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Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:53

In an image provided by the Bureau of Land Management, date not known, Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition. The cave holds the remains of tens of thousands of animals, including many now-extinct species, from the late Pleistocene period tens of thousands of years ago. Starting July 28, 2014, scientists plan to venture back into the cave and resume digging for the first time in more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Bureau of Land Management)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:51

Southwest Airlines jets wait on the tarmac at Denver International Airport in Denver(Story refiled to correct typographical error on third paragraph) (Reuters) - A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read "RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard.


Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:42

FILE - food trucksPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday.


UN chief condemns attack on UN school in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning a deadly attack on a U.N. school for Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza that killed many Palestinians who sought refuge there from Israeli shelling as well as U.N. staff.

Arrest made in fatal Camden hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:36

Arrest made in fatal Camden hit-and-runA man has been charged in a hit-and-run over the weekend in Camden that left a pedestrian dead.


Gov: Senator in plagiarism row deserves respect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:28

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he didn't know that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized parts of his master's thesis when he appointed the former National Guard general to the Senate earlier this year.


Arizona execution rekindles death penalty debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:27

Joseph Rudolph WoodFLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The nation's third execution in six months to go awry rekindled the debate over the death penalty and handed potentially new evidence to those building a case against lethal injection as cruel and unusual punishment.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:25

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:24

 Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."


Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:22

FILE - In this Feb. 14 2014 file photo, a girl holds a doughnut and a beverage at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday, July 24, 2014, that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to “upsell” to afternoon customers. It’s part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on.


State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:15
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry.

BNSF train carrying North Dakota oil derails in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:10
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil derailed as it left a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday, but there were no reports of a spill or injuries, BNSF said in a statement. Four railcars came off the tracks at around 2 a.m. PDT (0900 GMT), three of which were carrying crude oil, said BNSF, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles (129 km) north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

ABC News: Fidel Castro's niece aboard plane missing in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:10

 Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'Mariela Castro visited Philadelphia last year after an appearance at the U.N. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said "no trace" of the missing plane has been found.


Storm kills three, injures 20 at Virginia campground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:09
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said. The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain. "So far the count is three," Brittney Eder, a spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Co, said of the death toll. State emergency officials said about 1,300 people were staying at the campground, which is about 100 miles south of Washington at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

UN says aid to Syria being used as 'tactic of war'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.

NY woman accused of murder after neighbor's dismembered body found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 00:06
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn woman faces murder charges in the killing of her neighbor whose dismembered body was discovered in New York near sites where other severed human limbs were found this month, police said on Thursday. Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Chinelle Browne, Suffolk County police said in a statement. She pleaded not guilty in Suffolk County District Court on Thursday and was being held without bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Laurie Dishman told senators through tears that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.

Man charged with possession of gun believed tied to Boston bombing: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:47
Federal prosecutors believe a Boston-area man, arrested this week on drug charges, possessed a handgun that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are thought to have used to kill a university police officer, the man's lawyer said on Thursday. Stephen Silva, a high school friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested Tuesday and charged with distributing heroin, as well as possessing a Ruger P95 9mm pistol, which had had its serial number filed off in 2013 before the marathon bombing, according to court records. The Ruger is the same sort of weapon that prosecutors contend Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used to kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013, three days after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. Prosecutors have not publicly confirmed that the weapon Silva is charged with possessing was the same one recovered after a gun battle with the Tsarnaev brothers, hours after they are accused of killing Collier.

Chicago teen charged in murder of 11-year-old girl at pajama party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:46
A Chicago teen was arrested and charged with the murder of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet at a sleepover last Friday, the state attorney's office said on Thursday. Tevin Lee, 18, has been charged with murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm and will appear in bond court on Thursday or Friday, a spokesman for the state attorney said. The death of Shamiya Adams has renewed cries against gun violence in Chicago - which has seen a rash of summer shootings, although the city's murder rate has been roughly unchanged in recent years and is well down from the 1990s. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has visited Adams' mother twice since her daughter died and pledged to continue pushing his anti-crime measures such as expanded education and jobs programs for children as well as a drive to get illegal guns off the streets.

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 23:46

In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.