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Oscars final touch-ups, preparations underway

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:33

Oscars final touch-ups, preparations underwayWith the 87th Oscars just hours away, crews are working on final touch-ups before the stars arrive on Sunday.


Can Big Night for 'American Sniper' at Oscars Sway Jurors?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:31
"American Sniper" is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.

Ohio art museum to return likely stolen artifact to Germany

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:20
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A 450-year-old German artifact that was used to tell time and to make astronomical calculations will be returned to a German museum from which it was likely stolen, according to the Toledo Museum of Art.

AccuWeather: Icy Morning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 02:01

 Icy MorningMeteorologist Chris Sowers says another arctic blast is on the way this week!


Kyle Busch breaks leg, foot in crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:20
Kyle Busch will miss the Daytona 500 after suffering a broken right leg and left foot following a hard crash into an interior concrete wall during an Xfinity Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Judy Clarke, lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 01:06

FILE--In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, defense attorney Judy Clarke leaves a federal court building in San Diego. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lead attorney has a record of saving those accused of horrific crimes from death row. Judy Clarke’s clients have included Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlantic Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)BOSTON (AP) — NAME — Judy Clarke


A look at 3 civil rights claims settled in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:58
Three civil rights cases settled by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer without a lawsuit ever being filed.

Trial to start for Maine man in alleged social media slaying

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:55

FILE - Nichole Cable is seen in an undated photo provided by the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. The state medical examiner's office says the 15-year-old girl allegedly lured to her death by 20-year-old Kyle Dube using a phony Facebook profile died from asphyxiation. The trial of now 21-year-old Dube, of Orono, is expected to begin Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 in Bangor and last two weeks. (AP Photo/Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, File)BANGOR, Maine (AP) — With a ski mask, a fake Facebook profile and a plan, police say Kyle Dube thought he could make himself a hero.


NYC quickly settling cases of wrongdoing, lawsuit or not

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:52

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2014, file photo, New York Comptroller Scott Stringer, left, listens as Derek Sells, lawyer for the estate of Jerome Murdough, speaks at a press conference after Stringer announced a $2.25 million settlement with the estate in New York. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail. New York City is changing tactics on how it handles lawsuits against the city, opting to settle them, rather than litigate them as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's legal team did. The move, led by Stringer, has cut costs but draws opposition from some who say criminals are profiting from their bad behavior and that the policy may encourage more frivolous lawsuits. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A trio of half brothers who were wrongfully convicted of murder received a $17 million settlement from the city. The family of a mentally ill former U.S. Marine who died in a hot jail cell was awarded $2.25 million. And a man who spent 23 years behind bars before he was exonerated was given $6.5 million.


Children of Asian casino workers reshape Connecticut school

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:41

In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, from left, Skyler Demars, Kevin Hu, Mandarin teacher Shwu-Ching Wang, Hunter Hatch and kindergarten teacher Lisa Halloran decorate sheep in honor of the Lunar New Year at the Mohegan Elementary School in Montville, Conn. At Connecticut’s casinos, the staff can speak to you in nearly any Asian language. The diversity of the workforce at the casinos, which cater heavily to Asian gamblers from New York, is changing the complexion of nearby public schools that have been hiring more language specialists and adding new cultural traditions. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — At Connecticut's casinos, the staff can speak to you in nearly any Asian language.


Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:37

In a Feb. 9, 2015 photo, Michelle Moore poses for a photo with her twin daughters, Sierra, right, and Savannah in Lake Oswego, Ore. Moore is not opposed to medicine, thinks vaccines have a place and are a medical choice that should be researched carefully. Moore is among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles outbreak traced to Disneyland. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.


Huge plant that waited 80 years to flower has month to live

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:35

In a Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a 20-plus-foot-tall plant that has lived an unusually long 80 years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., is done flowering for the one and only time in its life and will be chopped down next month. Matthaei Botanical Gardens horticulture manager Mike Palmer says the American agave will have its 20-plus-foot-long stalk chopped down sometime in March. The agave completed its one-time-only flowering process last year. The agave that has called Ann Arbor home since 1934 started growing rapidly taller last spring, an indicator it was preparing to bloom. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A plant that has been around for an unusually long 80 years at the University of Michigan has about a month to live.


Ray Bradbury home's demise has LA re-examining its history

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:05

This Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, photo, shows a house being demolished that science fiction writer Ray Bradbury lived in, in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. It was the house where Bradbury wrote "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and when the bulldozer came to knock it down literary scholars and preservationists were aghast. The bright yellow home with the big bay windows where the author lived and worked for 54 years wasn't the first Los Angeles landmark to be flattened of course. The statuesque Ambassador Hotel, where Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, is now the site of a public-school complex. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the house where Ray Bradbury wrote "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and when the bulldozer came to knock it down literary scholars and preservationists were aghast.


Christie set to reveal 2016 NJ budget plan

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents will get a glimpse of how Gov. Chris Christie wants to spend their tax dollars when he lays out his 2016 budget plans before a hostile Democratic-controlled Legislature next week.


AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:50

FILE-This aerial Feb. 17, 2015 file photo photo made available by the Office of the Governor of West Virginia shows a derailed train in Mount Carbon, WVa. As investigators in West Virginia and Ontario pick through the wreckage from the latest pair of oil train derailments to result in massive fires, U.S. transportation officials predict many more catastrophic wrecks involving flammable fuels in coming years absent new regulations. (AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.


'American Sniper' suspect's ex-comrades mourn man they knew

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:29

In this 2008 photo provided by Corey Smalley, Eddie Ray Routh poses with an AK-47 at Camp Fallujah in Iraq. For the Marines who served with him in the Iraqi desert, the man on trial for gunning down "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and a friend is not the Eddie Ray Routh they knew. The 27-year-old veteran stands charged with capital murder in the Feb. 2, 2013, slayings of the former Navy SEAL and his friend, Chad Littlefield. The two men had taken Routh to a shooting range after Routh's mother asked Kyle to help her son cope with debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder and other personal demons. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Corey Smalley)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — For those who served with Eddie Ray Routh in the Iraqi desert, the man on trial for gunning down the famed "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and a friend is not the Marine they had come to know.


Mall of America Heightens Security After al-Shabaab Threat

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 23:12
Video claiming to be from al-Shabaab posted online threatens mall.

Police search for missing Wilmington man

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:44

Police search for missing Wilmington manNew Castle County police are searching for a missing man.


Snowy Northeast to get brief, warm respite

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:41

Anna Vincelli, 45, photographs a two-story snowman built by her neighbor in Irondequoit, N.Y. The region has had 84.5 inches of snow so far this winter, 11 inches above normal, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)A brief respite from cold temperatures is here for the snowy Northeast, but that doesn't mean an end to its weather woes.


Teen who gained fame over laser cat portrait dies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 22:03
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York teen — who had a burst of fame last fall over his senior portrait depicting him, his cat and lasers — has died.