1.23.15:  UPS takes a hit during the holidays, cuts outlook


NEW YORK (AP) — The huge cost of ensuring timely deliveries cost UPS during the holidays and the shipping company is now cutting its outlook for the year.

Shares plunged nearly 10 percent in premarket trading Friday.

The Atlanta company hired more workers and boosted capacity at its facilities during the busy holiday season to avoid a repeat of 2013, when shippers struggled with a deluge of orders.

UPS Inc. now expects 2014 earnings of $4.75 per share, down from its previous forecast of between $4.90 and $5 per share. Industry analysts had been looking for earnings of $4.96 per share, according to FactSet. For the fourth quarter, UPS expects earnings of $1.25 per share, well below the $1.47 per share analysts had projected.

Shares of FedEx Corp. are down more than 2 percent.

1.23.15:  First significant winter storm to bear down on Northeast


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Northeast is expecting the first significant storm of the season this weekend.

The National Weather Service says the exact track of the storm is unclear, but some areas could get up to 8 inches of snow or more.

Even areas that escape the snow could face dangerous driving conditions.

The forecast is for up to 5 inches of snow for northern and eastern Connecticut. Parts of central Massachusetts could see up to 8 inches.

1.22.15:  Thousands to take part in March For Life in D.C.



WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of Americans who oppose abortion, many of them young Catholics, are in Washington for the annual March for Life.

Thursday’s rally and march on the National Mall will mark the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas says the large youth contingent is evidence that “the pro-life movement is stronger than ever,” and a reminder that “every single life is a gift.”

But Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York says abortion opponents should not be allowed to impose their beliefs on all women, some of whom may choose the procedure after consulting with clergy.

As protesters march, the House had planned to debate a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks, but the debate was canceled late Wednesday after a revolt by Republican women and others, leaving the proposal short of votes.

President Barack Obama has said he’ll veto the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it reaches his desk.


1.22.15:  Edgewater mayor declares state of emergency


EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Mayor of Edgewater, New Jersey, has declared a local state of emergency following a huge apartment fire that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Firefighters battling the blaze Wednesday afternoon were hampered by winds and frigid temperatures and smoke could be seen from New York City across the Hudson River.

There’ve been no reports of injuries.

Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland says schools will be closed Thursday and access to roads is restricted until further notice.


1.22.15:  Day 2 of talks in Cuba


HAVANA (AP) — Delegations from the U.S. and Cuba will hold their second day of meetings in Havana today on normalizing ties.

They’re expected to discuss the lifting of restrictions on American diplomats in Cuba and assurances that Cubans will have unfettered access to a future U.S. Embassy in Havana.

The U.S. has rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil.

1.21.15:  Pres. Obama delivers his State of the Union speech


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging to work with Republicans, but he’s also showing few signs of curtailing or tweaking his own plans to meet the GOP’s platform. In Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Obama unveiled an ambitious agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans.

Republicans are calling on President Barack Obama to cooperate with the GOP to simplify the tax code by lowering rates and eliminating unspecified loopholes and to ease trade barriers with Europe and Asia. Freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa delivered the Republican response following the State of the Union address. She said, “Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare.”

President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. and its economy will be left vulnerable unless Congress acts to prevent hacking. In his State of the Union address, Obama called for cybersecurity legislation, saying no foreign nation or hacker should be able to shut down U.S. networks and hackers must not be able to steal trade secrets or invade Americans’ privacy.

1.21.15:  Senate committee to examine testing in schools


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law.

It’s focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America’s schoolchildren.

The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to eight and once again in high school. Critics say that mandate has led to a high-stakes testing culture and teaching to the test. But supporters say the testing is an important way to track student learning.

Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee leads the Senate’s education committee. He says he’s open to listening to all sides of the testing debate.

1.21.15:  Boston hospital mourns doctor


BOSTON (AP) — Administrators and staff at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself.

Dr. Michael Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery, died late Tuesday hours after the shooting.

Police say 55-year-old Stephen Pasceri walked into the hospital Tuesday and specifically asked for the doctor.

Police don’t have a motive for the shooting. They say Pasceri was not Davidson’s patient.


1.21.15:  Havana talks start with promises by Obama, Cuban caution


HAVANA (AP) — The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades begins two days of negotiations.

Today the delegation will discuss continuing by both sides to promote what the State Department calls “safe, legal and orderly migration.”

That covers everything from the security of charter flights between Miami and Havana to rooting out fraudulent passports and partnering on potential search-and-rescue missions.

Tomorrow’s talks focus on re-establishing a U.S. Embassy in Havana headed by an ambassador, and a Cuban Embassy in Washington.

1.20.15:  Overpass collapses in Ohio


CINCINNATI (AP) — Commuters in the Cincinnati area have to plan ahead this morning after an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed last night, killing one person and injuring another.

Police say something went “terribly wrong” when crews were taking down the old Interstate 75 overpass and several tons of concrete fell onto the road.

A construction workers was killed in the accident and a semi driver was injured.

Officials say the southbound lanes of I-75 should be closed at least until late Wednesday.