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Ex-Reagan official, 9/11 Museum founding chairman dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:36

File- This Nov. 29, 2005, file photo shows Larry A. Silverstein, left, president of Silverstein Properties, Inc., developer of the former World Trade Center site, and John C. Whitehead, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. in New York. Whitehead, a World War II veteran who served as deputy secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and was founding chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — John C. Whitehead, a World War II veteran who served as deputy secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and was founding chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, died Saturday. He was 92.


Florida mom delivers 14-pound baby after surprise pregnancy

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

Florida mom delivers 14-pound baby after surprise pregnancyA Florida woman who delivered a 14.1-pound baby says she didn't know she was pregnant until her third trimester.


Investigators: Human error caused Idaho Guard chopper crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:09
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Military investigators say human error caused an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter to crash during a training mission in November near the Boise airport, leading to the death of two pilots on board.

Former Nutter press secretary joins Phila. mayor's race

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:53

Former Nutter press secretary joins Phila. mayor's raceDoug Oliver, the former press secretary for Michael Nutter, is joining the race for Philadelphia mayor.


Anne Moody, Mississippi civil rights activist, dies at 74

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:43
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Anne Moody, whose memoir "Coming of Age in Mississippi" gave a wrenching account of growing up poor in the segregated South and facing violence as a civil rights activist, died Thursday at her home in the small town Gloster, Mississippi. She was 74.

Democrats leave Oregon governor isolated in controversy

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:26
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing the biggest crisis of his decades-long political career, Gov. John Kitzhaber finds himself increasingly isolated.

Revel Casino sale in jeopardy after U.S. court order

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:07

People walk outside the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic CityThe planned sale of the shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to a Florida developer has been thrown into jeopardy following a decision by a U.S. federal appeals court that would change the terms of the transaction, according to court documents. The sale to Florida developer Glen Straub, who bought Revel in bankruptcy court for $95.4 million, had been expected to be completed on Saturday. The decision by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Court on Friday reversed a lower court decision against one of those tenants, IDEA Boardwalk LLC, which had sought to block the sale while it could appeal to protect its property rights. The Wall Street Journal quoted Stuart J. Moskovitz, an attorney representing Straub, as saying on Friday that the buyer might walk away from the sale if an appeal interfered with the deal, even if it means losing his $10 million deposit.


Kansas' budget problems touching cherished highway system

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:05
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system.

Indictment: Bosnian immigrants plotted over Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:02
CHICAGO (AP) — Six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria used Facebook, PayPal and other readily available services to communicate and transfer funds, according to a federal indictment.

NBC anchor Williams taking himself off the air for several days

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:13

Television personality Brian Williams arrives at the Time 100 Gala in New YorkNBC News anchor Brian Williams said on Saturday that he will take himself off the evening newscast for several days as the network probes misstatements related to his experience reporting on the Iraq war in 2003. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement posted on NBC News' website. Williams said he planned eventually to return to the broadcast and "continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." Lester Holt, who typically anchors NBC Evening News on weekends, will step in to handle the weekday evening broadcast in the interim, Williams said. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, on Friday said it was launching an internal probe of Williams' false statements that he was in a helicopter that was brought down by enemy fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Armed gun-rights advocates rally at Washington state capitol

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:50

Mike Vanderboegh, of Pinson, Ala., speaks under a Capitol portico during a rally by gun-rights advocates Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. Approximately 50 demonstrators, including a half-dozen small children, protested rules that prohibit openly carrying guns into the House and Senate viewing galleries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A gun-rights rally drew about 50 people, mostly armed, to the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning for a demonstration they hoped would end with their arrest. To raise money for bail, some protesters hawked caps with "Fight Tyranny — Shoot Back" printed on them and sold out.


Hundreds at funeral for teen girl killed by Denver police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:22

Laura Hernandez, center, is surrounded by family members at a gravesite service for her 17-year-old daughter, Jessica, in Westminster, Colo. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Police say Hernandez, 17, was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. A passenger in the car disputes the police account and says officers fired first. The shooting sparked protests and demands for an outside prosecutor to investigate what happened. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered Saturday to say goodbye to a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police officers, recalling her big heart and gregarious spirit.


Firm cited in deadly energy plant blast pays minimum fine

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations.

Rocket booster aiming for ocean barge in redo of SpaceX test

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:08
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1 million miles away, but it's the rocket's ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight.

Iowa rail line reopens following train derailment, ethanol leak

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 05:02

A freight train owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, carrying ethanol fuel with one car engulfed in flames, sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in a remote location north of Dubuque(Reuters) - A rail line in eastern Iowa reopened on Saturday following a freight train derailment that sent three cars tumbling into the Mississippi River, spilling ethanol fuel in the water, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said. Thirteen cars and two engines went off the tracks after the derailment on Wednesday in a remote location north of Dubuque, Iowa, the company said.


Man stabbed in the back in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:53

Man stabbed in the back in KensingtonPolice are searching for the person responsible for stabbing a man in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Steelworkers to expand strike to 2 BP refineries in Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:25
DALLAS (AP) — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest.

Vikings great Alan Page plans life after state Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:23

In this Jan 15, 2015, photo, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page poses in his chambers he’s decorated with some jarring reminders of the segregation era, such as a “Colored Waiting Room” sign from a southern railroad, during an interview in St. Paul, Minn. Page hits the mandatory retirement age of 70 later this year. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Alan Page's Hall of Fame football career ended, he charged into his new legal career with the tenacity that made him a feared member of the Minnesota Vikings' Purple People Eaters, eventually becoming the first black member of the Minnesota Supreme Court.


North Carolina woman arrested for practicing dentistry out of her home

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:23

North Carolina woman arrested for practicing dentistry out of her homeLaw enforcement agents have arrested a woman who they say practiced unlicensed dentistry in her Charlotte home.


Alabama set to become 37th state to allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:05

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Cari Searcy, right, and her wife Kim McKeand, plaintiffs in the case that struck down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban talk with Meredith Portman of Daphne, Ala., after a news conference with their lawyers in front of the Mobile County Marriage License Office at Probate Court in Mobile, Ala. Alabama's chief justice is telling probate judges that they are not required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a federal judge's decision overturning the state's gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Joe Babin and Clay Jones have their rings. After they get their marriage license in downtown Birmingham, a friend will officiate at their ceremony, which can be held outside thanks to mild southern winters.