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APNewsBreak: Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:35
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration said Tuesday.

Probe into fatal construction accident could take months

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:34

A section of scaffolding protrudes from a shattered window at the scene of a construction accident that killed three people and sent another to a hospital, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. A scaffolding holding at least three workers fell and crashed into the Charter Square project, an 11-story building being built on the south end of Fayetteville Street. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Harry Lynch)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's workplace safety agency said Tuesday that it may be months before it finishes an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers.

VIDEO: What we know about Germanwings plane

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:33
Richard Westcott looks at what could have caused the Airbus A320 to lose altitude so suddenly.
Categories: BBC World News

Feds reopen comment period for mountain caribou protections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:33
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened for comment a proposed plan to change the protected status of a herd of caribou in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington from endangered to threatened.

Walker dismisses report of big Menard donation, tax breaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:29
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.

Germanwings Crash in French Alps Kills 150; Cockpit Voice Recorder Is Found

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:23
The jet, en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany, went down in the southern Alps. The authorities and executives of the airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, had no immediate explanation for the crash.

Victim advocates worry about discredited UVa rape account

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:23

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo speaks during a news conference Monday, March 23, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Melody Robbins)BALTIMORE (AP) — With the account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia debunked by police, advocates for sexual assault survivors are worried a movement that gained tremendous momentum in the past year could suffer a setback.

Ex-WSU standout James Hasty hired as Franklin High football coach

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:18
He joins Ballard’s Joey Thomas and Garfield’s Derek Sparks as Metro city school coaches who have played professionally.

Open Source: Afghan Protesters Demand Justice for Woman Killed by Mob

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:16
Protesters rallied outside Afghanistan’s high court in support of a woman beaten to death after being falsely accused of burning pages from the Quran.

Smugglers busted with three tons of marijuana off California coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:14
(Reuters) - Three Mexican nationals have been arrested in the United States on accusations of piloting a boat loaded with nearly three tons of marijuana worth $3 million off the California coast, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The three men were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges early on Sunday after a bystander spotted their panga boat and called police to San Miguel Island, part of an archipelago off the Santa Barbara coast, the Coast Guard said in a statement. A helicopter dispatched by the U.S. ...

Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty to attempted sex assault in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:10

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesFormer NFL star Darren Sharper admitted on Tuesday to attempted sexual assault of two women in Las Vegas as part of a three-part plea bargain that prosecutors in Nevada, Arizona and California said would keep him in prison for at least nine years. Sharper, 39, entered no contest or guilty pleas to separate sex-crimes cases in Los Angeles and suburban Phoenix on Monday, and has a fourth deal pending with prosecutors in New Orleans, the city whose NFL team he helped lead to a Super Bowl victory in 2010. In all four states, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety was charged with raping his victims, women he met at various nightclubs, after taking them back to his hotel or apartment and spiking their drinks with a narcotic.

Man charged in lesbian custody case slams cell bill evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:08
BUFFALO, N.Y (AP) — A businessman's cellphone bills showing where he was when he placed calls emerged Tuesday as central to charges he aided a woman who renounced being a lesbian and fled with her daughter during a custody dispute.

Train-truck crashes, by the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:02
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frequency of "incidents" involving trucks in railroad crossings nationwide each week: 10

Seattle consumer prices up 1.1 percent annually

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:01
Food and housing costs were up, while gas prices fell sharply.

FBI: Man admits fatal shooting at Emerald Queen Casino

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:01
The man accused of killing a motorist outside the Tacoma casino admitted shooting the man, but said it was self-defense, an FBI agent says.

Police search for California woman said kidnapped for ransom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:59
Local authorities and FBI agents were searching on Tuesday for a 30-year-old woman whose boyfriend said she had been kidnapped from his Northern California home by suspects who had demanded a ransom. According to her boyfriend, Denise Huskins was "forcibly taken" from the home in the East Bay city of Vallejo early on Monday morning, Lieutenant Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department told a news conference. Huskins' boyfriend, whose name has not been released by authorities, called police on Monday afternoon to report the crime and told investigators that there had been a demand for ransom. "As of this moment Ms. Huskins' whereabouts are unknown and we are treating this matter as a kidnapping for ransom," Park said.

APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:59
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.

Report says beetles don't make forests more likely to burn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:53

FILE - This July 5, 2005 file photo, shows pine trees in the White River National Forest near Frisco, Colo. Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears of far-reaching wildfires, but a 2015 University of Colorado study has found no evidence the bugs are making fires spread farther. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Mountain pine beetles have left vast tracts of dead, dry trees in the West, raising fears that they're more vulnerable to wildfire outbreaks, but a new study found no evidence that bug-infested forests are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

Four people found fatally shot in Indianapolis house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:52
(Reuters) - Four people were found fatally shot on Tuesday morning at a ransacked home in Indianapolis, police said. The owner of the home on the city's north side found three women and a man dead and called authorities, Indianapolis police spokesman Rafael Diaz said.

Schwarzenegger pushes Congress to save after-school funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 05:48

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seen in Washington. Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to preserve federal funding for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants.