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Guns in school parking lots bill signed in Ind.

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:09
The measure allows adults to keep guns locked in their vehicles on school property.

25 dead, scores still missing in mudslide

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:07
Workers take pains as they search through massive debris field in Oso, Wash.

Dallas beats Oklahoma City in overtime

NBA - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:01
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the host Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over Oklahoma City.
Categories: Sports Center

Lew remains in hospital with low fever

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:00
The Treasury Secretary is expected to resume normal duties next week.

Hawaii lawmaker, police agree to prostitution ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:50
HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes.

2 orangutans outsmart Ind. zoo enclosure

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:44
Breakout illustrates zoos' challenges to design living spaces for the intelligent animals.

Oso slide sign touches America's hearts

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:40
Oso slide sign touches America's hearts

Mo. man executed for raping, killing teen in 1989

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:34

In this March 17, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Jeffrey Ferguson. Ferguson was sentenced to die for killing a 17-year-old St. Charles County girl in 1989. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis more than two decades ago was executed Wednesday in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months.


Q&A: Staring at a big price hike for health plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:32

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.


Officials: Senate considered phone company option

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:31

FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered, but ultimately rejected, alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone records, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans' phone records, The Associated Press has learned.


Lakers 127, Knicks 96: Knicks Are Routed in a Display That Jackson Calls ‘Awful’

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:31
Phil Jackson, the Knicks president, left Tuesday’s game with 8:54 left, after the Knicks had allowed a Lakers’ franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter.
    





Pope removes German 'bling bishop' from post

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:30
Pope Francis removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese.

Winds whip small fire, apartment complex leveled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:28

Houston firefighters work to extinguish a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. Fire officials said more than 200 emergency personnel were at the scene Tuesday afternoon and were working to protect nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — Gusty winds turned what had been a small rooftop fire into a massive blaze that destroyed a large apartment complex under construction near downtown Houston, authorities said.


Obama honors the dead of World War I

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:23
President speaks at Flanders Field in Belgium, honoring the dead of World War I.

Testers say federal health care website runs slow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:20

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy.


Judge to decide if murder suspect fit for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:20

Defense attorney Al Avignone, right, speaks with Richland County Attorney Mike Weber, center, at the competency hearing for murder suspect Michael Keith Spell on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Sidney, Mont. Deputy County Attorney T.R. Halvorson, left, looks on. A state psychiatrist testified that Spell is fit for trial. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — Sharply divergent images of a Colorado man charged with killing a Montana teacher during a random abduction attempt emerged during a hearing Tuesday to determine whether the suspect is fit for trial.


Speed up to 94 singled out in actor's deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:18

FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a city street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend Roger Rodas. A person who has reviewed the investigators’ report told The Associated Press that it concluded unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash. The person requested anonymity because the report has not been officially released yet.AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were going up to 94 mph in a 45 mph zone in a Porsche with two 9-year-old tires when they lost control, hit a light pole and died immediately when the car burst into flames, according to a new investigation of the November accident.


Missouri executes killer of teenage girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:17
By Carey Gillam BONNE TERRE, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials executed a man early on Wednesday who was convicted of abducting a teenage girl at the gas station where she worked, then raping and strangling her. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m local time at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety. He was the third man executed in Missouri this year. Ferguson was twice convicted of killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, whom he kidnapped with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989.

Funeral expenses leave mother's body in limbo

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:17
Woman had $50,000 insurance policy, but family can't access it to bury her.

BP refinery leaks oil into US lake

BBC World News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:15
BP's biggest refinery in the US spills crude oil into Lake Michigan after a malfunction but regulators say the leak has been contained.
Categories: BBC World News