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US conservatives suspend plans for Moscow meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:05
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S.-based conservative group that supports Russia's efforts to curtail gay rights and abortion is suspending its plans for an international conference in Moscow this September because of the turmoil related to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

UN investigating reported kidnappings in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official says the United Nations is responding to reports that a U.N. staff member and driver have been kidnapped in Yemen's capital, Saana.

Group: WVa utility could still have spill chemical

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:05
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tests last week at a West Virginia water plant still show traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply on Jan. 9.

18, 108, 176? How many missing from landslide?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:00

A flag sticks out of a hole in a demolished home near where a deadly mudslide from the hill behind that happened several days earlier ended, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Arlington, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Three days after a huge landslide destroyed a small community in rural Washington state, authorities still had no firm idea how many people were missing, possibly buried in the tangled mess of mud, trees and debris. And the potential number keeps fluctuating wildly - first it was 18, then 108, then 176.


NTSB: Chicago train not speeding before crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:00

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 commuter train was not speeding when it jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.


Ships make channel test run after Texas oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:58

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) — A test run of two ships through the Houston Ship Channel offered hope Tuesday that traffic could begin to clear on both sides of the waterway after an oil spill halted dozens of vessels in the environmentally sensitive waters along the Gulf of Mexico.


Dems mull dropping IMF from Ukraine bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:32

Local citizens wave flags symbolizing the Soviet victory in WWII and Russian flags gather in support of Eastern Pro-Russian Ukrainians in their fight against Ukrainian government in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Ukraine's fledgling government ordered troops to pull back Monday from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian forces stormed and seized bases on the peninsula.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats signaled a possible retreat Tuesday over the biggest sticking point blocking congressional passage of legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing much-needed aid to Ukraine.


Biden, possible '16 hopeful, off to New Hampshire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:27
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he's in New Hampshire to talk about White House efforts to improve the economy — not his plans for 2016.

Treatment for mom accused of driving kids in ocean

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant South Carolina woman charged with attempted murder after she drove her car into the ocean with her three children inside will be allowed to receive in-hospital psychiatric care until a doctor says she's fit to return to jail, according to an agreement announced Tuesday.

Reports: Bombing suspect's friend made threats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:19

FILE- This May 4, 2013 file photo provided by the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Fla., shows Ibragim Todashev after his arrest for aggravated battery in Orlando. A report released Tuesday, March 25, 2014, determined that an FBI agent was justified in fatally shooting Todashev, who became violent after he had agreed to give a statement about his involvement in a triple slaying in Massachusetts last May. (AP Photo/Orange County Corrections Department)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A friend of one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects threatened an FBI agent and a Massachusetts state trooper with a long pole and was fatally shot by the agent after confessing to his role a triple slaying, a Florida prosecutor said Tuesday.


Fed rule proposed to clarify wetlands protections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:19
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal agencies are proposing a rule designed to clarify which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

High court seems divided over birth control rule

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:19

Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. 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. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.


Woman freed after serving 32 years in '81 killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:18

In this photo taken on Monday, March 24, 2014 and released by the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, USC Post-Conviction Justice Project attorneys, Heidi Rummel, left, and Laura Donaldson, right, celebrate with Mary Virginia Jones' daughter, Denitra Jones-Goodie, outside Superior court in Los Angeles. Mary Virginia Jones, a 74-year-old California woman, was freed late Monday after serving 32 years of a life sentence for her role in a 1981 killing. Los Angeles County prosecutors conducted a new investigation and agreed to accept a plea of no contest for involuntary manslaughter. Judge William C. Ryan ruled Monday afternoon that Jones had served well over the 11-year maximum sentence for the lesser crime and ordered her freed. (AP Photo/USC Gould School of Law, Jilien Silsby)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 74-year-old California woman is free after serving 32 years of a life sentence for her role in a 1981 killing.


BP assesses refinery oil spill in Lake Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:15
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery.

Fire chief: Death toll from slide expected to rise

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:11

Iraq War veteran and local Little League coach Matt Pater, 32, searches through debris following Saturday's destructive mudslide, near Oso Wash, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The death toll of 14 from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field and rainy conditions complicate matters for searchers on the ground and in the air.


Montana murder case hinges on mental disability

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:09

Defense attorney Al Avignone, left, questions psychologist Greg Olley during testimony, Monday, March 24, 2014 in Sidney, Mont. on whether a Colorado man should stand trial in the 2012 killing of a Montana teacher. Olley testified that 24-year-old defendant Michael Keith Spell has an intelligence level comparable to an 11-year-old and is not fit for trial. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A state psychiatrist says a Colorado man seeking to avoid trial in the killing of a Montana teacher manipulated other patients and was duplicitous with staff at Montana State Hospital during a competency evaluation.


Nor'easter brings cold, snowy start to spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:56

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)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An unwelcome nor'easter coming just days after the start of spring began its trek up the Interstate 95 corridor Tuesday, dropping snow flurries on Washington, D.C., as it made its way toward Cape Cod, which was expected to see the brunt of the storm.


Aides: Dems consider cutting IMF from Ukraine bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislative aides say Senate Democrats are considering cutting International Monetary Fund provisions from a bill providing aid to Ukraine and authorizing sweeping sanctions on Russia.

W.Va. gov's brother pleads guilty to drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:34
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The brother of West Virginia's governor faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

Ships backed up in Texas shipping channel closure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:30

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) — Traffic backed up on both sides of the Houston Ship Channel that was shut down for a fourth day Tuesday, after a barge spilled as much as 170,000 gallons of oil into environmentally sensitive waters along the Gulf of Mexico.