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SpaceX launches supplies to space station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:46

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company returned to orbit Friday, launching fresh supplies to the International Space Station after more than a month's delay.


Court reinstates lawsuit over Marine's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:15
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky.

Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:12

Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.


Wyatt Earp gun sells for $225K at auction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:56
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold for $225,000.

Pastors reach out as Easter falls on marijuana 'holiday'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:54

Pastor Justice Coleman, founder of Freedom Church poses for a picture with a flyer from his coming service Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Highland Park, Calif. Coleman is using medical marijuana imagery and catchy word play to attract new worshippers to an Easter sermon series called "Medicated," about seeking fulfillment through God, not drugs. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.


U.S. extends comment time on keystone pipeline: State department

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Friday it was giving regulatory agencies more time to weigh in on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, effectively delaying the decision on whether to approve it until after the November 4 mid-term elections. (Reporting by Patrick Rucker ; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Oklahoma City bombing museum sees technology boost

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:38

In this April 17, 2014 photo Jamie Gunderson, right, and her husband, John Gunderson, left, visitors from Las Vegas, look at a new interactive touch screen about victims of the bombing that is part of $7 million upgrade at The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building 19 years ago Saturday.


US arrests more than 200 immigrants in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:04

Immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally are escorted to a transportation bus after U.S. Border Patrol agents detained about 75 immigrants who'd been living in hut for several days in a brushy area Thursday April 17, 2014 near North 10 St. and Sprague St. in McAllen, Texas. Agents spent about three hours rounding up the immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally after they responded to the area. Most of the immigrants are believed to be from Central America. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally have been arrested in a makeshift encampment in South Texas.


US arrests more than 200 immigrants at Texas camp

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:00

Immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally are escorted to a transportation bus after U.S. Border Patrol agents detained about 75 immigrants who'd been living in hut for several days in a brushy area Thursday April 17, 2014 near North 10 St. and Sprague St. in McAllen, Texas. Agents spent about three hours rounding up the immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally after they responded to the area. Most of the immigrants are believed to be from Central America. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas.


Memorial held for policeman slain after Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:53
By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot multiple times in his car in an apparent confrontation with the bombing suspects days after the blast, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured when two homemade bombs exploded near the race's finish line. Collier was killed in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun, authorities said. Police officers, government officials, students and faculty joined members of Collier's family at the outdoor service under a tent a short distance from where Collier was killed, a place marked by a temporary memorial planted with flowers.

NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:50

In this artist's concept provided by NASA, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft orbits the moon. Flight controllers on Friday, April 18, 2014 confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.


MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:09

Boston-area police officers march into a one-year remembrance ceremony for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier on campus in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, April 18, 2014. Authorities say Collier was slain by the suspects of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.


USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:07
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

Florida man charged with murdering son so he could play video games

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:52

Undated booking photo of Wygant released by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in InvernessBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler and left him to die in a playpen, police said on Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, was arrested on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, which is an unplanned killing, and child neglect with great bodily harm, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Heather Yates, said. Wygant, who is from Homosassa, located about 92 miles west of Orlando, told investigators that he was trying to play Xbox games online at 1 a.m. on Thursday and became frustrated by his son, Daymeon, who was crying uncontrollably, according to the arrest affidavit. Wygant said he placed his hand over the boy's mouth and nose for three to four minutes until the child appeared exhausted and lethargic.


Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:43

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, the former residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory sits under construction to be used as a rectory for six priests after Gregory moved to a nearby $2.2 million mansion for his own use in Atlanta. Residents in the neighborhood are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate the house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Friday April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in an upscale neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests, in the latest issue involving the home.


Ohio school shooting victim's dad died from heroin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:26
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son's death.

US arrests about 80 immigrants at Texas camp

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:04

Immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally are escorted to a transportation bus after U.S. Border Patrol agents detained about 75 immigrants who'd been living in hut for several days in a brushy area Thursday April 17, 2014 near North 10 St. and Sprague St. in McAllen, Texas. Agents spent about three hours rounding up the immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally after they responded to the area. Most of the immigrants are believed to be from Central America. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally have been arrested in a makeshift encampment in South Texas.


Post-rehab, injured snowy owl ready to be released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:04
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A rare snowy owl that gained national attention when it was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital is scheduled to be released into the wild after a rehab stint in Minnesota.

Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 23:46

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere.


State of Texas seizes ranch of imprisoned polygamist leader

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 23:45

Warren Jeffs prison mug shotBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The sprawling Yearning for Zion Ranch in west Texas, where polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sexually assaulted young girls and justified it by claiming he was the "prophet of God," is now the property of the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which raided the Eldorado, Texas, ranch in April of 2008, said in a statement released on Thursday that the walled compound has been entered by law enforcement officers and "the residents have agreed to vacate the property." Jeffs was convicted of sexual assault in 2011. The statement noted that the state on January 6 secured a forfeiture judgment from the 51st Judicial District Court. "Law enforcement personnel are working with the occupants of the ranch to take all reasonable actions to assist with their departure of the property, to preserve the property, and to successfully execute the court order," the DPS said.