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Carnival Cruise ship rescues 41 Cuban migrants in Florida Straits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:10
A Carnival Cruise ship rescued 41 Cuban migrants from a small, overcrowded boat in the Florida Straits, the 90-mile span of water between the southern tip of Florida and Cuba, a U.S. Coast Guard official said on Wednesday. No injuries were reported and the migrants were transferred to a nearby U.S. Coast Guard ship after they were spotted on Tuesday, according to Coast Guard spokesman Gabe Somma. Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the cruise ship was traveling from Key West, Florida, to Cozumel, Mexico, with 2,650 passengers onboard. For decades, thousands of Cubans seeking to escape the communist-led island have fled on rickety vessels bound for Florida, Central America and nearby islands.

Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol unconstitutional: judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:09
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday that the state's execution procedures were unconstitutional because they do not allow inmates proper access to the courts when it comes to the drugs used in lethal injections. County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the state violated due process protections in the U.S. Constitution by not providing the name of the drug supplier, the combination of chemicals and the dosages used in implementing the death penalty. The judgment comes as more states have trouble obtaining the lethal chemicals used in executions because of restrictions placed on their sale by drugmakers. The Oklahoma case was brought by lawyers for two inmates, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, who were due to be executed this month but their sentences were pushed back until April because the state said it could not obtain the drugs it has used for years in its lethal cocktail.

Officials sort out number of missing from mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:09

A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say they expect to soon have an updated number of the people believed missing following a massive, deadly Washington state landslide.


Great Alaska Earthquake shook Alaska 50 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:05

30 p.m. on Good Friday, turning soil beneath parts of Anchorage into jelly and collapsing buildings that were not engineered to withstand the force of colliding continental plates. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Electric clocks on walls in Anchorage shut down at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964. Time stopped at the start of the '64 Great Alaska Earthquake, the second largest ever recorded at magnitude 9.2.


Obama plays up US-Europe bond amid Russia tension

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:58
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama and European Union leaders presented a unified front Wednesday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, promoting trans-Atlantic trade as an antidote to Russia's influence in the region and a way to help Europe become less dependent on Moscow for energy.

Pit bull kills owner's 4-year-old daughter in La.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:54
HOUMA, La. (AP) — Police say a pit bull fatally attacked a 4-year-old girl who was watching television in a southern Louisiana apartment and injured the girl's mother when the woman pulled her daughter away.

Florida overcomes GOP barriers to enroll uninsured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:36

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Maygan Rollins, 22, a field organizer with Enroll America, left, talks with Jerry Correa, 27, about his health care options while canvassing at a bus stop in Miami. Enroll America is a private, non-profit organization running a grassroots campaign to encourage people to sign up for health care offered by the Affordable Care Act. Despite Florida Republicans' efforts to fight the Affordable Care Act at every turn, more than 440,000 Florida residents had been enrolled through the federal marketplace through the end of February. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)MIAMI (AP) — Florida's Republican leaders have fought the Affordable Care Act at every turn, banning navigators from county health departments, offering no state dollars to boost outreach efforts to 3.5 million uninsured and leading the fight to repeal the law. Yet the state has emerged as a tale of what went right with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


Late blast of wintry weather hits parts of New England

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:36
By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - Parts of New England were hit with a late blast of wintry weather on Wednesday, the so-called "bombogenesis" storm that brought high winds to much of the region and snow to parts of Maine and Massachusetts' Cape Cod resort area. Maine's rural "Downeast" coast, known for hilltop blueberry fields and a jagged, picturesque shore, is projected to see 60 mile per hour winds over land, hurricane force gusts at sea and as much as 18 inches of new snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Schwibs. After a season rife with "polar vortexes" along the eastern seaboard, "bombogenesis," short for "bomb cyclogenesis," provides weather watchers with yet another fantastic-sounding term to describe the winter weather, said Schwibs.

Bin Laden son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:31

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) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman.


Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:26

 "don't say it." (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court ordered the telecommunications authority to restore access to Twitter on Wednesday, issuing an injunction five days after the government blocked access to the social network.


Despite accolades chef Paul Kahan avoids spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:20

This Feb. 12, 2014, shows chef Paul Kahan at his restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don’t go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners _ nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don't go looking for him on television.


TSA review recommends armed law enforcement at airport security checkpoints during peak hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — TSA review recommends armed law enforcement at airport security checkpoints during peak hours.

NTSB: Train operator asleep before Chicago crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:13

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport admitted she "dozed off" before the accident, waking only when the train jumped off the tracks and climbed an escalator, a federal official said Wednesday.


Video shows rescue of worker from Houston fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:12

In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston. The cellphone video, shot by Karen Jones from her nearby office, shows the dramatic rescue of the worker from the burning apartment complex that was under construction. (AP Photo/Karen Jones) NO SALESHOUSTON (AP) — New video shows the dramatic rescue of a worker from a burning Houston apartment complex that was under construction.


Report: Digital sites bring momentum to news

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:46
NEW YORK (AP) — Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.

Ex-Virginia governor, wife request separate trials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:26
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have asked a federal judge to order separate trials in their public corruption case.

Jury convicts bin Laden son-in-law on terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:26

Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen speak to press outside Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered an unusually intimate portrait of al Qaeda's former leader in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Abu Ghaith, 48, a Kuwait-born teacher, faces life in prison after a federal court jury in New York convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. Prosecutors had accused Abu Ghaith, one of the highest-profile bin Laden advisers to face trial in a U.S. civilian court since 2001, of acting as an al Qaeda mouthpiece, using videotapes of his inflammatory rhetoric to recruit new fighters. They also said Abu Ghaith knew in advance of an attempt to detonate a shoe bomb aboard an airplane by Briton Richard Reid in December 2001, citing in part an October 2001 video in which he warned Americans that the "storm of airplanes will not stop." Lawyers for Abu Ghaith said the prosecution was based on "ugly words and bad associations," rather than actual evidence that the defendant knew of or joined plots against Americans.


Landing at wrong airport can be 'catastrophic': regulator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:25
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety alert on Wednesday on how airplane pilots can avoid landing at the wrong airport, after recent incidents when planes landed on much shorter runways than their intended destinations. "All of us have experienced a loss of situational awareness at some time, but the consequences for pilots mistaking a nearby airport for the intended one, or landing on the wrong runway or a taxiway, can have catastrophic consequences," said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman. In January, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 airplane landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri, after an early evening flight from Chicago. The intended airport has a 7,140-foot runway.

Supreme Court hears case against Secret Service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to block protesters' free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 visit to Oregon.

Ohio school shooting gunman appeals life sentence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:13

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. The age of Lane, a teen gunman in a school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio, is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences. Lane's defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The gunman in a deadly Ohio school shooting two years ago is challenging a state law that forced him to be tried in adult court.