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After Sandy, feds mull plan for artificial islands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 21:59

This artist rendering provided by WXY/West 8/Stevens Institute of Technology shows a proposed project to create a string of artificial barrier islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York to protect the shoreline from storm surges like the ones that caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage during Superstorm Sandy. The “Blue Dunes” project, conceived by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology and two architectural firms, would cost $10 billion to $12 billion, and would stretch from central Long Island, N.Y., to the southern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Many logistical, political, financial and technical issues would have to be overcome before the project could be built. It is part of the Rebuild By Design contest being held by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to solicit new ideas to protect the region from future storms. (AP Photo/WXY/West 8/Stevens Institute of Technology)SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery.


Airline apologizes for note on deaf couple's bag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 21:42

FILE - In this Dec. 2013 file photo crews work around two American Airlines jets in St. Louis. A deaf couple is upset over a note that an American Airlines employee attached to a bag misplaced by the airline that was delivered with a handwritten note reading, “Please Text Deaf And Dumb." An airline spokesman said Friday, March 2, 2014 that the employee who wrote the note did not intend to insult anyone and will go through sensitivity training. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Bill Montgomery, File)DALLAS (AP) — A deaf couple is upset over a note that an American Airlines employee attached to one of their bags, referring to the pair as "deaf and dumb."


Exclusive: GM crash victims' families who settled may revisit deals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 20:47

Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars speaks during the debut of the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show in this file photoBy Jessica Dye, Julia Edwards and Paul Lienert (Reuters) - Two families who settled with General Motors Co over fatal crashes linked to faulty ignition switches are considering trying to overturn the agreements, after the company disclosed it had known about the issue for years. A second family also told Reuters it is preparing to try to break the deal and then sue GM. Neither family has yet done so, however, and trying to win such actions will be difficult. To undo a settlement, plaintiffs would have to convince a judge that they were intentionally misled or defrauded by the other party, according to legal experts and plaintiffs' lawyers.


Turkish court backs Twitter but site still blocked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 19:22

FILE - In this March 17, 2014 file photo, a huge poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seen in the city center in Istanbu, Turkey. Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that has toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. Meanwhile, the Turkish Lira has fallen, interest rates are up and the Turkish economy has fallen off a cliff. It all might be enough to oust any leader. But as Turks prepare to vote in local elections Sunday, it’s all about Erdogan.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a second ruling against Turkey's ban on Twitter, a Turkish court has overturned an order for the social media network to remove an account that accuses a former minister of corruption, reports said Saturday.


No criminal charges against boy, 5, in fatal fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 19:07
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a 5-year-old boy who allegedly started a fire that claimed the life of a young girl near Pittsburgh cannot be charged with a crime because of his age.

After days of searching, volunteer pulls sister's body from Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 19:02
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after risking his own life and defying arrest by joining the search for Washington state mudslide victims in a vast, mucky debris field near Oso, Dayn Brunner retrieved the body of the No. 1 person he had been looking for - his sister. Brunner, 42, recounted the tragic coincidence in an interview with Reuters on Friday, two days after it unfolded on the enormous mound of mud and rubble left by last Saturday's disaster, which has claimed at least 26 lives and left 90 people still missing. Brunner said he was on the mud pile on Wednesday afternoon when other rescue workers found a blue object and called him over to the spot. It was the same color as the car his sister, Summer Raffo, 36, was known to have been driving through the area when the slide struck.

One more victim found in Washington state mudslide debris field

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 19:02
(Reuters) - The body of one more person killed in a Washington state mudslide was found on Friday in the debris field where searchers are scouring the muck for about 90 people missing nearly a week after the disaster, a county official said. Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson said that person was not included in the official death toll of 17, which remained steady. The new remains appeared to bring to 10 the number of victims that authorities have said have been found but not yet identified or added to the official death toll.

Unions for college athletes a question for NLRB

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:55

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), wears APU for "All Players United" on wrist tape as he scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill. The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm. The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm.


Hard task of finding slide victims stretches on

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:07

A search and rescue worker carrying a probe wades through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Finding and identifying victims from one of the most lethal landslides in the nation's history could stretch on for a very long time, officials warned in describing the arduous work of extracting and trying to identify the human remains.


