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Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:40

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law. The harboring provision, part of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law, made it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigrants to enter the state or to harbor or transport them within Arizona. In a 2012 case, the Supreme Court partially upheld other provisions of the 2010 law.


Crews fill in sinkhole in central Florida

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:40
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Repair crews filled in a sinkhole that opened between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community.

MARATHON WATCH: Hoyts running Boston for last time

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:28

Father and son Boston Marathon race team Dick Hoyt, right, and his son Rick Hoyt walk across the start line as they warm up before they run the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


NHTSA closes four-year probe of Ion steering issues after GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:26

A 2004 Saturn ION sedan is seen in an undated publicity photo. REUTERS/Handout via General MotorsU.S. safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents filed in its online database over the weekend, said it was closing its probe into 2004 to 2007 model-year Ion cars after GM's recall of the vehicles last month. GM has been criticized for not acting fast enough on the consumer complaints surrounding recalls for the power steering issue as well as the defective switches linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The Ion was among the 1.5 million cars GM recalled on March 31 for possible loss of power steering.


US stock futures edge higher, busy earnings week

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:22
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging higher Monday as more companies report their first quarter earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week.

MARATHON WATCH: A year later, determined to finish

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

Mobility-impaired runners gather at the start line for a moment of silence before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:16

 global warming, evolution, and their largest question mark was in the Big Bang that created the universe. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Scheckman. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.


After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:09
BOSTON (AP) — A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

MARATHON WATCH: 118th Boston Marathon begins

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:57

A military policeman stands near the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The 118th Boston Marathon has begun. The first entrants crossed the starting line at 8:50 a.m. in the mobility impaired division. The wheelchair division starts at 9:17.


MARATHON WATCH: Where to find Boston race on TV

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:46

Buses carrying runners arrive at sunrise in Hopkinton, Mass., for the start of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)National television coverage of the Boston Marathon will have an expanded reach but still won't be available to many viewers.


MARATHON WATCH: Runners gathering in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:35

Pepi Bolognese cleans the finish line before the running of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Thousands of runners are gathering at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, one year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.


UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:26
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.

High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:26

FILE - This July 7, 2010 file photo shows Barry Diller at the annual Allen & Co. Media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho. Thirty years after failing to persuade the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back at the high court to try to rein in another technological innovation that they say threatens their financial well-being. The battle has moved out of viewers’ living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop a cassette into a recorder and capture their favorite programs or the game they wouldn’t be home to see. Now the entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, with Supreme Court argument on Tuesday, against a start-up business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices. The source of the companies’ worry is Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers in 11 cities. Aereo, backed by media billionaire Barry Diller, has plans to more than double that total. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.


After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:12

Till T. Teuber of Hamburg, Germany, prepares himself before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)BOSTON (AP) — A year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, runners and spectators began filtering in Monday morning at the starting line in Hopkinton amid tight security.


She sold Belgian waffles at the 1964 World's Fair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:10

In this October 1964 photo provided by worldsfairphotos.com, four girls eat Belgian Waffles on the Grounds of the World’s Fair in the Queens Borough of New York. Belgian Waffles were introduced to the American public at the fair by Belgian Maurice and Rose Vermersch and their daughter MariePaule. (AP Photo/Bill Cotter) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALESNEW YORK (AP) — The notion of introducing a new food to the American public is almost inconceivable in an era of TV chefs, global cuisine and foodie websites.


APNewsBreak: Elephants endangered by land grabs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:05

FILE This Sept. 29, 2013 file photo shows rotting elephant carcasses in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, wildlife officials said animals were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market. Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.


APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 19:09

FILE - This June 21, 2103 file photo shows a steamroller and a backhoe used to crush seized elephant tusks during a destruction ceremony at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.


Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:21
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.

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:12

Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday April 20, 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) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.


Car hits packed Florida church, injuring 21

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:11
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.