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Crews battle 2-alarm fire in Tredyffrin Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:09

Crews battle 2-alarm fire in Tredyffrin TownshipFirefighters in Chester County battled a 2-alarm blaze that spread to three homes.

What happens if U.S. Homeland Security funding lapses?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:01
(Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The following is a rundown of what would likely happen if spending authority at the U.S. domestic security agency is allowed to expire, based on the agency's own contingency plans and congressional researchers: FLIGHTS Most DHS employees would stay on the job, especially those involved in securing and protecting airports, borders and other ports of entry into the United States. Transportation Security Administration passenger screenings and the Federal Air Marshal Service would continue uninterrupted as would Coast Guard operations and disaster relief.

Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00

A cyclist rides by a sign at a gas station in Los Angeles posting the latest gas prices on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Gas prices in California soared overnight as a result of a combination of supply-and-demand factors worsened by the shutdown of two refineries that produce a combined 16 percent of the state’s gasoline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:53
A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said. Authorities said the motive was unclear and declined to comment on whether the murders had been triggered by the death of Aldridge's mother, who was found at her home. Authorities said she may have died from natural causes.

House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:52

Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight. With just hours left before spending authority expires for the Department of Homeland Security, a three-week spending bill was rejected in the House by a 224-203 vote that left lawmakers few options ahead of the deadline. The vote sent lawmakers scrambling to determine their next steps in a political battle that was originally triggered by Republican efforts to block funding for Democratic President Barack Obama's executive orders last November on immigration by attaching provisions to the department's spending bill. Boehner, who has struggled to control conservatives in his party who considered any compromise on immigration a surrender to Obama, left the House chamber and refused to comment before the final vote was announced.

Adoption by same-sex parent recognized by Alabama appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:50

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoAn Alabama appeals court ruled on Friday that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of three children by the estranged wife of their birth mother, lawyers for the plaintiff said. The decision comes as a handful of Alabama judges have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal ruling, and as another same-sex couple in Mobile has sued seeking similar adoption rights. Alabama this month became the 37th state where gay marriage is legal after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay a federal ruling that struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. Despite that, Roy Moore, the conservative chief justice of the state's Supreme Court, has directed judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Seattle sending elephants to Oklahoma City Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:40

FILE -- In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, Chai, a 35-year-old Asian elephant, holds a pose as she waits for a zookeeper to place hay in a box in her enclosure at the Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle. The zoo announced Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd. Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are relocating to Oklahoma City.

Phillies' Jake Diekman continues to 'gut it out'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:36

Phillies' Jake Diekman continues to 'gut it out'If making it to the Major Leagues and having a successful career is not hard enough, Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jake Diekman is doing it with a chronic disease that he's been suffering from since he was a kid.

Sentence reduced for 2 Supreme Court demonstrators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two protesters who pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Supreme Court have had their sentences reduced from five days in jail to one.

Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, jurors found Friday after a trial that spotlighted one of the world's biggest private homes.

Md. Senate president apologizes for Hitler comment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:29
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has apologized for citing Adolf Hitler while disputing a statement by the state's governor about the number of tax increases in recent years.

Betsy Ross Bridge ramp reopens in Pennsauken after tanker fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:26

Betsy Ross Bridge ramp reopens in Pennsauken after tanker fireThe Delaware River Port Authority has reopened one lane on the Betsy Ross Bridge ramp from Route 90 east to Route 130, which had been shut down for several days following a tanker truck explosion.

Iceboaters take to the frozen Barnegat Bay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:24

Iceboaters take to the frozen Barnegat BaySubzero temperatures have frozen the Barnegat Bay solid in parts and now instead of seeing sailboats cut through the water, you see iceboats skimming along the top at breakneck speeds.

Biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee springs into action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:24

HOLD FOR STORY - FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee and president of the "Bruce Lee Foundation," poses for photographers during a press conference launching instant drinks in her father's name in Hong Kong. The legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee is getting the official biopic treatment, daughter Shannon Lee, announced Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Bruce Lee Entertainment will produce the project in collaboration with Lawrence Grey (“Hope Springs”) and Janet Yang (“The Joy Luck Club”). (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee is getting the official biopic treatment, daughter Shannon Lee announced Friday.

Denver policeman accused repeatedly of excessive force taken off streets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:22
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Denver police officer who has cost the city more than $1 million to settle excessive force cases for which he was never disciplined has been pulled from street patrol, a department spokesman said on Friday. Shawn Miller has been placed on "non-line assignment" duty pending a review of his conduct and a plan to improve his performance, Denver Police Commander Matthew Murray told Reuters. According to internal affairs files released this week, 40 complaints have been lodged against Miller during his nine years on the force, nearly half from citizens who accused him of excessive force, using profane language and threatening to arrest people for no reason. The details emerge at a testing time for the Denver Police Department, which has been embroiled in controversy since the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl by two officers last month that led to protests.

Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me for buttocks injections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:18

 Amber Rose hired me for buttocks injectionsA Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, claiming that one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work.

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:14

FILE - In this April 26, 2009 file photo, actor Leonard Nimoy poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him.

Court: Colorado crime suspects can search victims' homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:14
DENVER (AP) — An appeals court added Colorado to the list of states that can allow criminal suspects to search victims' homes to bolster their defense — a move that raised concerns among prosecutors and victims' advocates.

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:13

Monarch butterflies cling to a plant at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific GroveAn environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the key ingredient in a widely used herbicide. Federal law requires EPA to ensure that pesticides it approves will not cause "unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including wildlife," the lawsuit states. "However, the agency has never considered glyphosate’s impacts on monarchs." The NRDC and other environmental organizations have asked the EPA to review what they say is a large body of scientific evidence demonstrating glyphosate's "devastating" effects on monarchs, but the EPA has not acted, the suit claims.

South Carolina college scrutinized for 'biblical' stance on homosexuality

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:13
A small, Christian college in South Carolina said on Friday it had not banned gay students or homosexuality from its campus under its controversial new "Statement on Human Sexuality," which calls the practice sinful. Erskine College has received scrutiny for its board of trustees' decision last week, characterized by some media outlets as a ban on homosexuality. The college, affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, held that sexual intimacy is only appropriate between a man and woman who are married. "We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful," said the statement adopted by the college in Due West, South Carolina.