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Storm batters portions of Massachusetts, Maine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:36

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Cape Cod and the islands were expected to bear the brunt of the spring storm that struck full force Wednesday. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A spring storm blasted portions of Massachusetts and Maine with high winds and blowing snow on Wednesday, roiling the North Atlantic and leaving winter-weary residents of eastern Maine facing the prospect of digging out from up to 2 feet of snow.

$500K in cognac heisted from truck near Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:33
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of more than $500,000 worth of cognac, carried away in a truck and trailer near Baltimore.

Governor: Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:28
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor: Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

Expert: Ga. soldier's wife died from strangulation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:26
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — A civilian medical examiner testified Wednesday he's confident a pregnant Army soldier was strangled to death as she struggled violently against handcuffs — an opinion that contradicts the military's official autopsy findings that no cause of death could be determined.

FBI adds NY slayings suspect to 'Most Wanted' list

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:22
NEW YORK (AP) — An alleged MS-13 member who allegedly lured his 19-year-old girlfriend and her toddler son into a New York woods where they were fatally shot in the head because she was "disrespecting" the gang landed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list Wednesday, authorities said.

BlackBerry's enterprise offering wins U.S. security clearance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:18

A woman uses her mobile phone at the Blackberry World Event in OrlandoBlackBerry Ltd has received a coveted security clearance that paves the way for U.S. government agencies to use its systems to manage and secure Android- and iOS-powered devices operating on their internal networks, the smartphone maker said on Wednesday. The company's Secure Work Space offering now has Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification. Secure Work Space fences off corporate email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, browsing and document editing from personal apps and content on smartphone and tablet devices that run on either Apple Inc's iOS platform and Google Inc's market-dominating Android operating system. The system, introduced last year, could mean BlackBerry can sell its high-margin services to large, security-conscious government and corporate clients even if many or all of their employees are using smartphones made by the company's competitors.

2 killed in I-81 pileup during whiteout in W.Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:15

Traffic is backed up after two multi-vehicle accidents along Interstate 81 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, near Falling Waters, W.Va. West Virginia State Police say the two multi-vehicle accidents occurred during whiteout conditions, leaving two people dead and more than half a dozen others injured. (AP Photo/The Journal, Edward Marshall)FALLING WATERS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say whiteout conditions along Interstate 81 led to two pileups that killed two, injured at least seven and involved 44 cars.

Oklahoma judge tosses state execution law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:12

Execution Drug Oklahoma LawsuitOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ruled the state's execution law unconstitutional Wednesday because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts.

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.