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State of Emergency in New Jersey; state offices closed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:33

State of Emergency in New Jersey; state offices closedGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in New Jersey.


Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:31
By Eric M. Johnson PARKLAND, Wash. (Reuters) - Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla. "The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington state, with one exception: It is operating in defiance of local law. Its opening on Sunday set up a potential showdown with authorities in Pierce County, about an hour outside Seattle, which has effectively banned recreational pot shops in unincorporated areas so long as the drug remains illegal under federal law, even as medical pot businesses flourish virtually unregulated. "We didn't do this to pick a fight with the county," said co-owner Tedd Wetherbee, 47, in between chatting up customers in his shop in Parkland, in unincorporated Pierce County.

Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:11

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.


CBS sponsoring Vietnam exhibit at Newseum to honor Bob Simon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — CBS will sponsor an upcoming exhibit about the Vietnam war at the Newseum in Washington to honor "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon and his five decades of war reporting.

Snow emergency for Philadelphia now in effect Thursday AM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 20:02

Snow emergency for Philadelphia now in effect Thursday AMMayor Nutter announced that a snow emergency is now in effect Thursday in Philadelphia.


Portrait of frontiersman Crockett's widow heads to auction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:57
DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia auction house is auctioning off a portrait of the widow of folk hero frontiersman Davy Crockett.

Snow emergency for Philadelphia to go into effect Thursday AM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:57

Snow emergency for Philadelphia now in effect Thursday AMMayor Nutter announced that a snow emergency will be declared for Philadelphia starting at 6:00 a.m. Thursday.


PennDOT reduces speed limit on several highways

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:39

PennDOT reduces speed limit on several highwaysPennDOT is reducing speed limits on several area highways because of Thursday's snow.


Driver loses control, crashes SUV into North Philadelphia bank

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:28

Driver loses control, crashes SUV into North Philadelphia bankPolice say a driver lost control and crashed an SUV into a bank in North Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Donation jar stolen from 7-Eleven in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 19:22

Donation jar stolen from 7-Eleven in MantuaPolice are searching for the suspect who allegedly stole a donation jar from a 7-Eleven store in Philadelphia's Mantua section early Thursday morning.


SEPTA announces snow plans for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:55

SEPTA announces snow plans for ThursdaySEPTA said all trains, buses and trolleys are expected to operate on a normal schedule on Thursday, March 5th.


6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:49

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Truck bursts into flames after crashing into garage in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:45

Truck bursts into flames after crashing into garage in SW PhiladelphiaA driver lost control and crashed a pick-up truck into a garage which burst into flames in Southwest Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Smoke report prompts emergency exit from plane in Denver

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:45

In this photo provided by Andy Long passengers slide down emergency chutes after an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, N.C., soon after landing in Denver, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The plane, operated by U.S. Airways, was taxiing to the gate at Denver International Airport when smoke was reported in the aircraft just before noon, airport spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. The captain ordered that the chutes be activated, and the passengers and crew members slid down to safety from Flight 445 before being taken by bus to the concourse, said Crane and American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. (AP Photo/Andy Long)DENVER (AP) — First, smoke was reported on an American Airlines flight after landing in Denver. Then passengers saw the cabin fill with a light haze.


PennDOT lays out its plan for the storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:30

PennDOT lays out its plan for the stormPennDOT expects this to be a plowing operation overnight and into Thursday. This has been a brutal winter - not just on us but on the equipment and the salt supply.


Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Milford Township, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:26

Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Milford Township, Pa.Action News reporter Erin O'Hearn reports on the snow conditions from Milford Township, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


New Jersey Governor Christie's office drove favorable Exxon settlement: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:26
(Reuters) - New Jersey's long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, cut a deal to settle for $250 million, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the negotiation. The Times reported last week that the settlement, which has not been made public, had been reached after 11 years of legal battle over New Jersey's claim for damages from Exxon Mobil for the contamination of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands and waters. On Thursday, the newspaper quoted Bradley Campbell, commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection when the case was filed in 2004, as saying the favorable deal was reached when Porrino became involved. Porrino "inserted himself into the case, elbowed aside the attorney general and career employees who had developed and prosecuted the litigation, and cut the deal favorable to Exxon," the Times quoted Bradley as saying.

IPhone 6's popularity drives Apple's China share to record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:25
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.

Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:20

State of Emergency in New Jersey; state offices closedGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in New Jersey.


Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:18

This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers.