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Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 02:58

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) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet.

Strategy shift for Wisconsin unions after right-to-work vote

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 02:48

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, walks off the floor after passage of Right to Work legislation in the Assembly at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday, March 6, 2015. The bill passed Friday on a 62-35 vote, with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Michael P. King)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate who built his reputation on limiting the power of public-sector unions four years ago, plans to quickly sign a right-to-work bill after the Assembly passed it Friday at the end of an all-night session.

FDA approves first lower-cost biotech drug

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 02:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday approved the first lower-cost copy of a biotech drug in the U.S., a long-awaited milestone that could save billions for insurers, doctors and patients.

Winter storm moves away; eastern U.S. to remain cold

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:56

A worker clears snow on the Brooklyn bridge in New YorkRecord-breaking cold gripped the United States from Texas to New York on Friday, causing school closures and snarled traffic, as a storm that dropped roughly 2 feet (61 cm) of snow on some eastern parts of the country moved out to sea. Snowfall and blustery weather forced public schools in the metropolitan areas of New York and the District of Columbia to cancel classes. The National Weather Service warned of flooding and told commuters from the lower Mississippi valley to the mid-Atlantic to be wary of dangerous road conditions created by the snow, ice and slush. Low temperatures shattered records in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, said NWS meteorologist Bruce Terry.

Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres now in the spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:56

This March 1, 2015 photo provided by NASA shows Ceres is seen from NASA's Dawn spacecraft just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration. The image was taken at a distance of about 30,000 miles. (AP Photo/NASA)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up.

Two brothers charged in fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:55
(Reuters) - Two brothers were charged with murder on Friday stemming from the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer during the botched robbery of a game store, authorities said. Officer Robert Wilson was fatally shot at a GameStop store on Thursday afternoon during a robbery attempt, Philadelphia police said. Brothers Ramone Williams, 26, and Carlton Hipps, 30, are charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and other charges, police said. More than 50 shots were fired during the gun battle, which occurred while there were customers in the northwest Philadelphia store, police said.

U.S. urban park makeovers - boon and bane for residents

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:51

New light posts on the High Bridge brick pathway spanning the Harlem River connecting the Bronx and Manhattan boroughs are seen in New YorkBuilt on a defunct aqueduct near Yankee Stadium, the quarter-mile-long walking and bike path that connects the two boroughs is known as the High Bridge and this summer it is set to open at the cost to taxpayers of $61 million. Drawing inspiration from the success of Manhattan's High Line, cities across the United States are converting abandoned train tracks, roads and bridges into green urban spaces. "While I applaud bringing additional green space to any city and think the High Line is quite beautiful, (some of) these parks were not designed with social justice in mind," said Winifred Curran, who teaches urban geography at Chicago's DePaul University.

1 injured in multi-vehicle crash on A.C. Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:46

1 injured in multi-vehicle crash on A.C. ExpresswayOne person was injured after a multi-vehicle crash on the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Township, New Jersey Friday morning.

Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:43
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson has identified an employee fired for sending racist emails to co-workers as its former municipal court clerk.

AccuWeather: Frigid Today, Better Soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:42

 Frigid Today, Better SoonMeteorologist Melissa Magee says milder air arrives as we move through the weekend and into next week.

Remembering Selma 50 years later

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:39

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)It only lasted minutes, but images of sheriff's deputies lobbing tear gas and beating civil rights marchers with batons and whips on March 7, 1965 energized the nation into fighting against segregation in the South.

Official: Hypothermia killed naked woman, kid found in field

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:38
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas medical examiner says a dead mother and toddler whose naked bodies were found in a field about 200 yards from their wrecked car died of hypothermia.

BNSF says derailed crude oil train originated from North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:30
NEW YORK (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co said on Friday that the crude oil train derailed near Galena, Ill., a day earlier originated from North Dakota, according to a statement. It added it was running on BNSF's mainline track. (Reporting By Catherine Ngai)

West Virginia overrides veto, bans abortions after 20 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto on a bill that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

Man soliciting for Islamic State charity reported at Harvard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:28
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University police are investigating reports that a man came to the university's Kennedy School of Government to solicit donations for a charity connected to the Islamic State.

Woman shot dead in Cheltenham Twp., Pa. home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:22

Woman shot dead in Cheltenham Twp., Pa. homePolice are searching for the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a woman in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania Thursday.

Grandma charged after toddler found wandering in only boots

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her 2-year-old granddaughter after the girl was found outside in the cold naked, wearing only a pair of boots.

Truck driver in fatal Washington crash cited for collision last year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:57
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state truck driver who apparently fell asleep at the wheel before swerving into oncoming traffic, killing a woman in a car and striking a school bus filled with children, was cited for causing a collision last year, officials said on Friday. Truck driver Kenneth Hahn, 54, of Yakima was cited just over a year ago for veering across the center of a roadway near the scene of Thursday's fatal crash, causing an injury collision, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright. Hahn's box truck crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic, crashing into a car driven by Carmela Cuellar Morales, 22, of Orondo, who died at the scene.

Latest on Philadelphia officer's death: 'Fierce' gun battle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:47

This undated photo provided by Philadelphia Police Department, shows Robert Wilson III. Wilson, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 11:30 a.m.

Homeowners group relents, Oks playhouse for girl with cancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:42
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A young girl with leukemia who asked for a playhouse in her backyard will get her wish, after a homeowners association that initially rejected the idea relented.