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U.S. Air and Space museum evacuated for suspicious package

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:58
Washington's National Air and Space Museum was evacuated on Wednesday after reports of a suspicious package, and one person was found unconscious in the building, authorities said. A Washington police bomb squad is investigating the package in one of the museum's galleries, said a Smithsonian Institution spokeswoman. A police spokeswoman said officers have blocked off streets around the museum on the National Mall, just a few blocks from the White House.

Hospital infections less common, new report says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1 in 25 patients are infected.

Suit filed over abduction from Philly school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a kindergartener abducted from her Philadelphia classroom and found shivering and partially clothed at a playground the next day accused the school district of "reckless indifference" in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

State official investigating Albuquerque shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:46
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is launching an investigation of the latest fatal shootings by Albuquerque police.

Michigan won't recognize gay marriage benefits, pending appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:43
(Reuters) - Same-sex marriages performed last week, after a federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage, were valid but the benefits conferred have been suspended as the ruling has been stayed, pending an appeal, Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday. Clerks in four Michigan counties issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Saturday after a federal judge in Detroit ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage adopted by voters in 2004 violated the U.S. Constitution. Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette, appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which issued a stay on the decision Saturday afternoon and has extended the stay until the court rules on his appeal. Snyder said the same-sex unions performed from the time of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling until the stay was granted on Saturday were valid when entered into.

California state Senator Leland Yee arrested: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:41

California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California state Senator Leland Yee was arrested on Wednesday as federal investigators conducted public corruption raids across California, shaking up the election season in the nation's most populous state. In addition, federal authorities arrested Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Peter Lee said, referring to a figure previously convicted in a San Francisco organized crime probe. Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who is currently running for secretary of state, was indicted on public corruption charges, ABC7 News in San Francisco reported on Wednesday.

Military official: Shooter came on base in truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:39

FILE - In this May 3, 2004 file photo, security personnel wait to inspect vehicles entering Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. A sailor was fatally shot at the world's largest naval base late Monday, March 24, 2014, and security forces killed a male civilian suspect, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Mort Fryman)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A civilian who disarmed a guard and fatally shot a sailor on a docked destroyer before being killed himself entered the base on a tractor-trailer with a transportation worker's credential, according to the Navy and a military official.

Ohio high school gunman appeals life sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:34

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. The age of Lane, a teen gunman in a school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio, is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences. Lane's defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a teenager who pleaded guilty to killing three students in a high school cafeteria asked an appeals court Wednesday to toss out his sentence of life without parole because he was 17 at the time of the shooting.

TSA union: agency needs its own armed officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:28

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers.

Air and Space Museum evacuated for suspicious bag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and museum officials say the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has been evacuated after a suspicious briefcase was found near an unconscious person in one of the galleries.

Official on deadly mudslide: 'It haunts me'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:20

A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Search and cadaver dogs and rescuers using small bulldozers and their bare hands on Wednesday looked for victims and survivors of a deadly mudslide as local officials said they did everything they could to keep the rural community safe in the years before the catastrophe.

Senator 'troubled' by Secret Service misbehavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:19

The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday he's troubled by an incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama's overseas trip to The Netherlands.

Ala. woman OK giving up Girl Scout cookie crown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:15

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 1986, file photo, President Ronald Reagan hugs Elizabeth Brinton, 14, of Falls Church, Va., during a meeting at the White House in Washington. Brinton who has held a Girl Scout cookie sales record for decades says she has no problem giving up her cookie crown to an Oklahoma girl who broke her record. Brinton set the one year sales record of 18,000 boxes as a teenager in the 1980s. She sold outside Metro stations in the Washington area and in 1986 even sold cookies to Reagan. Now a mother of two living in Alabama, Brinton says the new cookie queen, Katie Francis of Oklahoma City, called her to ask for advice. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who has held a Girl Scout cookie sales record for decades says she has no problem giving up her cookie crown to an Oklahoma girl who broke her record.

House Dems try to force vote on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:59

Clarissa Martinez de Castro, director of civic engagement and immigration at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), closes her eyes as snow falls and wind blows during a news conference with House Democrats and immigration leaders on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, to announce a DemandAVote discharge petition and call on House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and the House Republican Conference to bring up immigration reform bill H.R. 15. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move Wednesday to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill, an effort doomed to fail but designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans to act.

TSA wants law enforcement at checkpoints

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

Accused killer of NY mother, toddler now on FBI most wanted list

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:48
A reputed member of the murderous international gang known as MS-13 was added to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" for his role in the 2010 killing of his girlfriend and her toddler son, federal authorities said on Wednesday. Accused of the execution-style shooting of the mother and child, who was clinging to his leg, is Juan Elias "Cruzito" Garcia, 21, a reputed member of MS-13 with ties to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. The killing in Central Islip, New York, of Vanessa Argueta, 19, and Diego Torres, 2, was part of a cycle of violence between gangs, including MS-13 and its two principal rivals, 18th Street Gang and the Latin Kings, the FBI said. After the lovers quarreled, Garcia said he was threatened by rival gang members using information that he believed was provided by Argueta, the FBI said.

Supreme Court justices weigh case of 2004 Bush protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:42
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Wednesday it would rule that two Secret Service agents cannot be sued over allegations they treated protesters gathered in support of former President George W. Bush more favorably than protesters critical of him. Justice Antonin Scalia was the most forthright in saying the claims made by some of the protesters who were moved should be barred. He seemed to endorse a potential ruling that would say if the Secret Service had a valid reason for moving the protesters, it should not matter if the agents may have had another motive. The Secret Service cited security reasons for moving the protesters, while the plaintiffs say the real reason was to ensure the president was not disturbed.

Storm batters portions of Massachusetts, Maine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:36

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Cape Cod and the islands were expected to bear the brunt of the spring storm that struck full force Wednesday. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A spring storm blasted portions of Massachusetts and Maine with high winds and blowing snow on Wednesday, roiling the North Atlantic and leaving winter-weary residents of eastern Maine facing the prospect of digging out from up to 2 feet of snow.

$500K in cognac heisted from truck near Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:33
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of more than $500,000 worth of cognac, carried away in a truck and trailer near Baltimore.