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Alaska Airlines refunds fares for California cancer patient removed from flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:41
(Reuters) - A Northern California cancer patient whose removal from an Alaska Airlines flight caused outrage online said on Wednesday that the carrier refunded her family's airfare, which will be donated to research. In a video posted on her Facebook page, Elizabeth Sedway said she was asked to leave the flight from Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii, to San Jose on Monday after an Alaska Airlines employee said she would need a doctor's note to ensure that it was safe for her to fly. Does anybody wonder how I got to Hawaii?" Sedway said she had been sitting in a handicapped section waiting for her flight when an Alaska Airlines employee asked her if she needed any help. Alaska Airlines apologized for the incident but said the employee had Sedway's health in mind.

Massive plant that waited 80 years to flower is taken down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:40
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An American agave's job is to flower once and then die.

Texas volunteer firefighters charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:36
DALLAS (AP) — Volunteer firefighters south of Dallas have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a man at their fire station in what a prosecutor described as a "rite of initiation."

Charges pending against son after father shot on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:30

Charges pending against son after father shot on Schuylkill ExpresswayA 22-year-old man is in custody and awaiting arraignment, after state police say he shot his father in the head while traveling in a car on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Officer charged in shooting death of unarmed SC driver caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:29

Officer charged in shooting death of unarmed SC driver caught on videoA South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man Saturday was formally charged with murder Tuesday night.

Pacers' Copeland, wife stabbed outside NYC nightclub

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:24

Pacers' Copeland, wife stabbed outside NYC nightclubIndiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Chelsea club that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.

Canoe used to rescue 90-year-old woman from sinking car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:22
PITTSFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Police say quick-thinking good Samaritans grabbed a canoe from a neighbor's yard and rescued a 90-year-old woman from her sinking car after she drove into a river in New Hampshire.

Fact sheet: 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:07
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Florida grand jury to mull charges against Canadian diplomat's son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 23:31
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida grand jury will decide whether to bring criminal charges against a Canadian diplomat's 15-year-old son who was arrested after a drug-related shooting that killed the teenager's brother and a suspected drug dealer, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Marc Wabafiyebazu appeared in a Miami juvenile court alongside his mother Roxanne Dube, Canada's former ambassador to Zimbabwe and the nation's current consul general in Miami. Prosecutors announced plans to convene a grand jury to decide on charges against Wabafiyebazu, initially arrested on felony murder charges that could lead to life in prison if he were tried as an adult. The diplomat's son was arrested on March 30 after he and his 17-year-old brother Jean called drug dealers seeking to buy two pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5,000, according to an arrest report from Miami police.

U.S. immigration agents arrest 976 gang members in sweep

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 23:15
Nearly 1,000 gang members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested across the United States in an operation headed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the agency said on Wednesday. The sweep, dubbed "Project Wildfire" and led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit, was aimed at criminal gangs that work across international borders, ICE said in a statement. During the operation, 976 gang members and associates were arrested in 282 cities. Two hundred and thirty-one other people were arrested for federal or state criminal violations and immigration violations, it said.

Mother of SC man shot to death by officer: 'I pray that this never happen to another person'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 22:13

 'I pray that this never happen to another person'Judy Scott, whose 50-year-old son Walter was shot to death Saturday by a police officer now charged with murder, told ABC News, "This has got to stop."

Family identify girl found near Chicago-area forest preserve

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 22:13
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say family members have identified a girl who was found near a suburban Chicago forest preserve.

NASA Scientist Believes We're on the Brink of Discovering Aliens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 21:53
Not only does NASA's chief scientist believe alien life forms likely exist, but she said the space agency knows where to look.

8 deaths in home bring scrutiny of carbon monoxide poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 21:45

Sheets are held as a body is removed from a residence where police say seven children and one adult have been found dead Monday, April 6, 2015, in Princess Anne, Md. Officers were sent to the home Monday after being contacted by a concerned co-worker of the adult. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Joe Lamberti)PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Utility regulators and police are trying to determine what could have been done to prevent the deaths of a man and his seven children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator installed after their home's power had been disconnected.

Lizzie Borden gravesite defaced with graffiti

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 21:16
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The final resting place of Lizzie Borden and the father and stepmother she was accused of killing has been vandalized.

Illinois guardsman, cousin to be arraigned in terror case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:52
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier and his cousin are scheduled for arraignment on charges they plotted terrorist attacks in a conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Power station problem in Maryland caused outages across DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:15

A security guard turn visitors away from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, after widespread power outages cause many of the buildings along the National Mall to shut down temporarily. Widespread power outages affected the White House, State Department, Capitol and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon — all because of an explosion at a power plant in southern Maryland, an official said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol building was running on a generator for a time, and Metro trains kept moving, but on emergency power.

4 injured in fire on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Fire officials say four people have been injured, two seriously, in an early morning fire on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

5 accused in LI home burglaries, impersonating police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:10
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Five men face charges that they impersonated plainclothes detectives to burglarize homes on Long Island.

In drought, Californians lacking water meters let it flow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 20:10

Water collection reservoirs are pictured empty in PalmdaleBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Broad rivers fed by Sierra Nevada snowmelt brought plentiful water to California's agricultural heartland and a certain sense of entitlement. "We've cut back quite a bit," said Kim Matisevich, 48, who lives in the affluent - and unmetered - community of Arden Park just outside of Sacramento, pointing to an area toward the back of her family's half-acre lot that was visibly drier than the green front lawn. About a hundred years ago, when urban water systems were being developed throughout the state, the city of Sacramento wrote protections from metering into its charter, vowing that residents would always have the right to use as much water as they needed.