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Vendor cart catches fire near White House

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:55

Police and fire vehicles are seen along 15th street NW near the White House, near a vendor cart that caught on fire Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Washington. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says a vendor cart caught fire around 10 a.m. at 15th and G streets. He says firefighters responded and contained the blaze. The fire delayed the departure of President Barack Obama and the first family who are traveling to Selma, Ala., to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says authorities have responded to a fire and are searching a vehicle near the White House.

Vermont farms monitor storage conditions by cellphone

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:48

In this March 5, 2015 photo, sales manager Tim Fishburn demonstrates a climate monitoring system at the warehouse of Pete's Greens in Craftsbury, Vt. Pete's Greens and other small-scale vegetable producers that can’t afford high-tech refrigeration are using remote-temperature monitoring systems that protect their produce by providing climate updates by cellphone. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn't stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what's meant for market.

10-year-old boy dies after jumping from school window

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:31
DUMONT, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say 10-year-old boy has died from injuries he suffered when he jumped from a second-story window at his northern New Jersey school.

Robber steals cash from West Philadelphia steak shop

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:27

Robber steals cash from West Philadelphia steak shopPolice are searching for an armed suspect who robbed a West Philadelphia steak shop early Saturday morning.

Madison Police Officer Fatally Shoots Man, Sparking Protests

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:24
Police chief: Man was shot during a struggle with an officer.

Suspect arraigned in fatal shooting of Philadelphia officer

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:22

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Ramone Williams. Police identified Willams and his brother, Carlton Hipps, on Friday, March 6, 2015, as suspects arrested for the murder of Police Officer Robert Wilson III during a gunfight in a robbery attempt on Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of two brothers charged in the fatal shooting of a Philadelphia police officer during a gunfight at a video game store has been arraigned on murder charges.

Good presidential muscle? It's in the eye of the beholder

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:02

In this Jan. 22, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. When it comes to Obama’s exerting of presidential powers, Republicans have made it clear they want to keep him in check. Except when they don’t. Democrats want the president to be aggressive in his use of executive authority. But not at all times. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to President Barack Obama exerting presidential powers, Republicans have made it clear they want to keep him in check.

Small Washington town becomes first to open government-run pot shop

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:50
A small town in southern Washington on Saturday opened the state's first recreational marijuana store that is both owned and operated by the local government, officials said. Cannabis Corner in North Bonneville, home to about 1,000 people on the Columbia River Gorge, will sell a range of marijuana products with all profits going back to the local community, city leaders said. "It's a really great solution for these small, rural communities that need to raise a little bit of revenue," said Robyn Legun, general manager of Cannabis Corner. Washington and Colorado were the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 under 2012 voter initiatives.

White House lockdown triggered by burning truck cleared

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:23

A burned-out souvenir truck that sparked a security alert at the White House is pictured in WashingtonA security lockdown at the White House triggered by a loud bang just as President Barack Obama was due to leave was caused by a souvenir truck catching fire in a nearby street, the Secret Service said on Saturday. The security alert happened just moments before Obama and his family had been due to board a helicopter from the presidential mansion's South Lawn for Andrews Air Force Base. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said the fire had been contained and a vehicle near the White House was investigated and cleared after a bomb-sniffing dog detected something on it. Obama and his family left the White House by motorcade instead of helicopter an hour later and boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base.

Dollars can be a dirty word at banks on US-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:18

In this Jan. 27, 2015 image, Roberto Castro, chief executive officer of Farmacias Roma, gestures inside one of his locations in Tijuana, Mexico. Castro, who's customers often pay in dollars, faces tough challenges amid a clamor to crack down on money laundering. Many American banks, wary of the potential for massive penalties, have closed Mexican accounts or saddled customers with new restrictions rather than risk the chance. (AP Photo/ Elliot Spagat)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The clamor to crack down on laundering drug money was loud in 2010 when Wachovia National Bank was found to have let $110 million from Mexico be sent through its accounts. It grew two years later when HSBC Holdings PLC agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle violations that included letting hundreds of millions of dollars from drug cartels flow through one of the world's largest banks.

DNA clears Nevada woman imprisoned 35 years for murder

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:09

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014 file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks plans to announce Friday, March 6, 2015, whether he intends to go forward with the retrial of Woods, who was ordered set free last year after spending more than 30 years in prison for a murder she may not have committed. New DNA evidence recovered from the 1976 crime scene on the edge of the UNR campus matches that of a former Oregon inmate recently extradited to California to face murder charges in a string of killings in the San Francisco Bay Area during the same period when Cathy Woods allegedly slit Michelle Mitchell’s throat in Reno. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron, File) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTRENO, Nev. (AP) — After the case was dropped against a Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 murder she did not commit, both sides agreed on one point: justice was finally served thanks to new technology in DNA testing.

Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:08

Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale arrives to witness the first day of the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington(Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale was released on Saturday from a Minnesota hospital where he was treated for cold and flu symptoms, a spokeswoman for the facility said. Mondale, who is 87, was doing well after his stay at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Luckstein. She could not say when Mondale checked into the facility. Former President Jimmy Carter on Friday announced at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis that Mondale had told him by phone he was at the Mayo Clinic, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper reported.

Service to be held Sunday honoring Officer Wilson

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 02:06

Service to be held Sunday honoring Officer WilsonA church in the neighborhood where Officer Robert Wilson III was killed is holding a service in his honor on Sunday morning.

Border Patrol agent accused of peeping is arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:49
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who was under investigation for allegedly installing a camera in a women's restroom has been arrested.

Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. arrives in Selma

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:47
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr. is in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march.

Man shot and killed in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:47

Man shot and killed in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a man was shot and killed on a North Philadelphia street early Saturday morning.

Some Florida collegians could carry guns under proposal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:45
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Four months after a mentally ill gunman wounded three students at Florida State University, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow holders of concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons onto public university and college campuses.

Allman filmmakers to stand trial in fatal Ga. train crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:43
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three filmmakers are preparing to stand trial in the death of a young camera assistant killed by a freight train in Georgia last year while shooting the Gregg Allman biographical movie "Midnight Rider."

Unlikely duo of Va. senators claim connections to Hamilton

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:51

This Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015 photos shows State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, left, talks with Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, on the floor of the Senate during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.Both lawmakers claim an ancestral connection to one of the nation’s founding fathers. Not Thomas Jefferson, the revered Virginian, but his arch-nemesis Alexander Hamilton. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Virginia Sen. Donald McEachin made an offhand comment during dinner about his distant relation to Alexander Hamilton, it drew a shocked reply from a colleague who also claims to be a descendant of the Founding Father: "Hold on. You're kidding me."

Senator Menendez, amid probe, says he's honest, law-abiding

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this March 1, 2013, file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez listens during a news conference, at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Attorney General Eric Holder is declining to say if he has approved the filing of corruption charges against Menendez. Nor is Menendez shedding much light on the situation. A statement issued by the senator's office Friday, March 6, 2015, says many false allegations have been made about his ties with Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is a friend and donor to Menendez's campaigns. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Amid a federal investigation, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez insists he has always been honest in his more than 20 years in Congress and says he is "not going anywhere" even as a person familiar with the matter says he's expected to face criminal charges soon.