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Judge who first wrote separate is not equal lauded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 23:12

An historical marker describing a key school desegregation case from Clarendon County, S.C., is seen outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., on April 3, 2014. One of the three judges who heard the case, U.S. District Judge Waites Waring, was the first judge to write an opinion that separate schools are not equal schools since separate but equal became the law of the land in the late 1800s. A statue of Waring is being dedicated outside the courthouse on April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a little-known chapter of American history, a federal judge who was the son of a Confederate soldier and presided in the city where the Civil War began was the first judge in the nation to write that segregated schools are unequal schools since separate but equal became the law of the land.


Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:56

In this March 25, 2014 photo Jim Faulstich stands in a field of native Big Bluestem grass with two of his dogs, Moe and Buck, at Daybreak Ranch near Highmore, SD. When the farm economy went sour in the 1980s, Faulstich realized he wasn’t operating in tune with nature and needed to change his ways to survive. He credits federal and state conservation programs for helping to make his transformation feasible, plus initiatives by wildlife habitat groups. He said the incentives in the new farm bill should help other farmers put a greater emphasis on sustainability, too, rather than focusing only on crops that are the most profitable thanks to crop insurance and commodity programs. (AP Photo/Eric Landwehr)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law.


Glance: Execution drug secrecy in 5 states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:56
An Associated Press survey of the nation's 32 death penalty states found that the vast majority refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs. Some states with laws shielding information about execution drugs and policies and the challenges to those laws:

Obama: Republican budget would shrink opportunity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:45

President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead.


Va. ballpark proposal stirs slave-trade memories

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:39

Ana Edwards, the chief opponent of the Shockoe Bottom stadium proposal gestures as she stands in front of historical markers at the Slave Burial Ground in Richmond, Va., Monday, March 31, 2014. A proposal to build a minor league baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom, the city’s oldest neighborhood and the center of the once-thriving slave trade, has drawn criticism from some who believe the area is sacred ground and shouldn’t be bulldozed for a ballpark. The city says it will recover and display artifacts related to the slave trade. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to build a ballpark in the slave-trading center of the former capital of the Confederacy has stirred opposition from African-Americans and others who contend it is "sacred ground" and no place to play baseball.


Victim in famous photo marks year since marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:33

 He's learned to walk on new prosthetic legs, he's gotten engaged and he's an expectant father. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — The year since Jeff Bauman was pushed in a wheelchair from the Boston Marathon, his legs ravaged and his face ashen, has been marked by pain and difficulty but also by triumphs: He's learned to walk on new prosthetic legs, he's gotten engaged and he's an expectant father.


Pain, triumph mark Boston Marathon survivor's year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:01

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND USE APRIL 4-5 -- In this March 14, 2014 photo, Jeff Bauman looks out a window at his Carlisle, Mass., home. Bauman, who lost both his legs above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, played a key role in identifying the men suspected of placing the two devices. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — The year since Jeff Bauman was pushed in a wheelchair from the Boston Marathon, his legs ravaged and his face ashen, has been marked by pain and difficulty but also by triumphs: He's learned to walk on new prosthetic legs, he's gotten engaged and he's an expectant father.


Mudslide: Hundreds gather for prayer service

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 19:20

Kelly and Dane Brooks of Arlington hold their children Logan, 6, and Gwendolyn, 4, during a prayer service hosted by the Arlington Ministerial Association in honor of those affected by the Oso mudslide, at Haller Middle School on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/POOL, Genna Martin)ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee was among several hundred people who gathered Friday night for an interdenominational prayer service honoring the victims, families and rescuers affected by the deadly March 22 mudslide in Oso.


NYPD: Car flips into Queens creek, 4 dead, 1 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 18:28

Police investigate the scene of an accident on a dead-end street where a car containing five passengers plunged into Steinway Creek in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in New York. The New York Police Department says four of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died. The fifth, believed to have been the driver, was in stable condition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating what caused a car headed down a dead-end street in Queens to hit a curb and flip into a creek. Four of the five people in the vehicle died in the accident.


