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Q&A: A look at nonverbal autism, facilitated communication

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:52

In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo, Sam Alexander holds his son, Ben, during a class for screenwriting at Tulane University in New Orleans. In his classes, Ben, who has nonverbal autism, sits with his dad at his side, often in a back corner with easy access to an exit. Sometimes, his father places his hand over Ben’s mouth to quiet him, or nudges him to participate in a discussion. Should he have an occasional outburst or simply get loud enough to be distracting, his dad walks him out of the room for a few minutes to calm down. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)Benjamin Alexander, the first student with nonverbal autism to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, is an English major and a writer who's had essays published locally. He uses a form of facilitated communication, or supported typing, and hopes to educate others about living with autism.


'I am here' - Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:43

In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo, Ben Alexander listens to a lecture during a class for screenwriting at Tulane University in New Orleans. Alexander has nonverbal autism, a condition that became apparent when he was 2 years old. He has found his voice through writing using what is known as “facilitated communication,” a method in which another person supports the hand of the autistic person so he or she can communicate through typing. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Though he cannot speak, Benjamin Alexander has much to say, one typed word at a time.


Stoddard firefighter charged with arson due in court

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:16
STODDARD, N.H. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter charged with arson in connection with a brush fire that burned 190 acres in New Hampshire and prompted the evacuation of 17 homes is due to make his first court appearance.

Police investigate party at storage facility in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:14

Police investigate party at storage facility in Bucks CountyBucks County authorities continue to investigate a large party at a storage facility that resulted in several arrests.


Police: Teen killed in retaliation for earlier shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 18-year-old man was shot and killed in Philadelphia in what appeared to be retaliation for the death of a 21-year-old man who was shot while talking to a candidate for the Pennsylvania House, police said.

Grand jury indicts Johnny Manziel in domestic violence case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:03

Grand jury indicts Johnny Manziel in domestic violence caseA Dallas County grand jury has handed down a true bill of indictment against former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, a source told ABC-affiliate WFAA.


Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 'pre-planned execution'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:02

 Slayings of 8 'pre-planned execution'The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that several marijuana-growing operations were found at the crime scenes.


Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies at 81

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:59

Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies at 81Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul has died. The singer was 81 years old.


Wilmington police arrest 12 in ATV crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:57

Wilmington police arrest 12 in ATV crackdownWilmington police arrested at least one dozen people and seized about three dozen vehicles in an ATV crackdown.


Dubai to open Marvel, Cartoon Network-branded theme park

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:30

Marvel heroes, Iron Man and Black Widow pose at the IMG Worlds of Adventure press conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Dubai will soon have a one-stop destination for families whose tastes run from Spider-Man to velociraptors to the Powerpuff Girls. Local developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group said Sunday that a new 1.5 million square-foot (139,355 square meter) indoor amusement park it is building on the city's desert outskirts will open on August 15. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai will soon have a one-stop destination for families whose tastes run from Spider-Man to velociraptors to the Powerpuff Girls.


St. Louis police say 3 hurt in shooting at city park

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:10
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say three people have been shot at a city park, one by a park ranger.

Former US senator talks of 2 loves _ Clare and Matthew

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:51

FILE- In this June 21, 2011, file photo, former Sen. Harris Wofford attends the National Building Museum for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service in Washington. Harris Wofford, 90, talks tenderly of his two loves — his late wife Clare and his soon-to-be spouse Matthew Charlton — in a New York Times opinion piece on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Clare died in January 1996. Harris and Carlton plan to marry April 30. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford talks tenderly of his two loves — his late wife Clare and his soon-to-be spouse Matthew Charlton — in a New York Times opinion piece.


Couple whose baby was mauled by dog gave up on 911 calls

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:12

This photo provided by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services shows a male American Staffordshire terrier-mix named Polo, in their custody after it mauled to death a 3-day-old boy, police said Friday, April 22, 2016. The parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and dog Thursday night when the mother coughed. The coughing startled the dog and it unexpectedly bit the baby, Sgt. Tu Nguyen said. (San Diego County Department of Animal Services via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves.


Solar-plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 09:42

Solar Impulse 2 lands at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., after crossing the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The solar-powered airplane landed in California on Saturday, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of its journey around the world. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.


Slaying of eight Ohio family members called 'sophisticated' execution

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:52
Revealing one possible clue in the case, officials said investigators had found three marijuana cultivation sites at one of the homes, but they declined to say whether the cannabis "grows" might be linked to the killings. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said it was clear the victims, ranging in age from 16 to 44, were deliberately singled out for attack, most of them while they slept, rather than killed at random or in a crime of passion. While DeWine at times used plural pronouns, he insisted investigators remained unsure whether they were seeking one or more perpetrators.

The Latest: Pilot tells of difficulties of long solar flight

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:50

Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The solar-powered airplane, which is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a solar plane that landed in California after crossing the Pacific (all times local):


Flyers fall to Capitals in Game 6, ending season

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:31

Flyers fall to Capitals in Game 6, ending seasonThe Philadelphia Flyers' season is over after losing to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.


Illinois college adds major in brewing amid craft beer boom

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:20
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois university has a new accredited degree in fermentation science to train future brewers, distillers and vintners.

Beyond music, Prince's legacy includes black activism

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:10

FILE - In this May 10, 2015, file photo, fans line up outside Royal Farms Arena before Prince's Baltimore concert. Beyond dance parties and hit songs, Prince’s legacy included black activism. He performed “Baltimore” in its namesake city shortly after Freddie Gray died of injuries suffered in a police transport van. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPrince accepted a standing ovation as he strolled out carrying a cane and rocking an Afro to present the 2015 Grammy for album of the year. Then he stole the show with a line that reminded everyone he was more than just a pop superstar; he was a black activist.


Manager: Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies at 81

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:08

Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies at 81Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul had died. The singer, born Paul Williams, was 81 years old.