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Idaho town under indefinite order to boil water to prevent illnesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:50
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Residents of an Idaho town were ordered on Tuesday to boil drinking water for a third day because of sediments in the public water supply that could harbor harmful parasites like cryptosporidium and strains of e-coli bacteria, officials said. About 500 customers in Idaho City in the southwest part of the state were affected by the boil water order, which is in place indefinitely, state water quality managers said. Officials with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said the municipal water supply in the mountain town was showing unsafe levels of turbidity even after being treated with disinfectants like chlorine.

Eavesdropping concerns in Samsung smart TVs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:47
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer: New York City police officer indicted in fatal shooting in stairway of housing project.

Woman arrested as gay couple gets Alabama marriage license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:40
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is facing a disorderly conduct charge after offering to perform a same-sex wedding inside a courthouse.

Federal agency: Black staff targets of racism at Texas plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:15
DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities have determined that black employees at a North Texas food plant were exposed to dangerous work conditions and subjected to racial discrimination and a hostile work environment.

Employees threatened with syringe in North Philadelphia dollar store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:09

Employees threatened with syringe in North Philadelphia dollar store robberyPolice are on the hunt for a suspect who threatened employees with a syringe during a robbery inside a dollar store in North Philadelphia.


Babies R Us, furniture maker sued in sisters' dresser deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:04
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A dresser that fell on two toddler sisters, killing them, had been sold without a strap designed to keep it from tipping over, according to a lawsuit filed against the retailer that sold it and the company that manufactured it.

Lawyer: Guardsman was trying to commit suicide in armory

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:04
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged in an armory shooting brought a loaded pistol into the building intending to kill himself, not shoot his fellow Guard members, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Woman whose mom abducted her as baby testifies at sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:00

In this undated image released by the Cannon Detention Center in (S.C) via the Post & Courier, Dorothy Lee Barnett poses for a mug shot. Barnett accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina and fleeing overseas more than 20 years ago is appearing in federal court to enter a plea and be sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Barnett, formerly of the Isle of Palms, is charged with parental kidnapping and falsifying U.S. passport applications. (AP Photo/Cannon Detention Center in (S.C) via the Post & Courier)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman whose mother abducted her as an infant and took her overseas more than 20 years ago stood in a courtroom Tuesday, fighting back tears, and told a judge she has had a good life even though she didn't know her birth father growing up.


Seattle contractors devise alternative rescue for tunnel machine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:47
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Contractors have created an alternative plan to extract the world's largest tunnel-boring machine stalled deep underneath downtown Seattle if the faltering equipment cannot move itself to a rescue pit, transportation officials said on Tuesday.

Flipboard magazines not just for mobile anymore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:45

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Flipboard founder and CEO Mike McCue poses with a laptop computer displaying his digital magazine at his company's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. McCue's digital magazine publishing service is expanding on to PCs for the first time with the Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 debut a version especially designed for Web browsers. Until now, Flipboard’s full selection of 15 million magazines could only be read through a mobile app. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Smartphones and tablets have been pushing the personal computer aside, thanks in part to popular apps made by mobile-first entrepreneurs like Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.


Footage of 1915 Chicago ship disaster that killed 844 found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:37

FILE - In this July 24, 1915 file photo, passengers are rescued as they stand atop the Eastland passenger ship after the vessel capsized in the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Film clips have surfaced of the 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead. The first-known footage of the Eastland disaster was spotted by Jeff Nichols, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago who was looking through seemingly unrelated material on World War I. (AP Photo/File)CHICAGO (AP) — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.


Milwaukee council approves $124 million streetcar system

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Milwaukee lawmakers on Tuesday approved a $124 million plan to build a downtown streetcar system, which supporters say will spur economic growth and opponents call a waste of money. City council members voted 9-6 not to reconsider its January approval of the streetcar project, which will be funded through federal grants and tax incremental districts. Milwaukee will join several other U.S. cities that have streetcars including Portland and Seattle. A similar streetcar system, costing $133 million, is under construction in nearby Cincinnati.

All 6 killed in NY train-car collision had injuries, burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — All six of the people killed in a fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in the New York City suburbs suffered blunt-force injuries and burns, a medical examiner announced Tuesday.

Report: Team that knocked Taney out of LLWS under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:33

 Team that knocked Taney out of LLWS under investigationThe Chicago-based team that knocked Philadelphia's Taney Dragons out of the Little League World Series - and went on to become the U.S. champs - is under investigation, ESPN reports.


Another failed Revel sale typifies Atlantic City's woes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:19

In this May 10, 2012 photo, a rolling chair operator works in front of the Revel Casino Hotel on the Atlahntic City, N.J. Boardwalk. On Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, the owners of the casino, which shut down on Sept. 2, 2014, canceled a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million,a day after the deadline for the sale had passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Nothing screams "failure" louder than a $2.4 billion casino that nobody wants, even at a 96 percent discount.


Israel gives $1 million honor to Wikipedia founder, 5 others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:17
JERUSALEM (AP) — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

South Carolina woman gets prison for kidnapping daughter and fleeing overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07

Dorothy Lee Barnett is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina in 1994 and living overseas with her for nearly two decades was sentenced to 21 months in a U.S. prison on Tuesday. Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, who was arrested in 2013 in Australia and extradited in September to Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passports. Prosecutors have said Barnett vanished with her baby girl during a court-approved visit in South Carolina after her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd, was granted legal custody of their child in a contentious divorce. Barnett moved overseas, remarried and changed her name to Maria Geldenhuys, according to court records.


US charges Iowa widow over how she deposited husband's cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.