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NY health investigators eye Joan Rivers' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:11

FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.


U.S. Justice Department to investigate Ferguson police after teen shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:09

United States Attorney General Holder holds a news conference announcing updates on investigation of Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri, in WashingtonThe Justice Department announced on Thursday it will launch a civil investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white policeman last month. The probe is the second federal investigation spurred by Brown's death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, which sparked days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The Justice Department is simultaneously investigating possible criminal charges against the police officer who shot Brown.


Parents found dead in Texas home where dead son discovered in January: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:05
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A man and woman discovered dead in a suburban Dallas home were the parents of a 10-year-old boy found dead in January in a bathtub at the same residence, leading to the arrest of the mother, the family's lawyer said on Thursday. Attorney David Finn said he was contacted by relatives of Sumeet and Pallavi Dhawan, parents of the dead child, asking for his assistance in returning their bodies to their native India. Pallavi Dhawan was arrested for killing her son after police discovered the boy's partially decomposed body in a bathtub surrounded by ice packs.

Federal railway regulators host forum in Fargo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:54
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal regulators are hosting a hearing in Fargo, North Dakota, on complaints about delays in shipping fertilizer and grain by rail as oil shipments are taking up increasing space on American railroads.

Microsoft: mid-range phones for budget conscious

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:53

A woman shows the new Lumia 830 smart phone during a Microsoft Nokia presentation event at the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones.


Nevada museum blast resulted from 'simple oversight,' fire official says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:39
(Reuters) - A chemical flash that injured 13 people, including several children, in a Nevada museum was triggered by a "simple oversight" by a presenter trying to simulate a smoke tornado for visitors, a fire official said on Thursday. Officials said one child remained hospitalized in good condition on Thursday, a day after the demonstration went awry at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno. Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said the child was expected to be released on Thursday. All the other people hurt in the blast were either treated at the scene or were released from hospital on Wednesday evening for injuries described by Renown Regional Medical Center as superficial burns and airway irritation.

Judge orders ballot tool to help blind in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:39
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal judge says Maryland has failed to ensure the rights of blind and disabled people to vote privately and independently and must implement an online ballot-marking tool for November's elections.

PHOTOS: Twitter reacts to Joan Rivers' death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:37

 Twitter reacts to Joan Rivers' deathHollywood reacts to the passing of comedienne Joan Rivers.


U.S. Justice Department to examine St. Louis County police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:35

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in FergusonAttorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that the Justice Department is reviewing the way the St. Louis County Police Department in Missouri responded to protesters in Ferguson in the wake of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. In announcing a broad civil investigation into the Ferguson Police Department, whose officer shot Brown, Holder said the St. Louis County Police Department had requested an "after-action report" on its response to the protests.


Indianapolis man charged with baking dog to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:26
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man faces felony charges alleging that he killed a friend's dog by putting the canine in a sweltering oven.

A closer look at the Ferguson Police Department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:24

Attorney General Eric Holder, center, accompanied by Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Molly Moran, left, and Ronald Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, to announce the Justice Department's civil rights division will launch a broad civil rights investigation in the Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The announcement that the Justice Department will conduct a civil-rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department comes nearly a month after Michael Brown's death first raised doubts about the suburban law-enforcement agency.


PHOTOS: Joan Rivers through the years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:16

 Joan Rivers through the yearsSee Joan Rivers through the years of her timeless career. Rivers passed away today, September 4th surrounded by family and friends.


House mover pushing historic lodge away from river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:12
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Olympic National Park says a house mover is using equipment and possibly animals to push a historic lodge away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.

More U.S. households smoke-free, study says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:12

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaMore than 90 percent of homes without a smoker and nearly half of those with at least one adult smoker had smoke-free rules, the study said. "It’s a shift in social norms," said Brian King, lead author of the CDC study. "People no longer see smoking around non-smokers as socially acceptable behavior." Still, he said, more progress is needed, particularly in homes where smokers live, as secondhand smoke from cigarettes kills an estimated 41,000 non-smokers annually. “We know there is no safe level of secondhand smoke,” King said.


Ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife convicted of corruption, fraud, bribery charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:10
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and wife convicted of corruption, fraud, bribery charges.

Chicago hospital trains Navy doctors for battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:54

In this Aug. 6, 2014 photo, Dr. Faran Bokhari, head of the trauma department at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital in Chicago, prepares for surgery on a gunshot victim. Bokhari works with medical personnel from the U.S. Navy at the hospital. Launched this past spring, the program sends Navy medical teams on rotations through Stroger’s trauma unit. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.


X-ray shows Great Dane ate 43-and-a-half socks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:51

X-ray shows Great Dane ate 43-and-a-half socksIf you've ever wondered what happens to all of your missing socks, you might want to check your pet.


Cops seek charges in revolting 'ice bucket' prank

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:41
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — Outraged police in a northeast Ohio suburb are pledging to bring charges against those responsible for dumping a bucket allegedly containing feces and body fluids on a special needs student who was told it was part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" fundraiser.

Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:40
Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, ...

Verdict reached in corruption trial of ex-Va. gov.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:39
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The jury has reached a verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.