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Scorpion stings Alaska Airlines passenger, delaying flight

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:05
A scorpion stung a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon, delaying a flight that originated in Mexico, the carrier said on Sunday. Flight 567, which originated in Los Cabos, Mexico, was taxiing for takeoff on Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport when the woman was stung, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. The plane returned to the gate, where medics treated the woman and offered additional medical treatment, which she declined, Cosgrove said. “We don’t know exactly how the scorpion made it on the plane, but the flight did originate in Los Cabos, Mexico, where scorpions are known to live,” Cosgrove said.

NJ man allegedly posed as fake twin to get out of tickets

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:02

NJ man allegedly posed as fake twin to get out of ticketsA New Jersey man posed as his fictitious, blind twin brother in an attempt to delay court hearings and get out of several tickets, according to authorities.

Preliminary hearing set for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:49

Preliminary hearing set for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbingA judge will soon consider whether two young Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man should stand trial for attempted homicide.

Northeast hit by blizzards, cold, after record snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:30
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Northeast struggled to dig out on Sunday from the latest in a series of winter storms that made February the snowiest month in Boston's history, but bitter cold and huge drifts hampered the effort. Blizzard conditions forced the cancellation of more than 1,800 U.S. airline flights, most of them into and out of airports in Boston and New York, where wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kph) were predicted. Temperatures are 25 to 30 degrees (14 to 17 degrees Celsius) below normal for the East Coast, exacerbated by strong winds, said meteorologist Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service, adding the region was in the grip of "a brutally cold air mass." The temperature at 1 p.m. in Boston was around 18 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 8 Celsius), but felt like zero (minus 18 Celsius) thanks to wind chill. By Monday morning, it was likely to feel like minus 20 (minus 29 Celsius), the NWS said.

Senators propose more funding for grade-crossing safety

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:23
NEW YORK (AP) — The government should spend more money safeguarding railroad crossings that are "accidents waiting to happen," two U.S. senators said Sunday.

Oregon's next governor celebrates state's 156th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:14

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks during a celebration at the Oregon Historical Society to mark the 156th anniversary of Oregon's admission to the union as the 33rd state in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Brown will become Oregon’s governor next week on the heels of the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Making her first official public appearance since Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation amid an ethics scandal, Oregon governor-to-be Kate Brown was swarmed by media and well-wishers as she entered the Oregon Historical Society at an event marking the state's 156th birthday.

A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child movement

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:12
The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first children whose disappearance was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His case also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. The suspect in Etan's disappearance, Pedro Hernandez, is now on trial charged with murder and kidnapping. He confessed in 2012 but says his admissions are false.

Suspected Gunman in Danish Shootings Had Criminal Past

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:09
The suspected gunman in two shootings in Copenhagen that left two dead and five cops wounded had a criminal past and was involved in gangs, Danish police said today.

Shooting suspect slams religion while defending liberty

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:40

FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, enters the courtroom for his first appearance at the Durham County Detention Center, in Durham, N.C. Days after the shooting deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, a nuanced and sometimes contradictory portrait is emerging of Hicks. Police in Chapel Hill said they have yet to uncover any evidence that Hicks, 46, allegedly acted out of religious animus, though they are investigating the possibility. As a potential motive, they cited a dispute over parking spaces at the condo community where Hicks and two of the victims lived. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy, File) MANDATORY CREDIT TV OUTCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — If his Facebook page is any indication, Craig Hicks doesn't hate Muslims. An avowed atheist, his online posts instead depict a man who despises religion itself, but nevertheless seems to support an individual's right to his own beliefs.

