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No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:04

In this Friday, March 27, 2015 photo, a beachgoer using a cell phone on a stick snaps a selfie as the sun sets at Venice beach in Los Angeles. You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.


Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:45

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, shows Robert G. Lustyik Jr., leaving the federal courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Lustyik, a former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source is set to be sentenced in Salt Lake City Monday, March 30, 2015. Retired New York agent Lustyik, 52, pleaded guilty in September to fraud and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.


Sources: Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalized in Pottsville, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:39

 Mumia Abu-Jamal hospitalized in Pottsville, Pa.Sources confirm to Action News that former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.


Police: Auditor spokesman left note before apparent suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:36

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2002 photo is Robert "Spence" Jackson in Jefferson City, Mo. Jefferson City police said Monday, March 30, 2015 that Jackson, a spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a month after the state auditor also killed himself. (AP Photo/Kelley McCall, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Spence Jackson provided the official confirmation a month ago that his boss, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, was dead from what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:30

President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders on Monday to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was.


Aunt of men accused in terror plot: They're 'not monsters'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:25
CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of two suburban Chicago men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a military facility in northern Illinois said Monday the allegations perplexed and devastated their extended family of Muslims and Christians.

Porbeagle shark may be listed as endangered species

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:02
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators say they are reviewing the status of the porbeagle shark to determine if listing the species under the Endangered Species Act is warranted.

Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:57

CORRECTS GENDER TO MALE FROM FEMALE - In this March 26, 2015 photo provided by the National Park Service, a male Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is released into the backcountry of Yosemite National Park, Calif. Bighorn sheep were released into the Cathedral Range in Yosemite's backcountry during a multiagency operation, which included California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Inyo National Forest. bighorn sheep are released in Yosemite National Park, Calif. For the first time in a century, bighorn sheep occupy the full range of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, which wildlife officials said Monday, March 30, puts the endangered animal that neared extinction on a path to recovery. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Steve Bumgardner Yosemite Conservancy)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.


11 charged in Delco auto insurance fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:54

11 charged in Delco auto insurance fraud caseEleven people are facing charges for their part in an alleged auto insurance fraud scheme.


$38 million ruling in Kraft plant shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:52

$38 million ruling in Kraft plant shootingA Philadelphia jury awarded more than $38 million to the families of two women killed by a coworker at the old Kraft Food plant in Northeast Philadelphia.


Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:43
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

Exclusive: Pentagon chief sends military wish lists to Congress with reservations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:38

A F/A-18E comes in to land onboard USS George H.W. Bush in the GulfBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday sent Congress the military's annual "wish lists," including 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 fighter jets and 14 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but said he would not back any of the requests unless lawmakers passed a larger overall defense budget. Carter told lawmakers he was sending the lists of "unfunded priorities" to Congress as required under the fiscal 2013 defense policy law, but registered his concerns about any moves by Congress to restructure the Pentagon's budget request.


Christie backs proposed stricter abortion regulations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:34
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing federal legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Worker killed in accident at Marcus Hook Sonoco refinery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:29

Worker killed in accident at Marcus Hook Sunoco refineryA contractor was killed in an industrial accident Monday at the Sonoco Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County.


BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:27
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday.

One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:19
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington.

Hearing about Chinese drywall damage scheduled for April 28

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a hearing scheduled to decide how much money thousands of people are owed for Chinese drywall damage to their homes, the manufacturer has made payments required to participate, including $3.2 million to seven homeowners in Virginia.

Judge weighs 'mental anguish' law opposed by cop-killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:12
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge peppered lawyers with questions Monday about a Pennsylvania law designed to protect crime victims that is being challenged on free speech grounds, including by a convicted cop-killer.

Bookkeeper, armored driver accused of stealing brothel money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:11
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A brothel employee and an armored vehicle driver from Las Vegas face felony theft charges following their arrests in a months-long investigation of cash disappearing from a Nevada brothel, a sheriff said Monday.

Theater shooting prosecutors say unbiased jury possible

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:07
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater shooting case say an unbiased jury can be seated in the community where the 2012 attack happened, despite defense claims.