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Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:42

 Listeria, a kind of bacteria that's the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning, and one that's especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the technology has helped to solve a small listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.(AP Photo/David Goldman)WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are you've heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings?


Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:35
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big-screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

Navy picks up U.S. family with sick baby from sailboat in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:53

Sailors assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship's small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effortRescuers plucked a seriously ill American baby girl and her family from a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday and transferred them to a U.S. Navy frigate that will take them back to California, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The family was put into an inflatable raft then helped aboard the USS Vandegrift, which arrived early on Sunday to rescue them from their crippled sailboat about 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast, the Coast Guard said. The San Diego family was two weeks into a cruise around the world on a 36-foot (11-meter) vessel called the Rebel Heart when the youngest child developed a fever and rash, prompting her parents to send a satellite distress call to the Coast Guard on Thursday. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their daughters, Cora, 3, and Lyra, 1, were in stable condition and would undergo further medical evaluations, the Coast Guard said in a statement.


Legendary star Mickey Rooney has died at age 93

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93.

Suspect in custody after NY officers hurt in fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:48
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say that a suspect is in custody after a suspicious fire in a Coney Island building left two New York City police officers in critical condition.

Near Fort Hood, church service honors fallen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:17

Kathy Abad, a military wife, prays for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, 2014, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The church program pictured an empty road being enveloped by the dark clouds of a sweeping thunderstorm, and the service's lesson was from Isaiah 35:4, "Be strong, fear not." The preacher implored those gathered Sunday that they would find hope in God, but also acknowledged the question on everyone's mind: Why Fort Hood — again?


Veteran journalist and NABJ co-founder Stone dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:12

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, newspaper columnist Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Daily News in Philadelphia. Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89. Allegra Stone said that her father died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill. He'd been a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina for 14 years starting in 1991. (AP Photo/File)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89.


NYC police, fire brawl during charity hockey match

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:53
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A large brawl broke out during an annual charity hockey match between New York City police and firefighters on Long Island.

Ships race to investigate signals in jet search

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:04

People offer prayers during a mass prayer for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, April 6, 2014. The head of the multinational search for the missing Malaysia airlines jet says that electronic pulses reportedly picked up by a Chinese ship are an encouraging sign but stresses they are not yet verified. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A British navy ship with sophisticated sound-locating equipment arrived Monday in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether underwater sounds picked up by a Chinese ship crew using a hand-held device came from the missing Malaysia Airlines black boxes.


Huge California party spirals into violent clash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:02

This video image provided by KEYT-TV shows a crowd confronting police at a disturbance Saturday April 5, 2014, during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a street brawl. About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital. (AP Photo/KEYT-TV)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee, forcing police to fire tear gas and foam projectiles to break up the crowd.


Community taking a dive for young cancer patient

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:50

Kansas City Chiefs fan Ty Rowton, known as XFactor, takes a Plunge for Landon in a farm pond near Bonner Springs, Kan., Friday, April 4, 2014. A 5-month-old boy's battle with cancer has inspired hundreds to jump into cold bodies of water, from a local golf course pond to the Gulf of Mexico and even the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — An effort to help the family of a 5-month-old Missouri boy with cancer has inspired thousands of people across the U.S. and even abroad to take a plunge into cold bodies of water.


Defense chief Hagel, in first, to visit China's aircraft carrier

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:40

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks off an aircraft upon his arrival at Yokota Air Force Base in FussaBy Phil Stewart TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expects to visit China's sole aircraft carrier when he arrives in the country on Monday, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military buildup. The planned carrier visit, which will come at the start of Hagel's three-day trip to China, was quietly approved by Beijing at Washington's request and had not been previously announced, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Liaoning, a Soviet-era ship bought from Ukraine in 1998 and re-fitted in a Chinese shipyard, has been seen as a sign of Beijing's ambition for greater global influence and a reminder of its growing military might. Hagel will fly to China's port city of Qingdao after a trip to Japan, and then head to a Chinese naval base.


2 pit bulls enter Nevada home, kill 3 dogs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:27
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Two pit bulls broke through a fence in a Nevada community, entered a neighbor's home through a dog door and killed three dogs inside while the residents were away, animal control officers said.

U.S. lawmaker urges easing gun rules on bases after Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:22
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers should look at arming commanders and easing restrictions for carrying weapons on military posts in the United States in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Fort Hood base in Texas, a prominent congressman said on Sunday. The remarks came as the Fort Hood Army base set up a mental health hotline over the weekend for those who carry emotional scars or feel traumatized after suspected gunman Ivan Lopez, 34 and under psychiatric evaluation, shot dead three people, wounded 16 and then turned the gun on himself in the second deadly rampage at the post in five years. They defend us overseas and abroad and defend our freedom abroad," U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News Sunday. The shooting at Fort Hood was the third such incident at a military base in the United States in about six months.

About 100 arrested in Southern California brawl

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:09

This video image provided by KEYT-TV shows a crowd confronting police at a disturbance Saturday April 5, 2014, during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a street brawl. About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital. (AP Photo/KEYT-TV)ISLA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a rock- and bottle-throwing melee.


Teen boy falls to death from Florida balcony

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:08
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a 13-year-old boy from Indiana fell from a 15th-story balcony to his death while vacationing with his family.

Philly police: Tot, 2, picks up gun, kills sister

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:45
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday.

Angry families want GM prosecuted for defects

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:02

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo families of victims of a General Motors safety defects in small cars hold photos of their loved ones as they gather on the lawn on Capitol Hill in Washington. Families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than decade, and perhaps for covering them up. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.


Victims of U.S. mudslide are remembered in first funeral services

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:56

Local residents attend a community prayer service at the Haller Middle School in ArlingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - A school custodian killed in Washington state's mudslide was described as a tough-minded animal lover on Saturday and a popular librarian was memorialized, as mourners gathered in the first of a series of services for the over two dozen dead. About 250 people crammed into a golf course clubhouse in Arlington, Washington, for the funeral of Summer Raffo, 36, a school custodian and specialist in hoof care for horses, just a few miles from the site where a torrent of mud swept her car off Highway 530 on March 22. She was dependable." Another service was held in nearby Darrington for Linda McPherson, 69, who was found dead in the debris of her home.


Emmert: Unionization "grossly inappropriate"

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:54

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.