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Appeal filed in suit over police spying on Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 23:15
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that the New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.

Texas Couple Readies For Life With New Quintuplets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 23:09
Quintuplets born prematurely at a Dallas hospital this week are doing well, and their parents are looking forward to bringing their five babies home in six or seven weeks time. They are all special," their mother, Michelle Seals, said at a hospital news conference on Thursday. It took about two dozen medical staff to help in the birth of the premature babies, who tipped the scales at weights from two pounds and seven ounces (1,105 grams) to three pounds and six ounces (1,531 grams). Their father Steven Seals, a civilian employee at the Red River Army Depot, said: "I stayed and watched, every minute of it and it was truly amazing." The couple, who also have a two-year-old son, told the news conference they used fertility drugs after Michelle had several miscarriages.

In Bible epic revival, 'Noah' finds rough seas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 23:02

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Russell Crowe as Noah in a scene from the film, "Noah." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Niko Tavernise)NEW YORK (AP) — In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you."


At least 3 dead in Jersey shore motel fire; 3 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:58
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early morning fire killed three people Friday at a Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said.

Phelps' hate seen by some as aiding gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:17

This file photo shows Fred Phelps Sr. displays one of his many infamous protest signs. Phelps, the fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died the family said Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.


Official: At least 3 die in NJ shore motel fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:01
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Fire destroyed a two-story motel at the Jersey shore early Friday, killing at least three people and critically injuring three others, officials said.

Explorers Club sues Johnnie Walker parent company

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 21:55
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Explorers Club is suing the parent company of Johnnie Walker for using its name on a new whiskey brand.

Police: Likely link to Calif. rampage, Ore. death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:56
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine if a suspect's path of bloodshed started with the slaying of an elderly Oregon man. They know it ended with his death in a police shootout on the Northern California coast, shortly after he killed a sheriff's deputy.

Electrical problem sparked fatal western NY fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:47
PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Fire investigators say an electrical problem caused the January blaze that killed four family members in a mobile home in western New York.

NYPD: Boy, 14, shoots man dead on bus in Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:34
NEW YORK (AP) — New York police say a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a city bus in Brooklyn, fatally shooting a passenger in the head.

Q&A: Am I stuck in my job's costly health plan?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 18:47

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.


Turkey blocks Twitter over graft recordings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 18:27

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a news briefing in a ceremony for signing agreements between Iranian and Turkish officials in Tehran, Iran. Turkey restricted access to Twitter on Friday, March 21, 2014, hours after Erdogan threatened to “root out” the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government’s reputation ahead key local elections this month. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption.


Turkish lawyers seek cancellation of Twitter ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:16

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a news briefing in a ceremony for signing agreements between Iranian and Turkish officials in Tehran, Iran. Turkey restricted access to Twitter on Friday, March 21, 2014, hours after Erdogan threatened to “root out” the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government’s reputation ahead key local elections this month. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's lawyers' association has asked a court to overturn the country's ban on Twitter.


As military sex cases end, more calls for change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:38

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, right, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, arrives at the courthouse with attorney Richard Scheff for sentencing Fort Bragg, N.C., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — At nearly the same time Thursday, sexual assault cases against an Army general and a former Naval Academy football player came to a close, and neither produced a conviction on that charge.


Oklahoma cities reeling from sudden bridge closure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:03

Workers repair the underside of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which links Purcell, Okla. and Lexington, Okla., near Purcell, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. Purcell and Lexington are about 4,000 feet apart, but with the bridge closure, travel between the communities requires a 40 mile drive. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)PURCELL, Okla. (AP) — Kay Collett once enjoyed a commute that would be the envy of many: cross a river, hang a left at the end of the bridge and walk into the bank branch she can see from her back porch. Total travel time: two minutes, maybe three if there's traffic.


Q&A: Am I stuck in my $$$ workplace health plan?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:15

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.


Phelps' hate seen as helping cause of gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:11

FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file photo, the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died late Wednesday, March 19, 2014, his family said. He was 84. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, declaring that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.


Allegations of racehorse abuse being investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:10

FILE - In this April 28, 2004, file photo, trainer Steve Asmussen, right, leads Kentucky Derby hopeful Quintons Gold Rush and exercise rider Scott Blasi off the track after a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky are investigating allegations of mistreatment of horses by the Hall of Fame-nominated trainer and his top assistant. The states' racing commissions said Thursday, March 20, 2014, investigations were launched after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen and associates. (AP Photo/Daniel P. Derella, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Racing Hall of Fame-nominated trainer Steve Asmussen and his top assistant are being investigated by thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky after an animal rights group alleged they mistreated horses.


Navajo woman family's last link to monument land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:07

In this March 10, 2014 photo, Stella Peshlakai speaks about her family history at the Wupatki National Monument, Ariz. The Peshlakai descendants are fighting to gain residency rights on land their ancestors settled before the creation of the monument. Decades before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajo who lived amid the sandstone rocks, canyons and scrub brush. As they left the land over the years, Peshlakai became the sole Navajo tenant. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp.


Police release new photos from Kurt Cobain suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:05

This April 1994 photo provided by the Seattle Police Department shows items found at the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide, in Seattle. The image has never before been released. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said Thursday, March 20, 2014, that several rolls of undeveloped film were found when a detective re-examined the Cobain case recently. (AP Photo/Seattle Police Department)SEATTLE (AP) — With the 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they'd be getting plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman.