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Man fatally struck by Amtrak train in Sharon Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 09:11

Man fatally struck by Amtrak train in Sharon HillOfficials say a man was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.


Mormons defend traditional marriage at annual conference

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 09:08
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Less than three weeks after Utah enacted the state's first nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender residents, the Mormon Church on Saturday extolled the eternal value of marriage between a man and a woman. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long held that marriage is a sacred union, in life and in the hereafter, and reiterated that belief in its 185th Annual General Convention in Salt Lake City. During Utah's 2015 legislative session, the LDS Church backed legislation that made it illegal for employers and landlords to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Gov. Gary Herbert, himself a Mormon, signed the bill.

Person fatally struck by Amtrak train in Sharon Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 08:30

Man fatally struck by Amtrak train in Sharon HillOfficials say a person was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in Sharon Hill, Delaware County.


Man critical in daytime shooting in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 08:27

Man critical in daytime shooting in Hunting ParkA daytime shooting in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.


Principal says gay student can't wear tuxedo to prom

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:54
MONROE, La. (AP) — A gay student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won't let her wear a tuxedo.

Gay rights rally goes to Indianapolis NCAA Final Four site

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:15

Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march past the Indiana Statehouse en route to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and lesbians to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support.


New York City teen dies after falling from building to escape police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:15
A 17-year-old boy died on Saturday from injuries he sustained falling six stories from a New York City building rooftop as he tried to escape police investigating a report of teenagers smoking marijuana, law enforcement said. Hakeem Kuta, of the Bronx, died Saturday morning after being in critical condition for nearly two days, police said. Kuta fell from a roof ledge as he and a 14-year-old friend attempted to escape police, who repeatedly told the teens to stop and "relax," a spokesman for the New York City Police Department said. In a statement, police said four uniformed officers responded to a complaint on Thursday evening about a group of teenagers smoking marijuana in the lobby of a Bronx apartment building, police said.

Man dies in hit-and-run crash in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:08

Man dies in hit-and-run crash in Northern LibertiesPolice are investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.


Aunt of captured inmate charged with aiding in escape

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:41

FILE - In this photo taken Feb. 27, 2015, Kamron T. Taylor, sits in a Kankakee County courtroom in Kankakee, Ill., after being convicted of murder. Police in Chicago have arrested Taylor, a convicted murderer who escaped from an eastern Illinois jail and spent nearly three days on the run. Chicago police officers arrested Taylor late Friday, April 3, 2015, night after a foot chase. Taylor was found with a handgun. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Mike Voss)CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of a convicted murderer who was captured in Chicago after a nearly three-day manhunt was charged Saturday with giving her nephew information that helped him escape from an eastern Illinois jail where she had once worked.


Slain Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson laid to rest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:39

Slain Darby Borough Officer Mark Hudson laid to restHundreds gathered to pay tribute to a Darby Borough police officer who was shot and killed inside his own home a week ago - allegedly at the hands of his girlfriend.


Reality TV burnishes image of the neighborhood pawn shop

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:38

NO HEADLINEBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History Channel's hit show "Pawn Stars," featuring a Las Vegas shop run by three generations of the quirky but endearing Harrison family, has helped transform the image of the pawn shop, portraying it as a fun place to do business and discover one-of-a-kind buys. At the same time, more consumers, even those with other loan options, are finding that the simplicity of the pawn shop has its appeal. "The big change in the industry has been the mainstreaming of the image," said Emmett Murphy, spokesman for the National Pawnbrokers Association.


University of South Carolina suspends student for racial slur

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:12
(Reuters) - The University of South Carolina has suspended a student for writing a racial slur on a study room whiteboard and will investigate the student for code of conduct violations, according to the school’s president. In a statement posted on Facebook on Friday, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said a student was suspended as an investigation begins into the incident. He did not release the student’s name or refer to the student as the person in the picture. “Today, the unfortunate and disappointing act of a student in a study room has challenged the Carolina community to reflect on our values and tell the world what we believe,” Pastides said.

Pennsauken house fire causes partial collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:59

Pennsauken house fire causes collapseFlames tore through a two-story home in Pennsauken, New Jersey causing part of the house to collapse.


Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:54

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif arrive to deliver statements after nuclear talks in LausanneBy Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland. The prevailing sentiment in part reflects the history of the Southern California's Iranian community, made up of those in the earliest wave of migration after Iran's 1979 revolution. Many are still distrustful of the Iranian government. A rollback of U.S. sanctions, which have contributed to Iran’s skyrocketing inflation and inability to obtain Western medical supplies, will do little to improve the lives of ordinary people, many expatriates say.


Rains hit South, Midwest; woman killed in flood

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:40

Simone Wester talks with family on the phone from the front door of her apartment building at the Guardian Court Apartments in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 3, 2015. More than a foot of water flooded the apartment complex. Authorities in Louisville, Kentucky, made more than 100 water rescues early Friday as area storms flooded roads and prompted at least one evacuation. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky was swamped by wave after wave of heavy rain, unleashing flash flooding that killed a woman, stranded a school bus and forced more than 160 rescues in Louisville.


Brooklyn rabbit owner arraigned on animal cruelty charges

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A court case involving 176 Brooklyn rabbits is ruining Easter for Natalie Reeves.

Groups aiming to further expand gay rights at state level

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:30

FILE - In this March 28, 2015 file photo, Jackson Blanchard, 18, of Indianapolis, leads the crowd in a chant during a rally against a new Indiana religious objections law outside the State House in Indianapolis. The national focus on whether new religious objections laws in Indiana and Arkansas could be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians has boosted efforts for broader civil rights law protections in those and other states. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Campaigns to win broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians are getting a boost in several states from the national focus on new religious objections laws in Indiana and Arkansas.


Denver schools take lead in hiring DREAMer teachers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 05:05

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Alejandro Fuentes Mena holds his two cats at his home in northeast Denver. Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he's helping other young people build their dreams.


Stanford grad student charged with poisoning classmates

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 04:53

Stanford grad student charged with poisoning classmatesA grad student at Stanford University has been charged with poisoning her classmate's water bottles.


Rolling Stone awaits review of debunked Virginia gang rape story

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 04:41
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is due out on Sunday, addressing the questions of journalistic ethics raised by the provocative article. Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on the story, "A Rape on Campus," which caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in November. The story's autopsy could lead to a shakeup at Rolling Stone, founded in 1967 by editor Jann Wenner. If the report is highly critical, it "will have an enormous impact on Rolling Stone.