LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A sloppy storm system carrying heavy rainfall, ice and snow is slogging its way eastward, bringing the potential of headaches for travelers heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday.National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro (vuh-CAYR’-oh) says the timing couldn’t be worse as the storm dumps rain on parts of the southeast and brings the risk of snow and ice to the Appalachians, western Pennsylvania and western New York.The storm system, already blamed for at least 11 deaths, could also spawn an isolated tornado in the Florida Panhandle.Vaccaro says air travel will likely be disrupted Tuesday and Wednesday, with wet and windy weather predicted for many major airports in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.The storm system is expected to move out by Thanksgiving Day. U.S. winter storm threatens to snarl Thanksgiving travel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major winter storm set to hit the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday is threatening to snarl millions of Thanksgiving travelers’ holiday plans, forecasters said on Monday.The same storm that lashed New Mexico and the southern Plains with snow and ice over the weekend will spread heavy rain across the South before moving into the U.S. Northeast ahead of the Thursday holiday, the National Weather Service said.The Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and northern New York could get 6 to 12 inches of snow on Wednesday before the storm moves into western Maine on Thursday, weather service meteorologist Dan Petersen said.East of the snow front, the I-95 highway corridor from Boston to New York could receive 2 to 3-1/2 inches of rain, he said.”The storm is going to occur from (Monday night) through Wednesday, and it will be pretty much out of the area” by Thursday, he said.View gallery.”Cars slide on Paseo del Norte Sunday, Nov.24, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., after a winter storm hit N …”Thanksgiving will be just blustery and chilly and windy across the (Great) Lakes and Northeast.”Some 39 million people are expected to travel by road from Wednesday to Sunday, centering around Thanksgiving Day, travel group AAA said last week.High winds could ground the giant character balloons in the Macy’s Inc Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. City rules bar the huge balloons from flying when sustained winds top 23 miles per hour (37 km per hour), and gusts exceed 34 mph.Freezing rain and bad weather from the Plains storm contributed to the cancellation of 378 airline flights in the United States on Monday, most of them at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks delays and cancellations.The storm is combining with a cold front that dropped temperatures to minus 3 Fahrenheit (minus 19.4C) at Saranac Lake, New York, the coldest spot in the contiguous United States on Monday morning.New Hampshire’s Supreme Court was briefly forced to close on Monday because it had lost heat and electricity.At least 13 people were killed in storm-related accidents over the weekend in Oklahoma, Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona, according to NBCNews.com.(Reporting by Ian Simpson, Scott Malone and Curtis Skinner; Editing by Scott Malone, Lisa Von Ahn and Maureen Bavdek)
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that additional polio cases had been confirmed in two new areas of Syria, including near Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo near Turkey.”In addition to 15 polio cases in Deir al-Zor province, Syria, two additional cases have been confirmed, one each in rural Damascus and Aleppo,” the organization said on its Twitter account.The incurable virus was confirmed this month in 13 children who became paralyzed. The WHO says polio is expected to spread after a drop in vaccination rates due to the war.WHO spokeswoman Sona Bari said the virus had reached Aleppo, once Syria’s most populous city where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are fighting rebels trying to end four decades of family rule.Polio is endemic in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria despite a 25-year-old campaign to eradicate the disease, which can paralyze a child within hours. This is Syria’s first polio outbreak since 1999.More than 20 million children are to be vaccinated in Syria and neighboring countries over the next six months, United Nations agencies say. Syria’s immunization rates have plummeted from more than 90 percent before the conflict to around 68 percent.(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Elizabeth Piper) Travelers cast wary eye as storm moves eastward
Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier. Some of the country’s busiest airports — New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. — could see big delays.Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 11 deaths, half of them in Texas. On Monday, the storm brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, southern Kansas and Texas. But as the storm continues east, there are fears of heavy rain along the busy Interstate 95 corridor and sleet, freezing rain and snow away from the coast and at higher elevations.Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said it will be „primarily a rain event” for the East Coast, with up to three inches of rain dousing travelers.”The further inland you get — especially as you get into that higher terrain — you are going to deal with frozen precipitation,” Kines said. Snow could fall in western Pennsylvania and the interior of New England. Up to 9 inches could blanket northern parts of West Virginia, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon.Jeff Smidt is traveling Wednesday from his home in Toronto to visit his family in Andover, Mass., just outside Boston.View gallery.”Troy Peoples, center, and Amenia Evernz, right, pass the time watching TV after their flight to Wash …”My understanding is that I’m traveling at like the worst time ever,” he said.Smidt tried to get on an earlier flight but JetBlue told him it isn’t waiving any change fees yet.”I’m just hoping I also don’t become a statistic during the holiday weekend,” he said. „Worst comes to worst, it will be an eight-hour trek down Interstate 90.”Ninety percent of travelers this week will drive, according to AAA, and an estimated 38.9 million people — 1.6 percent fewer than last year — are expected to drive 50 miles or more from their home.Gas is about 15 cents cheaper than last