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Justices reject OK plea to restore death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused Oklahoma's plea to reinstate the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two people in 1994.

Not carved in stone, views of U.S. statues change with the times

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:03
Now civic groups are demanding a similar fate for an 1892 bronze statue in New York's Central Park of medical pioneer James Marion Sims, long revered as the father of modern gynecology, but more recently found to have experimented on female slaves. "People once taken to be heroes can, in an another era, look far less heroic," said David Greenberg, associate professor of History and of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The New York City Parks Department has deflected demands to remove the statue of Dr. Sims and instead plans to install a plaque adding historical context, said department spokeswoman Tara Kiernan. Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, incensed over Republican Governor Scott Walker's 2011 anti-union efforts, failed in their efforts to remove the statehouse portrait of his long-dead predecessor, Governor Jeremiah Rusk, known for the violent suppression of a 1886 labor uprising.

Police: Commuter train derails at Chicago airport

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:29
CHICAGO (AP) — An eight-car Chicago commuter train plowed across a platform and scaled an escalator at an underground station at one of the nation's busiest airports early Monday, injuring 32 people on board, officials said.

Flood insurance still on the rise despite new law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:21

The west branch of the Susquehanna River flows past Jersey Shore, Pa. on Sunday March 23, 2014. About a third of the borough (population 4,300) is in a flood hazard zone and nearly 470 homes in town are expected to see flood insurance premium hikes because of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn't have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east.


No 'signs of life' after huge Washington landslide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:53
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field in rural Washington state and crews worked through the night into Monday.

Paris mayor's race offers chance to reimagine city

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:30
PARIS (AP) — The Paris mayor's race will give the city a new leader for the first time in 13 years and is offering a chance to reimagine one of the world's top tourist destinations.

Governor waits before recognizing gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:00

Governor waits before recognizing gay marriagesMichigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay ...


Governor waits before recognizing gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:00

Governor waits before recognizing gay marriagesMichigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay ...


Congress focuses on dams amid California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:56

Congress focuses on dams amid California's droughtCalifornia's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once ...


AP IMPACT: Flood insurance increases still a peril

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:19

Graphic shows at the community level, flood insurance policies facing premium increases and of those policies, those that will face an annual increase up to 18 percent and those which will see annual increases of 25 percent.; 4c x 9 inches; 195.7 mm x 228 mm;JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn't have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east.


China demands answers from US over spying claims

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:42
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.