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Fire damages restaurant, apartments and Free Library in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:32

Fire damages restaurant, apartments and Free Library in Tioga-NicetownA fast-moving fire damaged a Chinese restaurant, some apartments and a Free Library of Philadelphia location in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia.


Woman injured in apartment fire in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:24

Woman injured in apartment fire in West PhiladelphiaA woman is hospitalized after a fast-moving fire in a restaurant that spread to several apartments above it in West Philadelphia.


Broken water main shuts down street in Lansdale Borough, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:15

Broken water main shuts down street in Lansdale Borough, Pa.A large water main break has shut down a street in Lansdale, Montgomery County.


Sam Bradford wants to earn Eagles starting role - and help recruit DeMarco Murray

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:00

Sam Bradford wants to earn Eagles starting role - and help recruit DeMarco MurraySam Bradford took to the podium Wednesday afternoon in his first press conference since being named quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Sam Bradford wants to earn starting role, recruit DeMarco Murray

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:57

Sam Bradford wants to earn Eagles starting role - and help recruit DeMarco MurraySam Bradford took to the podium Wednesday afternoon in his first press conference since being named quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.


Target pressured on wages by group with focus but little to spend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:55

Sign for a Target store is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IllinoisThe non-profit advocacy group launched its campaign on Tuesday. It is also likely the first time that Wal-Mart, which announced its pay hike last month, has been used as leverage to pressure another retailer since campaigns to boost worker pay across the service sector started to gain traction in the United States three years ago. UltraViolet purchased a few weeks worth of banner ads through Google, Microsoft and other networks. For $5,000 it was told the ads, which say "Did you know there's a Walmart near you that pays higher minimum wage than Target?", could be viewed half a million times, organizing director Karin Roland said.


West Philadelphia woman still fighting after being shot 8 times by neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:32

West Philadelphia woman still fighting after being shot 8 times by neighborA West Philadelphia woman is fighting for her life after she was shot eight times by her neighbor. Friends of the victim are praying for a miracle.


Crews repair water main break in Lansdale Borough, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 17:01

Broken water main shuts down street in Lansdale Borough, Pa.A large water main break has North Penn Water Authority working early Thursday morning repairing a break in Lansdale Borough, Pennsylvania.


St. Louis county police: 2 officers shot in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:58

2 police officers shot during protest in Ferguson, MissouriTwo officers were shot during a protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, authorities said, as demonstrators gathered following the resignation of the embattled police chief of the St. Louis suburb.


Truck driver in Amtrak crash has history of violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:51

A truck passes over the train tracks near a sign listing an emergency number for railroad problems on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Halifax, N.C. A train collided with a truck, Monday injuring 55 people. The truck with a state trooper escort become stuck in the crossing but no calls were made to Amtrak about the problem, even though the sign should have been visible to the truck driver. (AP Photo /Jonathan Drew)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulations require motor carriers to conduct background investigations before hiring truckers, but the companies have wide discretion when deciding whether to hire someone with poor driving records or criminal convictions.


Arizona park rebounds after years of border crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:41

In this October 30, 2014 photo, a sign warns visitors of smuggling and illegal immigration at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. For over a decade, armed drug traffickers were so prevalent in this vast desert monument that visitors were barred from entering more than half of it. But a series of crackdowns and decreased traffic on Arizona’s border with Mexico have turned things around at the national monument. For the first time since 2003, the picturesque park is fully accessible, all 516 square miles of its sweeping mountains and cactus-covered terrain. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — For over a decade, armed drug traffickers were so prevalent in this vast desert monument that visitors were barred from entering more than half of it.


Warm February takes toll on mountain snowpack in West

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 16:06

This Feb. 9, 2015 photo shows hiker Mike Naiman surveying the closed Snoqualmie Pass ski area in Washington State. Warm temperatures and lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday, March 11. A third of monitoring sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada reported the lowest snowpack ever measured as of March 1, and some sites didn’t even have snow, unusual for this time of year. (AP Photo/Seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)SEATTLE (AP) — Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:36
"The chief is the kind of honorable man you don't have to go to. He comes to you when he knows that this is something we have to seriously discuss." — James Knowles III, mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, after Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned.

Hearing wraps up on jailhouse snitches, alleged lies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:29
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — In an Orange County courtroom, attorneys have dueled for a year over allegations that authorities misused jailhouse informants, hid evidence and lied on the witness stand.

Wounded Ferguson officers conscious, being treated at hospital: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:19
(Reuters) - The two police officers who were shot outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police station early Thursday are conscious and being treated at a local hospital, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters. An officer from the St. Louis County Police was shot in the shoulder and an officer from the Webster Groves Police Department was struck in the face when at least three shots rang out as the crowd protesting at the station was breaking up, Belmar said.

Lyft raises $530 million in Rakuten-led funding round

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:10
(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft said it raised an additional $530 million in a funding round led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc. Lyft will use the funds to expand its presence in the 65 markets it operates in, and to invest in Lyft Line - a service that allows users to share cabs. Rakuten is investing $300 million for an 11.9 percent stake in Lyft, which uses a smartphone-based app to match riders with paid drivers who use their own cars rather than livery vehicles. The financing, which also includes new investor Fortress Investment Group, values three-year-old Lyft at more than $2.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. By empowering the connections between people, the sharing economy will fundamentally change the service industry and merit society," Rakuten Chief Executive Hiroshi Mikitani said in a statement.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 2 officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:50
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 2 officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department.

Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:23

Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, leaves a House committee hearing Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City. An anti-discrimination bill protecting LGBT Utah residents and religious rights awaits a final vote by lawmakers. The bill was approved on Tuesday afternoon. It was originally scheduled for Monday, but postponed by the House Judiciary Committee after an hour-long hearing so that they could hear more comments from the public. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday.


Idaho police seeking killers in 'heinous' triple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:06

This Wednesday, March 11, 2015 photo shows an entrance to a home where two men and a woman were found dead on Tuesday amid signs of a struggle in Ada County, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities made an arrest related to a "heinous" triple murder at a rural home in the Boise foothills and said they are working around the clock to identify the suspect or suspects in the deaths.


U.S. business interests square off against lawyers in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:03
An influential group of lawyers in Delaware, home to more corporations than any other state, is gearing up to do battle with  some of the largest U.S. companies over the increasingly busy industry of shareholder lawsuits.  The lawyers' group, which includes attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants, fired its opening salvo last week: A series of legislative proposals that, if enacted, would help ensure that Delaware remains the go-to venue for corporate disputes. Delaware courts can award fees to punish abusive tactics. In a statement, Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, blasted the proposed ban on fee-shifting as "a huge win for Delaware's lawsuit business." More than 30 companies, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Interactive Brokers Group Inc, have adopted fee-shifting bylaws or charter provisions in the past year, after they were upheld by Delaware's Supreme Court.