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Skydiver dies after midair collision in S. Calif.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:13
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A skydiving trainer has died after a midair collision in eastern San Diego county.

Official death toll in Washington state mudslide raised to 21 from 18

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:11
ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state has risen to 21 from 18, Snohomish County Emergency Management Department officials said on Sunday. Agency program manager Jason Biermann told reporters the latest tally is based on the positive identification of three more victims, and said an additional four sets of remains were found on Sunday in the debris field. (Reporting by Bryan Cohen; Writing by Steve Gorman)

Hacked Albuquerque police website back online

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:59
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police website is back online after authorities say a cyberattack took it down for hours.

Mudslide death toll rises, search dogs take break

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:35

Rescue dog Tryon, muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler near the west side of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 in Arlington, Wash., on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Periods of rain and wind have hampered efforts the past two days, with some rain showers continuing today. Last night, the confirmed fatalities list was updated to 18, with the number of those missing falling from 90 to 30. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Many of the dogs that have been essential in the search for victims of the deadly mudslide that buried the mountainside community of Oso will take a two-day break after long hours in the cold and rain, rescue crews said Sunday.


Confirmed dead in Washington mudslide rises to 21

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:26

Rescue dog Tryon, muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler near the west side of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 in Arlington, Wash., on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Periods of rain and wind have hampered efforts the past two days, with some rain showers continuing today. Last night, the confirmed fatalities list was updated to 18, with the number of those missing falling from 90 to 30. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the number of people who have been confirmed dead from the mudslide in Washington state has increased from 18 to 21.


Animal mummies displayed at California museum

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:53

 Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt," at the Orange County's Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. The exhibition is on the ancient the mummification of animals in the Egyptian culture and religion. Drawn from the renowned collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Soulful Creatures features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Dogs and cats are often beloved family members in current culture, but animals held such a prominent place in ancient Egyptian society that tens of millions were mummified, some going into the pharaohs' tombs to rest eternally in the company of their kings.


Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:51

In this March 20, 2014 photo, a sign near a gas well drilling site is visible near a road in Pulaski, Pa. The gas drilling company Hilcorp that is working the well has asked state officials to invoke a 1961 law in the rural area and allow Utica Shale well bores under the property of four landowners who have not signed leases. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)NEW BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a Pennsylvania community and raising the possibility that lawmakers will have to take sides.


Yellowstone National Park rattled by largest earthquake in 34 years

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:49

The Yellowstone River winds through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park, WyomingThe latest earthquake struck at 6:34 a.m. near the Norris Geyser Basin and was felt about 23 miles away in two small Montana towns adjacent to year-around entrances to the park - Gardiner and West Yellowstone. The national park spans 3,472 square miles (8,992 square km) of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and draws about 3 million visitors each year to its iconic geysers and wildlife attractions, including bison. A U.S. Geological Survey team planned to tour the Norris Geyser Basin on Sunday to determine if the quake altered any of Yellowstone's geothermal features, such as geysers, mud pots and hot springs. Several people reported having felt shaking they compared to the rumble of a tractor-trailer truck driving by, and a few items fell off the shelves at a local grocery store, a West Yellowstone police dispatcher said.


NY Sen. Schumer asks feds to review WTC security

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:48

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2013, file photo, New York Police Department security cameras are in place at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. One World Trade Center is on the left. Sen. Charles Schumer stood by the World Trade Center on Sunday, March 30, 2014, demanding that federal officials review security after daredevils twice sneaked to the top of the site's signature, 104-story skyscraper. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer stood by the World Trade Center on Sunday, demanding that federal officials review security after daredevils twice sneaked to the top of the site's signature, 104-story skyscraper.


