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Republican Mark Harris' life at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:32
FULL NAME: Mark Everette Harris.

Harris needs Christian right for GOP NC Senate win

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:28

FILE - In this March 14, 2014 file photo, children from the Duggar family sing during a campaign event for Rev. Mark Harris, who is seeking a Republican U.S. Senate nomination in the upcoming North Carolina primary, in Raleigh, N.C., The Duggars, with 19 children in all, star in a reality TV show. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)ROBBINS, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Mark Harris says he's the only one in the U.S. Senate Republican primary field that can unite the three streams of the GOP in North Carolina and ultimately put Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on the political ropes heading to November.


Are tougher sanctions against Russia to come?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:15

In this March 21, 2014, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bills making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow. U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or prevent him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt. Putin has mocked the punitive steps President Barack Obama has taken so far in their post-Cold War game of chess _ or chicken. (AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or deter him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt.


Detroit's children face many challenges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:12
DETROIT (AP) — As Detroit struggles through bankruptcy, the city's young people face special challenges. A look at a few of the problems, and possible remedies:

Michigan's 1st gay marriage license issued

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:01

A same sex couple wait for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)MASON, Mich. (AP) — Two women were the first gay couple to marry in Michigan on Saturday, one day after the state's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge.


Obamacare plans bring hefty fees for certain drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 23:49
MIAMI (AP) — Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

Girl survives 35-foot fall into NYC elevator shaft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 23:48
NEW YORK (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who plunged 35 feet into the elevator shaft of a New York City apartment building has survived with serious injuries.

Autopsies due in NJ shore motel fire that killed 4

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 23:25

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner's Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the 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. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel's office was destroyed and most records were lost. (AP Photo/David Gard)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Autopsies were being conducted Saturday on the four people who died in a fire at a Jersey shore motel that housed some victims of Superstorm Sandy.


Ryan's poverty remarks distract from policy push

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 23:07

In this March 20, 2014 photo Republican Rep. Paul Ryan answers constituents questions during a listening session at the Snap-on Headquarters in Kenosha, Wis. Ryan is making poverty a signature issue as he tries to broaden his appeal ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016. But he’s had to defend himself and his message against allegations of racism. (AP Photo/Kenosha News, Kevin Poirier)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan is making poverty a signature issue as he tries to broaden his appeal ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016. But in being more vocal about the issue, he's had to defend himself and his message against allegations of racism.


Calving season brings hope to western SD ranchers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 23:04

In this March 17, 2014 a newborn calf stands in a field on the O'Connor Ranch near Philip, South Dakota. The arrival of spring calving season brings hope to Chuck O'Connor who lost 45 of his 600 cows and 50 of his 600 calves in last fall’s unexpected blizzard. (AP Photo/Toby Brusseau)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Cattle ranchers discovered tens of thousands of dead animals in their fields last fall after an unexpected blizzard slammed western North and South Dakota, a devastating loss for their livelihood, but they're finding renewed hope as spring calving season contributes to their herds' recovery.


Turkey seeks to tighten Twitter clampdown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 22:44

 "don't say it." (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities were seeking to tighten a clampdown on Twitter on Saturday after social media users easily evaded the government's attempt to block access to the service, where links to wiretapped recordings suggesting corruption have been posted, causing the government major embarrassment before local elections on March 30.


Are tougher penalties against Russia to come?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 22:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back his forces from Crimea or prevent more land grabs.

States participating in Common Core field tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 21:06

In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, Amy Lawson, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., teaches an English language arts lesson. The school has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The Common Core standards will quickly become more tangible for four million U.S. school kids beginning March 18, 2014, who will help field test the two main assessments created based on the standards.(AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)States participating in the field tests on the new Common Core-based assessments. The field tests begin this coming week and last until June:


Gay couples in Michigan line up to be married

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 20:12

Jayne Rowse, left, speaks as April DeBoer, kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., Friday, March 21, 2014. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Couples are lined up outside some Michigan county clerks offices a day after the state's ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge.


Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 19:22

FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, April DeBoer, left, and Jayne Rowse pose at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage Friday, March 21, 2014, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples.


Seattle helicopter spun 360 degrees before plummeting off building: NTSB

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 18:29

Wreckage is pictured where a television news helicopter crashed near the Space Needle in SeattleBy Jonathan Kaminsky and Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Video footage shows a news helicopter that crashed this week in a crowded area of downtown Seattle, killing two people, spinning off a building before nose-diving to street level, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday. The helicopter rotated about 360 degrees counter-clockwise before pitching forward and continued to rotate until it disappeared from the cameras' view, the NTSB said. The NTSB said it was in the early stages of the investigation. The report was based upon recordings from three security cameras provided to the NTSB by the Seattle Police Department, along with witness statements and other findings.