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Congress focuses on dams amid California's drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 02:15

Peterson Road is seen in the the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif, Wednesday March, 19, 2014. In a show of bipartisanship, Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa proposed legislation Wednesday, for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WASHINGTON (AP) — California'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 referred to as a "holy war in some ways."


French data show possible debris from jetliner

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:50

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's P-3C Orion arrives to help with search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — France provided new satellite data Sunday showing possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as searchers combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean tried without success to locate a wooden pallet that could yield clues to one of the world's most baffling aviation mysteries.


Officials: No survivors expected in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:48

This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) MANDATORY CREDITMONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.


Man who lost his legs in Boston bombing is engaged

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:48

Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, poses with his expectant fiancé, Erin Hurley, their home in Carlisle, Mass., Friday, March 14, 2014. According to Bauman, the baby is due July 14. They don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise. The two were engaged in February. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.


Officials: About 18 missing in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:28

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the aftermath of a mudslide that moved a house with people inside in Snohomish County on Saturday March 22, 2014. The Washington Department of Transportation says mud, trees and building materials are blocking both directions of State Route 530 near the town of Oso. Search and rescue operations are underway by Snohomish County crews and the Washington State Patrol. Spokesman Bart Treece of the Washington State Department of Transportation says he doesn't know how long the two-lane rural road will be closed. He says drivers are advised to find another way to get between Darrington and Arlington. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — About 18 people are still unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in rural northwest Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding, authorities said Sunday.


Minnesota company recalls several food products

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:13
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company is recalling some of its peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads that are distributed nationwide after authorities discovered some samples of the products contained listeria.

Authorities: 18 missing in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:36

A wide aerial view shows the extensive damage of the landslide after taking out a chunk of earth from the side of the hill facing the Stillaguamish River, and down into the State Route 530, on the left, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam )ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people are unaccounted for after a massive mudslide in Washington state killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of flooding.


Crews mopping up oil spill in Texas' Galveston Bay

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:18

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard a barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery)TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — The cleanup of an unknown amount of thick, sticky oil that spilled into the Galveston Bay blocked traffic Sunday between the Gulf of Mexico and one of the world's busiest petrochemical transportation waterways, affecting all vessels, even cruise ships.


DNA tests needed to ID 4 killed in NJ motel fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:16

Investigators go through the rubble of a motel in Point Pleasant Beach N.J., on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Autopsies were being conducted Saturday on the four people who died in a fire at a Jersey shore motel that housed some victims who lost their homes when Superstorm Sandy hit. Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, said the medical examiner's office is trying to identify the victims and determine how they died in the blaze at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach early Friday morning. An intense investigation into the cause of the blaze began Friday afternoon after the last of the four bodies was removed. Eight people were injured in the fire. The probe into the cause is expected to take several days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — DNA testing and other methods will need to be used to identify the four people killed in a fire at a Jersey shore motel that housed some victims of Superstorm Sandy, authorities said Sunday.


Rhode Island lawmakers jockey to be House speaker

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 23:56

Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to a reporter as he emerges from his home in Providence, R.I., on Saturday, March 22, 2014 a day after Fox's home and Statehouse office were raided by federal and state authorities. Fox told reporters outside his home Saturday he would make a statement “when it’s appropriate.” Authorities raided Fox’s Capitol office and home Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven’t said who or what they are investigating. Fox wouldn’t comment when asked if he plans to resign. He also wouldn’t say if a lawyer is representing him. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two legislators have emerged as candidates to replace Gordon Fox in arguably the most powerful position in Rhode Island government after he relinquished the House speakership following twin raids at his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation.


New Jersey man drives van into backyard pool, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 23:28
MANALAPAN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a New Jersey man who drove his minivan off a road, through a fence and into a swimming pool may have suffered a medical episode before the deadly accident occurred.

Millions on the sidelines for big health care push

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

Jessica Wilt checks her work tablet as she sits in shared office and meeting space, Wednesday March 12, 2014 in New York. Wilt, 37, a former professional tap dancer who has freelance jobs managing a children’s dance program and arts grant programs, thought premiums would be too costly, but went back and found she had erred in projecting her 2014 earnings, and qualified for a much bigger subsidy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Thacker wants health coverage, but he can't get help in his home state of Georgia. Mary Moscarello Gutierrez no longer can afford insurance in New Jersey. Justin Thompson of Utah refuses to be forced into the president's health law.


1 dead after shuttle bus overturns on I-95 in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 23:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — A shuttle bus struck a guardrail and overturned before dawn Sunday along busy Interstate 95 south of the nation's capital, leaving one person dead and sending 16 others to the hospital, Virginia State Police said.

Plane carrying five crashes into Colorado reservoir

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 22:06
(Reuters) - A small plane carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado on Saturday afternoon, according to local authorities, who said none of the people aboard were thought to have survived. Marti Whitmore, Ouray County attorney and public information officer, said in a statement the search for the wreckage of plane would resume early on Sunday. "There are believed to be no survivors, but no victims have been recovered as of this evening," Whitmore said in the statement, released late on Saturday. "No identities of those onboard have been released at this time, pending notification of next of kin." She said the plane crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir, about 25 miles south of Montrose, Colorado.

Washington slide kills 3; searchers seek survivors

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 21:55

A wide aerial view shows the extensive damage of the landslide after taking out a chunk of earth from the side of the hill facing the Stillaguamish River, and down into the State Route 530, on the left, between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Search and rescue operations are underway for survivors. (AP Photo/ The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam )SEATTLE (AP) — After hearing voices pleading for help, rescuers were conducting an overnight search for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of severe flooding.


Report: 1 dead after shuttle bus overturns on I-95

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 21:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 16-passenger shuttle bus struck a guardrail and overturned before dawn Sunday along busy Interstate 95 south of the nation's capital, leaving one person dead and several others injured, Virginia State Police told broadcast outlets.

WWII troop transport plane will return to Normandy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 21:34

This photo taken March 6, 2014, shows pilot Naomi Wadsworth with a World War II-era Douglas C-47, housed at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, N.Y. At the invitation of the French government, the airplane will return to France in June to participate in celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The airplane, known as Whiskey 7 because of its markings, is one of the original troop carriers that dropped paratroopers in advance of the amphibious invasion. In June it will recreate its role and drop paratroopers over the original drop zone in Sainte-Mere-Eglise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)GENESEO, New York (AP) — The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.


Kids learn stroke signs in class through imitation

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:28

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, photo, third-grader Andrea Esteban tries to imitate the droopy smile of a stroke victim at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx borough of New York. The hospital teaches children to recognize stroke and get victims to a hospital quickly. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Esteban tried to smile with half her face, crossing her eyes in the process, and her third-grade classmates giggled. Matthew Velez struggled to speak, "Luh, luh, uh, gronk," and the kids erupted in laughter.