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40-year-old mother from Voorhees dies from flu

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:33

40-year-old mother from Voorhees dies from fluThe New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed that a Voorhees Township resident has died from Influenza Human Isolate - Type A.

Man found dead on front lawn in Northfield, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:31

Man found dead on front lawn in Northfield, NJAuthorities say a man was found dead on the front lawn of a home in Northfield, Atlantic County.

SpaceX tries again to launch station supplies, land rocket

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:29

This undated image provided by SpaceX shows an ocean barge which SpaceX is planning to use during an attempt to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The company's unmanned Falcon rocket is set to blast off before dawn Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and they hope to land the first-stage booster on the platform after launch. (AP Photo/SpaceX)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is taking another crack at delivering supplies to the International Space Station and landing the rocket on an ocean barge.

Civil rights loom as appeals court considers gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:28

Louisiana plaintiffs, Havard Scott, left, and Sergio March embrace outside of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in New Orleans. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage argued their sides before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on gay marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi . (AP Photo/Stacy Revere)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas took their stands against same-sex marriage Friday before a federal appellate court with a legacy of pushing Deep South conservatives out of their comfort zones on civil rights.

Two Detroit men to stand trial for death of French street artist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:27
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that two Detroit men accused in the murder of a 23-year-old French street artist will stand trial for his 2013 shooting death. Jasin Curtis, 18, and Dionte Travis, 19, had been losing money in a dice game when they decided to rob Bilal Berreni, who was found shot in the face on July 29, 2013, at a vacant high-rise housing project near downtown Detroit, according to police testimony at a hearing on Friday. ...

In poor New York neighborhoods, residents ask: Where are the police?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:21

A NYPD patrol vehicle is seen near the Marcy Houses public housing development in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Emily Flitter and Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the sidewalk of a public housing development in Brooklyn, New York notorious for gang violence and drug activity, the words "Fascist pig, go home!" in black spray paint are fading but still legible. These are the Marcy Houses, 27 brick H-block buildings, each six stories high, that are home to nearly 4,300 people, many of whom are black or Latino. Until three weeks ago, they had been an ever-present, highly visible presence in Marcy Houses. Now, the police have all but disappeared, raising safety concerns among some residents while pleasing others who view the police strategy as oppressive.

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:13

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostagesWith explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris.

U.S. charges Connecticut teenager with running Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:13
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Connecticut teenager has been indicted for allegedly running a nearly $500,000 Ponzi scheme in which he falsely promised high investment returns by reselling electronics online and promoting concerts in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Ian Parker Bick, 19, of Danbury, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty on Friday after being arrested earlier in the day at his home, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said. ...

New York police commissioner confirms slowdown by officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:12

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks at a news conference at the police headquarters in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police commissioner conceded on Friday that there had been a widespread work slowdown by officers in the four weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush, although he suggested it was coming to an end. Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio had repeatedly said this week it was too soon to tell if a slowdown was underway, saying other factors may explain the drop in arrests and court summonses. ...

Massive, fiery pileup closes Michigan highway in storm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:11

People walk past an ice covered Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, in frigid temperatures in Bryant Park in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A hazardous materials trailer caught fire and fireworks exploded in another fiery truck on Friday, as a massive fatal pileup of 150 vehicles in icy conditions shut down a major interstate in southern Michigan. At least one person died, 10 were injured and six cars and semi-trailers caught fire in the pile-up about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Rick Pazder told Reuters. Police briefly evacuated the area near the crash as formic acid burned in one of the trailers, Pazder said. ...

Florida girl was alive when tossed from bridge by father, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:07

John Jonchuck Jr. is seen in an undated picture released by the St Petersburg Police Department in St Petersburg, FloridaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A 5-year-old Florida girl was likely alive when her father dropped her 62 feet off a bridge into the choppy waters of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg police said on Friday. Phoebe Jonchuck, a kindergarten student, was found in the water about an hour and a half later and pronounced dead at a hospital early on Thursday. Her father, 25-year-old John Jonchuck, has been charged with murder. "Based on preliminary evidence, our investigators believe Phoebe was alive when Jonchuck dropped her from the bridge," St. Petersburg Police said in a statement. ...

Theater shooting prosecutors object to requested trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:06
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case are asking the judge to reject the latest defense request to delay the trial that's scheduled to start Jan. 20.

California Governor Brown announces $113 billion budget for 2015-16

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03

California Governor Brown gives his inaugural address with First Lady of California Anne Gust and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at his historic fourth inauguration at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Friday released his 2015-16 state budget, calling for $113 billion in proposed general fund spending, up just 1.4 percent from the year before despite the state's substantial economic recovery. Brown, a fiscal moderate whose tight-fisted policies helped stabilize state finances, proposed modest increases in spending on public schools and for health and human services, but tightened the budget for some departments. "We have a carefully balanced budget - more precarious than I would like," Brown ...

Snow, wind close roads, schools; cap bitter week in Buffalo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lake-effect snow closed roads and schools in and around northern New York Friday, and police were investigating whether a man whose frozen body was found in Buffalo died from the frigid temperatures and below-zero wind chills.

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:02

President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., about new initiatives to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

Farm stand-style honor system used for Pennsylvania heroin deals: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania teacher is due in court next week on charges he dealt heroin at a suburban home rented from a local police chief and used a farm stand-style honor system for buyers to pick up and pay for drugs left on the front porch. Charles Schaldenbrand, 44, a high school special education teacher, faces four felony drug charges for sales to an undercover informant working for the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Jeb Bush swings through Boston for fundraising luncheon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:56
BOSTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has stopped in Boston for a fundraising luncheon as he gears up for possible 2016 presidential campaign.

NYC considers extending letter-grade system to salons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:55

 barbershops, hair salons and nail salons. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Dirty nail clippers could get the same treatment as spoiled food under a proposal to expand New York City's restaurant letter-grade system to a new frontier: barbershops, hair salons and nail salons.

Christie to pay his own way to Sunday's Cowboys game

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:44

In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry laugh on the field before the NFL wildcard playoff football game between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Christie has taken some heat for being an unabashed, gushing Cowboys fan, instead of backing teams closer to home, such as the New York Jets or Giants. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will be attending this weekend's Dallas Cowboys game in Wisconsin — and paying for it on his own dime.

Ben Bolton, former Vatican correspondent for AP, dies at 82

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this Dec. 1965 file photo, Pope Paul VI, left, greets Ben Bolton, Associated Press Vatican Correspondent, at the Vatican Palace in Vatican City, Italy. Bolton was presenting the pontiff with a 30 page album of Associated Press photographs of the pontiff's trip to the UN Headquarters in New York. Msg. Paul Marcinkus of Chicago, center, staff member of the Vatica Secretariate of State and English Advisor to the Pontiff translates the conversation. Bolton, who covered the Second Vatican Council and two papacies for The Associated Press, has died, his family said Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. He was 82. Metastatic cancer had been discovered throughout Bolton's body after a hospitalization for a fall last month, his daughter Catherine said. Bolton died Dec. 28, 2014, at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. (AP Photo/File)Ben Bolton, who covered the Second Vatican Council and two papacies for The Associated Press, has died, his family said Friday. He was 82.