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Woman, child rescued from hostage situation in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:55

Woman, child rescued from hostage situation in ChesterPolice say a woman and child were rescued from a hostage situation and standoff in Chester, Pa.

Mom accused of leaving quadriplegic son outside hospitalized

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman accused of dumping her quadriplegic son in the woods so she could spend the week with her out-of-state boyfriend was hospitalized Monday for a third day in Maryland while Philadelphia police awaited her release to arrest her.

3 men identified in deadly dive for California abalone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:54
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diving for abalone can be a dangerous sport, but that doesn't deter the thousands of people who trek to the northern California coastlines each season to take a stab at getting some of the prized mollusks.

Driving instructor killed in Disney World race car crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:52
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A passenger killed in a crash at a Walt Disney World Speedway race-car attraction has been identified as an instructor who was riding in a Lamborghini that hit a guardrail after the driver lost control, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The instructor was 36-year-old Gary Terry, a senior operations manager at Exotic Driving Experience, the highway patrol said. The driver, Tavon Watson, 24, of Kissimmee, who was taking the ride as a 24th birthday treat, suffered only minor injuries. The Exotic Driving Experience attraction is offered by North Carolina-based Petty Holdings, which markets products licensed under the name of retired NASCAR stock car racer Richard Petty.

Mom charged after boy, 2, falls into cheetah pit at Ohio zoo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:48
CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman accused of holding her 2-year-old son over a railing at a Cleveland zoo when he fell into a cheetah exhibit has been charged with child endangering.

I-676 work starts with overnight closures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:38

I-676 work starts with overnight closuresPennDOT is starting work on a multi-year project to replace seven bridges over Interstate 676 in Philadelphia, but beware of some overnight closures this week.

Oklahoma charges deputy with second-degree manslaughter in Tulsa shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:38

Handout of Eric Harris provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Tulsa(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a sheriff's reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man this month in Tulsa, prosecutors said on Monday. The Tulsa County Sheriff said reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73, fatally shot Eric Harris, 44, on April 2.

Police search for ex-college student in North Carolina campus shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:37

Police search for ex-college student in North Carolina campus shootingA 20-year-old former community college student fatally shot a campus print shop director that he used to work under, just as his old boss arrived for his job Monday morning, school officials and authorities said.

19 passengers hurt in Megabus double-decker crash in Indiana

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

Megabus passengers wait along southbound Interstate 65 for buses to arrive at the crash scene to take them to Indianapolis after a Megabus was involved in a four-vehicle crash, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Edinburgh, Ind. Nineteen passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a Megabus heading from Chicago to Atlanta struck the back of a stopped semitrailer on I-65, Indiana State Police said. (Scott Roberson/The Daily Journal via AP)EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — A double-decker bus heading from Chicago to Atlanta hit the back of a stopped semi-truck in a construction zone Monday morning, Indiana State Police said, leaving 19 passengers with injuries that were not life-threatening. It is the fourth crash involving a Megabus in Indiana since October.

Wallenda plans to walk on 400-foot Orlando observation wheel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:10

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announces his latest stunt at the 400-foot Orlando Eye, during a news conference, in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of an Orlando, Florida observation wheel on April 29. The daredevil has previously crossed Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and the divide between two Chicago skyscrapers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Daredevil Nik Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of a 400-foot observation wheel in Orlando, Florida, this month.

Arizona judge sentences murderer Jodi Arias to life behind bars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:06

Jodi Arias and her attorney Jennifer Willmott during sentencing hearing in Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in Phoenix ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge sentenced former waitress Jodi Arias to life in prison with no possibility of parole on Monday for shooting and stabbing her ex-boyfriend to death in 2008. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said Arias' crime, which attracted national attention, was "especially cruel ... (and) involved substantial planning and preparation." Arias, 34, had escaped a possible death sentence last month after a lone juror at her sentencing retrial refused to back the death penalty throughout five days of deliberations. Prosecutors said she killed her former partner in a jealous rage, while Arias argued she acted in self-defense. Shackled and clad in jail stripes, Arias told the court she had long wanted to be put to death for the crime.

ACLU seeks probe amid hunger strike at Ohio supermax prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:03
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an independent investigation into conditions at Ohio's super-maximum security prison amid a long-running hunger strike.

Advocates for inmate ask Missouri governor to halt execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:57

In the Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Andre Cole. Cole, 52, is scheduled to die for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for a black inmate facing execution in Missouri said Monday that he was unfairly sentenced to death when African-Americans were excluded from the jury at his St. Louis County trial.

Newtown victim inspires national education bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:51

Hayden Lewis, of Norwalk, Conn., cousin of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, stands with family during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut's congressional delegation is backing federal legislation that would honor Lewis and provide expanded support to train teachers in social and emotional learning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Days before his death, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis scrawled three words on his mother's kitchen chalkboard in Connecticut that could now prompt a national change in teacher training.

Whoopee cushion, bra pad, parking meter among NJ beach trash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:50

Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, speaks at a press conference Monday, April 13, 2015, in Sandy Hook, N.J. at which the group released its annual report on the amount and types of garbage picked up from New Jersey beaches by volunteers. Plastic pieces accounted for 13 percent of the 315,000 items removed from the sand last spring and fall. Unusual items found along the shoreline included a whoopee cushion, bra padding, a stun gun and a clay sculpture of the baby Jesus. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey shore last year, you may also have seen these: a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, a stun gun, a clay sculpture of baby Jesus and some bra padding.

2016 trial date set for suspect in kidnap, rape of girl, 14

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:49
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months will go on trial in March 2016, a judge ordered Monday.

Alabama fatal shooting suspect in custody, school lockdowns lifted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:46
A 25-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a woman in a medical office was in custody on Monday after he barricaded himself in a home in Jemison, Alabama, according to law enforcement officials. The shooting followed a domestic dispute, law enforcement officials said at a news conference shown online. School officials said they lifted lockdowns at area schools. The man and a 24-year-old woman were involved in a domestic violence incident at their home before the woman ran to a medical office nearby, law enforcement officials said in the news conference.

Cops haven't said how boy, 3, accessed gun to kill boy, 1

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:45
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police have not yet released information on how they believe a 3-year-old boy got access to the handgun he used to fatally shoot a 1-year-old relative.

Ex-student sought in shooting death of North Carolina college worker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:44
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A manhunt was under way for a 20-year-old former student accused of fatally shooting a longtime school employee at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina, on Monday, local authorities said. Police said the suspect, identified as Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, carried a long gun to the third floor of a campus building and shot print shop director Ron Lane, who had worked at the college for 18 years. Stancil had worked for Lane in the print shop while enrolled at the college, school spokeswoman Tara Humphries said.

Families of slain NYC police officers honored at Mets game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:34

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio waves as he stands with members of the families of New York City Police Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos before they threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mets home opener baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. Liu and Ramos were killed on duty in Dec. 2014 and posthumously promoted to detectives. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — The families of two slain New York City police officers threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mets' home opener at Citi Field on Monday and were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a time when his relationship with the police department is again coming under scrutiny.