Snowstorm causes problems for travelers in West

Denver

Snowstorm creates trouble for travelers

A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains was causing problems for travelers Wednesday as it spread across the Plains. The main east-west route across Colorado, Interstate 70, was closed from east of Denver to the Kansas line because of poor visibility from blowing snow. Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska were warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday night as the Plains gets its first major winter storm of the season. The storm is also expected to hit Wisconday.

Washington

31 suspended at Army day care

At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions including sexual assault and drug use, a defense official said Wednesday. The escalating scandal surrounding the Fort Myer Child Development Center has triggered a review of hiring procedures, angered defense leaders, and prompted a late-night phone call Tuesday from President Barack Obama to the Army secretary expressing concern and urging a thorough investigation.

Lubbock, Texas

Dust storm pileup kills 1, injures 17

A dust storm in West Texas triggered a series of accidents Wednesday that killed one person, injured at least 17 and closed part of Interstate 27 north of Lubbock, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Cpl. John Gonzalez said 23 vehicles were involved in chain-reaction crashes south of Abernathy as sand and dust from nearby fields were whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph. "It was like a white-out, only this would be black," Gonzalez said. "You couldn't see past the hood of your vehicle."

Shirley, N.Y.

Long Island pileup kills 1, injures 33

A semitrailer truck crashed into several vehicles, setting off a chain-reaction of fiery crashes Wednesday on the Long Island Expressway. One person was killed and 33 were injured, police said. The accident about 70 miles east of New York City left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes. Officials are investigating the cause of the chaos.

Elsewhere

Moscow: Russia's parliament took a first step Wednesday toward banning the adoption of Russian children by American parents, in retaliation for an anticorruption law recently passed by Congress.

Paris: A French appeals court Wednesday rejected a demand from Dominique Strauss-Kahn to dismiss an investigation of him in a ring that recruited prostitutes for sex parties.

Baghdad: Jalal Talabani, the president of Iraq, will be flown to Germany for medical treatment from a stroke suffered this week, officials said Wednesday.

Times wires

Snowstorm causes problems for travelers in West 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:27pm]

    

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