was killed was an employee of a contractor, and another contractor employee was seriously injured.
Friday, November 21, 2014
 
Buffalo Business FIrst - It’s too early to say how much this week’s massive snowfall will cost in insurance claims, but at least one local firm expects the total community loss to rival the October storm of 2006. Lawley Insurance has not yet seen a dramatic increase in claims from individuals and business owners who have been affected by the lake-effect storm that has buried South Buffalo, the Southtowns and the eastern suburbs. But that’s not unusual when so many people haven’t been able to assess their properties, said Charlie Riley, spokesperson for the Buffalo-headquartered insurance brokerage.
Friday, November 21, 2014
 
ABC News - Roofs began to creak and collapse under the weight as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total Thursday to an epic 6 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York as crews struggled to dig out. Some areas got close to 2 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon. Things could quickly get worse: Rain and temperatures as high as 60 were in the forecast for the weekend, raising the specter of flooding and an even heavier load on roofs, where the snow could absorb the downpours like a blanket.
Friday, November 21, 2014
 
NBC New York - Three pilots have reported unmanned drones flying too close to their jetliners as they approached Kennedy Airport this week, NBC 4 New York has learned. On Wednesday afternoon, the pilot of JetBlue flight 842 from Savannah, Georgia, reported a drone flying at about 400 feet as the plane was on approach crossing from Nassau County into New York City, according to federal officials. Air traffic control recordings captured the pilot’s concern. "About two miles out on the final, maybe 4 to 300 feet, looks like one of those unmanned drones is flying right on the final," the pilot told air traffic control.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
 
Consumerist - Cattle rustling is an old-timey regional term for one of the oldest crimes in human civilization: walking off with someone else’s livestock. It turns out that when animals have been bred to be docile and to trust humans, it’s not hard to drive off with them. Auction houses don’t ask for proof that the cattle you’re selling are actually yours, there are no standardized ear tags, and the unwitting public ends up eating the evidence. NPR’s Planet Money recently shadowed one of the brave law enforcement officers fighting the cattle rustling menace, special agent in charge Jerry Flowers of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
 
FOX News - A Chicago school building that opened to students in 1890 is now caked in ice after being gutted by fire. The Mulligan Elementary School in the Lincoln Park neighborhood was closed in the 2000 and sold by the Board of Education several years later. A developer was converting the building into condominiums. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours Tuesday, spraying water that turned to ice in the frigid weather. The ice also caused problems for public transit.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
 
Northwest Georgia News - Police have begun evacuations of residents from the neighborhoods near U.S. 27 and 20th Street over to Old Lindale Road as a result of the Bekaert plant fire. U.S. 27 northbound is closed at Walker Mountain Road and southbound traffic on U.S. 27 is shut down at the Ledbetter interchange. Two bus routes in the Pepperell area were impacted by the fire. "Calls are being made to parents to let them know," said Tim Hensley, assistant to the superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "We’ll keep those students at the school until it is safe." The Gilbreath Center in Lindale has been prepared to be used as a evacuation center.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
 
NBC Chicago - Burglars crashed a car Tuesday morning into the Louis Vuitton store at Northbrook Court mall, police said, the latest in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries around the Chicago area. Northbrook Police said the crash happened at 4:53 a.m. Police said a number of purses were taken from the store, estimating the total value stolen at $120,000. Sources close to the investigation tell NBC5 the heist is similar to several other recent thefts in the Chicago area. The sources said security video, which has not yet been released, shows a sedan crashing into the store with as many as nine burglars in the car.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
 
FOX 10 - Traffic on I-17 was directed off the freeway after a fatal vehicle fire during the morning commute Wednesday. A semi truck was driving northbound on I-17 when it lost its load over the divider and onto the other side of the freeway. Vehicles swerved to get away from the semi and items, but one vehicle flipped over and another vehicle caught on fire after rolling over. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says the driver of the vehicle on fire died. Another person was cut out of the flipped over vehicle and is in serious condition.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
 
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