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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.

Police officer shot multiple times North Philadelphia dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:23

Police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia diesA police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have been taken into custody.


AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands plane on golf course

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:22
Harrison Ford crash-landed his small vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday, shortly after taking off from a nearby airport and reporting engine problems. People on the ground rushed to ...

Protest over homelessness sprawls in Tucson, Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:21
By Brad Poole TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) - A federal lawsuit stemming from the Occupy movement more than three years ago has led to a sprawling homelessness protest in Tucson, Arizona, that has scores of people living in coffin-like plywood sidewalk "pods," and the county citing the city for human waste and loose dogs. The demonstration is aimed at the "decriminalization" of homelessness, said Jon McLane, an Occupy organizer who sued Tucson in 2011 saying the city's arrest of sidewalk campers violated the constitutional right to protest on public property. McLane later founded Safe Park LLC, an organization that aims to convince the Tucson authorities to provide camping space and restrooms for the homeless. City Council member Regina Romero agrees homelessness should not be treated as a crime, but she thinks the protest has gone too far and is affecting downtown businesses.

Serious strain of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock but the risk to humans is low, state and federal officials announced Thursday.

PHOTOS: Police officer shot in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:10

 Police officer shot in North PhiladelphiaThe Action Cam was on the scene moments after a Philadelphia Police officer was shot at the intersection of West Lehigh Avenue and North 21st Street.


Police officer shot multiple times North Philadelphia dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 09:00

Police officer shot multiple times North Philadelphia diesA police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have reportedly been taken into custody.


Remains of 2 babies put in ceiling at Indiana funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:57

Funeral home spokesman Sean Howard makes a statement and takes questions from reporters at a press conference at the Smith, Bizzell, Warner and Sons Funeral Home, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Gary, Ind. Howard said the remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles at the funeral home in northwestern Indiana were placed there by an employee last fall and taken down the same day by the manager of the facility. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO LOCALS OUT; GARY OUTCHICAGO (AP) — The remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies found inside small boxes above ceiling tiles at a funeral home in northwestern Indiana were placed there by an employee last September and taken down the same day by the manager of the facility, a spokesman for the funeral home said Thursday.


U.S. appeals court puts Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:53
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday put on hold a federal judge's ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry starting on Monday. The order came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear oral arguments on April 28 on the question of whether states have the right to ban gay marriage, as Nebraska does by a state constitutional amendment. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday found the Nebraska ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state. Nebraska officials quickly appealed the ruling to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country said Thursday that the United States needs to develop a proving ground where the latest innovations in nuclear energy can be put to the test instead of losing designs to China and other countries.

Turkish minister urges fight against extremists in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world never had a plan to end the worsening Syrian conflict, Turkey's prime minister said Thursday.

Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:30

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.


AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands small plane in LA

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:29
An official says Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course. He suffered moderate injuries. Los Angeles fire officials say the single-engine plane went down at about 2:30 ...

BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:27
By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety. Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local WREX.com that two of the cars were potentially on fire. Images posted online by Dubuque Scanner showed flames several hundred feet high, while aerial footage showed the wreck spread across two sets of track.

Exclusive: New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein's philanthropy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:23

Florida Department of Law Enforcement photo of Jeffrey EpsteinBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Attorney General's Office has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying with state registration requirements. Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew, prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.


Appeals court tosses gag order in ex-coal company CEO's case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:14
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday invalidated a sweeping gag order in the case of a former coal company executive accused of violating safety standards at a West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 men.