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19-month-old injured in fall from window in Lawncrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:22

19-month-old injured in fall from window in LawncrestAuthorities say a 19-month-old child was hospitalized after falling from a window in Philadelphia's Lawncrest section.


Star witness testifies against ex-Connecticut governor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:20

Three-term Republican Connecticut Governor John Rowland with his wife Patty at his side, makes a televised address from the governor's residence in HartfordBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, forced from office a decade ago on a corruption conviction, promised a political newcomer he could help her get elected by working as a consultant on her 2012 congressional campaign, her husband testified on Friday. Brian Foley took the stand on Friday as the star prosecution witness in the former Republican governor's trial on charges of violating U.S. The Connecticut nursing home operator said he and his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley, met with Rowland on “seven or eight occasions” in 2011 to discuss political strategy. Wilson-Foley was seeking the U.S.


Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:19

Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000Police released surveillance photos of the men who they say scammed a 67-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man out of $14,000.


Washington state to pay family $10 million after highway tree crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:07
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state will pay $10 million to the children and son-in-law of a couple who were killed when a tree crashed onto their SUV along a U.S. Tim and Cheryl Owen, of Bothell, were killed instantly and their three adult children and son-in-law were left disabled in the December 2012 incident along Highway 2, which weaves through the Cascade Range toward Leavenworth, attorney Karen Koehler said. The area had severe weather before the accident and Chelan County had declared an emergency and asked residents to restrict driving, but the state's Department of Transportation (WSDOT) "did not echo any of these warnings", the statement said. After the incident, in which an ice-laden 125-foot-tall tree struck the vehicle and then additional trees fell, the WSDOT refused State Patrol requests to close the roadway, it said.

Death penalty sought for Colorado teen, boyfriend in elderly couple’s slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:06
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado prosecutor said on Friday she will seek the death penalty for a teenage woman and her boyfriend charged with killing the man's grandparents to inherit $20,000 and a house. Logan County District Attorney Brittny Lewton said in a statement that her office will pursue capital punishment for Cassandra Ann Rieb, 18, and Brendan Lee Johnson, 20. The pair was arrested in May and charged with first-degree murder for the slayings that month of Charles and Shirley Severance, who were both 70 and lived in Sterling, about 110 miles (177 km) northeast of Denver. Charles Severance was found dead in his home and Shirley Severance’s dismembered remains were later discovered in two locations, with some body parts near a reservoir in Colorado and others in a remote area across the state line in Nebraska, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:48

Northeast Philadelphia man scammed out of $14,000Police released surveillance photos of the men who they say scammed a 67-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man out of $14,000.


Fraternity at Los Angeles university disbands after hazing-related death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:43
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fraternity at a Los Angeles university has agreed to disband due to the hazing-related death of a 19-year-old pledge who collapsed in the heat on a hike after his group ran out of water, the school's president said on Friday. The college, California State University, Northridge, was rocked by the July death of Armando Villa, who was "pledging" or joining a chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was made to hike in the Angeles National Forest. The case, which is under criminal investigation, follows a number of recent high-profile hazing deaths due to physical abuse and forced alcohol consumption that have placed fraternities under heightened scrutiny. Northridge's president Dianne Harrison, said in a statement that an investigative report ordered by the university into Villa's death made clear that members of Pi Kappa Phi engaged in hazing.

NIH finds old ricin, other forgotten germs in labs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous materials.

Jeans face an uncertain future amid yoga wear rage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:52

This product image provided by Levi Strauss shows the company's Knit Jeans, made of stretch cotton knit that look like jeans but feel like sweatpants. Companies, including Levi Strauss, which invented the first pair of blue jeans 141 years ago, acknowledge that the jeans business has been hurt by what the fashion industry dubs the “athleisure” trend. That has led them to create new versions of classic denim that are more “stretchy” and mimic the comfort of sweatpants. (AP Photo/Levi Strauss)NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.


Monique Lhuillier shows delicate beading, pastels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:38

The Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Delicate beading on evening dresses in muted pastels were juxtaposed with a lot of shimmer and full puffy quilted skirting Friday on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway of Monique Lhuillier.


