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Indictment: Bosnian immigrants plotted over Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:02
CHICAGO (AP) — Six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria used Facebook, PayPal and other readily available services to communicate and transfer funds, according to a federal indictment.

NBC anchor Williams taking himself off the air for several days

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:13

Television personality Brian Williams arrives at the Time 100 Gala in New YorkNBC News anchor Brian Williams said on Saturday that he will take himself off the evening newscast for several days as the network probes misstatements related to his experience reporting on the Iraq war in 2003. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement posted on NBC News' website. Williams said he planned eventually to return to the broadcast and "continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." Lester Holt, who typically anchors NBC Evening News on weekends, will step in to handle the weekday evening broadcast in the interim, Williams said. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, on Friday said it was launching an internal probe of Williams' false statements that he was in a helicopter that was brought down by enemy fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Armed gun-rights advocates rally at Washington state capitol

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:50

Mike Vanderboegh, of Pinson, Ala., speaks under a Capitol portico during a rally by gun-rights advocates Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Approximately 50 demonstrators, including a half-dozen small children, protested rules that prohibit openly carrying guns into the House and Senate viewing galleries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A gun-rights rally drew about 50 people, mostly armed, to the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning for a demonstration they hoped would end with their arrest. To raise money for bail, some protesters hawked caps with "Fight Tyranny — Shoot Back" printed on them and sold out.


Hundreds at funeral for teen girl killed by Denver police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:22

Laura Hernandez, center, is surrounded by family members at a gravesite service for her 17-year-old daughter, Jessica, in Westminster, Colo. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Police say Hernandez, 17, was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. A passenger in the car disputes the police account and says officers fired first. The shooting sparked protests and demands for an outside prosecutor to investigate what happened. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered Saturday to say goodbye to a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police officers, recalling her big heart and gregarious spirit.


Firm cited in deadly energy plant blast pays minimum fine

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations.

Rocket booster aiming for ocean barge in redo of SpaceX test

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:08
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1 million miles away, but it's the rocket's ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight.

Iowa rail line reopens following train derailment, ethanol leak

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:02

A freight train owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, carrying ethanol fuel with one car engulfed in flames, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in a remote location north of Dubuque(Reuters) - A rail line in eastern Iowa reopened on Saturday following a freight train derailment that sent three cars tumbling into the Mississippi River, spilling ethanol fuel in the water, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said. Thirteen cars and two engines went off the tracks after the derailment on Wednesday in a remote location north of Dubuque, Iowa, the company said.


Man stabbed in the back in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:53

Man stabbed in the back in KensingtonPolice are searching for the person responsible for stabbing a man in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Steelworkers to expand strike to 2 BP refineries in Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:25
DALLAS (AP) — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest.

Vikings great Alan Page plans life after state Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:23

In this Jan 15, 2015, photo, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page poses in his chambers he’s decorated with some jarring reminders of the segregation era, such as a “Colored Waiting Room” sign from a southern railroad, during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. Page hits the mandatory retirement age of 70 later this year. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Alan Page's Hall of Fame football career ended, he charged into his new legal career with the tenacity that made him a feared member of the Minnesota Vikings' Purple People Eaters, eventually becoming the first black member of the Minnesota Supreme Court.


North Carolina woman arrested for practicing dentistry out of her home

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:23

North Carolina woman arrested for practicing dentistry out of her homeLaw enforcement agents have arrested a woman who they say practiced unlicensed dentistry in her Charlotte home.


Alabama set to become 37th state to allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:05

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Cari Searcy, right, and her wife Kim McKeand, plaintiffs in the case that struck down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban talk with Meredith Portman of Daphne, Ala., after a news conference with their lawyers in front of the Mobile County Marriage License Office at Probate Court in Mobile, Ala. Alabama's chief justice is telling probate judges that they are not required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a federal judge's decision overturning the state's gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Joe Babin and Clay Jones have their rings. After they get their marriage license in downtown Birmingham, a friend will officiate at their ceremony, which can be held outside thanks to mild southern winters.


See Photos: Timeline of dog rescued from icy pond in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:49

 Timeline of dog rescued from icy pond in WilmingtonSee the photos from start to finish of the rescue of a dog from an icy pond in Wilmington


See's Candies says some mislabeled packages may contain nuts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — See's Candies says some heart-shaped boxes of chocolates shipped for Valentine's Day have been mislabeled and may contain nuts.

Florida mom delivers 14-pound baby after surprise pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:35

This photo provided by the St. Joseph's Womens Hospital shows Avery Denton, the 14.1-pound baby born at the hospital in Tampa on Jan. 29, 2015. The hospital says the infant is the heaviest born at the hospital, and one of the largest born in the state. After 18 hours of labor, Ford naturally delivered Avery, who remains in neonatal intensive care but is expected to go home soon. (AP Photo/St. Joseph's Womens Hospital)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Maxxzandra Ford said she realized during delivery that she was giving birth to an unusually large baby, but had no idea her son was 14.1 pounds. It was a double surprise for the Florida mom who didn't even realize she was pregnant until her third trimester.


Court will allow appeal from subject of 'Serial' podcast

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:20

FILE -In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, Prison artwork created by Adnan Syed sits near family photos in the home of his mother, Shamim Syed, in Baltimore. Syed, the subject of the popular podcast “Serial” will be allowed to appeal his murder conviction, a Maryland court has ruled. Adnan Syed, 34, was convicted in 2000 of strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, the year prior, when both were high school students in suburban Baltimore. “Serial” examined the case in detail and raised questions about Syed’s guilt and whether he received a fair trial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The subject of the popular podcast "Serial" will be allowed to appeal his murder conviction, a Maryland court has ruled, a development that gives the man his best chance at a new trial or a change to his life sentence.


'Pineapple Express' douses U.S. West Coast; Boston braces for more snow

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:19
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A new band of Pacific storms was headed toward the U.S. West Coast on Saturday, bringing more rain to drought-stricken California, while a different storm system threatened the Northeast with more snow and cold, forecasters said. The West Coast storm system, known as the "Pineapple Express" because it develops in moist air moving across the Pacific Ocean, has dropped up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain across Northern California, Oregon and Washington state since Thursday, forecasters said. "The storm is coming in several waves, and one of the largest was yesterday," said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Mom charged with threatening to blow up daughter's school

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:44
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a mother got so angry when told that her daughter had failed a New York state exam that she threatened to bomb the school.

Chicago College Student Survives 2 Days Lost in the Swiss Alps

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:43
The 19-year-old from Chicago lost his way in a snowstorm.

John Whitehead, former leader of Goldman Sachs, dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:36

John Whitehead, chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, speaks at the Reuters Finance Summit in New YorkBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Whitehead, a former senior partner and co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who helped make it a top-tier Wall Street firm and led its international expansion, has died, the investment bank said on Saturday. Whitehead joined Goldman Sachs in 1947 and worked his way to the highest rung of its corporate ladder before leaving after 38 years to become a deputy secretary of state under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He was a chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a member of the board of the New York Stock Exchange. "We grieve the loss of John Whitehead and honor his achievements and contributions in service to his country and Goldman Sachs," Goldman chief executive Lloyd Blankfein said in a statement.