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Three hurt as waterspout sends bouncy house flying at Florida beach

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:24
(Reuters) - A waterspout touched down on Florida's Fort Lauderdale beach amid a Memorial Day crowd on Monday, lifting an inflatable bouncy house into the air and injuring three children, police said. The waterspout, a swirling funnel of water similar in some ways to a tornado, uprooted the bouncy house and sent it across a parking lot into a roadway, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale police said on Twitter. Three children were hurt but the extent of their injuries as well as their conditions was not immediately known, Greenlaw said in her Twitter post.

Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:21

Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuationsRecord rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.


Woman sexually assaulted in South Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:15

Suspect sought after home invasion, sex assault in South Philadelphia home"The general feeling is concern that something like this could happen," said resident Clorinda Gaurino.


Woman, child killed in Millville crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 03:45

2 drivers, child killed in Millville crash identifiedFamily members have confirmed the names of two of the victims of Sunday's deadly crash in Millville, New Jersey.


The Real Reason Why Americans Celebrate Memorial Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 03:01
Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday in 1971.

Woman, child killed in fatal Millville crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:58

2 drivers, child killed in Millville crash identifiedFamily members have confirmed the names of two of the victims of Sunday's deadly crash in Millville, New Jersey.


Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:45

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaPresident Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful.


Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:39

FILE - In this June 25, 2014, file photo, passengers wait in line at the American Airlines International counter at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines announced that it had stopped accepting Venezuelan bolivars for any of its 19 weekly flights out of Venezuela. Customers must now use a foreign credit card to buy the tickets online. Virtually all other foreign carriers have made the same switch with the government’s consent, according to the Venezuela Airlines Association. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.


Questions raised over slaying by retired guard in NYC subway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:34

In this undated photo provided by Elizabeth Arroyo, construction worker Gilterto Drogheo sits with his young daughter, Gia, in New York. On March 10, 2010, Drogheo was shot and killed in New York by William Groomes, a 69-year-old retired jail guard licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Groomes claimed he was trying to arrest Drogheo for assault. (Gilterto Drogheo/Elizabeth Arroyo via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — At the height of the evening rush in Brooklyn, Gilbert Drogheo took a subway ride that he didn't survive.


Nevada case is latest to test 'stand your ground' laws

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:32

FILE - This May 15, 2015, file photo, shows the boarded duplex where Wayne Burgarello fatally shot an unarmed trespasser in February 2014, in Sparks, Nev. Burgarello now faces murder charges. The case has helped renew discussions about stand-your-ground laws and how they are interpreted across the U.S. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)RENO, Nev. (AP) — The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.


In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:32

In this July 2014 photo provided by Karen Friend, Friend, left, stands with her husband, Jacob Vinton, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Friend, a professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., took four weeks off in 2014 after her 59-year-old husband, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, was hospitalized with tremors. She used the time to make sure he was medically stable and hire help. (Courtesy of Karen Friend via AP)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally.


Knotty exhibit planned for pope symbolizes life's challenges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:31

In this Friday, May 22, 2015, photo, artist Meg Saligman pushes a mock-up of an art installation at her studio in Philadelphia. The installation is planned to be in the shape of a latticed grotto and will greet Pope Francis and millions of others when they travel to Philadelphia this fall. Visitors will be invited to leave their own problems behind in the form of knots affixed to its walls, or help others by loosening and removing a knot already in place. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A knotty exhibit being created for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Philadelphia will honor the pontiff's teachings by letting visitors acknowledge the challenges in their daily lives.


Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:15

CORRECTS FROM CHIARA ROSE TO CHIARA D’ANGELO- In this Friday, May 22, 2015 photo provided by Reese Semanko, a woman identified as Chiara D’Angelo has suspended herself in a climbing harness from the anchor chain of the Royal Dutch Shell support ship Arctic Challenger in the harbor at Bellingham, Wash. Rob Lewis, spokesman for protest organizers Rising Tide Bellingham, said she was protesting Shell's plan for Arctic drilling. The Coast Guard said it has no plans to remove her but has impounded the activists' support vessels. The ship isn't scheduled to leave the port for several days. (Reese Semanko via AP)BELLINGHAM, Washington (AP) — A woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle.


Obama Honors Troops on Memorial Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:10
See what the president said to honor the men and women who served.

2 adults killed, 2 children injured in Millville crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:08

Woman, child killed in fatal Millville crash identifiedTwo adults were killed and two children were injured in a crash in Millville, New Jersey - and witnesses say it appears one of the cars was drag racing.


Man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in Nebraska prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:39

This undated photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services shows Michael Ryan. Ryan, who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday, May 25, 2015. (Nebraska Department of Correctional Services via AP)TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.


Veterans History Project nears 100,000 items at US library

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans' memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records.

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:10

In this May 7, 2015 photo, botanist Theo Witsell examines a plant near Mount Ida, Ark. Witsell, the botanist for the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and a handful of other commission staff have combed the state in recent years to find, collect and preserve more than 70,000 native plant species. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)MOUNT IDA, Ark. (AP) — The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria.


AccuWeather: Sunny, Warm Memorial Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:40

 Sunny, Warm Memorial DayMeteorologist David Murphy says Tuesday looks hot and more humid.


Air France flight escorted to Kennedy Airport after anonymous threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:37

Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searchesAn Air France flight was escorted to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight.