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Winter storm pummels eastern United States, grounds flights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:03

A morning commuter carries an umbrella through the cold and snow during the morning rush on Wall Street in New York's financial districtBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A late winter storm pummeled the eastern United States on Thursday ahead of a cold front, canceling almost 5,000 flights as Kentucky dug out from up to 23 inches (58 cm) of snow that had stranded hundreds of drivers. Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from the Middle Atlantic states into southern New England, as well as from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.


Teen critical in Fishtown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:00

Teen critical in Fishtown shootingA teen boy is in critical condition after being shot in Philadelphia's Fishtown section.


Man shot by police on Skid Row is identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:55

This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was shot to death by police during a Skid Row confrontation over the weekend was identified Thursday under his true name — not the stolen identity he had used for years.


Philadelphia officer shot dead while trying to stop robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:40

This undated photo provided by Philadelphia Police Department, shows Robert Wilson III. Wilson, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday.


Public, Archdiocese schools in Philly closed Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:40

Public, Archdiocese schools in Philly closed FridayAll Philadelphia public and Archdiocesan schools in the city will be closed Friday.


Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: official

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:37

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers dinner remarks at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton tried to cool the brewing firestorm late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release the emails quickly. At the same time, the department is investigating whether Clinton violated policies intended to protect sensitive information when she conducted all of her official business through a personal account while serving as secretary from 2009 to 2013, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing a senior department official. Using personal email did not automatically break rules, but the department is determining whether work emails sent from that private account contained information that must be handled on a system meeting specific security protocols, the Washington Post reported.


Protesters at Nevada air base call for end to drone warfare

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:32
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Protesters outside an air base in southern Nevada are calling for an end to U.S. drone missions that they say kill many more civilians than terrorists halfway around the world.

Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf course

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:28

Harrison Ford 'banged up' but recovering from plane crashHarrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries after using his extensive piloting skills to "beautifully" ...


State Department reviewing if Hillary Clinton's emails broke rules: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:15

File photo of former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton checking her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for TripoliThe U.S. State Department has begun a review of whether Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was secretary of state violated policies aimed at protecting sensitive information, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


Ga. Senate OK's religious freedom bill feared by LGBT groups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:12
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate gave decisive approval Thursday to a contentious "religious freedom" bill — one of a wave of measures surfacing in at least a dozen states that critics say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:01

Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, leaves the court house with her husband, Harold Sorenson, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for the 2008 killing of Alexander. (AP Photo/Matt York)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Idaho ex-governors say U.S. wants state to be nuclear waste dump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:56
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Former Idaho Governors Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt threatened on Thursday to sue the U.S. Energy Department to prevent what they said was its efforts to turn the state into "a nuclear waste dumping ground." In a letter notifying the Energy Department of a possible lawsuit, the pair accused it of violating a federal environmental law by planning to ship spent nuclear fuel from elsewhere for study at the Idaho National Laboratory, the department's flagship nuclear research facility. A 1995 agreement hammered out between Idaho and the Energy Department bans shipments of commercial spent nuclear fuel.

Storm left Ky. interstates packed with stranded motorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:53

Traffic backs up as more than 50 miles of Interstate 65 southbound is shut down from the weather, Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Mount Washington, Ky. Kentucky State Police reported that the interstate will not reopen until Thursday evening. Kentucky has been walloped by a winter storm that has dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the state. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Thousands of stranded motorists endured agonizingly long waits Thursday lasting nearly 24 hours for some as a winter storm walloped Kentucky with up to 2 feet of snow and frustrated travelers dealt with gas tanks and stomachs close to empty.


Elaine Wynn fights to stay on Wynn Resorts board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:52
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Admonishing the Wynn Resorts board for attempting to oust its only female director and defending her role with the company, Elaine Wynn implored shareholders in a proxy statement Thursday to re-elect her to the board after other directors voted not to re-nominate her.

Unlicensed driver pleads guilty in death of 4-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:52
NEW YORK (AP) — An unlicensed teen driver accused of killing a 4-year-old girl while he was fleeing from police has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges in a plea deal that is expected to result in a prison sentence of three to nine years.

Air Force veteran who saved orphans in Korean War dies at 97

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:52

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 1950, file photo, Maj. Dean Hess, second from right, points out target area on map as he briefs two American-trained South Korean pilots just before takeoff as Brig. Gen. Kim Chung Yui, right, chief of staff of the Korean air force, looks on. Hess, a retired Air Force colonel who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at his home in suburban Dayton, Ohio, after a short illness. He was 97. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died at age 97.


Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:51

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press. exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.


KABC: Harrison Ford injured in small plane crash at golf course

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:51

Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf courseActor Harrison Ford was injured after his small plane crashed during an emergency landing at Penmar Golf Course in California on Thursday afternoon, sister station KABC reports.


Defense asks judge to move running-death trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:40
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A woman charged with making her granddaughter run until she died asked a judge Friday to move her trial to another county because of three years of intense news media coverage.

California 'maternity hotel' operators may face heat from guests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:39
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least some of the pregnant women from China caught up in raids this week on so-called maternity hotels, catering to foreign mothers-to-be seeking U.S. citizenship for their babies, are still likely to remain long enough in California to give birth on American soil. Federal officials have declined to say how many pregnant customers they encountered in searches conducted on Tuesday of more than 50 locations suspected of involvement in three large "maternity tourism" networks in Southern California. No arrests have been made as of Thursday, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. She declined to say how many if any of the women would end up staying long enough to give birth in the United States now that the schemes were exposed but suggested some were likely to remain in California as the investigation progresses.