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UN: 2 kidnapped staffers released in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:54
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two U.N. staff members who were abducted in Yemen on Tuesday have been freed, authorities said.

Russia warned U.S. about Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tsarnaev: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:43

The sign for Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery is seen in Doswell, VirginiaRussian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year's Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him, NBC News reported on Tuesday. Citing a congressional report it said could be released by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee as soon as Thursday, NBC News said the Russian intelligence agency FSB cabled the FBI about its concerns in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev was known to have associated with militant Islamists. The network said the FBI opened an investigation of Tsarnaev that month conducted by a joint task force of federal, state and local authorities.


Disney's purchase of Maker a boon for LA startups

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:41

In this May, 8, 2013 photo provided by Maker Studios shows their offices in Culver City, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday, March, 24, 2014 a $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios, a sign that Los Angeles-area content and technology startups are coming of age, proving themselves to be as creative and valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the giants of Silicon Valley. The deal signals Hollywood’s new openness to technology, an acknowledgement that the media giants don’t have all the answers. (AP Photo/Maker Studios)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the giants of Silicon Valley.


Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:36

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show(CES), in Las Vegas. Facebook said Tuesday, March 25, 2014, it has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.


Man killed by New Jersey commuter train as he leaned over platform edge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:25

A New Jersey Transit train involved in an accident sits on the track in New Brunswick, New Jersey(Reuters) - A man was struck and killed on Tuesday by a New Jersey commuter train as he leaned over the edge of a station platform, a New Jersey Transit official said. According to eyewitnesses, the man was on the platform when he was struck and killed by an oncoming northbound train shortly before 5 p.m. local time, said spokesman William Smith.


16 years in prison for man in NYC terror bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:23

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2014 file photo, Jose Pimentel appears in a New York City courtroom. On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Pimentel, who admitted trying to build pipe bombs to carry out a homegrown terror campaign, was sentenced to 16 years in prison. The sentencing capped a case authorities called an illustration of the threat of lone, local would-be terrorists but his lawyers portrayed as an example of police entrapment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An al-Qaida sympathizer who admitted trying to build pipe bombs to carry out a homegrown terror campaign was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison, capping a case authorities called an illustration of the threat of lone, local would-be terrorists but his lawyers portrayed as an example of police entrapment.


2 UN staffers kidnapped in Yemen; 1 later freed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:22
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two U.N. staff members were abducted Tuesday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, and one was later freed, officials said.

Stay on Michigan same-sex marriages extended for appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:22

A gay couple holds hands during a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San DiegoA U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court stopped the judge's decision from taking effect. The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's granting of a stay after a federal judge last year overturned Utah's ban on gay weddings. Clerks immediately began issuing marriage licenses while Utah's attorney general appealed the ruling.


Phoenix judge spares life of dog that mauled child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:19

This March 11, 2014 photo shows Mickey, a pit bull, at West Valley Animal Care Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Mickey attacked four-year-old Kevin Vicente on Feb. 20, 2014. Mickey is now the object of a Facebook page that has garnered more than 59,000 likes on Facebook. The case moves to a Phoenix courtroom Tuesday March 25, 2014, as a judge hears arguments on whether Mickey should live or die, a question that has riled up thousands of animal lovers on social media. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Schennum) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix judge on Tuesday spared the life of a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on mercy, blame and animal violence.


Five charged with kidnapping in Houston human smuggling ring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:17
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five men suspected of being part of a human smuggling ring that held more than 100 people captive in a derelict Houston area home were charged with hostage-taking and firearms crimes at a federal court on Tuesday. Jose Aviles-Villa, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, Antonio Barruquet-Hildiberta, Jose Cesmas-Borja, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja were arrested last week at what immigration officials said was a "stash house," where many of the 115 captives were stripped of their shoes and most of their clothing. Homeland Security Special Agent Andres Garcia, Jr. said the five suspects conspired to detain individuals in the United States illegally to compel a third party to pay money to win the release of certain captives. Authorities said they were alerted to the stash house when Houston police received a call from a woman claiming that her daughter and her two grandchildren were kidnapped.

