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Winter storm to bring snow, ice, cold to East

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:59

A woman and child walk through a snow storm in New YorkA winter storm stretching from Texas to southern New England and forecast on Wednesday to dump up to a foot (30 cm) of snow on the eastern United States forced schools and local governments to close and grounded almost 1,800 flights. Snow, sleet and freezing rain lashed Arkansas late on Wednesday as the storm crossed the state with thunder and lightning. School districts and colleges canceled classes statewide, and CST Entergy, Arkansas' biggest power supplier, reported scattered outages. "Moderate to significant sleet and freezing rain could be possible across the southern states," the NWS said.


Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:54

This mud slide occurred in the East End of Williamson. The retaining wall located above Ethel Street gave way due to the heavy rainfall and saturated ground Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015. Flood warnings have been issued as heavy rains move through West Virginia before giving way to significant snowfall. Schools in at least 15 counties sent students home early due to high water and other storm-related issues Wednesday. (AP Photo/Williamson Daily News, Kyle Lovern)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter.


Second Los Angeles hospital reports 'superbug' infections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:53

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows the tip of an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscope, attached to a long tube, not shown. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that four patients have been infected with a superbug linked to a contaminated medical scope. It’s the second Los Angeles hospital to report infections from a superbug known as CRE. (AP Photo/U.S. Food and Drug Administration, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday.


Police: Maryland shootings random; evoked DC sniper memories

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:49

This undated image provided by the Anne Arundel County Police Department shows the booking photo of Hong Young. Young, accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Young was charged with attempted murder and assault in the first shooting Feb. 24 near a mall. Police said the other shootings were linked by ballistic evidence or surveillance video. (AP Photo/Anne Arundel County Police Department)MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday.


NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:42
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

Elizabeth McCracken wins U.S. Story Prize for short fiction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:39
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Elizabeth McCracken won the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for "Thunderstruck and Other Stories," her collection of tales about life-altering experiences and loss. McCracken, a National Book Award finalist for her novel "The Giant's House," will receive a $20,000 prize for her critically acclaimed book of nine stories. The 48-year-old former public librarian, who is a faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, was awarded the prize at an evening ceremony at The New School, a university in New York's Greenwich Village. "Thunderstruck and Other Stories" is McCracken's second short story collection.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:27

FILE - This combination of undated file photos shows, from left, Krystle Campbell, 29, Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, and Martin Richard, 8, all who were killed in the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, in Boston. More than 260 others were injured in the blasts. The federal death penalty trial began Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston, for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for allegedly conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race. (AP Photo/File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Truck crew says carsickness led to $4.8M heist of gold bars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:26

This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion-dollar heist.


Judge: More time needed to seek higher Revel bids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:14

 More time needed to seek higher Revel bidsA bankruptcy court judge says more time is needed to seek higher bids for Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel.


US ambassador to South Korea slashed in attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:04

US ambassador to South Korea slashed in attackU.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.


House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:04

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, an Amtrak logo is seen on a train at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The House has passed a bill that could boost Amtrak service in the popular Northeast Corridor while giving states more authority over the routes they help subsidize. The bill was approved Wednesday by a vote of 316 to 101. It authorizes $7.2 billion over the next four years, keeping Amtrak subsidies nearly the same as current spending levels. Amtrak supporters had urged an increase in funds to address a backlog of infrastructure projects. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.


Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:01

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.


Teacher jailed for showing high school class violent movie

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days in jail.

Snow emergency for Philadelphia to go into effect Thursday AM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:41

Snow emergency for Philadelphia to go into effect Thursday AMMayor Nutter announced that a snow emergency will be declared for Philadelphia starting at 6:00 a.m. Thursday.


Single mom pays $1,000 a month to live in converted garage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:38

Single mom pays $1,000 a month to live in converted garageA young mother is raising her 18-month-old child in a converted single-car garage -- a snapshot of the extremes the sky-high rental rates in parts of the United States is forcing some people to go to just to have a place to live.


Bankrupt Caesars unit gets court's OK to use cash, for now

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:34
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday that a bankrupt division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. can tap some of the $847 million in cash it has on hand for at least five weeks.

Fire at Oregon mobile home kills 3

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:30
BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning house fire killed three people near Brookings, Oregon.

Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:29

FILE - In this March 21, 1965 file photo, civil rights marchers cross the Alabama river on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. to the State Capitol of Montgomery. The Edmund Pettus Bridge gained instant immortality as a civil rights landmark when white police beat demonstrators marching for black voting rights 50 years ago this week in Selma, Alabama. What’s less known is that the bridge is named for a reputed leader of the early Ku Klux Klan. Now, a student group wants to rename the bridge that will be the backdrop when President Barack Obama visits Selma on March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/File)SELMA, Ala. (AP) — When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.


State pulls teens from rural Nevada juvenile camp after riot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:22
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada has removed all youths in its custody from a rural juvenile rehabilitation center where a riot erupted over the weekend — the fourth uprising there in four months, a state official said Wednesday.

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19

Members of the King v. Burwell plaintiffs' legal team, including Kazman, Pruitt, Pamela and Douglas Hurst, and Carvin, exit the Supreme Court building after arguments in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president's signature domestic policy achievement. Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration.