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NTSB: Crash scene yields no evidence that truck was on fire before deadly California bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:24
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — NTSB: Crash scene yields no evidence that truck was on fire before deadly California bus crash.

Ohio man sits at corner with 'I AM A BULLY!' sign

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:24

 "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in." (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years sat at a street corner Sunday morning with a sign declaring he's a bully, a requirement of his sentence.


2 bodies found in New Jersey side of Hudson River

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:00

Police divers found the bodies of two people in the Hudson River near Sinatra Park after a search by units from New York City and New Jersey began, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Two bodies have been pulled from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.


Two runners die in North Carolina half-marathon

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:52
Two runners competing in a half-marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, collapsed and died on Sunday, officials said. The runners were among some 12,000 participants in the race, one in a series of half and full Rock'n'Roll marathons held across the United States and abroad but for the first time in Raleigh, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for the marathon series. Sunday was warm in Raleigh, with temperatures climbing into the high 70s (mid 20 C) by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. "We have spoken with each of the families and they have asked everyone to kindly respect their privacy during this most difficult of times." (Reporting by Kevin Murphy;

Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian ties

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:17

Dmitry Akhanov, president of the U.S. subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned venture fund RUSNANO, works in his office on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Menlo Park, Calif. Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley’s fast growing ties with Russia’s tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.


Navajo families receive electricity for first time

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:10

This photo provided by Salt River Project utility, Margie, left, and Alvin Tso sit outside their house on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, on Feb. 20, 2014. . The couple who raised eight children in the LeChee area of the Navajo Nation did so without a power line running to their home. When Margie Tso heard of a project to connect her home and dozens of others to the power grid, she watched as each power pole came closer and closer. On Monday (April 7), the Tsos had electricity for the first time. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Salt River Project Utility, Michael McNamara)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso.


Obama's new health secretary nominee draws early Republican fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 01:30

U.S. President Obama applauds after announcing Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell as his nominee to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White HouseBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama nominated his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Republican lawmakers alleged the new nominee could help the White House exert political control over Obamacare enrollment numbers and other data showing how well the reforms are working. The results present a challenge for Republicans, who claim Obamacare is a failure that Americans should reject.


NTSB examines claim truck was on fire before crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 01:05

The demolished remains of a FedEx truck is towed into a CalTrans maintenance station in Willows, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash on Thursday, April 10, between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened out-of-control across a freeway median and slammed into a bus taking high school students on a college tour, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.


Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:42

President Barack Obama hugs outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden f the White House in Washington. The moves come just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.


Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:07

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Several potential Republican White House contenders _ among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee _ headline a conference Saturday in New Hampshire, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."


California drought spawns well drilling boom

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:43

Jorge Vargas, a foreman for Maggiora Brothers Drilling Inc., poses for a photograph while drilling an 800-foot-deep water well at an almond farm in Chowchilla, Calif., on Friday, April 4, 2014. In California’s drought, well drillers are experiencing a boom in business because farmers are relying more on ground water to irrigate their crops. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.


Legal minds eye quality control for convictions

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 21:45

Jonathan Fleming, hugs his attorney Anthony Mayol while his other attorney Taylor Koss applaud in Brooklyn's Supreme court, after a judge declared him a free man on Tuesday April 8, 2014 in New York. Fleming, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder, was cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation in 1989. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for probing its most feared failures: wrongful convictions.


High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 21:38

In this Sept. 24, 2013 photo, freshly-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The average 401(k) fee _ a modest-sounding 1 percent _ can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.


A look at chances of getting audited by IRS

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:09
The Internal Revenue Service audited less than 1 percent of the income tax returns filed last year. But your odds of getting audited vary greatly, depending on income.

New commuter rail link ready to roll in central Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:05
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Central Florida is scheduled to roll out a commuter rail system on May 1 along a major interstate corridor that runs through downtown Orlando, becoming the first new system to open in the United States in three years. The new commuter rail system opens during a time of rising public transit ridership. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in March reported a record 10.7 billion trips taken nationally in 2013, fed in part by investments in transit by states and cities to attract new businesses and workers. SunRail will run in a generally north-south direction through the eastern side of central Florida with downtown Orlando near the midpoint.

Mudslide menaces fabled Pacific Northwest salmon, trout river

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 19:06

Members of communities affected by the Oso mudslide participate a candlelight vigil at the Community Center in Darrington, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson OSO, Washington (Reuters) - Watching the now murky river from his kitchen window, Bill Best speaks in low tones of neighbors buried by a massive mudslide, where damage to salmon and steelhead trout spawning beds only adds to the grief in a rural Washington state community with deep ties to the land. "The river's extremely important. We just thoroughly love this relatively natural, unspoiled river environment. It's why we are here," the 73-year-old avid fly fisherman said. "Hopefully in 20 to 30 years, it will be back to what it sort of used to be. ...


Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 17:33

The Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle were released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev. on April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean)Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.


Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 17:21

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde accompanied by IMFC Chair and Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, arrive for a news conference during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, Saturday, April 12, 2014. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.


Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:51
Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.

Feds release all cows gathered during NV roundup

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:08
Federal land managers confirmed they released all 400 head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.