year, AAA said Monday, with a gallon of regular selling for $3.28.View gallery.”Departure boards display dozens of canceled flights in terminal D at Dallas-Fort Worth International …The car-lobbying group and travel agency says Wednesday will be the busiest travel day, a forecast based on a formula that factors in consumer confidence, stock market performance, unemployment and a survey of 418 people that has a 6 percent margin of error.Air travel will be busier and more expensive than usual this Thanksgiving.This holiday will likely see the most air travelers since 2007, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, with the busiest day being Sunday, an estimated 2.56 million passengers. Wednesday is expected to be the second-busiest with 2.42 million passengers.The average domestic airfare is up 9.5 percent from last Thanksgiving to $313, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets sold online and by traditional travel agencies.Meanwhile, Amtrak prices in September — the most recent month for which data is available — were up more than 4 percent from last year.View gallery.”Crews spray deicing solution onto an American Airlines 737 before departure at Dallas-Fort Worth Int …Adding to the usual stress of holiday travel, though, is the weather that’s ahead for much of the country. Already, the storm system dropped several inches of snow last week in New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and West Texas.In Arkansas, state police reported that a Franklin woman was killed Monday morning when she lost control of her car on an icy bridge over the Strawberry River in the north-central part of the state. Her car collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, police said.Some of the worst weather was expected in the Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas but most of the region saw only sporadic ice and very cold temperatures.”You can see it on the power lines but the roads are fine,” said Courtney O’Neal-Walden, who planned to close her Dairyette restaurant in Mount Ida four hours early because business was slow.In Texas, up to 44,000 people, mostly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, were without power earlier in the day, but that number had dropped considerably by the afternoon.___Mayerowitz reported from New York City. Associated Press writers John Raby in Charleston, W.Va., Diana Heidgerd in Dallas, Ken Miller in Oklahoma City and Kelly P. Kissel and Jill Zeman in Little Rock contributed to this report. What 11 Billion People Mean for Earth’s Animals
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Play VideoCeline Dion puts $100 million in property up for saleZoomin.tv 1:10Play VideoInterior design extravaganza in Californiaeuronews Videos 2:40A farmer has built a one-bedroom house for just £150 using mud, clay, straw, and materials he found in a skip.Michael Buck, 59, erected the ‘cob house’ at the bottom of his garden near Oxford using an ancient building technique.Cob houses are built according to a method thought to date back to prehistoric times, which uses only earth, clay and straw – and no power tools.
Ex-art teacher Michael, who is now a rural smallholder, spent just a small sum of money on his dream home by using only natural materials or unwanted items from skips.
Since completing the project after two years spent gathering materials and constructing the house, Michael has started renting out the property.
His current tenant – a worker on a neighbouring dairy farm – pays for her lodgings in milk.
The house’s floorboards were rescued from a neighbour’s skip and the windows used to be the windscreen from an old lorry.
The dedicated dad-of-three even taught himself how to thatch in order to create the intricate roof.
Although it has no electricity, the pretty cottage – which looks like a home from the Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth – boasts free running water from a nearby spring and walls painted with a chalk and plant resin mixture.It has a kitchen and dining area, and a bunk-style bed to maximise space below.Heat is provided by a wood-burning stove – and thanks to the cob walls and thatched roof the house it is surprisingly well-insulated.A shallow well outside the front door even acts as a primitive fridge to keep milk and other liquids cool.The isolated retreat even has its own thatched outhouse complete with composting toilet.The cob house during development. It took two years – and just £150 – to build. (SWNS)Michael said he wanted to challenge the notion that paying for a house should take a lifetime.He said: „It was meant to cost nothing but some things went wrong so we ended up spending £150 on it.„If I were a property developer I’d have an infinity overspend because as a percentage of nothing, which was my target, £150 is quite a lot.„But I believe in the idea of houses not costing much. A house does not have to cost the Earth – you only need earth to build it.„There’s this idea people have to spend their whole lives paying off their mortgage doing something they don’t enjoy which I wanted to challenge.„I also used mostly natural materials – I wanted the house to fit in with the landscape rather than intrude upon it.[Retired British couple see their £170,000 dream home in Spain bulldozed – after rogue developer built it without planning permission]„The house is built from locally-sourced materials and apart from the glass they are biodegradable„With proper maintenance it could last forever but it would also naturally return to the Earth if it was left alone. One day it will disappear back into the landscape – it would just be a mound of earth if it was left.Michael collected old material from skips and used mud to build his house. (SWNS)„There are also some personal touches – the names of everyone who helped in building the house is written on the wall. It includes the names of three cows – Marigold, Crystal and Mist – who provided dung which helped to make the walls.”Cob houses have been built across the world for thousands of years and can still be found in countries like Afghanistan, New Zealand and America.[Is this the most amazing treehouse in the world?]English cob was traditionally made by mixing a clay-based subsoil with sand, straw and water before using oxen to trample it.The mixture would then be ladled on to a stone foundation and trodden into the wall by workers – a process known as ‘cobbing’.Over time the layers of cob would be gradually built up as the previous layer – or ‘course’ – hardened.
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