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5 killed, homes destroyed as tornadoes hit Texas, Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:07

Tornadoes batter towns in Texas, Arkansas, South Dakota and IowaLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm.


Washington state man shot after pointing phone like a gun: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:56
(Reuters) - An unarmed Washington state man who was fatally shot by officers at a lumber yard outside of Seattle last month had pointed a cellphone at them like a gun before he was killed, police said. The shooting comes as a national debate over police use of force continues to rage, following killings of unarmed black men in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere over the past year sparking angry protests. Interim Lakewood Police Chief Mark Zaro told reporters on Monday that 37-year-old Daniel Covarrubias was killed on April 21 when he refused to obey orders and raised a dark object, later determined to be a phone, at officers in a way "mimicking a gun." "I'm not going to ask our officers to stand there with a gun pointed at them, or what they believe to be a gun pointed at them, and not take actions to defend their lives," Zaro said, adding that he was sorry for the family's loss. Covarrubias' family have protested against the police department following the shooting and rejected the police version of events.

Picasso painting sells for $179M; Giacometti sculpture $141M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:47

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen takes bids on Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O), which sold for nearly $179.4 million, making it set a world record for artwork at auction during a sale at Christie's Rockefeller Center in New York, Monday, May 11, 2015. Experts say high art prices are driven by artworks' investment value and by wealthy new and established collectors seeking out the very best works. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.


Rock thrown through school bus window, student injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:37

Rock thrown through school bus window, student injuredA student was injured when a Philadelphia School District bus was pelted with rocks and construction debris.


2 hospitalized after vehicle trapped under UPS tractor trailer on Northeast Extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:31

2 hospitalized after vehicle trapped under UPS tractor trailer on Northeast ExtensionTwo women are hospitalized after a serious accident involving a tractor trailer on the Northeast Extension in Lansdale, Montgomery County.


Incendiary device used to set fatal Kensington boarding house, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:28

Incendiary device used to set fatal Kensington boarding house, officials sayThe Philadelphia Fire Department says an incendiary device was used to intentionally ignite a fire in Kensington that left one person dead and four others hospitalized.


Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:18
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County's homeless population has grown by 12 percent during the past two years amid a sluggish economic recovery that has left the poorest residents of the second-largest U.S. metropolitan area falling farther behind, a study released on Monday found. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's report cited stagnant or falling wages among the lowest-income earners, a local jobless rate that remains above state and national averages, and a worsening lack of affordable housing. "The economy has improved, but not for the persons at greatest risk of homelessness," said Peter Lynn, the authority's executive director. According to the agency's latest biennial count, an estimated 44,300 people are living on the streets, in cars, in abandoned buildings or in shelters and government-funded "transitional housing" on any given night in Los Angeles County.

Menendez attorney files to have corruption case moved to DC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:15

FILE - In this April 14, 2015, file photo, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Indicted U.S. Sen. Menendez asked Monday, May 11, 2015, to have his federal corruption case moved from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., arguing that virtually none of the 22 counts alleged occurred in the state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Indicted U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez asked Monday to have his federal corruption case moved from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., arguing that virtually none of the 22 counts alleged occurred in the state.


In Boston, both fans and foes divided over 'Deflategate' decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:00
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Hunched over burgers and chili cheese dogs at a Boston-area pub, a group of friends digested Monday's news of punishment in the "Deflategate" scandal for the New England Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady. Not surprisingly, there was a full menu of reactions - from praise to disbelief to condemnation - to Brady's four-game suspension by the National Football League for using under-inflated footballs. "The suspension is ridiculous," said Jake McGuiggan, 22, a Harvard University undergraduate. It's just suspicion, which doesn't merit discipline." Meanwhile, his friend, Sean O'Neill, a New York Jets fan who attends Harvard Business School, reveled in the punishment.

Collision sends SUV into West Philadelphia front yard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:00

Collision sends SUV into West Philadelphia front yardPolice are investigating a two vehicle accident in West Philadelphia.


Last season of 'American Idol' set for Fox's 2015-16 lineup

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:57

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Fox announced announced Monday, May 11, 2015 that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The swan song of "American Idol" and heavy doses of comedy and sci-fi will mark Fox's 2015-16 season.


Former Penn State student who vanished at graduation time found safe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:50

Former Penn State student who vanished at graduation time found safeA young man who disappeared after apparently leaving Penn State without telling his parents has been found safe.


Homelessness in LA County jumps 12 percent in 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent in the past two years to more than 44,000 as the region struggles with a critical lack of affordable housing, officials said Monday.

Sen. Bob Menendez asks for corruption case be moved to DC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:42

Sen. Bob Menendez asks for corruption case be moved to DCIndicted Sen. Bob Menendez has asked to have his federal corruption case moved from New Jersey to Washington, D.C.


Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:33

Area residents Alberta Harris, center, and Waynetta Theodore, left, and Christiena Preston, console each other as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial, near the site where two Mississippi police officers were killed, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. The officers were shot to death during an evening traffic stop turned violent, a state law enforcement spokesman said Sunday. Three suspects were in custody, including two who are charged with capital murder. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head.


Tsarnaev defense: Feds haven't shown impact of boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:28
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that he expressed genuine sorrow for the victims.

Police: Andrew Young in car hit by cement truck in Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:08

Fulfilling a Promise, Realizing a Dream, held at the the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. Young was taken to a hospital Monday, May 11, 2015, as a precaution after a cement truck overturned on a car he was riding in, authorities said. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon as a precaution after a cement truck overturned on a car he was riding in, authorities said.


Former student who vanished at graduation time is found safe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:02
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A young man who disappeared after apparently leaving Penn State without telling his parents has been found safe.

'Tom Terrific' Brady squeaky clean no more

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00
Overlooked as a college quarterback and a lowly sixth-round draft pick by the National Football League's New England Patriots in 2000, Tom Brady rose to become one of the game's greatest winners. The handsome signal-caller with steely nerves and an intense competitive streak steered the Pats to a record six Super Bowl appearances, winning four of them and taking home Most Valuable Player honors in the NFL's championship game on three occasions. Brady, married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen and nicknamed "Tom Terrific," seemed to live a charmed life before being branded a cheater in the NFL scandal dubbed Deflategate.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 09:57
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California judge refuses to revoke release of serial rapist amid fears he would rape again.