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Proposed Chargers-Raiders stadium near Los Angeles advances

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:35
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers behind a proposed stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for the NFL's San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders announced Saturday they reached an important, early benchmark on the path to construction.

Brooklyn house fire kills seven from Orthodox Jewish family

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:26

Fire In Brooklyn Home Kills Seven ChildrenBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seven children from an Orthodox Jewish family died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City's deadliest fires in years, officials said. The two were taken to a local hospital and were in critical condition, New York Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella said. The blaze erupted in the single-family dwelling around 12:30 a.m. It apparently was started accidentally by a hot plate, used by many Orthodox families to warm food on the Sabbath, said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "This is an unbelievable tragedy," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters after seeing the devastation at the site of the blaze.


U.S. authorities seize $180 million Colombian cocaine shipment

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:25
U.S. authorities confiscated a $180 million shipment of cocaine from Colombian drug traffickers aboard a boat on the Pacific Ocean bound for the United States, the Colombian attorney general's office said on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) found 5.28 tonnes of the drug aboard the vessel, captured in international waters off Central America, said Alexandra Ladino, director of the attorney general's specialized police force, which cooperated with the DEA on the operation. Fourteen crew members, from Colombia and other Latin American countries, were detained and will be processed in the United States, Ladino told reporters. Colombia, a major cocaine producer, manufactures some 300 tonnes annually, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Jerry Warren, former White House press secretary, dies at 84

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:16
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jerry Warren, the editor of San Diego's largest newspaper for 20 years and a White House press secretary during the Nixon and Ford administrations, has died. He was 84.

Vintage-vehicle stockpile found at deceased man's home

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:56
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who died without an original will or legally recognized next of kin has left behind a unique estate — 69 vintage cars that will soon be auctioned off by Orange County.

Police: Man swinging a machete shot at New Orleans airport

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:42

ShootingKENNER, La. (AP) — A 63-year-old man was shot Friday at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport after he cut a guard with a machete and sprayed two others with wasp spray.


Obama roots on Princeton women's basketball team including niece

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:33

 NCAA Tournament-First Round-Green Bay vs PrincetonBy Elvina Nawaguna COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, a hoops fanatic who relishes the annual March Madness college basketball tournaments, on Saturday cheered on the undefeated Princeton women's team that includes his niece Leslie Robinson as the school's fans chanted "four more years." Obama, an avid basketball player, attended Princeton's 80-70 NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay at the XFINITY Center arena in the Washington suburb of College Park, Maryland. The president was joined by his daughter Malia, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, a former Princeton basketball star, his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former Harvard basketball star.


'The Birds of America' take flight in HistoryMiami exhibit

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:19

In this March 17, 2015 photo, Rebecca Smith, Head, Special Collections at HistoryMiami in Miami, discusses a flamingo painting displayed at the Audubon show. A new HistoryMiami exhibit shows every image printed for Audubon’s masterpiece, “The Birds of America.” (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — When John James Audubon set out to survey the birds of the United States in the early 1800s, people believed the young country's natural resources were infinite.


Student dropped off at wrong bus stop in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:08

Student dropped off at wrong bus stop in South PhiladelphiaA young girl was reunited with her family Friday night after the help of a Good Samaritan in South Philadelphia.


Judge orders US release of military detainee abuse photos

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 02:02

FILE - This late 2003 file image obtained by The Associated Press shows an unidentified detainee standing on a box with a bag on his head and wires attached to him at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. A federal judge ruled Friday, March 20, 2015, that the U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, following a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.


California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 01:58

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, vehicles are burned and homes are reduced to rubble in the community of Swall Meadows, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. California’s top energy official realized it flying over the normally pristine, snow-cloaked Sierra Nevada at Christmas and seeing stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze. The state’s fire chief realized it when crews were fighting a raging wildfire consuming houses and tinder-dry forests at 7,000 feet in February. California, with snowpack at a record low this winter, and much of the West are becoming dirtier, more perilous places, with billions of dollars less hydroelectricity from runoff, greenhouse-gas emitting fossil fuels filling the gap and no melting spring snow to temper fire dangers. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.


Police search for 2 sex offenders in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 01:20

Police search for 2 sex offenders in DelawareDelaware State Police are searching for two men who failed to verify their address and re-register as a sex offender as required by law.


Lincoln funeral train replica won't recreate historic trip

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 01:10

In this March 13, 2015 photo, master mechanic Dave Kloke of Elgin, Ill., inspects one of the wheels of the replica he's building of the funeral train car that carried the body of Abraham Lincoln after his death. Kloke has been working for about six years on building the replica in time for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. It won’t be making the commemorative trip from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., in April but will be on display May 2 in Springfield as planned. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Brian Hill) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUTELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A hefty fundraising shortfall has dashed plans to send a replica of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train car to trace the journey that brought the assassinated president's body back to Springfield, Illinois, from Washington.


Ohio cheesemaker's Swiss wheel wins national cheese contest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:42

From left, judges Doug Anker and Greg Anderson, and volunteer Steve Stettler inspect a swiss cheese during the 2015 United States Championship Cheese Contest on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Milwaukee. The contest is the biggest ever, with a record 1,885 entries from 28 states. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)MILWAUKEE (AP) — An Ohio cheesemaker won the United States Championship Cheese with a 200-pound Swiss wheel.


You can go home: Returnees to ND oil boom town here to stay

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 00:02
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Before oil tanker trucks rumbled down the roads at all hours, this town was so quiet that Erin White rode her horse to a deserted Main Street one night. Back then, this was a dusty hamlet with few prospects for a future.

US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 23:54

A U.S. veteran with uniform attends a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)IOTO, Japan (AP) — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.


Civil War veteran to be buried in southwest Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 23:50
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A Civil War veteran whose remains went unclaimed for more than a century will be buried next month with his family in southwest Missouri.

FBI: Autopsy report days away in hanging of Mississippi man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:45

This photo provided by Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Otis Byrd. The Claiborne county coroner confirmed that the man found hanging from a white sheet Thursday March 19 , 2015 was Otis Byrd, an ex-convict reported missing by his family more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Mississippi Department of Corrections)PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — The body of a black man found hanging in a tree in Mississippi has been sent from a state crime lab to a funeral home, but the FBI said it will be days before autopsy results are complete. Until then, investigators are holding off on saying whether Otis Byrd was killed or took his own life, and they're urging people to be patient.


New York Fire Department: 7 children die in Brooklyn fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:41

 7 children die in Brooklyn fireFire tore through a Brooklyn home early Saturday, killing seven children and leaving two other people in critical condition, authorities said.


911 center setup slowed response to deadly DC subway smoke

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 22:41

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a woman is transported in a wheelchair onto an ambulance as people are evacuated from a smoke filled Metro subway tunnel in Washington. A policy of routing calls about emergencies on the Metro subway system directly to a supervisor at the District of Columbia’s 911 call center contributed to delays in getting firefighters to the scene of an accident that turned deadly, officials say. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A policy of routing calls about emergencies on the Metro subway to a supervisor at the District of Columbia's 911 call center contributed to delays in getting firefighters to a fatal rail malfunction early this year.