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Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.

Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:35

A woman smokes marijuana during the 4/20 Rally at the Civic Center in DenverThousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters in both Western states approved ballot initiatives in 2012 allowing personal possession and use of marijuana by anyone aged 21 and or older for purposes of just getting high, though public consumption of pot remains illegal. In January the world's first state-licensed retail marijuana outlets opened for business in Colorado, and stores in Washington are set to follow suit later this year.


10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:00

An Egyptian supporter of ousted former President Hosni Mubarak celebrates an appeal granted by a court, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. A court granted Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence in a Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 hearing, ordering a retrial of the ousted Egyptian president on charges that he failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime nearly two years ago. The ruling came one day after a prosecutor placed a new detention order on Mubarak over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds (hundreds of thousands of US dollars) he and other regime officials allegedly received from Egypt's top newspaper as a show of loyalty while he was in power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:01

People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.


Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:33
NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:31

50 a.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived they found the SUV embedded in the building and the girl dead inside. (AP Photo/Tony Cheval)PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old Southern California girl asleep in her bed has died after a driver accused of being drunk crashed his SUV into her home.


Sheriff: Log rolls over, kills boy in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:30
LILLIWAUP, Wash. (AP) — A 12-year-old Washington state boy on a Boy Scout trip has died after a log that he and his friends were pushing down a hill caught his jacket and rolled over him.

On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:19

Wellesley College student Tiffany Liao, of San Marino, Calif., center, serves a pasta dish during a Boston Marathon pre-race dinner at Boston City Hall, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors to the area. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.


Celebrating Easter _ and creativity _ in New York

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:59

Dressed for the occasion, Paul Nagle, left, poses for photographs as he takes take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.


Festive hats, pastels abound at NYC Easter parade

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:56

Dressed for the occasion, Paul Nagle, left, poses for photographs as he takes take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.


In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:15

With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.


Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:47

A woman smokes marijuana during the 4/20 Rally at the Civic Center in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters in the two Western states in 2012 approved the legalization of possession and use of weed by adults on private property, although public consumption is still illegal. In January the first retail pot shops opened in Colorado, and stores in Washington are set to follow suit later this year. On Saturday, police issued 32 citations, 22 for public consumption of marijuana and 10 for other offenses at the gathering, said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.


Dad of Massachusetts boy found dead plans funeral

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:45

Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a child's body was found Friday, April 18, 2014, near Sterling, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said the body has not been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, of Fitchburg, but that the height and weight of the body was consistent with Oliver's size. Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn't reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)BOSTON (AP) — The father of a missing boy whose body was found off a Massachusetts highway says he was crushed to hear that his 5-year-old son's remains had been identified but is planning his funeral.


Police: Man pelted woman at egg decorating party

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:40
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man threw hardboiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police.

Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:22

In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, Robert Bendus, Director of Florida Division of Historical Resources, stands for a photo by the Grove, a historical mansion that once belonged to former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins in Tallahassee, Fla. The state, at a cost of nearly $6 million, is turning the Greek Revival style mansion and its 10-acre grounds into a museum designed to document the lives of the state’s governors as well as an architectural classroom for visitors. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hidden behind live oaks and magnolias near the Florida Governor's Mansion, a historic house that symbolizes much of the state's terrible past and transformation will soon have its doors opened to the public.


Sleeping California teen killed when car plows into apartment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:00
(Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bed was killed early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver careened into an apartment building in southern California, law enforcement officials said. The crash occurred at 3:15 a.m. local time in Palmdale, which is located about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Robert Rodriguez, 20, of Palmdale, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged at the Palmdale Sheriff's Station with vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "The driver was at a high rate of speed and either tried to turn or lost control, impacted the curb and went into the apartment building," Sergeant David Sauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

4-year-old half siblings die in accidental NY fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A basement blaze that killed 4-year-old half siblings was accidentally set by children playing with fire, authorities said Sunday.

AP Top News at 3:51 p.m. EDT

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 03:51
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.

Brother, sister, both four, die in New York house fire on Easter morning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 03:50
A house fire that left two young children dead early Easter Sunday in New York City was sparked accidentally, possibly by a child playing with a lighter or matches, emergency officials said. The 4-year-old half-siblings, a boy and a girl, were at their grandfather's home in the city borough of Queens when the blaze broke out in the basement just before midnight on Saturday, a spokesman with the New York City Fire Department said. A firefighter suffered mild injuries, the fire department spokesman said. The children were regular visitors to their grandfather's house, neighbors told local media.

AP Top News at 3:45 p.m. EDT

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 03:45
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home. Well over 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica.