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Crews restore power to lodge at bottom of Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:10
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Crews have restored power to a lodge and cantina at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Washington faces days of cleanup after epic blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:05

A man carries a shovel down 108th street in the Richmond Hill section of the Queens borough of New YorkBy Doina Chiacu and Barbara Goldberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington will need several more days to return to normal after a weekend blizzard dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow along the U.S. East Coast, likely causing billions of dollars in damage and killing more than 30 people. The U.S. capital was at a standstill, with federal government offices to be closed again on Tuesday, schools in the district and surrounding suburbs shut until at least Wednesday, and the U.S. House of Representatives canceling all votes until next week. Washington's mayor, Muriel Bowser, said city public schools would remain closed on Tuesday but that city government offices would reopen.

Expert: Escaped California inmates must have had inside help

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:43
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three California inmates who sawed through a metal grate, crawled through plumbing tunnels and shimmied to freedom down a rope made from bed linens likely had help to pull off the daring plan and also benefited from the complacency of jail staff, security experts said Monday.

The Latest: Inmates who broke out of jail charged in escape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:41
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the escape of three prisoners from a county jail in Southern California (all times local):

South Korea's 4Q growth slows as construction spending drops

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:17
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's economic growth slowed in the final quarter of 2015 as a drop in construction investment outweighed an improvement in consumer spending, the country's central bank said Tuesday.

Fresno family uses bracelets to raise awareness of domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:05

Fresno family uses bracelets to raise awareness of domestic violenceBracelets are often an accessory for people to wear, but a Fresno family has a found a way to use style to bring awareness to domestic violence, one bead at a time.

Panhandlers take on 1 of nation's largest sheriff's offices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:48

Kim Pindak stands outside Chicago’s federal courthouse after the first day of testimony in a civil lawsuit involving him and and other panhandlers Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Chicago. He and another panhandler brought a suit that alleges they lost up to $10 a day because authorities bar them from begging in Daley Plaza, a popular public square in the city. The trial that started today is a rare instance of jurors being asked to decide the issue of panhandlers' rights. (AP Photo/Michael Tarm)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal civil trial pitting two panhandlers against one of the nation's largest sheriff's departments got underway Monday, in a case stemming from a lawsuit that alleges the men were improperly stopped from begging at a popular Chicago square.

What to know about the tropical Zika virus in Latin America

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:46

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Aedes aegypti can spread the Zika virus, which is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean and usually causes a mild illness but is now suspected in an unusual birth defect and possibly other health issues. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A rare tropical disease is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne Zika virus usually causes a mild illness but is now suspected in an unusual birth defect and possibly other health issues. Some things to know:

Washington, D.C. mayor says 'several days' of cleanup ahead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Monday there were "several days" of cleanup still ahead after a storm dumped two feet (61 cm) of snow in the U.S. capital and urged residents to stay home if they can. The Washington metro system, on limited service early on Monday, will open all its stations within the city at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT), Bowser said. "It's important to know that the roads are still dangerous," she said at a news conference. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu Editing by W Simon)

Washington Metro to expand rail, bus service on Tuesday: manager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:42
More rail and bus service in the Washington, D.C.-area Metro system will be restored on Tuesday after a blizzard forced severe cutbacks, the system's general manager said on Monday. All rail services except the Silver Line in Virginia will be running on a modified weekday schedule, while bus services will expanded to a "severe" schedule, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told a news conference.

Interim Missouri chancellor rebuffs calls to fire professor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:41

University Missouri interim chancellor Hank Foley, right, answers questions during a news conference in Columbia, Mo., regarding charges filed against assistant communications professor Melissa Click, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Click was charged Monday with misdemeanor assault linked to her run-in with student journalists during campus protests last November, drawing a curator's renewed calls for her ouster. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDITKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An interim chancellor on Monday rebuffed demands for the ouster of an assistant University of Missouri professor that have been rekindled in the wake of her being criminally charged for a campus run-in with student journalists during protests.

U.S. pastor freed by Iran says he was tortured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:36

Naghmeh Abedini is pictured in the home of her parents in West Boise, IdahoSaeed Abedini, an American pastor freed this month from an Iranian prison as part of a U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap, said in a television interview aired on Monday that he was tortured and left in solitary confinement for refusing to sign a false confession and saw other prisoners being taken to be hanged. Abedini told Fox News that while in Tehran's Evin prison he was beaten by interrogators, left with an al Qaeda prisoner who tried to kill him and watched people screaming and crying while taken to be hanged. "Yes, in interrogation once they beat me very badly because they wanted me to write something I didn't do ... Actually it was in a courtroom that the judge closed the door and the interrogators started beating me, and at that time I got a stomach bleeding," he told Fox News.

Ex-prosecutor to spearhead investigation into Flint water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:07

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, center, announces Todd Flood, right, a former assistant prosecutor for Wayne County, and retired Detroit FBI chief Andrew Arena, left, will spearhead an investigation and serve as special counsel in the investigation into Flint's lead-tainted water during a news conference Monday, Jan. 25, 2106 in Lansing, Mich. (Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general named a former prosecutor on Monday to spearhead an investigation into the process that left Flint's drinking water tainted with lead, though Democrats questioned whether the special counsel would be impartial.

Judge sides with ark-building group on tax incentive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:07
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A religious group building a massive Noah's Ark tourist attraction in Kentucky has won a legal battle over the state's withdrawal of a potential tax incentive worth millions.

Hilton launches new budget hotel chain aimed at young guests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hilton is launching a new hotel brand, focusing on budget travelers looking to spend $90 to $100 a night.

Former workers sue Disney, consulting companies over layoffs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:49
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two former technology employees at Walt Disney World in Florida are suing Disney and the outsourcing companies they say colluded to break the law and replace workers with cheaper immigrant labor.

At least 42 killed in snowstorm-related deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:40

Passers-by help push a stuck car out of the snow as another motorist tows it out in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. A winter storm has hit the East Coast, creating a blizzard with brutally high winds, dangerous inland flooding and white-out conditions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)At least 42 people have died as a result of the mammoth snowstorm that pounded the eastern U.S. The deaths occurred in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning, and from heart attacks while shoveling snow:

Judge orders temporary stop to 'nipple law' in Missouri city

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:39
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nipples can be exposed in the southwest Missouri city of Springfield while the American Civil Liberties Union and city leaders seek to resolve a dispute over an indecent exposure ordinance passed after a topless rally.

Young children discover woman's body in snow in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:27

Young children discover woman's body in snow in New JerseyYoung children discovered the body of a woman who was buried in the snow in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 09:23

Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videosAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that targeted the handling of fetal tissue in clinics and provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.