MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm packing heavy snow and high winds that wreaked havoc as it whipped through western states is marching into the upper Midwest as anxious Thanksgiving travelers brace for a busy holiday week. The wintry storm that left at least one person dead was pushing eastward into South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Wednesday, while a “bomb cyclone” weather phenomenon was expected to simultaneously topple trees, knock out power and dump snow in California and Oregon.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A US judge has ruled that much of President Barack Obama’s expansion of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument just before he left office in 2017 was illegal. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that timber counties and the industry challenged the expansion, as well as current Bureau of Land Management policy that reduces the amount of other lands available for commercial timber production. Dave Willis of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council said his group plans to appeal the ruling.
DENVER (AP) — Stormy weather and a power outage have affected two Northern California airports as a storm hits the region. KPIX-TV says the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground delay at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday because of the weather, cutting the number of arrivals in half. Oakland International Airport lost power for about 90 minutes Tuesday evening, shutting down its security checks and causing some flight delays and a couple of diversions.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A US judge in Oregon has granted an injunction barring a Trump administration rule from going into effect that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa. The order barred the proclamation from taking effect while a lawsuit filed by immigrant rights advocates makes its way through the courts. The proclamation signed by President Donald Trump in October applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the US already.