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Scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country said Thursday that the United States needs to develop a proving ground where the latest innovations in nuclear energy can be put to the test instead of losing designs to China and other countries.

Turkish minister urges fight against extremists in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world never had a plan to end the worsening Syrian conflict, Turkey's prime minister said Thursday.

Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:30

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.


AP source: Harrison Ford crash-lands small plane in LA

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:29
An official says Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course. He suffered moderate injuries. Los Angeles fire officials say the single-engine plane went down at about 2:30 ...

BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:27
By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety. Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local WREX.com that two of the cars were potentially on fire. Images posted online by Dubuque Scanner showed flames several hundred feet high, while aerial footage showed the wreck spread across two sets of track.

Exclusive: New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein's philanthropy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:23

Florida Department of Law Enforcement photo of Jeffrey EpsteinBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Attorney General's Office has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying with state registration requirements. Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew, prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.


Appeals court tosses gag order in ex-coal company CEO's case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:14
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday invalidated a sweeping gag order in the case of a former coal company executive accused of violating safety standards at a West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 men.

Protests shut down University of California Santa Cruz campus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:12
(Reuters) - Protesters shut down the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday, police said, on the fourth day of demonstrations that organizers said were over planned tuition hikes as well as police brutality. Starting at dawn, demonstrators blocked a key intersection leading to the campus, the Santa Cruz police department said. "Avoid area." The demonstration was still going on late in the afternoon, the university said.

Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes 1st test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 08:07

Eric Moutsos, center, the former Salt Lake Police officer who was placed on leave and later resigned for not wanting to ride his motorcycle in the Salt Lake gays pride parade for religious reasons, shakes hands with Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, left, while Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, looks on during a committee hearing Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its test at the state Legislature Thursday when lawmakers on a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered their unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its first test at the state Legislature on Thursday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered its unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure.


KABC: Harrison Ford injured in small plane crash at golf course

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

 Harrison Ford injured in small plane crash at golf courseActor Harrison Ford was injured after his small plane crashed during an emergency landing at Penmar Golf Course in California on Thursday afternoon, sister station KABC reports.


BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:59
By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments in North America and the third in three weeks involving trains hauling crude oil, which has put a heightened focus on rail safety. Dark smoke was seen for miles around the crash site, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency told local WREX.com that two of the cars were potentially on fire. "If you're standing on the tracks you can throw a rock in the water." BNSF said there were no reported injuries and no evacuations.

Dog stable after being shot, tied to Florida train tracks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:58
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive Thursday after being found by police.

U.S. appeals court puts Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:55
(Reuters) - A federal judge's ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry starting on Monday will be stayed pending an appeal by state officials, a U.S. appeals court panel said on Thursday. A U.S. District Court judge on Monday had found a Nebraska ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction allowing same-sex couples to wed as soon as next week. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Peter Cooney)

U.S. appeals court puts Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:55
(Reuters) - A federal judge's ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry starting on Monday will be stayed pending an appeal by state officials, a U.S. appeals court panel said on Thursday. A U.S. District Court judge on Monday had found a Nebraska ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction allowing same-sex couples to wed as soon as next week. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Peter Cooney)

For Northeast, a brutal winter redefines 'enough is enough'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:51

A pedestrian and cyclist join vehicles on Flatbush Avenue during a slushy snowfall in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Northeasterners are enduring one of the coldest, snowiest seasons in decades. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the winter of our discontent. For Northeasterners enduring one of the coldest, snowiest seasons in decades, it's the winter of our exasperation, full-on funk and enough-is-enough rage.


US agency seeks proposals to keep wild horses in pastures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:47
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking additional homes for potentially thousands of wild horses rounded up from Western rangelands by asking landowners in a dozen states to submit proposals to rent out pastures for the animals.

US agency seeks proposals to keep wild horses in pastures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:47
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking additional homes for potentially thousands of wild horses rounded up from Western rangelands by asking landowners in a dozen states to submit proposals to rent out pastures for the animals.

AccuWeather: Snow Ending. Record Cold Moves In

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:43

 Snow Ending. Record Cold Moves InMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking bitter cold air Friday, followed by a gradual warm up.


Snow emergency for Philadelphia to be lifted at midnight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:41

Snow emergency for Philadelphia to be lifted at midnightMayor Michael Nutter announced that the snow emergency in Philadelphia will be lifted at midnight.


No murder charge for 15-year-old girl in brother's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:38
GAINSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old north Florida girl who authorities say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother after years of abuse at home pleaded no contest on Thursday to felony burglary and will receive probation and counseling.