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Man threatens clerks during Family Dollar robbery in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:24

Man threatens clerks during Family Dollar robbery in Southwest PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia detectives are searching for a thief who threatened several clerks during a robbery in Southwest.


SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:16

SpaceX's Dragon capsule launches, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX fired the mock-up capsule to test the new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.


Autopsies: 2 of 3 Muslim students shot with gun held to head

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:14
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Autopsies indicate that a man charged with killing three Muslim college students held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway.

BNSF says tank cars in ND oil train crash were unjacketed CPC-1232 model

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:09
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF said that the tank cars involved in a North Dakota oil train derailment Wednesday were unjacketed CPC-1232 models, the same model that has been targeted for phase-out within five years under federal safety rules announced last Friday. BNSF in a statement acknowledged that a fire had occurred at the scene of the crash and confirmed that there were no injuries. (Reporting By Edward McAllister and Jarret Renshaw; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Construction worker rescues Michigan boy during dog attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:39
SEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Four Rottweilers attacked an 8-year-old boy in central Michigan, and his mother said they would have killed her son if not for a construction worker who came to the rescue.

Florida woman's online order asks for pizza, police help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:36

Hostage orders plea for help with pizza to goBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Employees at a Pizza Hut in Florida were praised on Wednesday for helping rescue a customer who wrote a message in her online pizza order that she was being held hostage and needed someone to call 911, authorities said. The note led to the arrest of Ethan Nickerson, 26, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their three children hostage, said Highlands County sheriff's spokeswoman Nell Hays. The Pizza Hut employees "not only saw something but they acted on it," Hays said. Cheryl Treadway, 25, was a regular customer at a Pizza Hut in Avon Park in central Florida, which took seriously her plea in the comments section of an online order on Monday.


Action News Investigation: Dangerous Philadelphia fire escapes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:01

 Dangerous Philadelphia fire escapesThe pressure is on for Philadelphia lawmakers to tighten lax inspection laws which critics warn have resulted in catastrophic fire escape collapses across the city.


Video released of theft from van at East Falls Rite Aid store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:52

Video released of theft from van at East Falls Rite Aid storePhiladelphia police are investigating the theft of medication from a delivery van outside a Rite Aid store in East Falls.


Woman sentenced for digging up dad's grave for 'real will'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:28
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes has been sentenced to 1 ½ to three years in prison.

EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:44

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The EU on Wednesday announced a strategy push to make the continent more relevant on the digital marketplace which is currently dominated by U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.


Police working to identify pedestrian struck and killed in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:43

Police working to identify pedestrian struck and killed in WilmingtonAuthorities are working to identify a pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Delaware early Wednesday.


NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone for storm approaching Bahamas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:35
(Reuters) - An upper-level trough and a weak surface low located over the northwestern Bahamas has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday. "Conditions are expected to become gradually more favorable for development over the next day or so while the system moves slowly northward," the NHC said. Interests along the southeast coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system through the weekend, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. (Reporting by Kevin Jose in Bengaluru)

APNewsbreak: NYC to waive $30M public housing payment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to announce that New York City will waive an annual $30 million payment it is owed from the city's public housing authority, and the move is shedding light on the precarious future of the aging development that is home to more people than the city of New Orleans.

Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:24
AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:19

Elton Simpson head shot from preseason media shoot of the 2002-03 Yavapai College basketball team in Prescott, Arizona. Simpson was one of the two gunmen who was shot and killed by authorities outside a suburban Dallas venue Sunday, which was hosting a contest for Muslim Prophet Muhammad cartoons. The gunmen, whom federal officials identified as Simpson and Nadir Soofi, wounded a security officer before they were shot and killed at the scene. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPHOENIX (AP) — About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.


Pedestrian struck and killed in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 20:04

Police working to identify pedestrian struck and killed in WilmingtonA pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate-95 in Wilmington, Delaware early Wednesday morning.


2 plead not guilty to killing Canadian tourist after Derby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:50
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two of three people charged in the fatal shooting of a Canadian tourist in town for the Kentucky Derby have entered not guilty pleas.

Nearly 3 dozen intend to sue Metro-North over deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:21
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Metro-North Railroad has heard from nearly three dozen potential plaintiffs who intend to sue over a deadly train collision that killed six people.

AP Interview: Uganda's president says he's the one bullied

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:03

Republic of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni speaks during an interview, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Supporters believe that Museveni, who is one of the longest serving leaders on the African continent, will win another term should he decide to seek one in 2016. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There is so much freedom in Uganda that it's nearly anarchy, the country's president joked, stepping carefully around what's an open secret back home: Yoweri Museveni will run for yet another term next year, and surely he will win.


Germanwings pilot tried controlled descent on previous flight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 18:42

Germanwings pilot tried controlled descent on previous flightThe co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside in March on its way back to Germany, French air accident investigators said in a new report released Wednesday.