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US appeals ruling to let lawyers see secret files

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:00

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshal's office shows Adel Daoud, of Hillside, Ill. Prosecutors say a judge's decision granting lawyers in Daoud's terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security. In an appeal filed Monday, March 31, 2014, with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors said another court "misjudged the damage to national security" by opening the documents. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's office, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A decision by a trial judge in Chicago to grant lawyers for a terrorism suspect unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records would be a "sea change" in how such sensitive documents are handled and could end up jeopardizing national security, U.S. government attorneys argue in a hard-hitting appeal filed on Monday.


New Mexico governor urges calm after violent protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:57
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - New Mexico's governor urged calm on Monday after weekend protests over the police shooting of a mentally ill homeless man in Albuquerque turned to scuffles and ended with shots of tear gas into the crowd. Four people were charged with disorderly conduct as a result of Sunday's melee, during which the online activist hacker group Anonymous was suspected of also disrupting the police department's website, city spokeswoman Breanna Anderson said. Sunday's scuffles followed a rally to protest what critics call excessive use of lethal force by the Albuquerque police, an issue the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating since 2012. Protesters ended up throwing stones at the police after a rally triggered by the March 16 killing by Albuquerque police of a homeless man named James Boyd.

Asiana: Jet partly to blame in California crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:53

FILE - In this July 6, 2013 aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. Asiana Airlines says the Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed. In a filing with the National Transportation Safety Board released on Monday March 31, 2014, the airline says there was no indication that the plane's autothrottle had stopped maintaining the set air speed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.


AP PHOTOS: Play ball! Baseball season underway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:46

Wes Roberts, of Whiteford, Md., poses in a Baltimore Orioles-themed fireman's helmet before an opening day baseball game between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Freshly painted logos on the field. Large American flags unfurled in pre-game ceremonies. Fans with painted faces hoping this is their team's year. These were some of the images at ballparks across the country Monday as the 2014 season got underway for most of Major League Baseball's 30 teams.


Boston exhibit to showcase relics of Marathon bombing aftermath

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:41

Archivist Marta Crilly looks through a file drawer of posters saved from the makeshift memorial that arose following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings at the City Archives in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Archivists in Boston used to handling documents ranging from budget records to minutes of city council meetings, along with an occasional file dating to the city's 17th-century founding, have spent the last year processing thousands of sneakers, T-shirts and letters. These are the mementos left behind at an impromptu memorial built at the site of the 2013 bombing attack on the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured 264 at the race's crowded finish line. The memorial eventually moved to Copley Square, the site of the main branch of the Boston Public Library, and grew to thousands of items. On June 25 it was taken down on the order of then-Mayor Thomas Menino and handed over to city archivists to catalog.


Va. couple hits it big in lottery 3 times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:24
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia couple is averaging more than $1 million a week in lottery winnings.

Congress passes bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:16

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2009 file photo shows Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is poised to give doctors who treat Medicare patients an 11th hour reprieve from a cut in their government fees. Monday’s Senate vote would send legislation to repair Medicare’s flawed payment formula for a year to President Barack Obama for his signature. It comes just hours before a midnight deadline Wyden promises to keep pressing ahead with a long-term solution, proposing to use savings from the troop drawdown in Afghanistan to pay the cost. Republicans and most budget experts say such savings are phony and are demanding at least some of the money to come from cuts to Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government.


Students hunting with BB guns cause lockdown at Maryland university

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:54

Stevenson UniversityTwo students hunting with BB rifles in a wooded area near Maryland's Stevenson University caused the school to be put on lockdown on Monday after reports of a gunman on campus, the university's president said. Students and staff at the school, in Owings Mills outside of Baltimore, were told to shelter in place at about 2:30 p.m. local time after police and school security received calls that a gunman was spotted at the school. "It appears that the incident was caused by two students who had the poor judgment of hunting in the woods," university President Kevin Manning said in a statement. The lockdown ended at 6:45 p.m., but campus activities were canceled for the evening, according to Manning.


