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Sen. Harry Reid Will Retire in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:19
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a Senate career that has spanned three decades.

Correction: Death-Pot Candy story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:09
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — In a story March 26 about authorities investigating the possible role of marijuana candy in the apparent suicide of an Oklahoma man, The Associated Press reported erroneously the gender of Summit Coroner Regan Goodman. She is a woman, not a man.

At Least 2 Unaccounted for After NYC Building Fire, Official Says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 00:00
Two people were unaccounted for after a massive building fire in New York City, according to a New York City police official.

Pennsylvania toddler shoots self in leg as adults shower

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:58

Pennsylvania toddler shoots self in leg as adults showerPolice say a 2-year-old central Pennsylvania boy found a handgun on a bed and shot himself in the leg while his mother and her boyfriend were showering.


Ski lift firm issues safety warning after chairlift accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:52

Repair work is underway on the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Partek Ski Lifts company is warning ski resort operators of a potential design flaw believed to have contributed to an accident that injured seven people (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine.


Comedy group accountant named employee of month stole $240K

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:50

Comedy group accountant named employee of month stole $240KAn accountant for a famous Princeton University musical-comedy group who was once named by Esquire magazine as an "employee of the month" has admitted embezzling $240,000.


Toilets, lingerie, shacking up: Some of Florida's odd bills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:41
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd. Here's a look at a few that fall into the last category:

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:36

Muon drift tubes are seen on an equipment shown to journalists by Toshiba officials at its research center in Yokohama near Tokyo Friday, March 27, 2015. Toshiba says the drift tubes detect muons and send data to electronic boards to map an image of the melted fuel at the Fukushima reactors, using subatomic particles called muons. The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago. But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the 500 million yen ($5 million) project, was a sobering reminder of the enormous challenges that lie for the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ichi. (AP Photo/Emily Wang)YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.


Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Hidden Illness: Prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:32
There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, prosecutors said.

Boy killed, 2 sisters hurt after SUV hits horse-drawn buggy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:21
WHEELING, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died after an SUV crashed into the back of his Mennonite family's horse-drawn carriage in northwest Missouri.

Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:04

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of a report by the National Petroleum Council on oil drilling in the Arctic, on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study submitted Friday.


Child found alone by SEPTA bus driver in Tacony, reunited with mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:02

Child found alone by SEPTA bus driver in Tacony, reunited with motherPolice say a SEPTA bus driver found a 4-year-old girl alone in the rain in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Father, daughter guilty of felony incest sentenced to 10 days in jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:01

Father, daughter guilty of felony incest sentenced to 10 days in jailA father and his biological daughter were both sentenced to jail time after having a consensual relationship that produced two children.


SEPTA bus driver finds girl, 4, alone in Tacony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:00

Child found alone by SEPTA bus driver in Tacony, reunited with motherPolice say a SEPTA bus driver found a 4-year-old girl alone in the rain in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Friday morning.


State to deny permit for Ohio pair's toothless black bear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:57
LODI, Ohio (AP) — A toothless black bear caged on a northeast Ohio property for decades is old and unlikely to escape and should be allowed to stay there instead of being relocated, according to the owners fighting to keep it even though they didn't get the permit now required by state law.

Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:42
Internet outages can disrupt emergency services, business transactions and basic communication. Here are few things to know about the nation's Internet infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.

Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:39

Cables connecting phone, cable and Internet service come out of a wall connector in the home space exploration engineering office of Mike Loucks Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Friday Harbor, Wash., in the San Juan Islands. Loucks lost Internet and phone service during a 10-day outage on the island in 2013. Other regions around the country also have fallen dark in recent years, sometimes for days at a time, because of failures or accidents affecting the nation’s broadband infrastructure. The failures have revealed vulnerabilities in the backbone of the nation’s high-speed Internet highway, which often lacks the detour routes necessary to quickly restore service when outages occur outside of major cities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.


2 women stabbed in face, 1 dies in home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 22:07
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a 50-year-old woman was killed and a 74-year-old woman critically injured when they were stabbed in the face and body during a home invasion in Philadelphia.

Navy sub sailor waives hearing on charges he recorded women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:55
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. (AP) — A Navy sailor charged with videotaping female officers in stages of undress aboard a submarine has waived a hearing that would have allowed his attorneys to argue against sending the case to a court-martial.

Ex-Salvadoran general linked to rights abuse in US custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:52
MIAMI (AP) — Immigration officials say a former El Salvadoran general linked to 1980s human rights abuses has been taken into U.S. immigration custody pending final deportation orders.