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Boston Yeti selling swag to benefit MSPCA's animals in need

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:36

FILE - In this March 6, 2015 file photo provided by Eric Gulliver, an anonymous creature known as The Boston Yeti poses in front of the Boston logo at City Hall in Boston. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume and stopping to help dig out stranded drivers. Now the unidentified prankster is selling Yeti swag to raise money for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (AP Photo/Eric Gulliver, File)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends.


Despite deep rivalry, Connecticut tribes plan new casinos

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:45

Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, left, and Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation leave a hearing at the Legislative Office Building, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The chairmen of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes testified, warning lawmakers that a new casino in neighboring Springfield, Massachusetts, could cost the state as many as 18,000 jobs unless steps are taken to address the competition. Brown and Butler said in an interview with The Associated Press that the tribes are rallying around the threat of new competition from Massachusetts casinos. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For the leaders of two Connecticut tribes proposing to build new casinos together, some of the toughest crowds to win over have been their own tribes, business rivals with a history of conflict that dates to a massacre nearly 400 years ago.


Confederate flag license plate battle reaches U.S. Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:03

Handout of the design of a proposed "Sons of the Confederacy" Texas state license plateBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday takes up a free speech case on whether Texas was wrong in rejecting a specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag - to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism. The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case that raises the issue of how states can allow or reject politically divisive messages on license plates without violating free speech rights. States can generate revenue by allowing outside groups to propose specialty license plates that people then pay a fee to put on their vehicle. The group Sons of Confederate Veterans says its aim is to preserve the "history and legacy" of soldiers who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War.


Search for Motive in Machete-Wielding Airport Attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 20:35
Passengers described a terrifying scene.

On 5th anniversary of health care law, no end to debate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 20:25

FILE - In this March 23, 2010. file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives. The White House signing ceremony on Mar. 23, 2010 was an applause-filled celebration. “When I sign this bill,” Obama said, “all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives.


More cash-strapped Americans turn to tax refund advances

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 19:51

In this March 21, 2015 photo, Brittney Freison, dressed as Lady Liberty, waves to motorists near the Liberty Tax Service office in Berea, Ohio. Wary of rising fees, federal regulators are eyeing ways they can assert tighter oversight upon paid tax preparers who cater to an expanding market of cash-strapped families anxious for their tax refunds. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.


Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 19:30

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2006, file photo, a plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The new labeling on Thursday, March 19, 2015, of the world’s most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer could jeopardize the future of an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez,File)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs.


Bloomsburg baseball player dismissed for Mo'ne Davis tweet

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 19:01

Bloomsburg baseball player dismissed for Mo'ne Davis tweetA Bloomsburg University baseball player has been dismissed from the team for an offensive Twitter post about Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis.


Police: Man shoots 12-year-old of ex-girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 18:47

 Man shoots 12-year-old son of ex-girlfriendA 12-year-old Philadelphia boy was shot during an argument between his mother and her ex-boyfriend, police say.


Train cars hauling methanol derail in central Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 18:38

Train cars hauling methanol derail in central TexasTexas authorities say a dozen train cars have derailed near Valley Mills, including five tanker cars carrying methanol.


Train cars hauling methanol derail in central Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 13:11
VALLEY MILLS, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say a dozen train cars have derailed near Valley Mills, including five tanker cars carrying methanol.

Villanova ends March Madness run in 71-68 loss to NC State

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:45

Villanova ends March Madness run in 71-68 loss to NC StateThe Villanova Wildcats were knocked out of the NCAA March Madness tournament with a 71-68 loss to NC State on Saturday.


AccuWeather: Winter Winds Return Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:40

 Breezy And CoolerMeteorologist Adam Joseph says spring will be put on hold for a few more days.


7 siblings die in Brooklyn house fire, officials eye hot plate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:28

7 siblings die in Brooklyn house fire, officials eye hot plateSeven siblings from an Orthodox Jewish family were killed early Saturday when a fire tore through their Brooklyn home after they had gone to bed, a tragedy that authorities believe was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on for the Sabbath.


Girl, 11, wounded in accidental shooting in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:21

Girl, 11, wounded in accidental shooting in WissinomingAuthorities say an 11-year-old girl was wounded in what appears to be an accidental shooting in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.


Dozens of illegal dirt bikes, ATVs seized in day long round-up

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:20

Dozens of illegal dirt bikes, ATVs seized in day long round-upPolice seized more than 60 dirt bike and ATVs in what could be the largest one-day round-up of illegal vehicles in Philadelphia.


Police raid club of pot activist who quit TV job on air

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:07
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene's Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales.

1 teen killed, 4 injured in Delaware crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:50

1 teen killed, 4 injured in Delaware crashA 17-year-old girl was killed and four other teens were injured in a crash in Laurel, Delaware.


Machete-Wielding Man at Airport Dies: Cops

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:40
Passengers described a terrifying scene.

LeSean McCoy: Eagles panicked

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 10:30
LeSean McCoy, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills from Philadelphia earlier this month, said the Eagles overreacted by signing DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.