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'Throwback Tuesday': For some, spelling bee runs in families

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 04:20

File-This May 30, 2012, file photo shows Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiling as she answers her question during the third round of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. Participants and bee officials say the competition is fairer now that kids are tested on what words mean. But it’s also taken some of the drama away from the semifinal rounds. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar says she misses the simplicity of the old format, which she called “spelling till you drop.” Now, there are two semifinal rounds, and test scores determine who makes it to the finals. Vanya was eliminated at that stage last year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — At the annual National Spelling Bee barbecue, 15-year-old Anna Turner was one of many former spellers sporting the official T-shirt from the year she competed. But it wasn't entirely by choice.

Capitol building reopened after alarm sounded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:57

Darkness sets in over the U.S. Capitol building hours before U.S. President Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe U.S. Capitol building was reopened after an evacuation earlier on Tuesday when an audible alarm was sounded, U.S. Capitol Police said. No other details were immediately available on the cause for the alarm, although law enforcement and fire department officials were checking on the possibility of a fire, officials said.

Prosecutor: Fiancee pushed paddle away from doomed kayaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:55

FILE - In a Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Angelika Graswald, right, stands in court with Michael Archer a forensic scientist, as her attorneys ask for bail and to unseal the indictment against her during a hearing, in Goshen, N.Y. Prosecutors said Tuesday, May 26, 2015, that the body of missing kayaker Vincent Viafore was found Saturday, May 23, 2015, three weeks after his fiancee, Graswald, was charged with killing him by tampering with his boat on an outing to a scenic island in the Hudson River, N.Y. (Allyse Pulliam/Times Herald-Record via AP, Pool, File)GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman charged with killing her fiance pushed a floating paddle away from him as he struggled in the cold, choppy Hudson River after his kayak capsized, then waited 20 minutes to call for help, prosecutors said Tuesday.

West Virginia's 20-week abortion ban takes effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:49
(Reuters) - A law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy took effect in West Virginia on Tuesday, making the state one of 12 to prohibit abortions after that period. The law cites fetal pain as a reason to prohibit abortion at that point in the pregnancy. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, vetoed the bill in March, citing constitutional concerns, but the state's Republican-controlled legislature overrode his veto.

Obama, South Korean president to meet at White House in June

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) at the White House next month.

Two dead, one wounded in shooting at North Dakota Walmart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:48

Two dead, one wounded in shooting at North Dakota Walmart(Reuters) - A U.S. airman apparently shot two Walmart employees early Tuesday at a store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, killing one of them, before fatally shooting himself, police said. It was not clear what, if any, connection the airman, who police identified as Marcell Willis, 21, had to the workers or the store. Willis was on active duty at the nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base, police said.

Over 100,000 still without power in U.S. Gulf Coast after storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:46
(Reuters) - Over 100,000 homes and businesses were still without power Tuesday afternoon after severe storms battered the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday and Tuesday, according to local utilities. That is down from about 170,000 customers without service on Tuesday morning. The storms moved from west to east, hitting Texas first before moving on to Louisiana and Mississippi. Power companies in Texas have restored power to many affected customers, but said they would not be able to restore service in flooded areas until after assessing the damage once the water recedes. ...

UN delays Yemen peace talks scheduled to start Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A conference aimed at restoring peace to conflict-torn Yemen has been postponed following a request from Yemen's government and other parties for more time to prepare, the U.N. announced Tuesday.

Man shot, killed near Southwest Philadelphia recreation center ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:32

Man shot, killed near Southwest Philadelphia recreation center ID'dThe 19-year-old man was shot and killed near a recreation center in Southwest Philadelphia has been identified.

Delaware man, 50, charged with raping 13-year-old girl

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

Delaware man, 50, charged with raping 13-year-old girlDover Police have charged a 50-year-old man with raping a 13-year-old girl.

Wisconsin judge holds juvenile court hearing in Slenderman case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:25
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge heard arguments on Tuesday about whether to try one of the girls accused of stabbing a classmate in order to please the fictional character Slenderman in juvenile court. The two girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. Weier's attorneys asked Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren to move the case against her to juvenile court.

Fire extinguished at Apple site in Arizona - local ABC station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:09

A view of the Apple logo on the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters fought a blaze that erupted at an Apple Inc facility in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday, local station ABC15 reported. The fire appeared to be out, but fire personnel remained on the scene, the station reported on Twitter. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Chris Reese)

Tribal representatives withdraw from Maine Legislature

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:09
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Saying they can no longer participate in a system that perpetuates a "paternalistic attitude," two American Indian tribes abandoned their seats in the Maine Legislature on Tuesday amid clashes with Gov. Paul LePage.

Amtrak to install cameras to monitor train engineers after crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:55

Emergency workers inspect the engine of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(Reuters) - Amtrak plans to install video cameras to monitor the engineers of locomotives on its heavily traveled routes in the northeastern United States following a deadly derailment, the nation's largest passenger rail service said on Tuesday. The move to add cockpit cameras in trains on the Northeast Corridor line by the year's end follows a derailment outside Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured about 200. "Inward-facing video cameras will help improve safety and serve as a valuable investigative tool," Amtrak Chief Executive Joe Boardman said in a statement.

Bones found in California belong to Swedish girl missing 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:55
(Reuters) - Bones found in the Northern California foothills have been identified as belonging to a Swedish exchange student who went missing more than 33 years ago, prompting police investigators to reopen the case, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The remains, consisting of only seven bones, were discovered in Fremont, California, in 2010 and in November were matched to 21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson, the Marin Independent Journal reported on its website. Martinsson, of Uddevalla, Sweden, had been staying as an exchange student with a family in Greenbrae, across the San Francisco Bay from Fremont, when she was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1982.

New Mexico prosecutors to seek charges against ex-officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:48
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prosecutors announced Tuesday they will ask a grand jury to indict two former Las Cruces police officers recently fired following an investigation into an alleged incident of police brutality.

Twelve missing, about 30 unaccounted from Blanco River flood in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:41
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Twelve people are confirmed missing and about another 30 are unaccounted for due to flooding that hit along the Blanco River in central Texas, county officials said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Amtrak to install cameras in locomotives following deadly Philadelphia crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:40

Amtrak to install cameras in locomotives following deadly Philadelphia crashAmtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, following a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the engineer's actions just before the crash.

Louisiana bill to ban abortions based on gender is stalled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:36
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning gender-based "sex-selection" abortions.

Kansas man missing for 23 years found submerged in car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:33
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - The body of a man missing since 1992 has been recovered from the driver's seat of a car submerged in a Kansas lake, authorities said on Tuesday. Fremont O'Berg, who was 57 when he disappeared, was found alone in his 1981 Chevrolet Citation automobile in about 20 feet of water in Hillsdale Lake, said Wayne Minckley, undersheriff of Miami County. O'Berg lived in rural Paola, Kansas, near the lake, he said.