Mount Vernon uses lasers to scan mansion down to the nail

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:18

Joe Nicoli, a scanning specialist with Direct Dimensions Inc. of Owings Mills, Maryland, stands on the second floor of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, as he explains the laser scanning technology used at Mount Vernon to develop highly detailed images of the mansion that will be used to guide future restoration efforts. Architects and preservationists are at the estate building a computerized database of every piece of the mansion. Laser scans are recording three-dimensional images to the tiniest detail, and workers are crawling on their hands and knees to photograph and document key components. (AP Photo/Matt Barakat)MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — It's one of the first questions that occurs to a visitor at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate: How much of the mansion really dates back to Washington's time, and how much has been replaced?

Woman Shot in Las Vegas 'Road Rage' Incident Dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:13
Tammy Meyers was shot outside her home after giving daughter driving lesson.

Road rage suspect sought in killing of Las Vegas woman

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:12
(Reuters) - Las Vegas police on Sunday were looking for a man suspected of shooting a mother of four to death outside her home in an alleged road range incident. Tammy Meyers, 44, died on Saturday night from a gunshot wound, family members said at a press conference outside a hospital where she was taken off life support two days after being shot. “There was no excuse, no reason and I hope to God they know we’re looking and they will be caught,” a cousin, Susan Ramos, said at the press conference also attended by Meyers’ husband and at least one adult son. Meyers was at the wheel after giving her daughter a driving lesson at a school parking lot when she had a near-collision with another vehicle, said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in a news release.

Preliminary hearing set for girls in Slender Man stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:02
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character called Slender Man will find out this week whether they will be tried on attempted homicide charges.

7 injured after Hawaii-bound flight experiences turbulence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:23
HONOLULU (AP) — Seven people were injured Saturday on a United Airlines flight after the plane was struck by sudden turbulence, the Hawaii Department of Transportation said.

2 teenagers killed, driver in custody after crash in Exton, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:18

2 teenagers killed, driver in custody after crash in Exton, Pa.Police confirm that two teenagers are dead and a driver is in custody following a crash in Exton, Chester County.

2 teenagers killed in crash between minivan, pickup truck in Exton, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:12

2 teenagers killed, driver in custody after crash in Exton, Pa.Two teenagers are dead after a crash involving a minivan and a pickup truck in Exton, Chester County.

Before confession, suspect in Patz killing confided in many

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:03

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. He is charged in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on his way to a school bus stop more than three decades earlier. Hernandez confessed to police in 2012. The veracity of the confession, though, is tempered by Hernandez's history of mental illness. Such frailties, experts say, raise difficult questions about whether a suspect is exercising free will in talking to police, and greatly increase the potential for false confessions. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Long before there was an official confession, there were the confidants: friends and relatives who heard a disturbing story about killing a child from the man now on trial in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

Stories of trauma in Va. prompt crackdown on seclusion rooms

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:56

In this Feb. 9, 2015 picture, Carson Luke poses in his home in Gambrills, Md. Luke still has nightmares about the time he was shut inside a concrete seclusion room at his Chesapeake school and emerged with a broken hand and foot. He’s just one of numerous startling cases reported to the Commission on Youth that have prompted the Virginia legislature to join 32 other states in pushing for statewide regulations governing the use of seclusion and restraint to control students who misbehave in public schools. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Carson Luke still has nightmares about the time four years ago when he was in second grade and school staff locked him inside a room, his mother said. He broke his hand when the door was closing and somehow broke his foot.

AccuWeather: Windy Today, Snow Possible Monday Night

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:36

 Windy Today, Snow Possible Monday NightMeteorologist Chris Sowers says strong winds and sub zero wind chills arrive today, and another round of snow is possible Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Fort Campbell veterinarians honing skills at Nashville Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 01:28

In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, Capt. Eric Zuniga, an Army veterinarian from Fort Campbell, uses an air pistol to give vaccinations to Bongo, a springbok, at the Nashville Zoo in Nashville, Tenn. In order to be ready for whatever is thrown at them while deployed or at home, Fort Campbell veterinarians and techs are improving their skills by going on rounds at the Nashville Zoo. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At home in Fort Campbell, Army veterinarians mostly treat military working dogs and family pets. But once deployed, they could be called upon to treat just about anything.