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Disney World among casualties of US-Venezuela spat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:54

Disney World among casualties of US-Venezuela spatU.S.-Venezuela relations have been deteriorating for years, and for members of the socialist-governed county's better off, the failed diplomacy is suddenly endangering a dearly held value: Disney World. ...


Mid-Atlantic, New England brace for nor'easter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:54

Early morning commuters walk through snow flurries in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. As the East Coast shivers through an unusually cold early spring, parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England are bracing for a nor'easter that could bring additional snow. The National Weather Service says a powerful low pressure system will develop off the Mid-Atlantic coast Tuesday night. Where and how much snow falls will depend on the storm's track, according to the weather service. But, cold temperatures and windy conditions will cover the Mid-Atlantic states north into New England. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)BOSTON (AP) — As the East Coast shivers through an unusually cold early spring, parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England are bracing for a nor'easter that could bring more snow.


Obama meets Putin ally with Ukraine still in mind

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:50

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, as they pose for a group photo on the last day of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The thrust of his diplomatic efforts still focused on Ukraine, President Barack Obama met Tuesday with a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he continued his efforts to isolate Moscow over its incursion into Crimea.


FCC: Thousands of hotels don't offer direct 911

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:47
DALLAS (AP) — Tens of thousands of hotels don't allow guests to directly reach emergency services when they dial 911, according to a national survey taken after a 9-year-old girl couldn't call for help while her mother was being stabbed to death in a Texas motel.

Justices tackle health law birth control coverage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:17

A group of people organized by the NYC Light Brigade and the women's rights group UltraViolet, use letters in lights to spell out their opinion, in front of the Supreme Court, Monday, March 24, 2014, in Washington. Holding the "H" in "Hands" is Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. The Supreme Court is weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.


Girl shaves head for pal, breaks school dress code

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:16
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado girl who shaved her head to support a friend who went bald because of cancer treatment has been told she violated her school's dress code.

'Miracle' no deaths in Chicago airport train crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:19

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago train driven by an apparently sleepy operator, which jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports, could have caused untold death and destruction had the crash occurred during the day when the station is usually packed with travelers, a transportation expert said.


Woman hurt in Boston Marathon bombing going back

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:07
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte, N.C., woman who was injured in the bombing at the Boston Marathon last year is heading back for this year's event.

Crews clean up oil spill in Texas shipping channel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:00

An oil spill clean up crew drags a boom along East Beach in Galveston, Texas, Monday, March 24, 2014. Thousands of gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the major U.S. shipping channel after a barge ran into a ship Saturday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Cannon booms reverberate across the Houston Ship Channel, a scare tactic to keep birds away from oil-slicked beaches. On a mainland shore near a line of refineries, crews scour the sand for quarter-sized tar balls that have washed ashore.


Videos key to case in NYC against bin Laden in-law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:39

FILE - In this undated image made from video and provided by by Al-Jazeera, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is shown. Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesman still maintains that there was justification for the September 11, 2001 attacks orchestrated by al-Qaida upon the United States. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who is being tried in a New York City courtroom for conspiring to kill Americans, is using courtroom theater, intentionally or not, to press his case that the United States is such a bully in the Middle East that even killing civilians was justified. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One 2002 al-Qaida propaganda video — titled "Convoy of Martyrs" — features Osama bin Laden's son-in-law preaching over still-horrific scenes of a plane flying into one of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11. Another shows the son-in-law looking at bin Laden admiringly as the al-Qaida leader boasts that he knew the attack would make both towers fall.


Agency calls WTC parachute jump a 'selfish act'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:16

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 has condemned the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a "lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public."


Oklahoma girl breaks Girl Scout cookie sales mark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:10
An Oklahoma City girl who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies has broken the organization's decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint. Katie Francis of Oklahoma ...

Missouri prepares to execute killer of teenage girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989. Ferguson is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He would be the third man executed in Missouri this year.

Missouri prepares to execute killer of teenage girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:00
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an accomplice as she ended her evening shift at a metropolitan St. Louis service station on February 9, 1989. Ferguson is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He would be the third man executed in Missouri this year.

Carter: Russian invasion of Crimea 'inevitable'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:52

In this photo provided by CBS, former President Jimmy Carter, left, talks with David Letterman on "Late Show with David Letterman," Monday March 24, 2014. Carter said during the broadcast that the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian. But he says Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn't be permitted to go any further. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab)NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers the peninsula to be part of its country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian.


Disney to buy YouTube video producer Maker Studios

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:43

File-In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, crew members work on a costume at the Maker Studios in Culver City, Calif. Disney said Monday March 24, 2014, that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant aims to stay in front of younger audiences who are increasingly watching short videos online. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online.


Convicting 5, jury nixes Madoff claim he was alone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:40

Daniel Bonventre, right, former director of operations for investments for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff, leaves federal court on Monday, March 24, 2014, in New York. Bonventre is among five former employees of Madoff convicted of fraud that enriched them and cheated investors out of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff's claim that he carried out a nearly $20 billion fraud by himself has been firmly rejected by a jury that convicted five of his former top employees of all charges that they aided his crimes.


Two killed in shooting at Navy base in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:38

Tourists watch the USS Mahan, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, as it heads out to the Atlantic Ocean through the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel complex near Virginia Beach in this file photoA civilian shot dead a sailor aboard a ship at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, late on Monday before being killed by base security forces, naval officials said. Security services briefly shut down Naval Station Norfolk after the incident involving the two men, which occurred on board the USS Mahan destroyer while it was docked at the base's Pier 1, Navy spokeswoman Beth Baker said. The civilian had been carrying a firearm on the base in violation of rules that only allow security personnel to do so, Baker said. The sailor was an active-duty member and Navy officials were looking into the "access and credentials" of the civilian, who did have authorization to be on the installation, Baker said.


Toyota case shows it's hard to prosecute execs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:37

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. left, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, talks about a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."


Wahlberg guarantees a hit with 'Transformers'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:01

 Age of Extinction," arrives onstage at the Opening Night Presentation from Paramount Pictures at CinemaCon 2014 on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mark Wahlberg, star of the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction," is promising the fourth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise will be a huge hit.