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Two BASE jumpers injured in 500-foot fall into Idaho canyon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:01
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Two men were hospitalized after plunging nearly 500 feet into an Idaho canyon in the latest of a spate of accidents in the extreme sport known as BASE jumping, authorities said Tuesday. The incident at Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls on Monday came just a day after a man died in Utah's Zion National Park trying to BASE jump, a dangerous derivative of sky-diving in which participants leap from cliffs, high buildings or other structures while wearing parachutes. The Idaho jumpers, James Rawe, 24, and Austin Carey, 22, slipped off a bridge over the canyon and became entangled in their parachute, said Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lori Stewart.

Report raises questions about mudslide precautions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:01

Thick, oozing mud is cleared from Washington Highway 530 by workers using heavy equipment, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck the area Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing, near Arlington, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.


Stay blocking Michigan same-sex marriages extended pending appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:58

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San Diego(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court temporarily stopped the judge's decision from taking effect. The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's granting of a stay after a federal judge last year overturned Utah's ban on gay weddings. Clerks immediately began issuing marriage licenses while Utah's attorney general appealed the ruling.


Newark airport closes briefly after minor plane engine fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:54
Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the main hubs serving New York City, closed for about 10 minutes on Tuesday afternoon after a minor fire broke out in or near the engine of a US Airways plane, an airport spokesman said. The plane taxied to the gate and was sprayed with water from trucks, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that runs the airport. Everyone stayed on the plane and no one was hurt, the Port Authority said. The airport reopened at 5:54 p.m. US Airways would not immediately comment on the incident.

U.S. spy court to have new presiding judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:52
Judge Thomas Hogan, who has been a federal judge in Washington, D.C., since 1982, will begin work as the presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, the court said in a statement. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has exclusive authority over the makeup of the 11-judge spy court, made the appointment.

Spring storm brings blizzard warning for Cape Cod

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:50

A snow-covered carnation sits at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The calendar may say it's spring, but the mid-Atlantic region is seeing snow again. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisories for much of the region Tuesday. The advisories warn that periods of snow could make travel difficult, with slippery roads and reduced visibility. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just days after the official end of one of the snowiest winters on record, another storm began its trek up the Interstate 95 corridor Tuesday, blanketing Washington and dropping flurries in Philadelphia on its way to Cape Cod, which was expected to be hardest hit.


UN: 60 staffers remain detained or in captivity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is marking a day of solidarity with the dozens of staffers around the world who remain in detention or in the hands of their abductors.

Scientist warned of mudslide danger 15 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:32

Thick, oozing mud is cleared from Washington Highway 530 by workers using heavy equipment, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck the area Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing, near Arlington, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.


Few clues in Rhode Island Statehouse raid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:25

FBI investigators leave the office of Rhode island House Speaker Gordon Fox at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., Friday, March 21, 2014. Rhode Island House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello says he has called an "informational caucus" for Friday evening for Democrats to talk about the future of the House. Mattiello tells The Associated Press that Friday's news that House Speaker Gordon Fox's statehouse office and home were raided by state and federal law enforcement is "unsettling." Mattiello says he wants to be the next speaker, and is aware that other House members, including Chris Blazejewski and Mike Marcello, are also interested in the top spot. Neither lawmaker returned messages. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days after federal and state authorities raided the House speaker's office at the Rhode Island Statehouse, there is still little known about why, or what they were looking for.


Coast Guard begins unannounced cruise inspections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:18
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting those with patterns of safety problems, officials told the National Transportation Safety Board at its first-ever forum on safety on board the vessels.

Flying out of NYC? Leave your guns at home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:17

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2010 file photo, travelers make their way through a security checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport in New York. In 2013, 25 gun-packing out-of-towners were arrested on felony weapons charges for traveling armed at New York's busy LaGuardia and Kennedy airports. Such strict enforcement of New York's tough gun laws is intended to send a message not to bring firearms to New York in the first place, and that message may be getting through. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Connolly thought he was doing everything by the book after a vacation last fall when he packed his handgun for the flight home from New York's LaGuardia Airport.


At Cold War missile factory, elite rescuers drill for disaster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:14
By John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 milessouth of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christ Church, New Zealand earthquake. Not far from the collapsed buildings, rescuers prepared to work inside a life-size mock subway collapse. "I've seen a lot of sites around the world - this is the most complex site I've ever seen," said Chris Schaff, a Fairfax County Fire Department battalion chief and task force commander for USA-1, the elite international urban search and rescue team that is based outside Washington, D.C. "This is Disney for rescuers." This week of field training, the first of its kind at the Guardian Center to be open to the media, began Monday with the arrival of USA-1 from Fairfax.

Ski area: Snowboarders' suit demeans Constitution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:12
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding said a lawsuit challenging the ban degrades the U.S. Constitution and should be thrown out.

Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:08

This photo shows the Planned Parenthood at 2226 E Central Ave. in Wichita, Kan. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.


Utah's Provo-Orem region ranks first in overall well-being: survey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:00
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Provo-Orem metropolitan area sits at the top of a list of U.S. communities with the highest level of overall well-being, beating out sunny Honolulu and Boulder, Colorado, a recent survey conducted by Gallup-Healthways showed on Tuesday. The Provo-Orem area beat out 188 other communities for the top honor in a well-being index based on factors such as emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, healthy behaviors, community safety and access to food, shelter and health care. About 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, the Provo-Orem area of more than half a million residents is the third-largest metropolitan area in Mormon-dominated Utah. Provo Mayor John Curtis said the area's combination of affordable living, exceptional recreational opportunities, quality education and entrepreneurial business climate make the area a great place to live.

Effort to rewrite Tenn. whiskey law fails for year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 05:59

FILE - In this file photo from May 24, 2005, bottles of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey are on display at a Kansas City, Mo. liquor. State lawmakers on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.


Team brought in to remove Colorado plane wreckage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 05:57

This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) MANDATORY CREDITRIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — A salvage team is being brought in to pull the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a southwestern Colorado reservoir.


AP PHOTOS: Flood risk looms over mudslide rescuers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 05:57

Workers using heavy equipment work to clear debris Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from Washington Highway 530 on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck near Arlington, Wash., Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)The threat of flash floods loomed Tuesday as crews searched the area where a mile-long landslide destroyed a small community in Washington state.


APNewsBreak: Speed to blame for Paul Walker crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 05:56

FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a city street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend Roger Rodas. A person who has reviewed the investigators’ report told The Associated Press that it concluded unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash. The person requested anonymity because the report has not been officially released yet.AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling about 90 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.


No verdict yet in al-Qaida spokesman's terror case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 05:52

FILE - In this undated image made from video and provided by by Al-Jazeera, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is shown. Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesman still maintains that there was justification for the September 11, 2001 attacks orchestrated by al-Qaida upon the United States. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is being tried in a New York City courtroom for conspiring to kill Americans, is using courtroom theater, intentionally or not, to press his case that the United States is such a bully in the Middle East that even killing civilians was justified. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law but ended the day without reaching a verdict on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as its spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.