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Small plane crashes near airport in Hillsborough, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:15

Small plane crashes near airport in Hillsborough, N.J.A small plane has crashed in Somerset County short of a runway at Central Jersey Regional Airport.


LR4 is updated for fuel efficiency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:11

This undated product image provided Land Rover shows the 2014 Land Rover LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle. The vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera. (AP Photo/Land Rover)Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera.


Fact sheet: 2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:11
2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE

Has telecommuting blunted power of potential New York rail strike?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:08

A Long Island Railroad makes its way out of Pennsylvania Station as a man uses his phone aboard a train in New York"Technology has certainly blunted that," said professor Joseph Foudy of the New York University Stern School of Business. "The strike is not as effective a weapon as it once might have been," Foudy said ahead of a threatened strike by unionized workers on the Long Island Rail Road that could effectively shut down nation's largest commuter railway at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Large and mid-sized companies with offices in Manhattan - where many of the 300,000 daily LIRR riders work - agreed. If the strike by 5,400 unionized LIRR workers takes place, thousands of commuters will be inconvenienced or worse, especially those in jobs that do not allow for telecommuting.


Louisiana campus shut down after 2 devices found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:06
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bomb technicians are working to neutralize a suspicious device near one of Louisiana's largest universities while authorities investigate a second suspicious package found in a in a nearby parking garage.

Source: Man confesses after body found in duffel bag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:56

 Person of interest in 'duffel bag killing' left cell phonePhiladelphia police are questioning a person of interest in the case of a young woman found dead in a duffel bag in Kensington.


Museum announces more donors in Detroit bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:50
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts says it is just 20 percent shy of its goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.

CDC now recognizes pattern of agency safety problems, director says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:49
(Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said that he now recognizes a pattern of safety problems and said he will take sweeping measures to improve the culture of safety at the CDC. The comments by Dr Thomas Frieden came as part of testimony before a U.S. congressional subcommittee investigating recent lapses in safety in the handling of anthrax and avian influenza. "In hindsight, we realize we missed a crucial pattern: a pattern of incidents that reflect the need to improve the culture of safety at CDC," Frieden said.

Prostitute in tech exec's death pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:46

Alix Tichelman during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior CourtSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht in California after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and heroin charges.


Arizona politician mistakes campers for migrant children: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:45
(Reuters) - An Arizona congressional candidate at a protest mistook a busload of YMCA campers for undocumented immigrant children on Tuesday, according to a report on The Arizona Republic website, azcentral.com. Adam Kwasman, a Republican state representative who favors stronger border controls, had joined a group of people in the town of Oracle protesting the expected arrival of migrant children, according to a report on The Arizona Republic website, azcentral.com. Kwasman later said, "I was able to actually to see some of the children in the buses. Told by a reporter that the children on the yellow school bus were actually YMCA campers, Kwasman said, "They were sad, too," and admitted he made a mistake.

Casino boat stuck overnight on rocks off Georgia coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:44
A casino boat with 123 people aboard was grounded off the Georgia coast on Wednesday, and rescuers were waiting for high tide at midday to escort passengers off the vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. "It’s basically stuck on rocks," said Coast Guard spokesman Anthony Soto.

Patio chairs recalled after U.S. reports of rear legs breaking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:43
Nantucket Distributing Co is recalling about 4,000 patio set chairs after reports that the back legs could break and people could fall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. The Middleboro, Massachusetts, company has had two reports of chair legs breaking, with no injuries, the commission said in a statement. The recall includes Nantucket Distributing's resin wicker outdoor patio chairs. The set was made by Juancheng Xian Ruiteng Outdoor Furniture Co Ltd in Shandong, China, according to the commission.

Virginia rail line reopens after derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:40
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — A rail line through southwest Virginia is back in business after a Norfolk Southern derailment left 14 cars off the track.

Charges expected in Philly duffel bag body case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:39
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police said Wednesday they expect to file charges against a man being questioned in the murder of a city art school graduate whose body was discovered in a duffel bag.

Defense: Bombing suspect's friend did not help him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:34
BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has told a jury that the man never tried to protect Tsarnaev and was prosecuted simply because he was "a friend of the bomber."

Bomb scare shuts down Louisiana university campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:20

University of Louisiana at LafayetteNEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of Louisiana's largest universities told students to stay in on-campus apartments or go home after police found a suspicious device in a nearby park and were checking on another item found in a campus parking garage.


Talks to resume ahead of NY rail strike deadline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:20

01 a.m. next Sunday, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Both parties embroiled in a bitter labor dispute at the nation's largest commuter railroad agreed to resume negotiations aimed at averting a strike this weekend.


North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:19

Council member George Campbell, left rear, talks with Mayor Chris Watts as council persons Anita Burgess and Dalton Gregory right, listen to Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara, at podium, speak at a public hearing at City Hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. Current and former Texas officials have warned a North Texas city that it lacks the authority to enact a ban it's considering on hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.


Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:17

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at his mother's home in Beaverton, Ore. A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to that pesky question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die. The Uniform Law Commission was expected on Wednesday to endorse a plan that would automatically give loved ones access to all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified in a will. The legislation would have to be adopted by individual state legislatures to become law. But if it does, the bill would make “death switches” popular tools in estate planning, allowing people to decide which accounts should die when they do. “This is something most people don’t think of until they are faced with it. They have no idea what is about to be lost,” said Karen Williams of Beaverton, Oregon, who sued Facebook for access to her 22-year-old son Loren’s account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. (AP Photo/Lauren Gambino, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?


Contraception ruling serves as political pitch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:05

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator _ Washington state’s Patty Murray _ and a vulnerable freshman, Udall, have pushed legislation that would counter last month’s court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.