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Photos found at slide site; missing number drops

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:01
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of family photographs and albums are among the personal belongings being recovered by crews searching for victims at a massive debris site left by the deadly mudslide in Washington state.

Rhode Island workers, retirees mull pension deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:47
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The fate of Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul — a model cited in other states wrestling with escalating retirements — now hinges on the votes of the same government workers and retirees who sued to block the law.

Man: 86-year-old NY shooter wanted victims evicted

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:55
NEW YORK (AP) — An 86-year-old man shot his grandson in the head, killed the grandson's girlfriend and then took his own life because he believed the couple was taking advantage of his ailing daughter and living in her home, the grandson said in an interview published Sunday.

Schumer: Improve security at 1 World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for security improvements at the 1 World Trade Center after authorities said a series of daredevils sneaked in to the nation's tallest skyscraper in recent months.

Pa. Craigslist killing suspect says 2 never showed

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:50
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged along with her newlywed husband with killing a man she met through Craigslist tells a newspaper that two other men had responded to her ad for companionship but never showed up.

Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 20:14

 Atlanta” and former co-owner of The Source magazine. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino's hip-hop magazine.


Small-town Washington state mayor finds new role after mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 19:12

Darrington Mayor Rankin hugs a Snoqualmie Tribal Elder after the tribe announced it would donate towards the Oso landslide rescue efforts in DarringtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after a Washington state mudslide left dozens dead and missing, Dan Rankin stood in a high school gymnasium and hugged tight a teenage girl reeling from the loss of her sister. Before the March 22 disaster, Rankin's main tasks as mayor of the small logging town of Darrington included overseeing town council meetings and resolving property line disputes in the community of about 1,350 people. But since the mudslide about 10 miles west of town, Rankin's job has been transformed into that of comforting the grieving and articulating their anguish to the outside world. Along with those who lost their homes and relatives, nearly everyone in Darrington is mourning a friend or acquaintance lost in the disaster, and usually more than one.


Number of missing from Washington slide plummets

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:27

Searchers pause for a moment of silence at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Besides the more than two dozen bodies already found, many more people could be buried in the debris pile left from the mudslide one week ago. Ninety people are listed as missing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As crews using heavy equipment, dogs and their bare hands searched in heavy rain for more victims from a deadly Washington landslide, authorities said Saturday that the number of people believed missing had dropped substantially.


Number of missing from mudslide drops to 30

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:20
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The number of those believed missing following a deadly Washington state landslide has plummeted to 30 after many people were found safe, authorities said late Saturday.

Florida 1st to Final Four, beating Dayton 62-52

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:00

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin, right, kisses the NCAA trophy standing with team mates after the second half in a regional final game against Dayton at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Florida won 62-52. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more.


Iran plans to replace U.N. ambassador in New York

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:59

Iran's Ambassador to the U.N. Khazaee speaks before the U.N. Security Council at the U.N. Headquarters in New YorkBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has selected a new ambassador to represent Tehran at the United Nations, Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran diplomat who has held key European postings in the past, Iranian sources said. Abutalebi, who has served as Iran's ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, was chosen to replace Iran's outgoing ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, sources said. A spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission declined to comment. Abutalebi began working for the Islamic Republic's foreign ministry in the early 1980s, not long after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


Utah boy finds American Indian remains in backyard

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:56
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 14-year-old boy digging a trout pond in the backyard of his father's Salt Lake City home stumbled across a surprise: the remains of an American Indian who lived about 1,000 years ago.

Number of missing in Washington state mudslide drops to 30 from 90

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:44
(Reuters) - The tally of those missing in a Washington state mudslide has dropped to 30 from 90, while the official death toll went up by one to 18, officials said Saturday. Another body located in the muddy pile has not yet been identified and is not part of the official death toll, but brings the presumed death toll to 28.

Washington authorities: Confirmed dead rises to 18; number of missing drops to 30 in mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:10
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington authorities: Confirmed dead rises to 18; number of missing drops to 30 in mudslide.

U.S. releases immigrant, says unrelated to daughter's plea to pope

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 08:40

Handout of Mario Vargas-Lopez with his attorney Alex Galvez after his release from Lasalle Detention facility in JennaMario Vargas-Lopez was free on bond from a detention center in Louisiana three days after his 10-year-old daughter, Jersey Vargas, delivered her message to the pope. He was reunited with his family in Los Angeles on Friday. Jersey Vargas was part of a coalition from Southern California that traveled to Vatican City on Wednesday to deliver letters to the pope from children of undocumented parents, according to "The Tidings," published online by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. The girl was able to speak briefly with the pope and told him, "My father is suffering," according to the publication.


A community 'changed forevermore' by deadly slide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 08:11

Searchers pause for a moment of silence at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Besides the more than two dozen bodies already found, many more people could be buried in the debris pile left from the mudslide one week ago. Ninety people are listed as missing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The search by heavy equipment, dogs and bare hands for victims from the deadly Washington mudslide was going "all the way to the dirt" as crews looked for anything to provide answers for family and friends a week after a small mountainside community was destroyed.


AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws Mormon crowds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 07:56

Revelers with colored corn starched hands celebrate during the 2014 Festival of Colors, Holi Celebration at the Krishna Temple Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nearly 70,000 people are expected to gather starting Saturday at a Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork for the annual two-day festival of colors. Revelers gyrate to music and partake in yoga during the all-day festival, throwing colored corn starch in the air once every hour. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the large majority of participants are not Hindus, but Mormons. Thousands of students from nearby Brigham Young University come to take part in a festival that is drug and alcohol free. The event stems from a Hindu tradition celebrating the end of winter and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Tens of thousands of revelers are gathering at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, for the annual two-day festival of colors.


Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 07:09

People attend the American College of Cardiology's conference in Washington, Saturday, March 29, 2014. A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades. The first large studies of these drugs were presented Saturday at an American College of Cardiology conference in Washington, and more will follow on Sunday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.


Another earthquake rattles southern California following 5.1 quake

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 06:46
Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday afternoon, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area. Saturday's quake rippled through an area near Rowland Heights, California, about 2:32 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was considered relatively shallow with a depth of 5.6 miles, the USGS said. Aftershocks are expected following earthquakes, according to the USGS.

Quake forces evacuations in Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 06:45

Orange County Parks grounds keeper Frank Amaro removes the supports to the sign at the entrance of Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park in Fullerton, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014, morning after rangers discovered it fell off it's supports after an earthquake hit Orange County Friday night. More than 100 aftershocks have rattled Orange County south of Los Angeles where a magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck Friday. Despite the relatively minor damage, no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ken Steinhardt) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTLOS ANGELES (AP) — A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday.