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Man who killed wife, stepdaughter to be executed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:35

In this undated arrest photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows inmate Chadwick Banks. Banks from Gadsden County, Fla., is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for the 1992 murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter. He also killed his sleeping wife on the same day. (AP Photo/FDLE)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle man is set to be executed Thursday for raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter 22 years ago, just minutes after he killed her mother.


AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:32

In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Brian Wilson launches a small drone equipped with a video camera to fly over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. The government is receiving reports nearly every day _ and sometimes two or three times a day _ of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual, federal and industry officials familiar with the reports told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.


Two dangling window washers rescued at New York's 1 World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:31
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two window washers caught on dangling scaffolding on the 69th floor of New York City's 1 World Trade Center were pulled to safety on Wednesday through a window cut in the tallest U.S. skyscraper, a building official said. Mechanical error appeared to trap the workers, both veteran window washers, on a small platform dangling vertically from cables, according to Gerard McEneany, director of the window washing division at the building in lower Manhattan told NY 1 television. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Frank McGurty and Sandra Maler)

New Jersey Transit pushes battle vs. mobster's kin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:24
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The canceled rail tunnel project under the Hudson River that has already cost New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars could wind up enriching the family of a convicted mobster to the tune of millions more.

Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:04

A man rides on a bicycle along the Ourcq canal, in Pantin, east of Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Pantin, a once-gritty Paris suburb, is sometimes compared to Brooklyn, New York. Both areas have gentrified, with artists and galleries moving in to old warehouses and real estate prices shooting up. Many other neighborhoods and cities around the world also compare themselves to Brooklyn, which has become known for hipster culture and artisanal food. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris. Many claim to be the Paris of the East: Bucharest, Prague, Istanbul, Beirut and Shanghai to name a few. There's also the Paris of North America (Montreal), the Paris of South America (Buenos Aires) and the Paris of the Plains — Kansas City in the Jazz Age.


Arctic chill settles across Upper Midwest, Rockies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:55

A jogger steps carefully across snow-covered street Wednesday morning Nov. 12, 2014 in Denver. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri moved into the intermountain West on Monday and has settled across the central part of the country, plunging temperatures below zero in some locations and dropping a light snow that has snarled traffic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — The Arctic chill is gripping the Rockies and Upper Midwest — and it's crawling east.


U.S. weather agency reports cyber attacks on four websites

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. agency that operates the National Weather Service said on Wednesday four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration staff "detected the attacks and incident response began immediately," agency spokesman Scott Smullen said in an email. He said the agency repaired the sites and that all services have been fully restored. Smullen did not identify the websites that were compromised or elaborate on the attacks but said they did not prevent the agency from delivering forecasts to the public. ...

At least 2 workers trapped on scaffolding dangling from One World Trade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:49

At least 2 workers trapped on scaffolding dangling from One World TradeA scaffold is hanging from One World Trade early Wednesday afternoon, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says two window washers are inside.


PHOTOS: Scaffold dangling from World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:48

 Scaffold dangling from World Trade CenterAt least two workers are stuck on scaffolding dangling from One World Trade.


Rescue under way for New York City window washers dangling at World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:42
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City fire fighters were trying to rescue at least one window washer on Wednesday thought to be trapped on broken scaffolding that was dangling outside the 69th floor of One World Trade Center, local officials said. The scaffolding was dangling at a 45-degree angle alongside the skyscraper's glassy facade, according to a Reuters witness. The building in lower Manhattan is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. ...

Senators warn sanctions if Iran deal unacceptable

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic and Republican senators largely responsible for tough sanctions on Iran are warning of more penalties if any deal with Tehran on its nuclear work is unacceptable.

2 dead in suspicious fire in Egg Harbor, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:22

2 dead in suspicious fire in Egg Harbor, N.J.Two people are dead following a house fire in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, and police have labeled the blaze "suspicious" in nature.


Ebola drug testing sparks ethics debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:16

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, health workers unload the lifeless body of a man suspected of contracting the Ebola virus, as they carry him to a grave site on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Health officials in the U.S. and Europe are scrambling to begin testing a handful of experimental Ebola drugs in Africa, but an ethical debate is brewing over how to appropriately test medicines amid an outbreak that has already killed nearly 5,000 people. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are scrambling to begin human testing of a handful of experimental drugs for Ebola. But the effort has sparked an ethical debate over how to study unproven medicines amid an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000.


HealthCare.gov may work better, but challenges loom for Obamacare customers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:08

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The technology glitches may be a thing of the past. But people shopping online for health insurance plans under U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare law may encounter a new set of problems early next year, one of them being unexpected new costs. HealthCare.gov, the federal website where people enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, opens for sign-ups for policies covering 2015 this Saturday, the so-called open enrollment period. ...


Tsarnaev lawyers want evidence on triple killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:03

FILE - This combination of file photos shows brothers Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to order federal prosecutors to turn over any information they have about his brother's participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing Tsarnaev's trial. Dzhokar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 others. (AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother's participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing Tsarnaev's trial.


US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:56

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to actA groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.


NYC 'cannibal cop' is sentenced to time served

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police officer whose bizarre online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women landed him behind bars and earned him tabloid infamy as the "cannibal cop" was sentenced to time served on Wednesday after telling a judge that the women were "never in danger."

1 dead, 1 critical after head-on crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:52

1 dead, 1 critical after head-on crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaOne person is dead and another critically injured after 2 vehicles crashed head-on in front of a Northeast Philadelphia school.


European spacecraft lands on comet 67P

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:50

European spacecraft lands on comet 67PHundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe.


Suspicious package reported at Hebrew academy in Bryn Mawr

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:50

Suspicious package reported at Hebrew academy in Bryn MawrRadnor police have been called to a religious school in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County for the report of a suspicious package.