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Allman filmmakers to stand trial in fatal Ga. train crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:43
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three filmmakers are preparing to stand trial in the death of a young camera assistant killed by a freight train in Georgia last year while shooting the Gregg Allman biographical movie "Midnight Rider."

Unlikely duo of Va. senators claim connections to Hamilton

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:51

This Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015 photos shows State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, left, talks with Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, on the floor of the Senate during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.Both lawmakers claim an ancestral connection to one of the nation’s founding fathers. Not Thomas Jefferson, the revered Virginian, but his arch-nemesis Alexander Hamilton. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Virginia Sen. Donald McEachin made an offhand comment during dinner about his distant relation to Alexander Hamilton, it drew a shocked reply from a colleague who also claims to be a descendant of the Founding Father: "Hold on. You're kidding me."


Senator Menendez, amid probe, says he's honest, law-abiding

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this March 1, 2013, file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez listens during a news conference, at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Attorney General Eric Holder is declining to say if he has approved the filing of corruption charges against Menendez. Nor is Menendez shedding much light on the situation. A statement issued by the senator's office Friday, March 6, 2015, says many false allegations have been made about his ties with Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is a friend and donor to Menendez's campaigns. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Amid a federal investigation, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez insists he has always been honest in his more than 20 years in Congress and says he is "not going anywhere" even as a person familiar with the matter says he's expected to face criminal charges soon.


NY jury awards man named Ferrari $95K for impounded Ferrari

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has awarded a New York City man named James Ferrari $95,000 three years after police on Long Island seized and auctioned off his Ferrari sports car following a drunken driving arrest.

For inside-trade case's 'Tipper X,' a downfall and new path

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:10

Thomas Hardin poses for a picture in New York, Monday, March 2, 2015. Wearing a wire for nearly seven years, Hardin became a seminal informant in the biggest insider trading case in a generation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — For nearly seven years, Tom Hardin has been living with being "Tipper X," a seminal informant in the biggest insider trading case in a generation.


Arson ruled in fire that destroyed part of apartment complex in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:07

Arson ruled in fire that destroyed part of apartment complex in DelawareThe Delaware State Fire Marshal's office has determined that an early Saturday morning fire in Edgemoor, Delaware that heavily damaged an apartment building was arson.


Private email use a source of friction in many statehouses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:55

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to a crowd during an event to promote her television show, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. In 2011, three years after they were first requested, the state of Alaska released emails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor, which showed she used three different accounts and regularly communicated with top aides who used their own personal accounts. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The types of transparency questions surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email to conduct business while secretary of state have led in recent years to access fights in state capitals throughout the country.


Farmers find unique ways to defraud federal insurance plans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:35
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A handful of farmers have found creative ways to defraud federal farm programs in recent years.

Obama to join 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary in Selma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:34

Obama to join 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary in SelmaPresident Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and about 100 members of Congress are converging on Selma, Alabama, on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of a landmark event of the civil rights movement.


New concept in solar energy poised to catch on across US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:31

In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo, solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens are shown in Rockford, Minn. Community solar gardens are a new concept in renewable energy, allowing customers who cannot put up solar panels to buy into the green energy boom anyway. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new concept in renewable energy is catching fire across the country, allowing customers who might find solar panels too expensive or impractical to buy green energy anyway.


Former Vice President Walter Mondale hospitalized with flu

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 23:08

Former Vice President Walter Mondale hospitalized with fluFormer Vice President Walter Mondale is hospitalized with the flu but says he's doing well.


Top US general optimistic about outcome of Tikrit battle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 22:46

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015 photo, smoke rises as the Iraqi army, supported by volunteers, battles Islamic State extremists outside Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group, while the U.S. led coalition has remained on the sidelines. (AP Photo)ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The one-two punch of Iranian-back militias and Iraqi government troops is likely to prevail in the unfolding battle for Tikrit, but it would not have been possible if U.S. airstrikes had not tied down Islamic State fighters elsewhere in northern Iraq, the top U.S. general said.


Police fire shot at car in Old City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 22:05

Police fire shot at car in Old CityPolice responding to a shooting end up firing off a shot at a car in Philadelphia's Old City section early Saturday morning.


Maine effort to tax nonprofits raises eyebrows across the US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 21:54

FILE- In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, Republican Gov. Paul LePage delivers his inauguration address in Augusta, Maine. LePage's contentious proposal to tax nonprofits has sparked a fiery debate in Maine over what impact nonprofits have on their communities and whether they should have to shoulder the costs for municipal services they consume. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nonprofit organizations across the country are closely watching Maine as it considers becoming the first state to impose property taxes on hospitals, private colleges and summer camps under a plan being pushed by Gov. Paul LePage.


Flames destroy part of apartment complex in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 20:29

Arson ruled in fire that destroyed part of apartment complex in DelawareFlames destroyed a portion of an apartment complex in Edgemoor, Delaware early Saturday morning.


Fire damages former accounting business in Whitpain Twp., Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 20:27

Fire damages former accounting business in Whitpain Twp., Pa.Fire crews battled a blaze at a former accounting business in Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.


Ferguson police chief stays on the job after federal report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 20:17

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, about the Justice Department’s findings related to two investigations in Ferguson, Mo. The Justice Department will not prosecute a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old whose death in Ferguson sparked weeks of protests and ignited an intense national debate over how police treat African-Americans. But the government released a scathing report Wednesday that faulted the city for racial bias. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief's future, saying his role was not to "just chop heads."


Former Vice President Walter Mondale hospitalized with flu

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 19:12

FILE - Former Vice President Walter Mondale listens as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton address the inauguration attendees after he took the oath of office as Minnesota governor in this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo taken in St. Paul, Minn. Former Vice President Mondale has been hospitalized with the flu. he was supposed to introduce former President Jimmy Carter Friday March 6, 2015 at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale is hospitalized with the flu but says he's doing well.


Analysis: Divided GOP empowers Dems in political minority

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 18:24

In this Feb. 26, 2015, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Winners in a bruising struggle with Republicans over homeland security funding and immigration, minority Democrats had unity on their side, along with a politician’s understandable fear of terrorist attacks and the Constitution’s separation of powers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Winners in a bruising struggle with Republicans over homeland security funding and immigration, minority Democrats had unity on their side, along with a politician's understandable fear of terrorist attacks and the Constitution's separation of powers.


Spring forward: Daylight saving time returning to most of US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 17:22

FILE - Dave LeMote uses an allen wrench to adjust hands on a stainless steel tower clock at Electric Time Company, Inc. in Medfield, Mass., in this March 7, 2014 file photo. Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night March 7, 2015, but daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time (0700GMT). (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A sure sign that spring's on the horizon: One hour less shut-eye Saturday night no matter when you turn out the lights.