Search dogs take break from mudslide recovery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:16

Rescue dog Tryon, muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler near the west side of the mudslide on Highway 530 near mile marker 37 in Arlington, Wash., on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Periods of rain and wind have hampered efforts the past two days, with some rain showers continuing today. Last night, the confirmed fatalities list was updated to 18, with the number of those missing falling from 90 to 30. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Many of the dogs that have been essential in the search for victims of the deadly mudslide that buried the mountainside community of Oso will take a two-day break after long hours in the cold and rain, rescue crews said Sunday.


Greek Parliament passes omnibus reform bill

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:35

A protester holds a banner during a protest from the confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants against a new austerity bill that will be discussed in Parliament, in Athens on Sunday, March 30 2014. The measures demanded by bailout lenders will be voted on late Sunday, and would liberalize several retail sectors. They include plans to grant supermarkets permission to set up in-store pharmacies, scrap price limits on books and allow a longer shelf-life for milk. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Parliament passed an omnibus reform bill early Monday containing the latest measures agreed upon between Greece and international lenders, with the slim government majority holding despite suffering new defections.


No national system to track landslide hazards

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:24

In this photo taken in October 2012, released by WSI, a Quantum Spatial Company, sensor operators Lennie Rummel left, and Drew Wendeborn, right, are shown inside a helicopter taking measurements with LIDAR, a high-tech laser system mounted on the aircraft, to build a detailed elevation map of the terrain above Omak, Wash. The maps can be used by planners and homeowners to begin to assess landslide risk. (AP Photo/ WSI, a Quantum Spatial Company)SEATTLE (AP) — People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.


Clash between police, Arizona fans repeats past

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:19
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Repeating a scene from 13 years ago, several hundred Arizona fans and Tucson police clashed in the streets late Saturday following the University of Arizona basketball team's loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:58
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM's handling of the defect and a subsequent recall.

Albuquerque police face protests, cyberattack

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:39
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in downtown Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting.

10 Things to Know about Wrigley Field

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:29
CHICAGO (AP) — Wrigley Field is turning 100 this year. Here are 10 things you might not know about the ballpark:

Washington mudslide victims remembered at tearful church services

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:17

An excavator moves a tree trunk as search work continues in the mud and debris from a massive mudslide that struck Oso near Darrington, WashingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky and Bryan Cohen DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for dozens of people dead and missing from last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving families and friends, many of whom are still waiting for news of loved ones who vanished. The official death toll from the March 22 catastrophe northeast of Seattle stood at 18, based on the number of victims whose bodies have been recovered and positively identified by medical examiners. But Snohomish County authorities have acknowledged finding 10 more sets of remains that have yet to be identified, putting the overall presumed body count at 28.


Delphi told panel GM approved ignition switches below specifications

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:08

A General Motors logo is seen on a vehicle for sale at the GM dealership in CarlsbadBy Richard Cowan, Eric Beech and Paul Lienert WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co approved ignition switches for cars that have been linked to 13 deaths, even though the parts did not appear to meet the company's specifications, officials of Delphi Automotive told U.S. congressional investigators. In a memo released on Sunday by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, documents provided by GM and a federal regulator provided "unsettling" information, according to Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who leads a subcommittee of the panel. The memo was released ahead of Tuesday's testimony from GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, who will appear at the committee's first public hearing on the recalls. She is likely to be asked why it took GM so long to identify and address the ignition switch problem.


Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:08

In this Oct. 16, 2013 photo released by Sterling College, student Weylin Garnett, left, of Corinth, N.Y., and college President Matthew Derr install a new sign on the Logging Shop during the Fall 2013 All-College Work Day at the college in Craftsbury, Vt. At Sterling and six other schools across the country are required to work as part of their education, which gives them a discount on their tuition, and some leave school debt-free. (AP Photo/Sterling College, Christian Feuerstein)CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven "Work Colleges" around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies — doing everything from landscaping, growing and cooking food to public relations and feeding farm animals — to pay off at least some of their tuition before they graduate.


Official: Man scaled White House fence, arrested

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says a man has been arrested after he climbed over a fence at the White House.