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Relics of NYC World's Fair: Eyesores or icons?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:18

 an estimated $14 million for demolition and up to $72 million for renovation. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — They were designed for the 1964 World's Fair as sleek, space-age visions of the future: three towers topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars with a suspended, shimmering roof that was billed as the "Tent of Tomorrow."


U.S. company recalls gas fireplaces due to explosion hazard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:01
Hussong Manufacturing Co Inc will recall about 16,000 gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts after nine reports of explosions and two injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday. The Lakefield, Minnesota, company is recalling 22 models sold under the brands Kozy Heat Fireplaces, Ambiance Fireplaces and Stellar Hearth Products, the agency said in a statement. The gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts use American Flame brand control modules.

Indiana authorities investigate 'hit list' at elementary school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:51
(Reuters) - Students at a northwestern Indiana elementary school have put some classmates on a "hit list," according to local police who are investigating the incident. The list was part of a letter found by officials at Wadsworth Elementary School in Griffith, Indiana, about 30 miles (50 miles) south of Chicago. "On Friday, March 28, 2014, a 'hit list' of students was discovered in the afternoon," Griffith Superintendent Peter Morikis said in a letter to parents released several days after the letter was discovered. "The students involved in the creation of the list have been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigation." Wadsworth Elementary School has about 310 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to its website.

US employers add 192K jobs; rate stays at 6.7 pct.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:44

FILE - In this Thursday March 13, 2014, file photo, job seekers line up to attend a marijuana industry job far in Downtown Denver. The government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.


Judge: Review immigrant's residency application

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:49
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A federal judge in Kentucky is compelling immigration officials to make a decision about an application for permanent residency brought by an Iranian immigrant who distributed leaflets for a violent organization in his home country 30 years ago.

Fort Hood gun store again linked to base rampage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:37

According to Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Ivan Lopez, the shooter, purchased his weapon recently at Guns Galore, seen Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Guns are wall-to-wall at the Guns Galore shop near Fort Hood, and so are posters: No Idiots Allowed. This Isn't a Place for Children to Play. Firearm Trafficking is Illegal.


Hasbro picks 5 'house rules' for new Monopoly set

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:05

This undated product image released by Hasbro shows a limited "house rules" edition of the popular Monopoly board game. (AP Photo/Hasbro)NEW YORK (AP) — No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.


SC woman faces sentence in breast feeding overdose

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:24
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:21
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is ...

Feds reach $5.15B settlement over mining cleanup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 18:21

FILE - In this May 7, 1953, file photo, Navajo miners work at the Kerr McGee uranium mine at Cove, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Kerr-McGee left abandoned uranium mine sites, including contaminated waste rock piles, in the Lukachukai mountains of Arizona and in the Ambrosia Lake area of New Mexico. The Lukachukai mountains are located immediately west of Cove, Ariz., and are a culturally significant part of the Navajo Nation. This site is among thousands that are part of the $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with approximate amount of funding for cleanup efforts and details about the sites, in information provided by the Justice Department. (AP Photo)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For decades, uranium ore was mined from the Lukachukai Mountains of northeastern Arizona, providing Navajos with much-needed employment but leaving behind a legacy of death and disease on the reservation.


Hail, rain pummel several Midwest, Southern states

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

A strong storm sent a tree through his home and garage, landing on a car on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Belleville, Ill. Portions of southern Illinois are being told to brace for a second round of potentially volatile storms after a possible tornado hit neighboring Missouri. The National Weather Service says the storm that swept across the St. Louis region Thursday morning caused no injuries or significant damage in the metropolitan area's Illinois suburbs. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stephanie S. Cordle) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful of water rescues.


Letterman's departure will reshape late-night

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:41

In this photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” smiles while seated at his desk in New York on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Letterman announced his retirement during Thursday’s taping. Although no specific date was announced he told the audience that he will leave his desk sometime in 2015. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYNEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon's fast start replacing Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old.


Better weather may have lifted job growth in March

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:32

FILE - In this Thursday March 13, 2014, file photo, job seekers line up to attend a marijuana industry job far in Downtown Denver. The government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring went into a deep freeze this winter as harsh weather slowed the economy. A warmer March has raised a key question for Friday's monthly jobs report: Did hiring rebound in March along with the temperatures?


Serial killer executed with Texas' new drug supply

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:32

This handout image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows convicted killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who is scheduled to die Thursday, April 3, 2014. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal appeals court threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted the upcoming execution. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug.


Health insurance isn't a year-round thing anymore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:27

 Healthy customers with money to spend will no longer be able to walk into a private insurance office or go online and buy standard coverage any time of year. With limited exceptions, insurers don’t plan to sell to individuals outside the open enrollment period in HealthCare.gov and the state insurance marketplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore.


'Cuban Twitter' heads to hearings in Congress

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:27

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., enters a classified security briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants, commented on the creation of a secret “Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, The Obama administration project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba's stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was "dumb, dumb, dumb." The congressional hearing could resolve key questions around the clandestine program, including whether the Obama administration adequately informed lawmakers about its plans.


Scant evidence of threats to execution drugmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:00

FILE - The gurney in the death chamber is shown in this May 27, 2008 file photo from Huntsville, Texas. Anti-death penalty advocates believe, Texas and other states are trumping up the possibility of violence to avoid having to disclose their name of suppliers, ensuring they can keep buying the drugs they need to put condemned inmates to death. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)DALLAS (AP) — Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.


Fort Hood victim's mom, 77, had just met daughter

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

This undated family photo provided by Glen Welton shows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens, left, of Effingham, Ill., with his cousin Glen Welton. Owens was one of three people killed by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez, also wounded 16 others before shooting himself, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Owens family)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.


Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:12

FILE - In this June 23, 2006 file photo, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House chef and owner Bubba Hiers, who is also Paula Deen's brother, grills oysters at the Savannah, Ga. restaurant. The wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed. The Savannah Morning News and WSAV television both reported Thursday April 3, 2014 that Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure on its Facebook page. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.


Legal victory for big-money campaign donors to be felt in states, courts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:07

U.S. President Obama speaks at a campaign fund raising event in PhiladelphiaBy Lawrence Hurley and Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the overall cap on federal election contributions is sending ripples across American politics, as states have begun backing away from their own restrictions on donations and lawyers are forecasting a new wave of challenges to campaign finance laws nationwide. The court's 5-4 ruling on Wednesday was unsettling for many Washington fundraisers, donors and lobbyists who were comfortable with federal rules that had limited total donations to candidates and party groups to $123,200 in the 2014 election cycle. Now, thanks to the court's decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, donors who are able to give millions of dollars to candidates and their parties will see their influence expanded - much as it was by a 2010 ruling that inspired the creation of independent "Super PACs" and other groups that could receive unlimited donations. Both rulings are part of a series of decisions by the conservative-led Supreme Court that have given big-money donors more influence in U.S. elections.