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Penn State Abington professor arrested in Miami after rant on plane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:46

Penn State Abington professor arrested in Miami after rant on planeAn associate sociology professor at Penn State University Abington faces disorderly conduct charges after being removed from an American Airlines flight.

Buffett's childhood home offered for his annual meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:44

This March 2015 photo provided by home-sharing service Airbnb shows Warren Buffett's childhood home at 2501 N. 53rd Street in central Omaha, Neb. Airbnb is offering a free three-night stay at the home around the company's May 2, 2015 annual meeting as a way to promote its services. Shareholders who want to stay at the three-bedroom house must submit short essays and prove they own Berkshire stock. (AP Photo/Airbnb, Dana Damewood)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some fortunate Berkshire Hathaway investors at this year's annual meeting will get the chance to sleep in the same bedroom Warren Buffett did as a boy.

Crews ready to hoist and repair massive tunneling machine under Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:38

Workers make preparations to lift the cutting head from Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, and lift it out for repairs in Seattle, WashingtonThe world's largest tunnel-boring machine, stuck for over a year underneath downtown Seattle, will be pulled above ground starting this week to be repaired, state officials said on Tuesday. Seattle Tunnel Partners, the contractor on the project, said earlier this month it hopes to have Bertha drilling again by August. The 2,000-ton tool had to be partially dismantled before it can be hoisted from its pit by a massive crane specially made to hold its girth, the Washington State Department of Transportation said in an update on Tuesday about the rescue efforts. Repairs on the machine will take place just to the side of the waterfront highway hugging downtown Seattle that the tunnel will eventually replace.

Young lovers held in stabbing death of girl’s mother in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:32
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Authorities on Tuesday considered whether to charge a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl as an adult in the stabbing death of her mother, who apparently had tried to break up the girl's romance with a 20-year-old soldier. The girl's boyfriend, Caleb Barnes, confessed to stabbing Cheryl Silvonek, 54, repeatedly in the neck as her daughter watched while they were seated in the family car at their home in Orefield, Pennsylvania, early on Sunday, according to court records. Police sought cell phone records and emails between the girl and Barnes, a soldier who was off duty from Fort Meade, Maryland, said the girl's lawyer, John Waldron of Allentown. Authorities sought to determine possible premeditation before deciding whether to charge the girl as an adult or add additional charges, he said.

New Jersey, leagues renew court tussle over sports gambling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fight over legalized sports gambling in New Jersey returned to a federal appeals court Tuesday, where attorneys for the state and the country's major sports leagues spent nearly an hour parsing language in a decades-old federal statute and in recent court rulings.

Dad accused of sex assault has felony charges dropped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:31

Dad accused of sex assault has felony charges droppedFelony charges have been dropped against a Bucks County father accused of sexually assaulting two young girls during sleepovers at his home.

New York auxiliary officer accused of hacking into police computers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:22
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged a New York City auxiliary police inspector for allegedly hacking into police computer databases and using the information to defraud traffic accident victims. Yehuda Katz, 45, allegedly contacted victims, falsely claiming to be an attorney and offering to settle their potential legal claims, according to the office of Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Katz was a deputy inspector with the volunteer auxiliary police, which assist local police, assigned to a precinct in Brooklyn. There, he installed a hidden camera and put electronic devices in a traffic safety office computer, Lynch's office said in a statement.

GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense, cuts elsewhere

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:20

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, holds-up a synopsis of the House Republican budget proposal as he announces the plan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The plan includes a boost in defense spending but cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor, food stamps and health care subsidies. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a decade.

Father charged after 9-month-old dies in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:17

Father charged after 9-month-old dies in TrentonThe father of a nine-month-old baby girl has been charged in connection with the baby's death on Monday night in Trenton, New Jersey.

Parades, parties as St. Patrick's Day dyes the world green

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:15

People cheer as participants march up Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint culminated in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday.

Authorities investigating source of medical waste in river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:14
RALSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities were trying Tuesday to find who dumped medical waste that includes syringes and vials in the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.

Police: 3 stabbed at Morgan State University in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:10

 3 stabbed at Morgan State University in MarylandBaltimore police say three people have been stabbed at Morgan State University in Baltimore. One was seriously hurt.

