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Police: Bandit armed with barbecue fork, knife robs stores

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 22:11
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man looking for cash to replenish his crack supply threatened store clerks with a sharpened barbecue fork and a large kitchen knife during a string of robberies in Pennsylvania.

Report says UN not equipped to tackle today's challenges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:26
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations and other international institutions are in urgent need of reform if they are to tackle global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks, a high-level commission said in a report released Tuesday.

Trial reset for Ohio man accused of threatening Boehner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:25
CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has rescheduled the trial for a former Cincinnati-area bartender charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner.

Zoning board rejects plan for Oscar Hammerstein museum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:11

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 1956, file photo, composer Richard Rodgers, left, and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, pose for a photo. The location of the photograph is not known. Hammerstein's grandson has lost his bid to create a museum and educational theater honoring the Broadway lyricist. Doylestown Township, Pa.'s zoning board voted Monday, June 15, 2015, to deny variances that Will Hammerstein needed to build the project at his grandfather's former Pennsylvania farm. The plan included construction of a 400-seat theater. (AP Photo/File)DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The grandson of Oscar Hammerstein has lost his bid to create a museum and educational theater honoring the Broadway lyricist.


Police: Man threatened to decapitate neighbor with machete

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 20:37
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is being held on $10,000 bail after authorities say he threatened to cut off his neighbor's head with a machete unless he turned down his music.

5 dead, 8 injured in balcony collapse in Berkeley, California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 20:02

 California balcony collapse kills 5 Irish studentsAn apartment building balcony collapsed early Tuesday in Berkeley, killing five people and leaving eight others injured, police said.


Prosecutors, defense mull options after conviction reversed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 20:01

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, Hemy Neuman is escorted by DeKalb County Deputies after his sentencing during the his trial in the DeKalb County Courthouse, in Decatur, Ga. The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of Neuman, who was involved in a love triangle that led to a killing outside an Atlanta-area preschool. The court announced the 6-1 decision involving Neuman in an opinion released Monday morning, June 15, 2015. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers must now chart a new course through a sea of legal questions after Georgia's highest court reversed the murder conviction of a man accused of killing a father who had just dropped off his son at preschool.


Former head of Spokane NAACP Rachel Dolezal says she identifies as black

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 19:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Former head of Spokane NAACP Rachel Dolezal says she identifies as black.

Police: 2 teens shoot out woman's teeth with BB gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 18:32
HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — Police in central Florida say two Michigan boys who were spending the summer with their grandmother shot a BB gun at four people who were relaxing by the pool at an apartment complex.

County police investigating toddler found dead in woods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 18:10

County police investigating toddler found dead in woodsAllegheny County police were investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found in the woods of a Pittsburgh suburb.


Heavy rains cause flash flooding in Bethlehem Twp., Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:48

Heavy rains cause flash flooding in Bethlehem Twp., Pa.Heavy rains caused flash flooding and dangerous conditions in Bethlehem Township Monday night.


Man injured in drive-by shooting in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:21

Man injured in drive-by shooting in OverbrookPolice say a man in his 20's was shot during a drive by shooting in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.


Charities emerge from recession with record donations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:19
SEATTLE (AP) — Charitable giving in the United States has surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time in seven years, according to a national organization that tracks the generosity of Americans.

Feds project higher Lake Mead level following wet May

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wet May across the West boosted monthly projections of water levels at Lake Mead through next year and into 2017, federal water managers said Monday, offering hope that supply cuts can be avoided in the Southwest.

Former business partner to face trial in slayings of family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 17:00

Chase Merritt speaks with his attorney Jim Terrell, right, Monday, June, 15, 2015 in San Bernadino, Calif. Merritt is accused of killing four members of the McStay family in February 2010. A judge will decide whether Merritt, 58, must stand trial for the deaths of his business partner, Joseph McStay, the man's wife and their two young sons. (John Gibbins/U-T San Diego via AP, Pool)SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California man authorities say was linked through cellphone records to the shallow desert graves where the remains of his business partner and the partner's wife and two sons were found has been ordered to stand trial in the family's slayings.


Barricaded suspected gunman arrested in Roxborough

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 16:59

Barricaded suspected gunman arrested in RoxboroughPolice say a suspected gunman was arrested after he allegedly fired shots and tried to escape a barricade situation in Philadelphia's Roxborough section.


Push for facial recognition privacy standards hits roadblock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first?

Most Americans want Congress to ensure Obamacare subsidies: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:04

Demonstrators in favor of Obamacare gather at the Supreme Court building in WashingtonA majority of Americans say Congress should make sure Obamacare subsidies to buy health insurance are available nationwide if the Supreme Court rules that the payments in at least 34 states are illegal, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed 1,200 people from June 2 to June 9 in both English and Spanish. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month whether subsidies provided to states that rely on the federal government's HealthCare.gov insurance exchange are legal based on the requirements of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.


Alaska wildfires destroy dozens of homes, menace highway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:55

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Two fast-spreading Alaska wildfires have forced a series of evacuations, destroyed up to 45 homes and forced authorities to restrict traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state's largest cities, state officials said on Monday. As many as 200 firefighters have been battling a 6,500-acre fire about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage since Sunday afternoon. About 137 miles (220km) south of Anchorage, crews are fighting a much smaller, but equally dangerous blaze that threatens nearly 200 homes.


Firefighters battle 3-alarm West Chester blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:03

Firefighters battle 3-alarm West Chester blazeMulti-Alarm fire damages building in West Chester.