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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.


Will college athletes unionize? A query for NLRB

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 06:17

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), wears APU for "All Players United" on wrist tape as he scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill. The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm. The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm.


GM recall process will be under congressional microscope

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:58

General Motors Co's new chief executive Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in DetroitBy Ben Klayman and Richard Cowan DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra faces Congress next week she will have to explain how the top brass at the biggest U.S. automaker can say they knew nothing for more than a decade about a faulty ignition switch linked to crashes and at least 12 deaths. For lawmakers trying to find who to blame for the lack of responsiveness by GM and its regulator to the tragedies, and in particular the multi-year delay in recalling potentially dangerous vehicles off the roads, it may turn out to be a frustrating couple of days. GM built a system to deliberately keep senior executives out of the recall process. Instead, two small groups of employees in the vast GM bureaucracy were tasked with making recall decisions, a system GM says was meant to bring objective decisions.


Sandusky's wife goes on offensive against accusers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:57

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Dottie Sandusky, the wife of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for the sentencing of her husband at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Dottie Sandusky says it was long after he’d been arrested, tried and convicted before she realized just how much trouble the former Penn State assistant football coach had gotten himself into. In an interview this week at her home in State College, Dottie Sandusky said that even after his 45-count guilty verdict in the child molestation case, she still had had hope. But when the judge gave him to 30 to 60 years in state prison, she said, she fully comprehended the trouble he was in. She’s been granting interviews in recent weeks, arguing her husband’s conviction was unjust and claiming the victims who testified against him told inaccurate stories to cash in. An attorney involved in negotiating with Penn State on behalf of his victims calls her denials “obscene.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It was long after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been arrested, tried and convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys before his wife said she realized just how much trouble he was in.


Magnitude-4.1 aftershock shakes Los Angeles area

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:53

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 magnitude-4.1 aftershock has rattled parts of Southern California where a moderate quake occurred the day before.


Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:39

This photo taken March 25, 2014 shows Dan Luke, a self-employed owner of "hardworking pictures," posing in his office in St. Paul, Minn. As a hectic sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage. But Obama’s overhaul needs reworking of its own to go down in history as a legacy achievement like Medicare and Social Security. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)WASHINGTON (AP) — As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country.


Off-duty pilot convicted of groping girl on flight

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:33
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An airline pilot was convicted this week of two counts of abusive sexual contact for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City last year.

Washington community grieves growing toll in U.S. mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 05:30

Poster thanking responders to the nearby mudsilde is seen at a shop in downtown ArlingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The grim task of combing through debris from a landslide that sent a wall of mud cascading over dozens of homes on the outskirts of a rural Washington town came to a standstill briefly on Saturday for a moment of silence. It's hard to grasp," said volunteer Bob Michajla, 66, who has been helping to search part of the debris field that covers a square-mile (2.6 square-km). "These are all friends and neighbors and family. Everybody knows everybody in this valley." One more body was found on Friday in the muck and rubble left after the rain-soaked hillside above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way without warning on the outskirts of Oso, northeast of Seattle, a Snohomish County official said.


Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 04:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday evening, authorities said

Fire claims former Iowa department store building

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 04:45

50 a.m. Saturday, and arrived to find flames leaping from the upper floors of the seven-floor building, which dates to 1899. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave) MANDATORY CREDIT THE DES MOINES REGISTER BRYON HOULGRAVEDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A massive fire swept through a more than century-old building that was being renovated in downtown Des Moines early Saturday morning, causing its upper floors to collapse and authorities to close down numerous streets.


Storm forces evacuation of spectators, delay of Florida car race

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 04:31
(Reuters) - A powerful storm in Florida forced the delay of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix car race and the evacuation of spectators from the grandstands on Saturday, said organizers who were working on a revised schedule of the three-day IndyCar event. Right now we are still in evacuation procedures," the organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg said in a statement. Florida, from the Panhandle region to Miami, was expected to be lashed by powerful storms "producing damaging winds, hail, and a few isolated tornadoes," throughout the day, the National Weather Service said in an alert Saturday afternoon. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Orlando, about 84 miles northeast of St. Petersburg, after meteorologists detected a twister in the area, the weather service said.

Many still wary of water months after W.Va. spill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 04:06
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet. Distrustful and angry, he's now teaching locals how to trap and purify rainwater as a drinking source.

Study backs nonsurgical way to fix heart valves

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 03:24

Medtronic Inc.’s CoreValve is photographed at an American College of Cardiology Conference in Washington, on Saturday, March 29, 2014. A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. Earlier this year, the CoreValve was also approved for treating people at too high risk to have surgery. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.