U.S. Presbyterian Church close to accepting same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:10
The U.S. Presbyterian Church was close on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations. The change requires a simple majority of 86 votes, and only one more vote is needed, according to the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative group which opposes the change. Some church leaders have expressed concern that endorsement of same-sex marriage could cause an exodus of parishioners who see it as incompatible with biblical teachings. "These are indeed difficult days for folks both within the PCUSA and other denominations that have made these same choices in the past," said Carmen Fowler LaBerge, president of the Lay Committee, in a conference call on Tuesday.

Three stabbed at Baltimore's Morgan State University: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:08
(Reuters) - Three football players at Baltimore's Morgan State University were stabbed on campus on Tuesday and one was seriously injured, the Baltimore Sun reported. A police spokesman said a man was stabbed in the chest and taken to a hospital in very serious condition, and two other people were also injured, the newspaper said on its website. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the victims were football players.

Reactivated fault lines in Oklahoma could cause major quake: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:02
Fault lines dating back hundreds of millions of years in Oklahoma that have been recently reactivated could lead to a devastating quake in the state where many structures were not built to withstand major seismic activity, a report said. The state, which has seen several hundred seismic events over the past five years, has "a high degree of potential earthquake hazards," according to the study accepted for publication this month whose authors include researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). "The majority of the recent earthquakes in central Oklahoma define reactivated ancient faults at shallow depths in the crust" of less than 3.7 miles (6 km), said the report for the American Geophysical Union. Daniel McNamara, one of the paper's authors and a research geophysicist at USGS, said on Tuesday the 300 million-year-old subsurface faults that had not been active are suspected to be associated with the recent seismic activity.

Caesars dissolves deals with Kansas City Chiefs, others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has allowed an arm of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. to tear up contracts it had with the Kansas City Chiefs, a hotel in Louisiana and an audio company as it looks to shed millions of dollars of costs.

California hopes to ease path to historically black colleges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:42
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Leaders of California's vast community college system on Tuesday approved a program aimed at making it easier for students to transfer to historically black colleges and universities in other parts of the country. It comes at a time when seats at the state's own public universities have gotten harder to come by and many of the schools that once were the only higher education option for African-Americans are facing declining enrollment.

Japanese tsunami debris still washing on U.S. shore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:42

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department photograph of a dock that has washed ashore on Agate Beach one mile north of Newport OregonBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday. About one million tons of debris was still lingering in the Pacific Ocean four years after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the most powerful ever recorded in Japan, set off a series of massive tsunami waves that devastated a wide swathe of Honshu's Pacific coastline and killed nearly 20,000 people. The Oregon Sea Grant, a program at Oregon State University funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been working with researchers at Japan's Tottori University to monitor tsunami debris.

Things to Know about California's sea lion crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:41

FILE - In this March 2, 2015 file photo, from left, Kirsten Sedlick, Daniel Connor, Ashley Cook and Brennan Slavik tube-feed the rescued sea lion pups at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif. Starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches, apparently the victims of Pacific coastal waters that are 2 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,800 starving sea lion pups have washed up on California beaches since Jan. 1 and 750 are being treated in rescue centers across the state, according to updated numbers released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists with the federal agency believe the crisis hasn't reached its peak and sea lions could continue to arrive on beaches sick and starving for at least two more months.

DNA finds 1980 Minnesota murder victim was missing Texas teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:36
DNA tests have solved a 35-year-old mystery, identifying a hitchhiker that a former Minnesota state trooper later confessed to strangling as a missing Texas teenage girl, officials said on Tuesday. Michelle Busha, who was 18 when she disappeared, had been buried in a Minnesota cemetery as a Jane Doe who was exhumed in August under a state effort to identify dozens of anonymous remains, officials told a news conference. "This is a case of not 'Who done it?' but 'Who was she?'" Faribault County Sheriff Michael Gormley said, adding that learning her identity was as important as solving her murder. The Bay City, Texas, teenager's remains will be returned in a few days to her family, who have asked for privacy, Gormley said.