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Blaze that killed firefighter in porch collapse was accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:56
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania house fire that caused a porch to collapse, killing a volunteer firefighter, has been ruled an accident.

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold at Horsham Wawa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:56

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold at Horsham WawaCheck your tickets, because lottery officials say one jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 was sold in Montgomery County.


New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:55

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015, file photo, singer and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, speaks at Starbucks Coffee Company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. New Jersey’s Kean University has canceled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a convicted cop killer who fled to Cuba. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba.


In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:44

FILE - In this combination of two file photos, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, who is accused of abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 are shown. Hernandez could not have murdered Patz, his defense has said. He is mentally ill, and that's why he falsely confessed to choking the boy in the basement of the convenience store where he worked. And another man long suspected in the crime is the true killer - there was just not enough evidence to try him, the defense argues. Testimony about Ramos, whose shadow has loomed large over the ongoing trial, is expected this week. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — An enigmatic figure looms over the trial of a man who confessed to killing Etan Patz: the former suspect who some still believe is behind the disappearance of the 6-year-old on May 25, 1979.


Massachusetts man charged with killing 3 neighbors indicted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:41
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating three neighbors in a public housing complex for the elderly and disabled has been indicted on three counts of murder.

Former FBI agent pleads guilty in drug tampering case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent accused of abusing heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botching dozens of cases has pleaded guilty in his own case.

Police: Fight over $500 lottery win led to murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:16
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth police say a man who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket apparently fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and then himself after they argued because he didn't want to share the winnings with her.

Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:29

This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.


Controversial anti-Muslim ad to begin appearing on SEPTA buses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:17

Controversial anti-Muslim ad to begin appearing on SEPTA busesA controversial anti-Muslim advertisement is set to begin appearing Wednesday on dozens of SEPTA buses.


Man accusing police in Detroit suburb of brutality due in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:04
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A man who was dragged from his car, struck several times in the head and Tasered by suburban Detroit police during an arrest recorded on squad car video is set to appear Wednesday in court on a drug charge. Floyd Dent, 57, contends police planted the cocaine after the traffic stop on Jan. 28 in Inkster, Michigan, about 14 miles west of downtown Detroit. Gregory Rohl, Dent's attorney, has said his client, who is black, was targeted because of his race. Dent, who has worked for Ford Motor Company for decades, was initially charged with assault, resisting arrest, and possession of cocaine.

Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 18:59

This March 2, 2015 photo shows the under-construction Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.


Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized, rep confirms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 18:18

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized, rep confirmsRepresentatives for singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell announced on her Twitter page that she has been hospitalized.


Grandson of Getty oil founder discovered dead in Los Angeles home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 17:53

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.


AccuWeather: Damp End to March

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 17:09

 Damp End to MarchMeteorologist Karen Rogers says light rain and snow moves out, sunshine today.


Man stabbed in the leg in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:43

Man stabbed in the leg in Strawberry MansionPolice say a man was stabbed in the leg in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Wednesday morning.


Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:27

Fairfax County, Va. Police Public Information Officer Roger Henrique updates reporters outside of Inova Fairfax Hospital Center in Falls Church, Va., Tuesdy, March 31, 2015, where a prisoner broke free from his security guard and took his gun. One shot was fired early Tuesday as a guard wrestled with a prisoner, who then fled a northern Virginia hospital with a gun setting off a lockdown and search, police said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt.


Man kills woman, himself in California office shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 15:51

Medical personnel comfort each other after being evacuated by Fresno Police at the scene of a shooting at a medical clinic Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Fresno, Calif. A man and a woman were found dead after a shooting at the Eye Medical Clinic in downtown Fresno, police in central California said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, John Walker)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man with a history of domestic violence stormed into a medical office building in California and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 15:10
"The reality is what we're doing here is really not that remarkable. I do understand it's kind of taken on a life of its own." — Republican Bob Ballinger, the lawmaker behind Arkansas' contentious religious-freedom measure.

Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:53

An officer stands outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.


Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:41

Gary Dahl, originator of the Pet Rock, holds Pet Rock items in 1976. Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon. Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday March 31, 2015 that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, File) MANDATORY CREDITJACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.