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Legal scholars: Utah's push for US land would hurt public

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:42
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and more drilling and strip mining, according to a new report by legal scholars.

Glitch delays launch of SpaceX rocket with U.S. weather satellite

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:42

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite sits on launch complex after a scrubbed launch attempt in Cape CanaveralBy Irene klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Launch of a SpaceX rocket with a U.S. weather satellite bound for deep space was called off minutes before liftoff on Sunday due to a technical problem, officials said. Launch had been targeted for 6:10 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The next opportunity to launch is 6:07 p.m. EST on Monday, said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie. The rocket carries the Deep Space Climate Observatory, nicknamed DSCOVR, a partnership of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Police: Somerton robbery suspects referenced victim's Instagram posts

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:22

 Somerton robbery suspects referenced victim's Instagram postsPolice say a social media post about inheritance may have led three armed suspects to break into a home in the Somerton section of Philadelphia.

Man struck, killed on SEPTA's Broad Street Line

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:07

Man struck, killed on SEPTA's Broad Street LineA man was struck and killed by a SEPTA train in South Philadelphia.

Weather worries U.S. cattle producers as they slowly expand herds

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:57

Cattle raised by Jim and Gerry Rackley graze in a field in Zuehl, TexasBy Tom Polansek ZUEHL, Texas (Reuters) - Texas rancher Jim Rackley would like to add more cattle to his herd of about 50 to take advantage of sizzling beef prices and growing demand from health-conscious consumers for his grass-fed beef. Now a combination of record-high cattle prices and cheap grain has prompted ranchers to start adding back cattle earlier than expected. "Every time we think we're coming out of the drought, we get hit again,' said Rackley, a former high school football coach in Texas, where the sport and beef are state passions.

Heavy snow returns to New England, rain to Pacific Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:57

People climb on snow banks after taking part in the Cupid's Undie Run in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBoston and other areas of the Northeast, already buried under about a yard of snow, braced for up to two more feet through early Tuesday while more rain and high winds were in store for parts of the Pacific coast, forecasters said on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicted a “long duration snow event” in Boston and surrounding areas of New England and issued a winter storm warning through 1 a.m. on Tuesday. “We’re in this pattern now,” weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson in Boston said. When those ingredients get together you get enough energy for a snow event.” Snowy conditions contributed to nearly 200 flight cancellations in and out of Boston's Logan International Airport on Sunday, according to the FlightStats website that tracks air traffic nationwide.

Crews battle fire at Bensalem strip mall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:52

Crews battle fire at Bensalem strip mallCrews were called to battle a fire at a strip mall in Bensalem, Bucks County.

Worst of storm appears to be over for parts of California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:49

In this photo provided by the Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management, floodwaters are shown around homes in Brinnon, Wash., Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. As much as 7 inches of rain have fallen over 24 hours on the east side of the Olympics where the Duckabush River is flooding the town of Brinnon, the National Weather Service said Friday. (AP Photo/Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California was hit by a second wet and windy storm on Sunday, though it appeared to do far less damage than a similar system two days earlier.

Two injured in small plane crash near U.S. Army base in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small, single-engine plane crashed on Sunday in a wooded area near Fort Meade, a U.S. Army base in Maryland, injuring two men, state police said. The plane, identified as a Grumman American AA-1 by the Federal Aviation Administration, crashed around 2 p.m. EST shortly after taking off from an airport in nearby Odenton, Md. Emergency responders found the plane upside down on the edge of Fort Meade, which is located between Baltimore and Washington and home to the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command. ...

Michigan man claiming bomb, drives pickup into Coast Guard station

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:31
A Michigan man claiming to have a bomb drove his truck through the gates of a U.S. Coast Guard station on Lake Michigan early Sunday, according to police and media reports. The 34-year-old suspect told authorities that he had an explosive device and would blow up the station, but no explosives were found when he was arrested at the scene, according to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. "The incident was initially investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism due to the circumstances," a police statement reads. The attack on the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, about 190 miles (306 km) northwest of Detroit, began around 6 a.m. ET (1100 GMT) on Sunday, when the man called in his threat to emergency dispatchers, according to an official at Ottawa County's central dispatch, which took the call.

Authorities: 2 hurt in small plane crash in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:17
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A small plane crashed in woods near an airport in Maryland after takeoff Sunday, leaving two men injured, authorities said.

Bomb threat, crash investigated at Coast Guard station

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 06:00
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A 34-year-old man was arrested after driving a pickup through a U.S. Coast Guard station gate Sunday morning in western Michigan following a telephoned bomb threat.

Indiana woman who fought gay marriage ban dies of cancer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:22

FILE - In this 2011 file photo, Niki Quasney, left, poses for a photo with Amy Sandler, in Munster, Ind. Lambda Legal announced Sunday that Quasney of Munster died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. She was 38. Quasney and Sandler had challenged Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage as Quasney battled terminal ovarian cancer. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jeffrey D. Nicholls) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUTMUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer.

Officials: Pa. teen accused in boy's death took selfie with body

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:22

 Pa. teen accused in boy's death took selfie with bodyAuthorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media.

Friends dismiss doubts about 'Mockingbird' author's lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:17

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor, at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. The ascendance of Tonja Carter, who worked in Lee's older sister Alice Lee’s law office before going to the University of Alabama law school, graduating in 2006 and becoming her partner, brought more aggressive legal tactics on Harper Lee’s behalf. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Retrace the suddenly tangled legal saga of Harper Lee and her legacy, "To Kill A Mockingbird," and a pivotal moment emerges.

Teen arrested in Pittsburgh-area mall shooting; only 1 of 3 victims targeted

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:10

Teen arrested in Pittsburgh-area mall shooting; only 1 of 3 victims targetedA teenager who police say opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area mall, shooting his intended target as well as two bystanders, was arrested early Sunday, and the three victims remain hospitalized.

Snow delays jury selection in Marathon bombing suspect trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:02
BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection has been postponed in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Fitzhugh Fulton Jr., revered test pilot, dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 04:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pilot Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton Jr., known as the "Dean of Flight Test" for his involvement in pioneering programs including the space shuttle piggyback flights, has died. He was 89.

Things to know about Chronicle of Philanthropy's top donors

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 04:46
The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington released its annual list Sunday of the top 50 American donors to nonprofit organizations in 2014. Here are five things to know about their contributions:

Shooting in Atlanta suburb kills five, including 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:54
By Rich McKay Douglasville, Ga. (Reuters) - A father went on a shooting rampage this weekend, killing his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and two children before taking his own life in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood, authorities said. The massacre at the former wife's home near Douglasville, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta, left two other children on life support, authorities said on Sunday. The shooter chased his daughter into the street and shot her in Saturday's incident, said Randy Daniel, coroner for Douglas County, Georgia. The four children's ages ranged from seven to 15 years, authorities said.