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New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:40

Joyce Mitchell cries as she sits with her attorney Stephen Johnston in court on Tuesday July 28, 2015 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to charges of aiding two inmates convicted of murder by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run in June. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool)PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping them escape as new details emerged of her relationship with the men that included performing a sex act and sending naked photos.


Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:26

This screen shot provided by Microsoft shows the Start page in Windows 10. With Windows 10, the start button functions the way it did with Windows 7 and earlier. The graphical start page from Windows 8 is embedded in that start button, so that it feels modern without chucking old habits. (Microsoft via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.


Baby giraffe dies at Dallas Zoo in accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:49

File - In this April 14, 2015, file photo, provided by the Dallas Zoo, a calf and its mother stand in the maternity stall at the zoo, in Dallas. The baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident at the zoo Tuesday, July 28. (Cathy Burkey/Dallas Zoo via AP, File)DALLAS (AP) — A baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident.


Magnitude-6.3 quake felt by some in Anchorage, Kodiak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has shaken southern Alaska and was felt by some people in Anchorage and Kodiak.

Cherry Hill police investigate middle school burglary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:25

Cherry Hill police investigate middle school burglaryCherry Hill police are investigating a possible burglary at a middle school.


Dog missing after fatal hit-and-run in Juniata Park has been found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:19

Dog missing after fatal hit-and-run in Juniata Park has been foundA dog that went missing following a fatal hit-and-run this week in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia has been found.


SEPTA to hold lottery for Regional Rail passes during pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:17

SEPTA to hold lottery for Regional Rail passes during pope visitSEPTA says it will hold a lottery for Regional Rail passes for the pope's visit to Philadelphia.


Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:14
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea, the Portland "kayaktivists" said they would conduct a vigil overnight on the Willamette River, which runs through downtown Portland. "Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell’s plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic,” said Meredith Cocks, organizer with environmental activist group Portland Rising Tide.

Defense secretary to advise senior leaders on budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:13

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks to multinational troops at Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Iraq,U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to meet with senior military leaders on Thursday to map out his budget priorities for the coming year, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. "It's going to be a chance for the secretary to meet with all the leadership from the co-coms (combatant commands) and the services and talk about some of the choices that we're facing on the budget," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters at an industry conference. Carter's Senior Leadership Council includes the combatant commanders, the military service chiefs and other top Defense Department officials.


8 children hurt, 2 critical, by falling tree in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:10
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A huge, ancient pine tree uprooted and fell onto kids at a summer day camp Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically, fire officials said.

Diner en Blanc: New York leads world's biggest popup picnic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:58

People dressed in white have dinner on Pier 26 along the Hudson River during the Diner en Blanc event, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in New York. Thousands of people attended the world's largest popup picnic, at a location revealed at the last moment. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)NEW YORK (AP) — Five thousand people dressed in white got together for the world's largest popup picnic at a location revealed only at the last moment.


James Holmes' Father Makes Desperate Bid for Son's Life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:51
"He was an excellent kid. He's my son," Robert Holmes said.

Pilot Declares Fuel Emergency After Runway Closure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:15
A pilot who says he was just minutes away from running out of fuel had to declare an in-air fuel emergency after he learned that an airport in North Dakota was closed.

Colorado board's history class review leads to recall effort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:15

Jefferson County election staffers Sharona Thompson, far right, and Joy Tirrell, second from right, count and stamp petitions collected by a group of parents and educators, called Jeffco United for Action, whose aim is to remove Jefferson County School Board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk, and Julie Williams, inside the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, in Golden, Colo., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Critics of the suburban Denver school board that pushed for reviewing class curriculum to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history are turning in signatures to force a recall election for the three conservative members responsible for the effort. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Critics of a suburban Denver school board that considered reviewing a U.S. history course to emphasize patriotism turned in signatures Tuesday to force a recall election for three conservative members responsible for the push.


Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:58

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks in Arlington, Va. The Obama administration is taking steps to expand a student aid grant program _ so prisoners would be eligible. Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have scheduled a visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Md., Friday to announce the plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.


Holmes' father says he worried when son stopped calling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:34

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, left, questions Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background left, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls.


8 children hurt, 3 critically, by falling tree near Pasadena museum

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:33

8 children hurt, 3 critically, by falling tree near Pasadena museumFire officials in Southern California now say a tree that fell near a children's museum has injured eight kids, three of them critically.


Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn't realize she was gay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:13

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women's cues. The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia. In it, Constand's lawyers argue that Cosby, 78, breached the confidentiality clause of their settlement through a series of public comments by his attorneys as they mounted a media campaign seeking to put his "spin" on the widening scandal.


Northern California wildfire jumps line, forces evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:58

Two fire fighting helicopters pass near each other over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state.


Man shot and killed in West Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:51

Man shot and killed in West KensingtonA man was shot and killed in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.