Senate race in Colo. focuses on GOP challenger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 15:06

FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Company in Denver. Gardner will run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation’s most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber’s majority. Udall responded to Gardner’s surprise challenge by quickly trying to define his opponent as an extremist. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, File)DENVER (AP) — The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation's most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber's majority.


Searchers checking latest objects for link to jet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 13:49

In this Friday, March 28, 2014 photo released by the Australian Defence, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster arrives to help with the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at RAAF Pearce Base in Perth, Australia. Objects spotted floating in a new search area for debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner need to be recovered and inspected before they can be linked to the plane, Australian officials said Saturday. Eight planes were ready to comb the newly targeted area off the west coast of Australia after several objects were spotted Friday, including two rectangular items that were blue and gray, and ships on the scene will attempt to recover them, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. (AP Photo/Australian Defence, Justin Brown)PERTH, Australia (AP) — Planes and ships combed the newly targeted area off the west coast of Australia on Saturday for possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner, as Australia's prime minister said preparations were progressing on getting a black box locator into the search zone.


2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:22

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, a General Motors Co. logo is shown during a news conference in Detroit. General Motors is boosting by 971,000 the number of small cars being recalled worldwide for a defective ignition switch, saying cars from the model years 2008-2011 may have gotten the part as a replacement. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.


USGS says magnitude-5.3 earthquake shakes Los Angeles area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USGS says magnitude-5.3 earthquake shakes Los Angeles area.

Navy says goodbye to sub damaged by worker's arson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:43

FILE-In this April 26, 2004 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Miami SSN 755, homeported in Groton, Conn., arrives in port in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A fire aboard the nuclear-powered submarine on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine injured four people. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, PH2 Kevin Langford, files)KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy said farewell Friday to the USS Miami, the nuclear-powered submarine whose service was cut short when a shipyard employee trying to get out of work set it on fire, causing $700 million in damage.


UN official blasts lack of progress on Syria aid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:29

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs journalists following closed-door Security Council consultations on the situation in Syria, Friday, March 28, 2014 at United Nations Headquarters. Amos sharply criticized the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, telling the Security Council on Friday that the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries are "arbitrary and unjustified" — and against international law. (AP Photo/United Nations, JC McIlwaine)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s humanitarian chief sharply criticized the Syrian government's lack of progress in allowing desperately needed aid to people in Syria, telling the Security Council on Friday that the regime's delays in withholding cross-border aid deliveries are "arbitrary and unjustified" — and against international law.


GM recalls Cruze compacts to fix front axle shafts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:14
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because the right front axle shaft can fracture and separate while being driven.

US lawmakers discuss attack at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:08

Ana Machuca, widow of a slain Transportation Security Administration officer, is shown leaving a House hearing by U.S. Lawmakers Friday March 28, 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport. Lawmakers wrapped up a hearing on last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport by praising the swift response of police but without reaching a conclusion on how to improve security for screening officers at checkpoints. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. lawmakers pressed airport and security officials Friday about problems responding to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting last year and said the incident illuminated similar gaps that needed to be addressed at airports across the nation.


Officials losing hope of finding slide survivors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:02

Workers comb through debris at the site of a deadly mudslide, Friday, March 28, 2014, in Oso, Wash. Besides the 26 bodies already found, dozens more people could be buried in the debris pile left from the mudslide nearly one week ago. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, Pool)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials all but abandoned hope Friday of finding survivors under tons of twisted, sodden earth as a community waited in anguish to learn the full scope of what is already one of the most devastating landslides in U.S. history.


Wisconsin lawmaker charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 10:44

This photo provided by the Muskego Police Department shows Wisconsin state Rep. Bill Kramer. Kramer, was ousted three weeks ago as majority leader of the Assembly amid sexual harassment allegations, notified state officials on Monday, March 24, 2014, that he will not seek re-election in November. (AP Photo/Muskego Police Department)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors charged former Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide three years ago following a Republican mixer.


Security boss at NY's 1 World Trade Center resigns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 10:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A spokesman for the New York City company that manages 1 World Trade Center says the building's head of security has resigned.