New Mexico governor urges calm after violent protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:52
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - New Mexico's governor urged calm on Monday after violent weekend protests over the police shooting of a mentally ill homeless man ended with shots of tear gas into the crowd. Four people were charged with disorderly conduct as a result of the day-long melee on Sunday, during which the online activist hacker group Anonymous also disrupted the police department's website, city spokeswoman Breanna Anderson said. Sunday's scuffles followed a rally to protest what critics call excessive use of lethal force by the Albuquerque police, an issue the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating since 2012. Protesters ended up throwing stones at the police in the rally that seems to have been triggered by the March 16 killing by Albuquerque police of the homeless man, James Boyd.

Shell blast injures 2 avalanche control workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:45
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Two state workers were injured, one seriously, after an avalanche shell exploded Monday while they were trying to fire a round up a steep hillside to clear steep chasms filled with snow and ice near Interstate 70.

In ice-damaged towns, a difficult choice on trees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:41

In this Feb. 26, 2014 photo Frank Telewski, professor of plant biology at Michigan State University, measures the branch of a white pine tree that was damaged on the university campus in East Lansing, Mich., during a December 2013 ice storm. Telewski is taking part in a research program designed to help people plant and maintain trees in ways that would make them less vulnerable during storms. (AP Photo/John Flesher)EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A vicious ice storm that made Christmas week a nightmare from the Midwest to Maine shattered hundreds of trees at Michigan State University, where inch-thick layers of ice snapped thick limbs and trunks of stately towers that had stood for generations.


About 25,000 rally in Oklahoma for more school funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:39
About 25,000 teachers, administrators and students rallied at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday, calling for more money for education in the state that ranks among the lowest in per capita spending for students. Funding for public schools has decreased by about $215 million since 2008, although there are 40,000 more public school students, according to the Oklahoma Education Coalition, which helped organize the protest. "When that many people converge at the foot of the Capitol, they cannot ignore our voices," said Sheri Guyse, a volunteer at the rally and mother of two Oklahoma City school children. U.S. government data has shown that Oklahoma ranks among the bottom five states in spending per pupil over the past several years.

Christie's bridge scandal lawyers to be subpoenaed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:35
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee probing a political payback operation carried out by Gov. Chris Christie's aides and associates plans to subpoena interview transcripts and other documents from the lawyers the governor hired to carry out an internal investigation, the committee co-chairman said Monday.

Lawmakers probing why GM employees approved switches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:26

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Ben Klayman, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional probe is focusing on why General Motors Co employees repeatedly approved substandard ignition switches linked to at least 13 fatalities, as the automaker on Monday announced another major recall, this time related to power steering issues. On the eve of a high-profile hearing before a House of Representatives panel, GM said it is recalling more than 1.5 million additional vehicles globally. The Detroit-based automaker says it is taking an aggressive stance on safety issues, after coming under intense criticism for waiting more than a decade to recall millions of cars with potentially faulty ignition switches. On Monday, Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released details of some of the more than 200,000 pages of documents they have received from GM and a federal regulator.


Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:22

FILE - This Dec. 27, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. President Barack Obama is endorsing Schatz in his primary race against Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. That's according to a Democratic National Committee official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about it before Obama's announcement. .(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born.


Senate advances bill to renew jobless benefits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:19

Attendees line up for a job interview at a job fair in WashingtonThe Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans. The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.


No homes fully rebuilt under NYC Sandy program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:14

FILE- In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need. Homeowners who lost everything in the storm are furious with the lack of progress made by the Build-It-Back program, which was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to primarily help New Yorkers repair, rebuild and elevate homes, though some funding was also designated to aid renters and owners of multi-family properties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need.


Congress approves bill to avert Medicare pay cut for doctors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:06
The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval on Monday to legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who participate in the Medicare insurance program for the elderly and disabled. By a vote of 64-35, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, approved last week by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill would give doctors a one-year reprieve from a 24 percent cut set to kick in this week under the Medicare payment formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The payments affect doctors treating patients under Medicare, which pays for healthcare for nearly 51 million people in the United States who are 65 and older or disabled.

Man who shot at White House sentenced to 25 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:01

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2011 file photo shows law enforcement officers photographing a window at the White House in Washington, as seen from the South Lawn. A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said. An additional round of ammunition was found on the White House exterior. The bullets were found Tuesday morning. An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is set to be sentenced. Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday afternoon. No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.


Zebra at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo dies in accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:59
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Ariz., say a Grevy's zebra has died in an accident.