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Treasury's Lew to undergo treatment for enlarged prostate

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:41

U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew speaks during a news conference in Mexico CityTreasury Secretary Jack Lew will have an outpatient surgical procedure in New York on Tuesday for treatment of a benign enlarged prostate, the Treasury Department said on Sunday. Lew expects to stay at home in New York for the rest of the week, and "his physician expects that he will be able to return to his full schedule next week," Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth Earnest said in a statement. The 58-year-old Lew became Treasury secretary in February 2013 after serving as President Barack Obama's chief of staff.


Governor: Mich. won't yet recognize gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:40

Jenny Stanczyk, rear at left, and Cheryl Pine, rear at right, wait in line to apply for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office with Maria, front left, and Nina Stanczyk in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Michigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage, the governor's office said Sunday.


US Treasury Secretary Lew to undergo surgery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will undergo surgery Tuesday to treat a benign enlarged prostate.

Storm-damaged NYC boilers to be replaced

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:29
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 public housing buildings in New York City still battling heating problems after they were damaged by Superstorm Sandy will get new boiler systems installed ahead of schedule, officials announced Sunday.

1 dead after shuttle bus crash on I-95; man held

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:23

28 a.m. Sunday, State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police)WASHINGTON (AP) — A shuttle bus transporting a group back from a birthday party collided with a car and overturned before dawn Sunday along a highway south of the nation's capital, leaving one person dead and sending 16 others to the hospital, Virginia State Police said.


Oil spill cleanup efforts continue off Texas Gulf shore

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 05:55

US Coast Guard photo shows barge loaded with marine fuel oil partially submerged in the Houston Ship ChannelBy Terry Wade TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) - Four skimming boats surrounded a partially submerged barge on Sunday at the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, working to clean up fuel spilled from the vessel into Galveston Bay after a Saturday collision with a cargo ship, according to a Reuters eyewitness. The Houston Ship Channel remained shut on Sunday to contain the environmental damage and prevent additional collisions, said Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer, who commands the maritime safety service's units in Houston and Galveston, Texas. The Channel will remain shut "until clean water is assured," Penoyer told reporters at a news conference in Texas City.


Landslide kills three, injures others in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:35

Handout picture showing a general view of the area affected by a landslide near Oso, WashingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Wash (Reuters) - Eighteen people remain unaccounted for in a landslide that killed three and injured at least eight more in northwestern Washington state, officials said on Sunday. The landslide destroyed at least six homes on Saturday as it tumbled across a state highway, leaving a layer of mud, rock and debris 15 to 20 feet deep in some places, said Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County sheriff's office. Ireton said it was unclear if some people still missing are trapped in the slide or have simply not reported their whereabouts. The slide happened as rain-soaked embankments along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle close to the Canadian border, gave way at about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday.


Pilots' mental health a concern amid jet mystery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:24

 hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or catastrophic equipment failure. Nobody knows if the pilots are heroes who tried to save a crippled airliner or if one collaborated with hijackers or was on a suicide mission. The mystery has raised concerns about whether airlines and governments do enough to make sure that pilots are mentally fit to fly. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)DALLAS (AP) — Reinforced doors with keypad entries. Body scanners and pat-downs. Elaborate crew maneuvers when a pilot has to use the restroom. All those tactics are designed to keep dangerous people out of the cockpit. But what if the pilot is the problem?


Washington governor: Mudslide "total devastation"

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:47

A wide aerial view shows the extensive damage of the landslide after taking out a chunk of earth from the side of the hill facing the Stillaguamish River, and down into the State Route 530, on the left, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam )ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee described the scene of a deadly mudslide that killed three people as a square mile of "total devastation" after flying over the disaster area Sunday.


Rhode Island House to hold caucus on next speaker

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:39

Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to a reporter as he emerges from his home in Providence, R.I., on Saturday, March 22, 2014 a day after Fox's home and Statehouse office were raided by federal and state authorities. Fox told reporters outside his home Saturday he would make a statement “when it’s appropriate.” Authorities raided Fox’s Capitol office and home Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven’t said who or what they are investigating. Fox wouldn’t comment when asked if he plans to resign. He also wouldn’t say if a lawyer is representing him. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two legislators have emerged as candidates to replace Gordon Fox in arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government, and their viability is expected to be tested Sunday when House members meet to discuss who has the votes to assume the speakership.


14-year-old dies following Phoenix apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:38

45 a.m. to a report of a blaze in a second floor unit of an apartment building, fire department Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said. They battled heavy smoke to quickly put out the fire and found the victims. Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said a firefighter kicked open a bedroom door and found the family. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)PHOENIX (AP) — A 14-year-old girl is dead and her mother and three siblings are in critical condition following a Sunday morning apartment fire in west Phoenix.


De Niro's Tribeca sells 50 percent stake to MSG

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 02:58

FILE - In a Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Robert De Niro speaks on stage at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. A film company co-founded by De Niro called Tribeca Enterprises is selling a 50 percent stake to the Madison Square Garden Company, according to a deal that was announced Saturday, March 22, 2014. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Tribeca Enterprises, the film company co-founded by Robert De Niro and the presenter of the Tribeca Film Festival, has sold a 50 percent stake to the Madison Square Garden Company.


Scotland's Vikings go own way in independence vote

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 02:21

In this photo taken March 14, 2014, locals dressed as Vikings carry torches as they take part in the annual Up Helly Aa, Viking fire festival in Gulberwick, Shetland Islands north of mainland Scotland. The fearsome-looking participants in the festival live in Scotland's remote Shetland Islands, a wind-whipped northern archipelago where many claim descent from Scandinavian raiders. They are cool to the idea of Scotland leaving Britain to form an independent nation, and determined that their rugged islands will retain their autonomy whatever the outcome of September’s referendum. (AP Photo/Jill Lawless)In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. Their studded leather breastplates glint in the firelight as they roar and sing. It's a scene that ...


Congress focuses on dams amid California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 02:15

Peterson Road is seen in the the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif, Wednesday March, 19, 2014. In a show of bipartisanship, Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa proposed legislation Wednesday, for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WASHINGTON (AP) — California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once referred to as a "holy war in some ways."


French data show possible debris from jetliner

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:50

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's P-3C Orion arrives to help with search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — France provided new satellite data Sunday showing possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as searchers combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean tried without success to locate a wooden pallet that could yield clues to one of the world's most baffling aviation mysteries.


Officials: No survivors expected in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:48

This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) MANDATORY CREDITMONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.


Man who lost his legs in Boston bombing is engaged

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:48

Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, poses with his expectant fiancé, Erin Hurley, their home in Carlisle, Mass., Friday, March 14, 2014. According to Bauman, the baby is due July 14. They don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise. The two were engaged in February. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.


Officials: About 18 missing in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:28

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the aftermath of a mudslide that moved a house with people inside in Snohomish County on Saturday March 22, 2014. The Washington Department of Transportation says mud, trees and building materials are blocking both directions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso. Search and rescue operations are underway by Snohomish County crews and the Washington State Patrol. Spokesman Bart Treece of the Washington State Department of Transportation says he doesn't know how long the two-lane rural road will be closed. He says drivers are advised to find another way to get between Darrington and Arlington. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — About 18 people are still unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in rural northwest Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding, authorities said Sunday.


Minnesota company recalls several food products

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:13
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company is recalling some of its peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads that are distributed nationwide after authorities discovered some samples of the products contained listeria.

Authorities: 18 missing in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:36

A wide aerial view shows the extensive damage of the landslide after taking out a chunk of earth from the side of the hill facing the Stillaguamish River, and down into the State Route 530, on the left, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam )ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people are unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding.