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Mars 'flying saucer' splashes back down after test

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:58

This image provided by NASA shows the launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle for NASA, to test technology that could be used to land on Mars, Saturday June 28, 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii. Saturday's experimental flight high in Earth's atmosphere is testing a giant parachute designed to deliver heavier spacecraft and eventually astronauts. (AP Photo/NASA)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle launched by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, completing a successful test of technology that could be used to land on Mars.


NASA 'flying saucer' splashes down in Pacific after successful test for future Mars mission

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:44
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA 'flying saucer' splashes down in Pacific after successful test for future Mars mission.

Honda ordered to pay $55M to Pa. man after crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:36

Honda ordered to pay $55M to Pa. man after crashA jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed.


New Jersey resort is rechristened with its once notorious name

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:13
By Daniel Kelley VERNON N.J. (Reuters) - It's hard to forget a trip on the Alpine Slide, the half-mile fiberglass track that sent riders careening down the side of a mountain on a cart at a New Jersey resort once known as Action Park. “We'd race some unsuspecting guy on the Alpine Slide," said Dana Bornstein, 44, who worked at the park as a teenager in the 1980s. Action Park closed in 1996 and reopened two years later as Mountain Creek. One of the first waterparks in the country, Action Park opened in 1978, sometimes introducing new attractions almost as soon they were invented.

Southwest Airlines co-founder dies at 83

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:09
(Reuters) - Rollin King, co-founder of the affordable carrier Southwest Airlines, has died at age 83, the airline said on Saturday. King passed away from undisclosed causes on Thursday, Southwest Airlines said in a statement. "I am indeed profoundly saddened to learn of Rollin's passing," said Herb Kelleher, who founded the airline with King. Cleveland-born King was a licensed pilot with an MBA from Harvard University, the Texas State Historical Association said on its website.

Status of Indiana gay marriages up in the air

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:06

Michael Foster, second left, and Larry Foster, right, hug with their children Joseph, 13, left, Kaleb, 11, center, and Madeline, 9, as the couple were married in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014. A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Same-sex couples who rushed to courthouses across Indiana during the three days it was legal for them to get married there could now face long months before they learn whether their unions are valid.


2 rescued after small plane ends up in Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 04:56

2 rescued after small plane ends up in Delaware RiverDelaware State Police say the pilot and a passenger were rescued from a single engine plane that wound up in the Delaware River.


Photos: Fatal house fire in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 04:50

 Fatal house fire in North PhiladelphiaOfficials say a house fire has claimed the lives of a woman and young child in North Philadelphia.


NASA launches Mars 'flying saucer' on Earth

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 04:48

This image provided by NASA shows the launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle for NASA, to test technology that could be used to land on Mars, Saturday June 28, 2014 in Kauai, Hawaii. Saturday's experimental flight high in Earth's atmosphere is testing a giant parachute designed to deliver heavier spacecraft and eventually astronauts. (AP Photo/NASA)LOS ANGELES (AP) — After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.


Pot shortages could be dire at Washington's stores

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 04:38

Spokane Co. pot producer expects one ounce to cost $700SEATTLE (AP) — Randy Oliver has a pressing question as legal marijuana sales are about to begin in Washington state: Where's all the weed?


Suspect sought in hit-and-run that killed 3 women

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 04:34
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are searching for a man suspected of driving a vehicle involved in a fiery hit-and-run crash that killed three Tampa Bay-area women.

Man killed in apparent road rage shooting in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 03:37

Man killed in apparent road rage shooting ID'dPolice say a 32-year-old man was killed in an apparent road rage shooting in Kensington.


Albuquerque police sued over fatal camper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 03:32
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a homeless camper fatally shot by Albuquerque police in a shooting that generated national outcry and protests throughout the city, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday and is seeking to force the department to make dramatic reforms.

US man rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 03:19

In this Friday morning June 27, 2014 photo provided bt GC Media, Victor Mooney, 48, of Flushing, Queens, New York lays in his hospital bed after arriving in Saint-Martin Friday. Mooney set off Feb. 19 in a 24-foot boat from Maspolamas, Gran Canaria. His journey is being done in honor of a brother who died of AIDS in 1983. Mooney has tried the same feat three other times, without success. (AP Photo/GC Media)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three times, Victor Mooney tried to row across the Atlantic. Three times he failed. One boat sank. Another lost its freshwater system. A third sprang a leak and left him drifting on a life raft for two weeks. As he planned for a fourth attempt, his wife made it clear it would be the last.


Arizona wildfire passes lines; shelter opens

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 03:18

A helicopter battles the blaze with lake water as smoke rises from the trees of the San Juan fire near Vernon, Az., on Friday, June 27, 2014. Authorities say communities mostly populated with summer homes are under mandatory evacuation orders as of Thursday evening due to the growing wildfire. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESVERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews are hoping that lighter winds on Saturday will spur progress against a wildfire that has charred more than 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains and prompted crews to set up a shelter for evacuees.


Saturday court appearance set for Benghazi suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 03:15

FILE - This undated file image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the outskirts of Benghazi. Khattala, charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks, is in U.S. custody amid tight security at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Khattala faces criminal charges in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics awaited his first court appearance Saturday amid heightened security at a federal courthouse.


Woman, child, ID'd in fatal house fire in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 02:53

Woman, child killed in N. Phila. house fire ID'dFamily members have identified the woman and child killed in the house fire in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


American Apparel adopts stockholder rights plan

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 02:53
NEW YORK (AP) — American Apparel has adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan a day after its ousted CEO and founder Dov Charney made a bid to increase his control of the clothing chain.

Feds decide against dredged sand on NC island

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 02:40

FILE - In an undated file photo provided by VisitNC.com., a view from the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse shows the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The National Park Service has backed off its proposal to use dredged sand to fight erosion on North Carolina's Shackleford Banks _ pleasing both environmentalists, who want to maintain the barrier island's pristine condition, and local beach town officials, who want the sand for their shores. (AP Photo/VisitNC.com.,Bill Russ, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service has backed off its proposal to use dredged sand to fight erosion on North Carolina's Shackleford Banks — pleasing both environmentalists, who want to maintain the barrier island's pristine condition, and local beach town officials, who want the sand for their shores.


Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 02:38

FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, musician Bobby Womack poses for a portrait to promote a new album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe." Womack, 70, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday, June 27, 2014, that the singer died but had no other details to provide. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.