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AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:32

Six-week old Ewan Bingham, takes a look at his dad, Lt. Chris Bingham, of Cranford, N.J., after Chris disembarked from the nuclear aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Friday, April 18, 2014. The carrier strike group is returning from a 9-month deployment. There were 171 babies born to sailors aboard the ship during the deployment, according to the Navy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment.


Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:28

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.


Lawmakers, green groups weigh in on Keystone XL delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:14
(Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline. The move, which likely delays a final decision beyond November mid-term elections, angered Republican and some Democrat lawmakers who have urged President Barack Obama to make the final decision on TransCanada's project after more than five years of government reviews. Here is a selection of key comments from various groups: LAWMAKERS: Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate: "It is crystal clear that the Obama administration is simply not serious about American energy and American jobs. At a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it's a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.

APNewsBreak: Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder

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

FILE - This file photo released by the Connecticut State Police Feb. 26, 2013, during an Amber Alert shows Alton Perry, left, 2, and Ashton Perry, right, 6 months old, who were taken from their daycare by their grandmother. Debra Denison, 47, who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children. The letter described in a police report suggests a vengeful motive for the shootings by Denison. The report was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.


Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:05

In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014 photo Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke speaks with Scott Ziolkowski, an instructor in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Western Technical College, as she campaigns in La Crosse, Wis. Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager. (AP Photo/The La Crosse Tribune, Peter Thomson)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.


UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in S. Sudan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:53
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.

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.