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'Road Rage' Suspect's Lawyer Questions Changing Timeline

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:21
An attorney for the teen accused of fatally shooting a Las Vegas mother after an alleged "road rage" incident questioned whether there was any actual "road rage."

Oscars 2015: The complete list of winners and nominees

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:14

 The complete list of winnersBest picture, best actor, best actress and more. Check out all the nominations for the 87th Oscars!


Mall of America Heightens Security After al-Shabab Threat

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:10
Video claiming to be from al-Shabab posted online threatens mall.

Northern California wine taster uses blindness to advantage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 07:00
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago.

Homeland Security says aware of no credible threat against malls

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:50

Family poses for a souvenir photograph in front of an entrance to the Mall of America in this file photoBy Anna Yukhananov and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Sunday it was not aware of any specific plot against U.S. shopping malls, backing away from comments by the department's chief that he takes seriously a threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping sites in the West. Some U.S. and Canadian officials had earlier cast doubt on the credibility of the threat made in a video attributed to al Shabaab, which appeared to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris. Asked on the CNN program "State of the Union" on Sunday morning about the threat to Mall of America, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, to be particularly careful.


PHOTOS: Oscars 2015 red carpet fashion

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:49

 Oscars 2015 red carpet fashionJulianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Reese Witherspoon and more show off their style on the runway outside the 2015 Oscars.


Building evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide detected in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:42

Evacuations after high levels of carbon monoxide detected in Center CityA building had to be evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected in Center City Philadelphia.


Buildings evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide detected in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:34

Evacuations after high levels of carbon monoxide detected in Center CityThree buildings were evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected in Center City Philadelphia.


Crews free humpback whale tangled in fishing line off Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:32

ADDS MORE SOURCE INFO; RE-TRANS FOR IMPROVED CAPTION - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 image provided by NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, a pole equipped with a knife makes the last cut to free a 45-ton humpback whale that was entangled in a fishing line in Hawaii waters for more than a week. (AP Photo/NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, E. Lyman)KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A 45-ton humpback whale tangled in heavy fishing line in Hawaii waters for more than a week has been freed.


Telecom workers ratify agreement to end strike in New England

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:23
(Reuters) - Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America (CWA) in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Oct. 17 when negotiations broke off. FairPoint used replacement workers in their absence. Union and FairPoint negotiators reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 19, followed by three days of union member voting that ended on Sunday.

Striking FairPoint workers ratify tentative agreement

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:18
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications workers ratified a new contract during three days of voting, ending a four-month strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, two unions announced Sunday.

Cleanup, investigation continue at W.Va. derailment site

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:17
BOOMER, W.Va. (AP) — A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said Sunday.

Sheriff: Man was posing for photograph when train struck him

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:04
KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says a man struck and killed by a train south of Kalama was posing for a photograph at the time.

Penn State dance marathon raises more than $13 million

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 06:02
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of students taking part in Penn State's annual dance marathon over the weekend have raised more than $13 million for pediatric cancer research and care.

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:43

FILE - In this April 24, 1964, file photo, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife leave the home of Tom Fletcher, father of eight, who told Johnson he had been out of work for nearly two years, in Inez, Ky. The President made the trip to eastern Kentucky to see conditions in the Appalachian region for himself. A new study finds that the Appalachian Regional Commission’s $3.8 billion investment over 50 years has helped its counties grow faster than rural areas elsewhere. But the region still lags the rest of the country in some important areas. Researchers analyzed data back to the commission’s creation by Johnson in 1965. The 420-county territory includes pieces of 12 states stretching from New York to Mississippi. (AP Photo/File)The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study.


Disney's Magic Kingdom one-day passes breach $100 mark

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:40
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando jumped on Sunday to $105 from $99, an increase that likely makes the Florida family attraction the first in the industry to breach the $100 psychological barrier. All other Walt Disney Co parks in Orlando and California increased prices for one-day, one-park admission, but they remained slightly below $100. Disneyland and Disney California now cost $99 while Orlando’s Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios cost $97. John Gerner, managing partner of Leisure Business Advisors, said he was not surprised that Disney chose the Magic Kingdom to test triple-digit pricing.

Water main break in Cedarbrook

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:32

Water main break in CedarbrookFirefighters were called to the scene of a water main break in the Cedarbrook section of Philadelphia.


Highlights from report looking at 50 years in Appalachia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:30
The Appalachian Regional Commission asked outside researchers to analyze changes to the 420 counties in the 12 states it serves in the 50 years since the federal-state partnership's creation.

AccuWeather: Another arctic blast coming

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:27

 Watch For Black IceMeteorologist Chris Sowers says another arctic blast is on the way this week!


Threat of attack draws shrugs at North American malls

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:14
By Todd Melby and Dan Riedlhuber BLOOMINGTON, Minn./EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) - It was business as usual at Minnesota's Mall of America and Canada's West Edmonton Mall on Sunday, with most people either oblivious to any threat to attack the shopping centers or confident that the risk was too small to worry about. Shoppers, employees and recreational "mall walkers" were out in full force despite news of a videotape attributed to al Shabaab, a Somali-based Islamist militant group behind a deadly 2013 attack on a Kenyan shopping center, that appeared to threaten the North American malls. Mall of America (MOA), outside the Twin Cities, and West Edmonton Mall in Alberta issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures but there were no signs of beefed-up law enforcement at either mall.