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Army head to decide rank of disgraced general

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The secretary of the Army said Tuesday he will have the final say on whether a disgraced brigadier general at the center of a sexual misconduct case retires at a lower rank with sharply reduced retirement pay.

Judge declares dog in Arizona mauling vicious

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:15

This Feb. 2014 photo provided by Flor Medrano shows Kevin Vicente in Phoenix, Ariz. Four-year-old Kevin Vicente’s road to recovery after a dog mauling on Feb. 20, 2014, which left him with a broken eye socket and jaw, and the boy has months, if not years, of reconstructive surgery ahead of him. The attack has ignited thousands of impassioned pleas, not just not for him. The animal behind the attack is now the object of a Facebook page, “Save Mickey” that has garnered more than 59,000 likes on Facebook. (AP Photo)PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix judge is weighing whether to euthanize or get treatment for a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on animal violence.


Spring snowstorm treks up East Coast to Cape Cod

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:13

A carnation covered with snow sits at the Vietnams 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, dropping flurries in Washington and Philadelphia on its way to Cape Cod, which was expected to see some of the highest snow totals.


Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:11

Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.


Judge to decide whether to reopen bids on Sunland

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:04
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered a new auction for an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak.

IRS says bitcoin will be taxed like property

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtual currencies like bitcoin will be taxed like property — not currency, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

Scientist warned of mudslide danger 15 years ago

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

Iraq War veteran and local Little League coach Matt Pater, 32, searches through debris following Saturday's destructive mudslide, near Oso Wash, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the fishing village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.


AP PHOTOS: Crews search Washington mudslide site

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

Footprints from searchers remain in mud at the edge of a deadly mudslide 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)The threat of flash floods loomed Tuesday as crews searched the area where a mile-long landslide destroyed a small community in Washington state.


Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

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

FILE - In this Monday, March 17, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The New York Times reported late Monday, March 24, 2014, that the Obama administration this week will propose that Congress overhaul the NSA's electronic surveillance program. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.


Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:56
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood of federal family planning money.

Houston firefighters battle large apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:55
HOUSTON (AP) — A large apartment complex under construction in Houston has been consumed by fire, sending thick, black smoke billowing into the sky and drawing hundreds of emergency personnel.

Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

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) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

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) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

Baby gorilla with mom at San Diego Zoo

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

In this photo taken on Monday, March 24, 2014, and provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 12-day old baby gorilla is physically introduced to her mother, Imani, for the first time at the San Diego Zoo. The zoo says the infant female gorilla was successfully treated for pneumonia after a cesarean section delivery on March 12. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Matt Gelvin) MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo says an infant gorilla that was successfully treated for pneumonia after a cesarean section delivery is in her mother's arms for the first time.


Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:16

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, look to a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug during its unveiling in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol.


Dems expected to drop IMF from Ukraine bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:16

Local citizens wave flags symbolizing the Soviet victory in WWII and Russian flags gather in support of Eastern Pro-Russian Ukrainians in their fight against Ukrainian government in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Ukraine's fledgling government ordered troops to pull back Monday from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian forces stormed and seized bases on the peninsula.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Democrats are considering removing a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.