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Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 23:39

FILE - In this file photo from March 7, 2014, historians and members of the Midwest History Working Group from left to right, John Miller, Mike Allen, Jon Lauck, Kurt Leichtle and Catherine Cocks attend a meeting in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 7, 2014. One of the ideas they came up with was to publish an online journal on a shoestring budget. But the University of Nebraska Press expressed interest in publishing a printed journal, and the group jumped at the chance. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more established settlers objected, fearing that acknowledging the problem would stanch the flow of immigrants who had turned the area into a "young Ireland."


Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 23:08

Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVsChrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.


Hugo mauled Charleston, tested mayor 25 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 22:56

Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. stands on the portico of Charleston City Hall on Sept. 4, 2014. Riley was in his City Hall office when Hurricane Hugo crashed ashore on Sept. 21, 1989, ripping the roof off City Hall. A quarter century later Riley, the longest-serving mayor in Charleston history, says the preparation and the recovery from the storm were the most important time in his service to the city. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 is the 25th anniversary of Hugo's landfall. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was somber that night in 1989 as Hurricane Hugo's 135 mph winds bore down on South Carolina, wrenching the roof off City Hall, flooding streets, toppling buildings and laying waste to the sea islands near the city.


Security breached: Intruder gets into White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 22:21

 Intruder gets into White HouseThe Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.


2 men hospitalized after boating accident on Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 21:56

2 men hospitalized after boating accident on Delaware RiverPolice say two men are in the hospital after a boating accident on the Delaware River in Philadelphia's Tacony section early Saturday morning.


Police may be closing in on trooper killing suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 21:25

Armed officers comb ambush suspect's woodsAuthorities who spent the night in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents donned bulletproof vests and gathered heavy rifles before fanning out Saturday morning.


Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 20:51

A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in MarylandBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a 42-year-old white male from Texas, made it onto the grounds at 7:20 EDT, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Gonzales ignored commands to stop and was ultimately caught, unarmed, just inside the North Portico doors of the White House, one of the building's main entrances. ...


Security breached: Intruder gets into White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 20:00

A Secret Service police officer holds a weapon as he stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation minutes after President Barack Obama departed Washington for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. A Secret Service agent at the scene says someone jumped the fence surrounding the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.


Mom, teen son stabbed in the neck in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 19:33

Mom, teen son stabbed in the neck in Camden, N.J.Police say a mother and her teen son were both stabbed in the neck in Camden, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Kentucky preservation society cracking century old bourbons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 19:03

Rare bottles of Belmont and Cascade Kentucky bourbon are seen at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KentuckyBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A Louisville preservation society will raise a glass in December to toast the end of the Prohibition Era, but not with just any ordinary drink. The Filson Historical Society will celebrate "Repeal Day," the day in 1933 when the United States lifted a ban on alcohol, by popping open more than two dozen rare bottles of bourbon, some over a century old. ...


AccuWeather: Warm Last Weekend of Summer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 18:42

 Summers Last Stand!Meteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a brief surge of mild air on the way.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:50
"Was the door open?" — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, after a 42-year-old Texas man jumped over the fence of the White House and made it through the front door before Secret Service agents apprehended him.

Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:41

Actress Daniele Watts and Brian Lucas speak during an interview with KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained Watts and her companion last week after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders.


With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:40

Alibaba employees attend the opening bell ceremony during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:


India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:40

Shipping containers roll out of a port on the Bay of Bengal which forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, in Chennai, India, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping toasted the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi’s home state. And the two leaders are full of praise for one another, and one another’s countries. Left largely unspoken, though, are the deep worries in India over Chinese maneuvering in the Indian Ocean, where New Delhi’s years of dominance is being chipped away by billions of dollars in aid from Beijing and gargantuan Chinese construction projects. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket.


Spokane's Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 17:04

FILE - In this June 30, 2010, file photo, Bishop Blase Cupich, 61, of Rapid City, S.D., poses for a photo at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes after his announcement in Spokane, Wash. Cupich will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars and has embraced Pope Francis' focus on fighting poverty, will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned.


California governor rejects bills to help men change diapers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 16:45

California Governor Jerry Brown adjusts his earpiece during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico City(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that aimed to make baby diaper changing tables in public restrooms as accessible to men as they are to women. The bills, which recently passed the state's senate and assembly chambers with broad support, would have modified existing state laws to ensure public places, such as movie theatres and shopping malls, have baby changing tables in both mens's and women's restrooms. ...


Missing Texas deputy found dead in Lake Austin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 15:26
(Reuters) - The search for a missing Texas sheriff deputy who was swept away during heavy rains in Austin earlier this week concluded on Friday when police discovered her body in a nearby lake, officials said. Police recovered the body of 35-year-old Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis in Lake Austin around 2 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) following a search that was aided by boats, helicopters and rescue dogs, the Travis County Sheriff's Office said. "We wanted to bring her home alive, but she's been out there in that water for a while. ...

Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 14:06

Brad Kohlenberg, a business development engineer with Made In Space, looks over a 3-D printer identical to the one that will be transported to the International Space Station aboard the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts on the spot. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space.


Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 13:45
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety.