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Two dead, 17 hurt in historic Boston neighborhood blaze -report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:02
Two firefighters were reported killed and at least 17 people injured as a nine-alarm fire raced through a four-story building in the city's historic Back Bay neighborhood on Wednesday, drawing a large-scale emergency response, local officials said. The Boston Globe, quoting two people with direct knowledge of the fire, said the two Boston firefighters died while battling the blaze but gave no further details. All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. With the winds, "it's hard fighting it from the outside." Boston Emergency Medical Service said it had taken 17 people to area hospitals.

260 cats removed from 'crazy cat house' in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:58

A sign is posted on fence at the location of where Members of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals remove cats from two connected row homes Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Animal welfare authorities say they are working to remove about 260 cats and take them to the organization's north Philadelphia shelter, where veterinarians were waiting to examine them. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say they removed about 260 cats from a Philadelphia home with a sign that proclaims it "the crazy cat house."


Obama briefed on discipline of Secret Service agent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:53
U.S. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation involving three Secret Service agents who were sent home from Obama's trip to the Netherlands for disciplinary reasons, the White House said on Wednesday. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama believes "that everybody representing the United States of America overseas needs to hold himself or herself to the highest standards." He said Obama supports Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's "zero-tolerance" approach to such matters but had no other comment. The agents were disciplined after going out for a night of drinking, the Washington Post reported.

FBI: California state senator asked for donations to introduce agent to arms trafficker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FBI: California state senator asked for donations to introduce agent to arms trafficker.

Chicago train operator admits dozing off before O'Hare crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:43

A Chicago Transit Authority worker directs commuters to a shuttle bus after a subway train derailed at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoThe operator of a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport early on Monday admitted that she dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal investigator said. The operator had been running Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains for about 60 days before the incident and was admonished in February for overrunning a station, Ted Turpin, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said on Wednesday. In the February incident, the operator told investigators she "closed her eyes for a moment," the CTA said. The operator had started her shift at about 10 p.m. the previous night and was on the fourth of five round trips running the electric, elevated train, he said.


Navy: Sailor died at Va. base protecting colleague

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:38

FILE - In this May 3, 2004 file photo, security personnel wait to inspect vehicles entering Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. A sailor was fatally shot at the world's largest naval base late Monday, March 24, 2014, and security forces killed a male civilian suspect, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Mort Fryman)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday.


Oklahoma judge strikes execution law over privacy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:38

FILE - This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Charles Warner. An Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s execution law unconstitutional Wednesday, March 26, 2014, because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts. Inmates Clayton Lockett and Warner asked Oklahoma prison officials who was making the drugs that would kill them next month and whether the material was pure. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge voided the state's execution law Wednesday, agreeing with inmates that a "veil of secrecy" preventing them from seeking information about the drugs used in lethal injections violated their rights under the state constitution.


Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:35

FILE This March 18, 2014 file photo shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaking to the media during the Governor's Economic Summit at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of gay marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse, file) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUTLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.


Captain: Cruise ships may over-rely on electronics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:33

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo shows the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its starboard side after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday.


Charlotte, NC, mayor facing corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:28

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, then candidate for Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon speaks to students at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Cannon, now mayor of Charlotte, was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on public corruption charges. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says that Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.


25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:25

FILE - In this April 11, 2012, file photo, poults raised without the use of antibiotics are seen at David Martin's turkey farm, in Lebanon, Pa. Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Citing a potential threat to public health, the agency in December 2013 asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for use in animal production. The FDA did not name the one company that has not agreed to withdraw or revise its drugs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.


North Carolina mayor arrested on federal public corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:19

Handout of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon addressing mayors and staffersBy Emily Harris CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - The mayor of North Carolina's largest city was arrested on Wednesday on federal public corruption charges that include accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents, a U.S. attorney's office said. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, faces charges of theft and bribery, wire fraud and extortion, which could carry up to 50 years in prison, according to the prosecutor's office for the Western District of North Carolina.


UN condemns Syria fighters' activity on Golan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:15
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expressing concern about ongoing military activity on the Golan Heights by the Syrian army and opposition fighters and condemning the decapitations of five apparent members of Syria's military.

NY settles with Bank of America and ex-CEO

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:14
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. and former chief executive Kenneth Lewis reached a $25 million settlement to end an investigation into their actions in the 2008 merger with Merrill Lynch & Co., New York's attorney general announced Wednesday.

California state senator accused of wire fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:11

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2011, file photo, State Sen. Leland Yee poses beside a bowl of shark fin soup during a news conference to oppose a bill to ban the sale of shark fin soup in San Francisco's Chinatown. Yee was arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, during a series of raids in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yee declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud.


TSA pushes nationwide changes to airport security

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:08
The Transportation Security Administration released a 25-page report to Congress on Wednesday that includes 14 recommendations to improve airport security after a nationwide review prompted by last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say a gunman targeted TSA officers in his attack, which resulted in the agency's first line-of-duty death. Two other officers and a passenger were wounded.

US seeks UN meeting on NKorea missile firings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea following its test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles in violations of council resolutions.

Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:54

This screen grab provided by the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., shows the A-CHESS app. The app, developed for recovering alcoholics, includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns. The app is being commercially developed and is not yet available. (AP Photo/Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies)CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.


Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:54
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company Wednesday of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies.

Alabama man sentenced in son's Indiana killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:53
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge on Wednesday sentenced an Alabama man to 55 years in prison for fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son at his parents' central Indiana home.