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Late-winter storm continues to batter South, Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 20:20

Lowell Zeta and his dog Frasier walkwith his roommate Allison De Tal, left, in the falling snow past the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The U.S. federal government said its offices in the Washington area will be closed Thursday because of a new round of winter weather expected in the region. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Clocks are springing forward this weekend, but Friday will still feel like winter for much of the country.

Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:35

In this photo taken Thursday, March 5, 2015, are bare patches of grass and mud on sled dog trails in Anchorage, Alaska. Warm weather and barren trails south of the Alaska Range prompted race officials to move the official start of the race from the greater Anchorage area to Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice.

Briton arrested over hack into U.S. Department of Defense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:31
British detectives have arrested a man suspected of being part of a group which hacked into the U.S. Department of Defense last year, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Friday. The data formed part of the Department of Defense's international satellite message dissemination system. Live Free Die Hard! DoD, DISA EMSS : Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services is not all, Department of Defense has no Defenses." In a statement, Jeffrey Thorpe, the Special Agent in Charge at the Department of Defence Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) said the arrest showed its commitment to stopping cyber criminals.

UK authorities arrest suspect in US DoD cyber attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:14
LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Crime Agency says a suspected hacker has been arrested in connection with a cyber attack on the U.S. Department of Defense.

Woman stabbed in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 19:08

Woman stabbed in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the stabbing of a woman in West Philadelphia Thursday evening.

Firefighters battle church fire in Tacony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 18:02

Firefighters battle church fire in TaconyFire crews battled a church blaze in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Friday morning.

Ringling Bros. says circuses to be elephant-free in 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:57

In this Jan. 3, 2015 photo provided by Feld Entertainment Inc., elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (AP Photo/Feld Entertainment Inc., Gary Bogdon)POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Animal rights activists were stunned when the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it would eliminate elephants from its circus performances by 2018.

Federal offices in DC area opening on delayed schedule

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be open Friday amid the region's latest winter storm, but they are on a two-hour delayed arrival and employees can telework or take unscheduled leave.

3 tell of gruesome injuries, death at Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:03

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing described feeling as if she were in a horror movie: wounded people all around her, including someone covered with soot, dazed and "walking around like a zombie."

Wisconsin Assembly slogs through debate on right-to-work bill; unions cry foul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 16:39

A crowd of about 200 people and union members gather in frigid temperatures in downtown MilwaukeeBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Weary Wisconsin lawmakers debated into the early hours of Friday a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would stop private-sector workers from having to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. Opponents call the draft law a thinly disguised assault on organized labor that will drive down wages, and security staff had to clear the Assembly gallery on Thursday after protesters temporarily halted the debate with chants. Wisconsin would be the 25th state to enact such a law and Walker's history of pushing back against union rights has bolstered his credentials as an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. "This is about freedom ... it's time for right-to-work in Wisconsin," said Republican Representative Dean Knudson.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 16:28
"I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed — what we would call — a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot." — Christian Fry of the Santa Monica Airport Association on actor Harrison Ford's crash-landing on a Los Angeles-area golf course.

School kids on bus escape serious injury in Wash. crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 16:11

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the scene of an accident in which a motorist was killed and five students and others were injured in a crash involving a school bus, box truck and car near Orondo in Central Washington state Thursday, March 5, 2015. Two people in the truck were seriously hurt, according to the Washington State Patrol. Most injuries to the students and driver of the Orondo School District bus were minor, but one student may have a serious injury, Trooper Darren Wright said. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)ORONDO, Wash. (AP) — A motorist died but dozens of children escaped serious injury when a truck driver apparently fell asleep and crossed the center line of a rural Washington highway, colliding with a car and a school bus, the Washington State Patrol said.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:59

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2015 file image provided by NASA shows the dwarf planet Ceres, taken by the space agency's Dawn spacecraft from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). On Friday, March 6, 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrives at the mysterious dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter after a nearly eight-year journey. Dawn, which previously visited Vesta, also in the asteroid belt, has already beamed back images of Ceres as it closes in. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday.

Police: Federal judge shot during robbery attempt in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:47

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan Terrence Berg addresses the media in Detroit. Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt tells The Detroit News that Judge Terrence G. Berg was shot in the leg Thursday, March 5, 2015, near his house on the city's west side. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a federal judge has been shot outside his home in an apparent attempted robbery.

More want local beef, but fewer want tough job of cutting it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:15

Amend Packing Company worker Chris Jorgensen, left, cuts stew meat, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Demand for local beef is surging but people who slaughter cattle and slice the beef into steaks say few people want to go into the business. Nationally, there were 1,200 federally inspected livestock slaughterhouses in the U.S. in 1990. By 2010 the number had dropped to 800. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.

With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:14

Governor Walker speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action ConferenceBy Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..."     Then he added with a grin: "My lawyers love it when I say that."     Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided mentioning any plans for the 2016 presidential election.     The pantomime is crucial – it allows candidates to work closely with their funding organizations to rake in big money donations without breaking campaign finance laws. Once they launch their campaign or even say they are “testing the waters", they face far tighter restrictions on their fundraising.

U.S. government settles with Ohio newspaper over detention of journalists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:36
(Reuters) - The U.S. government agreed to pay an Ohio newspaper $18,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the organization after a reporter and a photographer were detained after taking photos of a tank manufacturing plant. Toledo Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser were detained and had their equipment confiscated on last March by armed military police after Fraser took pictures from the road of the Lima Army Tank Plant, the complaint said. The government admitted no liability or fault in the incident, according to the settlement document. "The harassment and detention of The Blade's reporter and photographer, the confiscation of their equipment, and the brazen destruction of lawful photographs cannot be justified by a claim of military authority or by the supposed imperatives of the national security state," said Toledo Blade attorney Fritz Byers, according to the paper.

Harrison Ford crash lands vintage plane on golf course

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:27

A small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed maneuver.

Entrances to UC Santa Cruz cleared; student protest ends

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:25
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — University of California, Santa Cruz officials say student protesters against tuition increases have cleared both entrances to campus.

Head of UN Women: No country has reached gender equality

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:15
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company — and she will have to wait until she's 50-years-old to have an equal chance to lead a country.