Mom accused of dumping newborn baby in trash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:35

Mom accused of dumping newborn baby in trashA Utah woman accused of dumping her newborn in the trash in an attempt to hide her pregnancy from her parents has been charged with attempted murder.


Ocean sunfish washes up on Washington coast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:35

This Aug. 29, 2014 photo provided by Cape Disappointment State Park shows a 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters, washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Wash., at the mouth of the Columbia River, with June Mohler, a biological technician working as an interpretative assistant. Mohler said It was found dead on the beach at low tide Aug. 27 by children after a campfire program. "It's really an odd-looking fish," she said Friday. It was taller — 82 inches from fin to fin — than its 70-inch length, and she estimated it weighed close to 300 pounds. (AP Photo/Cape Disappointment State Park, Eric Wall)ILWACO, Wash. (AP) — A 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters recently washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River.


Pregnant woman allegedly assaulted in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:24

Pregnant woman allegedly assaulted in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the report of an assault on a pregnant woman in North Philadelphia.


Ex-lawyer for Aryan Nations dies during murder plot prison term

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:19
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Idaho attorney Edgar Steele, who once represented the Aryan Nations white supremacist group and expressed his own anti-Semitic and racist views, has died in California while serving a 50-year prison sentence for soliciting murder, a prison official said on Friday. Steele, 69, was taken to a hospital near the federal prison where he was incarcerated in Victorville, California, and died on Thursday, said James Engleman, a spokesman for the high-security facility. ...

A look at Hawaii volcano sending lava toward homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:12

In this Sept. 1, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, fluid lava streams from the June 27 lava flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii. The June 27 lava flow is named for the date it began erupting from a new vent. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a warning Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 to a rural community in the path of a lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island, as the molten rock moved to within a mile of homes. Observatory scientists said lava from the Kilauea volcano could reach the Kaohe Homesteads in five to seven days if it continues advancing through cracks in the earth. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos is creeping slowly but steadily through cracks in the earth toward a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Scientists warn that if the lava flow from Kilauea continues on its path, it could reach a small patch of homes in about a week.


Iraq refiles case in U.S. court over disputed Kurdish crude

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:10

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaches Galveston, TexasBy Anna Driver and Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - Iraq has refiled in U.S. Iraq, in court documents seen on Friday, widened its case to include potential buyers of the cargo and said the Kurdistan Regional Government has not stated if it currently owns it. The dispute over the United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying some 1 million barrels of crude, is also being litigated in Baghdad, but Iraq said the Kurds have yet to respond to at least one of their lawsuits there. The tanker has been stationed about 60 miles off Texas since late July, as the central government of Iraq wages a legal battle against Iraqi Kurdistan over who has the sole right to export crude.


'Stand Up To Cancer' telethon on 6abc

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:01

'Stand Up To Cancer' telethon on 6abcThe stars were shining bright on Friday night, putting the spotlight on cancer during the "Stand Up To Cancer" telethon on 6abc.


Captured cobra had intact venom glands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:55

This image taken from video on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 provided by the Los Angeles Zoo shows a deadly cobra being put into quarantine at the Los Angeles Zoo. The cobra mysteriously appeared in a suburban neighborhood and was taken to the Los Angeles Zoo after being spotted and tracked to a backyard woodpile where animal-control officers captured it. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday.


Google to refund $19 million for app charges made by children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:53

Google to refund $19 million for app charges made by childrenGoogle will refund at least $19 million to consumers over complaints that it unfairly billed for charges incurred by children using mobile apps from the Google Play app store.


Udall swipes at opponent's birth-control plan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:51

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greets supporters during appearance at a campaign headquarters for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., in northwest Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge, Colo., on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall went after his opponent's proposal for over-the-counter birth control Friday, bringing big names to a suburban Denver battleground to argue that Rep. Cory Gardner's plan doesn't make him the "new kind of Republican" he has been claiming to be in ads.