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California city evacuation lifted after military ordnance found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:05
(Reuters) - An evacuation order was lifted in a California city on Thursday after a piece of potentially explosive "military ordnance" reported in its business district was rendered safe, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. A sheriff's department bomb squad and a disposal unit from Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated the unidentified device, which was reported at around 3:30 p.m. in Solvang, a town of about 5,000 residents some 130 miles outside Los Angeles. The American Red Cross set up a location to assist displaced people, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said.

Cops: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:30
FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman is accused of trying to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into the Delaware River.

Ex-honors student's terror sentencing scheduled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pakistan-born teen convicted with two women in a Jihadist terror plot is set to be sentenced in Philadelphia.

10th-grader suspended for having yellow squirt gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:27
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow squirt gun.

Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:23

This frame grab from video provided by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., shows some of the area of an explosion and fire, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a property where several ammunition and explosives plants are based, in McEwen, Tenn. At least one person has died, and at least three people have been injured. (AP Photo/WSMV-TV)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hospital authorities have confirmed the name of the man who died after an explosion at an ammunition plant in Tennessee.


Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:11

The site of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is pictured from the air as U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama assess the damage from Marine OneBy Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there were challenges to recovering from the April 17, 2013 blast that killed 15 people, most of them first responders, that went far beyond physical rehabilitation. In many ways, the tiny, central Texas city of West looks much like it did before the fertilizer plant explosion leveled the surrounding neighborhood and injured hundreds. Texas Governor Rick Perry said late Wednesday the state will award West an additional $4.8 million to repair the city's infrastructure, including its water treatment and storage, on top of the $3.2 million in disaster relief already received.


Formerly conjoined twins leave Dallas hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:10

In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 photo provided by Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, Jenni and Dave Ezell visit their twin 9-month-old boys Owen, left, and Emmett, who were born joined at the abdomen. The conjoined twins, separated last summer, were released from the hospital Wednesday and are expected to spend the next three to four weeks in a local inpatient rehabilitation center before being able to go home. (AP Photo/Medical City Children's Hospital)DALLAS (AP) — Twin boys who were born conjoined have been released from the Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth.


Firetruck plows into California cafe; 15 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:04

Firefighters and other officials work the scene of an accident where two firetrucks answering a call collided en route to a fire Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Monterrey Park, Calif. The collision sent one firetruck careening into a restaurant, leaving 14 people, including several firefighters, injured. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Monterey Park firetruck heading to a blaze collided with another engine and then plowed into a restaurant, injuring 15 people including six firefighters, authorities said.


AP Photos: A close-up look at fracking

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:43

In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. In the background is a tall canvas wall around the perimeter of the extraction site, which mitigates noise, light and dust coming from the operation during the drilling and completion phase, which generally takes a few weeks. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)MEAD, Colo. (AP) — Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver.


Judge rejects imam's request to speak to jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:41

FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge in New York has rejected an Egyptian Islamic preacher's request to give his own opening statement at his federal trial on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida.


Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:32

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall. Democrats in at least one tight Senate race are openly embracing the new health law’s popular features, but several others are holding back. Republicans say the somewhat upbeat news _ higher enrollments, and lower cost projections _ won’t do much to change Americans’ negative view of the health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.


AG Holder to speak at ceremony for Kansas victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:16
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to attend a service for the three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Collision of two fire trucks leaves 15 hurt near Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:50
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least 15 people were injured on Wednesday, one critically, when two fire trucks collided on their way to a house blaze near Los Angeles, sending one of the vehicles careening into a restaurant, the City News Service reported. A Monterey Park Fire Department truck ended up largely inside the Lu Dumpling House after apparently going out of control from a crash with a ladder truck from the neighboring town of Alhambra, east of Los Angeles, CNS said. ...

Full docket for judge in Detroit bankruptcy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:24

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his third annual State of the State address to a joint session of the state Legislature in the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, officials said Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy is holding a hearing during a week of significant breakthroughs in the case.


A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:03

Professor Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, stands amid mannequins displaying various bionic limbs his lab has developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in CambridgeBy Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals performed well after the attacks on April 15, 2013. Looking back, a year after their hospitals were packed with blast victims, Boston officials have tweaked how they prepare for a disaster, now requiring city emergency medical personnel to carry tourniquets and developing a standard method for one city agency to track disaster victims in hospitals.


Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:57

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 aerial file photo are the remains of a fertilizer plant destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas. The families of 15 people that died in the plant explosion, 12 of them trying to respond to the initial fire, have spent the last year navigating the difficult balance between seeking answers and finding closure. Lawsuits filed in the weeks afterward are mired in a complex legal process that could uncover new details on the incident through testimony, but key questions will remain unanswered for many months to come. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)WEST, Texas (AP) — As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.


Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:23

The Mount Tabor number 1 reservoir in Portland, Ore., is seen in a June 20, 2011 photo. Portland officials said Wednesday, April 16, 2014 that they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.


Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:46

Boston Police officer John Quinn walks with, Miller, his bomb detection canine, over the finish line while sweeping the area in preparation for the Boston Marathon, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.


Openings set to start in NY trial of Egyptian imam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:10

FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers are poised to make opening statements in the trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida in part by trying to open a training camp in Oregon.