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McDonald's recalls lollipop whistles over choking concerns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:50

A McDonald's restaurant is pictured in Encinitas, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. restaurant chain McDonald's Corp is recalling about 2.5 million lollipop whistles because young children can choke on the parts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Monday. The Oakbrook, Illinois, company has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistles they had sucked into their mouths, the commission said in a statement. One of the children received medical attention. Parts inside the whistle can come loose, it said. About 2. ...

Pa. Gov-elect Wolf names McGinty as chief of staff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:48

Pa. Gov-elect Wolf names McGinty as chief of staffPennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Monday a former state environmental protection secretary will serve as his chief of staff after he takes office in January.

Violent U.S. crime drops again, reaches 1970s level: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:43
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. violent crimes including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013 to their lowest number since the 1970s, continuing a decades-long downturn, the FBI said on Monday. The law enforcement agency's annual Crime in the United States report showed the country had an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes last year, the lowest number since 1.09 million were recorded in 1978. All types of violent crimes were lower, with murder and non-negligent manslaughter off 4.4 percent to 14,196, the lowest figure since 1968. Rape was down 6.3 percent and robbery fell 2. ...

Inmate Abu-Jamal challenges victim-anguish law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:43
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An outspoken Pennsylvania inmate sued Monday to overturn a recently enacted law the state's governor says curbs criminals from cultivating "obscene celebrity" at the expense of their victims.

U.S. Postal Service data breach may compromise staff, customer details

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:38

A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in EncinitasBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service was the victim of a cyber attack that may have compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 employees, as well as data on customers who contacted its call center during the first eight months of this year. Employee data may include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, the Postal Service said on Monday. ...

Postal Service Hit By Cyber Attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:34
The U.S. Postal Service said today it has been the victim of "a cyber-security intrusion" that exposed the personal information of some 800,000 employees.

Judge refuses to fire Gulf oil spill claims chief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

School advocates sue Pennsylvania over funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:25

School advocates sue Pennsylvania over fundingPublic school advocates sued top state officials Monday, alleging that an irrational system of distributing state subsidies is creating academic inequities and depriving many students of the "thorough and efficient" public education system that the state constitution guarantees.

U.S. transgender people welcome easier path to amend birth papers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:19

Naz Seenauth, a transgender man, poses in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Naz Seenauth's driver's license says he is male. His birth certificate says he is female. The mismatch, he says, is deeply frustrating. New York City, where Seenauth was born and raised, does not accept that he is a transgender man and will not amend his birth certificate, for now at least, even though his doctor will attest to his gender. "It was kind of weird," Seenauth said of his failed attempt to get the document reissued last year, "because New York City is such a liberal place. ...

Texas Governor Perry gets support in felony case from bipartisan lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:17

Texas Governor Rick Perry and lawyers in court on abuse-of-power charges in AustinBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A bipartisan and high-profile group of lawyers on Monday filed a brief seeking to have abuse of power felony charges against Texas Governor Rick Perry thrown out, arguing the indictment against him is constitutionally flawed. Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, has said he was within his rights as governor in vetoing funds for a county prosecutor, a veto that resulted in the two felony charges being laid against him. ...

Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:11
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

Bahamas small plane crash kills prominent pastor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:09
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Severe weather was likely a factor in the small plane crash that killed nine people, including a prominent Christian minister and his wife, on approach to the island of Grand Bahama, the foreign minister said Monday.

Writing workshop helps vets get memories on paper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:02

In this Nov. 4, 2014 photo, military veterans listen as colleagues read from their work at the Veterans Writing Workshop in Harrison, N.Y. The workshop is helping veterans of all ages revisit their memories of military service and commit them to paper. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Phair wept as he wrote about the chaos he witnessed as a Marine in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War — desperate civilians scrambling to escape, military police casually shooting a pet dog, the air smelling of "burning buildings, gunpowder and death."

Lost church group rescued from mountains near Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:56

MNT063LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fifteen members of a church group who became lost during a hike in the mountains outside Los Angeles over the weekend were spotted from the air on Monday and were being rescued by helicopter, a county sheriff's spokesman said. The hikers, who range in age from 14 to 36 years old, became lost on Sunday while hiking to a waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena, Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Johnie Jones said. ...

Woman struck by car on City Avenue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:53

Woman struck by car on City AvenueA woman was hospitalized after being struck by a car in Philadelphia's Wynnefield Heights section Monday morning.

'Breaking Bad'-inspired Washington, D.C., student sentenced for ricin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "Breaking Bad"-inspired Georgetown University student who made the deadly chemical ricin in his dormitory room was sentenced on Monday to a year in jail. A U.S. District Court judge ordered the student, Daniel Harry Milzman, 20, of Bethesda, Maryland, to serve 12 months and one day, with 36 months of supervision after release. Milzman pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal possession of a biological toxin in September. Police arrested him in March after he showed some of his ricin to his residential adviser. ...

Barnes to be extradited to Philadelphia on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:50

Barnes to be extradited to Philadelphia on TuesdayAction News has learned that accused kidnapper Delvin Barnes will be returned to Philadelphia Tuesday to face federal kidnapping charges.

Man held on $750K after third DUI arrest in 3 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:49

Man held on $750K after third DUI arrest in 3 monthsA Chester County man was back in court Monday morning to face his third set of DUI charges.

Burwell says 2015 Obamacare market goal is 9.1 million enrollees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Monday that the federal government's goal is to have 9.1 million people enrolled in private health coverage through Obamacare marketplaces next year. A report released earlier by the administration forecast an enrollment total ranging from 9 million to 9.9 million people, compared with a prediction of 13 million enrollees issued earlier this year by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. A 9. ...

SC seeks dismissal of gay marriage challenge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:38
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's attorney general is asking a federal judge to toss out a challenge to the state's gay marriage ban.