NYPD: 4 dead, 1 injured after car flips into creek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:38

Police investigate the scene of an accident on a dead-end street where a car containing five passengers plunged into Steinway Creek in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in New York. The New York Police Department says four of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died. The fifth, believed to have been the driver, was in stable condition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Four people died after the car they were riding in flipped into a creek and sank Friday night in Queens, authorities said.


Suit over deadly drone strikes is tossed by judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:35

FILE - In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. On Friday, April 4, 2014, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including U.S.-born al-Qaida leader al-Awlaki. Collyer said the case raises serious constitutional issues and is not easy to answer, but that "on these facts and under this circuit's precedent," the court will grant the Obama administration's request. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group, File) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.


Army may never learn motive of Fort Hood rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:21

This undated photo provided by Glidden Lopez shows Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Authorities said Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before killing himself. Investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Despite evidence that suggests Spc. Ivan Lopez had an argument before going on a shooting rampage, investigators said they may never determine what compelled the Fort Hood soldier to kill three soldiers and wound 16 others before taking his own life.


NYPD: 4 dead, 1 injured after car goes into creek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:40

Police investigate the scene of an accident on a dead-end street where a car containing five passengers plunged into Steinway Creek in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in New York. The New York Police Department says four of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died. The fifth apparently escaped serious injury and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Four people died after the car they were riding in flipped over into a creek in Queens and sank Friday night, authorities said.


AirAsia withdraws inflight magazine, says sorry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:54

Aircrafts of budget airlines JetStar and AirAsia sit on the tarmac at Singapore's Changi AirportSoutheast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia on Saturday withdrew its latest inflight magazine and apologized for an offending article boasting that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane. AirAsia ...


FDNY: 3 dead, 2 injured after car goes into creek

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:47
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Fire Department spokesman says three of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died, and one remains critically injured.

New Jersey Governor's aide testifies in bridge lane closures probe: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:38

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las VegasBy David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A key aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie testified on Friday in a far-reaching criminal investigation into the September 2013 lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, media reported. Michael Drewniak, a longtime spokesman for the embattled moderate Republican, a possible contender for the White House in 2016, spoke for about two hours before 23 members of a federal grand jury at a U.S. courthouse in Newark, ABC News reported. It did not report specifics on what Drewniak said, though he is not a target of the investigation. Christie was widely considered a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 after winning reelection in heavily Democratic New Jersey last year.


3 gay men in LA area die of meningitis infections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:34
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — In the heart of close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so.

Sick baby on sailboat in Pacific draws rescuers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:14
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rescuers stabilized the condition of a sick baby on a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the coast of Mexico and a U.S. Navy warship was steaming toward the vessel, officials said Friday night.

FDNY: Car submerged in creek, at least 5 injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue divers have pulled five people from a vehicle that became submerged in a New York City creek.

U.S. Navy testing more sophisticated pilotless helicopters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:05
The helicopter, filmed during testing by the Naval Research Laboratory, was piloted by a 100-pound (45-kg) sensor and software package that officials said can turn any rotary-winged aircraft into a virtually autonomous drone able to fly with minimal input from the Marine Corps troops it was designed to serve. Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of Naval Research, said the sensor and software pack is "truly leap-ahead technology" that will let a Marine with no flight experience issue landing instructions to a cargo helicopter via tablet computer after just a few minutes of training. Klunder, who will preview the technology for industry and military leaders at a conference in Washington on Tuesday, said the aim of the project was to give troops a simple tool for battlefield resupply, reducing the casualties inherent in using ground convoys to deliver food, water and weapons. An Army study of data from 2003 to 2007 showed that one person was killed or wounded for every 24 fuel resupply convoys in Afghanistan and one was killed or wounded for every 29 water resupply convoys.