Officials: More Washington mudslide victims found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:13
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.

Utah to welcome marijuana for limited medical use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:13

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Aileen Burger holds up a bottle of cannabis-infused oil used to treat her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who suffers from severe epilepsy, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain the extract, which comes from a strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, and is believed to help with seizures, but it's unclear how and when they'll procure it. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they say helps with seizures, but getting it involves navigating a thorny set of state and federal laws.


WTC parachute jump condemned as 'selfish act'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:56

James Brady, left, and Andrew Rossig, right, two parachutists who jumped from One World Trader Center in September 2013, are accompanied by attorney Timothy Parlatore to surrender to police, in New York, Monday, March 24, 2014. Monday's arrests come eight days after a 16-year-old was arrested on charges of climbing up to the top of the nation's biggest skyscraper. Police had no immediate information on Monday's arrests. They had said they were looking for two parachutists seen floating near the building Sept. 30. The defense attorneys say three accused jumpers and an alleged accomplice on the ground are expecting to face felony burglary charges. The attorneys say the defendants are experienced BASE jumpers, the acronym stands for "building, span, antenna, earth." The lawyers say the men took care to keep from endangering anyone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York police commissioner denounced the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a lawless act that put others in danger.


Army Corps backs away from levee vegetation policy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:46
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Government agencies around the country will no longer have to remove trees and other vegetation from levees to qualify for disaster relief funding under a new interim policy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

Deep budget cuts may erode U.S. Army ability to fight long war: general

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:40

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Odierno and Fang, Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, pose for photographers in BeijingGeneral Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told a panel in the House of Representatives that severe, across-the-board budget cuts would force the Army to shrink to 420,000 active-duty soldiers, a level at which it could no longer execute the president's national defense strategy. President Barack Obama's strategy issued in 2012 calls for a U.S. military strong enough to prevail in one major war while having the ability to deter an aggressor in a second conflict. "I'm very concerned that at 420,000 we cannot meet the ... defense strategic guidance," Odierno told the Armed Services Committee. "I doubt that we could even execute one prolonged, multi-phase operation that is extended over a period of time." The Army chief told lawmakers the proposed $496 billion defense budget for 2015, which calls for an Army of 440,000 to 450,000 troops, would be able to meet the president's defense strategy, but with "significant risks." The original 2012 strategy called for an Army of 490,000 troops.


Man gets probation in fossil-smuggling case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:36
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man must serve two years of supervised probation on a federal felony conviction of conspiring to smuggle fossils from China into the United States, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

EPA: Oil spill affected half-mile of Lake Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:32

BP’s Whiting Refinery is seen along the shore of Lake Michigan on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Whiting, Ind. BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. (AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUT MBO (REV-SHARE)WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.


More victims found in Washington state landslide, official says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:31
(Reuters) - Workers searching the rubble of a devastating Washington state landslide that has killed at least 14 people found more victims on Tuesday, although the exact number could not be confirmed, Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a statement. "Additional slide victims have been found at the landslide site off of (State Route) 530 earlier today," she said. "The number of victims has not yet been confirmed." (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis;

Relatives of Flight 370 victims protest in China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:24

Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 cry as they protest outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Furious over Malaysia's handling of the lost jetliner a day after the country said the passengers must be dead, Chinese relatives of the missing marched Tuesday to the Malaysia Embassy, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush the gate and chanted, "Liars!" (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — As frustration was setting in, calmer seas returned Wednesday and the search for the remains of Flight 370 began anew in remote waters of the Indian Ocean off western Australia.


Bungling mars health care deadline in some states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:24

FILE - In this March 13, 2014 file photo, Cover Oregon Executive Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg, right, speaks during a Cover Oregon board meeting in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 13, 2014. A federal government report on Oregon's botched health insurance exchange faults the state's main information technology contractor for not providing key information to Cover Oregon and blames the exchange for lax management. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — As supporters of the federal health care reforms push for final signups, a handful of states are trying to press the reset button.