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Sidelined helicopter disrupts service to Alaska village

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:51
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only flight service to a remote Alaska island village has been cut off for three weeks because a designated helicopter was sidelined by maintenance work, but the service provider said Friday the aircraft is expected to be returned to service Saturday.

Obama denounces 'outrageous murders' of three U.S. Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:50

President Barack Obama speaks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The president said cyberspace is the new "wild West" _ with daily attempted hacks and people looking to the government to be the sheriff. He's asking the private sector to do more to help. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday described the deaths of three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina this week as "brutal and outrageous murders" and said no one in the United States should be targeted for their religion. The president's statement came as the U.S. Justice Department said it would join the FBI's preliminary inquiry to determine whether the man accused in the Chapel Hill shooting on Tuesday broke any federal laws, including hate crime laws. The families had called on Obama to insist that federal authorities investigate whether the murder suspect, 46-year-old paralegal student Craig Stephen Hicks, was motivated by hatred toward the victims because they were Muslim. Newlywed Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were killed in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus.


Vermont woman who helped husband kill prep teacher gets life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:49
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A woman convicted along with her husband of killing a prep school teacher in 2012 after they decided "to get a girl" was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Tips, tricks and gadgets for staying warm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:44

Tips, tricks and gadgets for staying warmFrom plain old long-johns to high-tech toys, there are plenty of ways to stay warm on this bitterly cold weekend.


Ex-U.S. soldier 'Rambo' pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:33
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former U.S. soldier accused of recruiting an international team of military-trained snipers to carry out contract killings for a drug cartel pleaded guilty in New York federal court on Friday. Joseph Manuel Hunter, 49, who prosecutors said was known as "Rambo," faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May for conspiring to murder a law enforcement officer and two other charges. Hunter, thinking of his family, decided to avoid a trial scheduled for March 9 despite believing the government unlawfully entrapped him, his defense lawyer Marlon Kirton said after Friday's hearing. Hunter, who served as a sniper instructor in the U.S. Army, is the fourth defendant to plead guilty after former U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy Vamvakias, former German sniper Dennis Gogel and former Polish sniper Slawomir Soborski.

Phillies gear ships out for Spring Training

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:31

Phillies gear ships out for Spring TrainingOn a brutally cold day in South Philadelphia, a truck pulled up Citizens Bank Park, destined for warmer temperatures.


Gay couple sues to force Indiana to name both on son's birth record

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:30
A married same-sex couple on Friday asked a federal court to force Indiana state and county officials to name both of the women as parents on their newborn son's birth certificate. Ashlee and Ruby Henderson were married in November in Indiana and Ruby Henderson gave birth in December to a son through artificial insemination, but state and local officials have refused to list both as parents on his birth certificate. Tippecanoe Department of Health officials told the Lafayette couple it would take a court order to list Ashlee Henderson as a parent on the birth certificate, the couple said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in southern Indiana.

Man accused of shooting 3 people dead at barbershop arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:26

This undated photo released by the Warrensville Heights Police Department shows Douglas Shine Jr. Police officers and government agents surrounded a house in Cleveland early Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 and arrested Shine, a man they suspect killed three people and injured three others in a suburban barbershop shooting last week, officials said. (AP Photo/Warrensville Heights Police Department)WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A team of police officers and government agents surrounded a house early Friday and arrested a man they suspect killed three people and injured three others in a barbershop shooting last week, officials said.


Majority of Alabama counties issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:20

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamOfficials in 24 Alabama counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, gay rights advocates said, a day after a U.S. judge ordered one local official to issue licenses to gay couples in accordance with an earlier ruling. The shift means that a majority of Alabama counties are now granting licenses to same-sex couples. It also indicates that defiance to a federal ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban is weakening, as fewer local judges follow a contravening order from the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court. "These numbers represent a seismic shift in favor of equality and justice," said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, in a statement.


2 injured in serious crash on Route 55 in Elk Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:19

2 injured in serious crash on Route 55 in Elk TownshipOne person is hospitalized after a serious crash that slowed traffic on Route 55 in Gloucester County.


In state with tobacco ties, Kentucky House OKs smoking ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:18

FILE This Nov. 18, 2014 file photo shows a row of burley tobacco at the tobacco warehouse in Danville, Ky. The Kentucky House has endorsed a statewide smoking ban in public buildings and most workplaces in a landmark vote in a state with historic ties to tobacco. Lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 debated individuals' right to light up versus public health concerns in a state with some of the nation's highest smoking, cancer and heart disease rates. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where tobacco interests once had a firm grip on the levers of politics, the Kentucky House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on smoking in workplaces and indoor public places.


Cornell sophomore indicted in shotgun slaying of CEO father

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:18
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Cornell University sophomore has been indicted in the shotgun slaying of his CEO father in western New York.

Suspect in shooting of 3 students had 13 guns, stash of ammo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had an arsenal of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large stash of ammunition.

Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:14

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Anthem logo at the company's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Anthem Inc., said Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, that it is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem Inc. is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people.


Ohio man arrested in shooting deaths of three at barbershop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:12
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man was arrested on Friday for shooting and killing three other men at a suburban Cleveland barbershop last week, officials said. Douglas Shine, Jr., was arrested in Cleveland at about 2:30 a.m. by federal and local authorities, Warrensville Heights Police Chief Wesley Haynes told reporters. Shine, 20, is accused of entering the Chalk Linez Barber Shop in Warrensville Heights, a suburb about 16 miles east of Cleveland, and opening fire, killing three and injuring three others last Thursday.

Missouri man charged with arson during Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:10
A Missouri man has been charged with attempting to burn a grocery store after a grand jury in November decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, prosecutors said on Friday. Antonio Whiteside, 26, of St. Louis County, is charged with one count of attempting to destroy the Ferguson Supermarket by means of fire or explosives on Nov. 24, the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement. Whiteside was indicted on Wednesday and taken into custody late on Thursday, the statement said.

Hospital releases Marines exposed to fire retardant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:08

amphibious assault vehiclesTWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A military hospital on Friday released the last five of 22 Marines accidentally exposed to a fire retardant gas during a training exercise at a Southern California base, a Marine Corps spokesman said.


Ginsburg explains nap during Obama speech: 'I wasn't 100 percent sober'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:08
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there was a good reason she nodded off while attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last month: "I wasn't 100 percent sober." Ginsburg, 81, could be seen falling asleep in her seat during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives chamber on Jan. 20. She explained herself during an event with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday night on the campus of George Washington University. The moderator asked the high court's senior liberal justice about slumbering during one of the big annual events on Washington's political calendar.

AccuWeather: Dangerous snow squalls Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:56

 Dangerous snow squalls SaturdayBlinding snow squalls are possible on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.


AccuWeather: Dangerous Wind Chills, Bitter Cold

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:54

 Dangerous snow squalls SaturdayWinds will ease overnight under partly cloudy skies, but it's still cold.