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Police: Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:15

 Paraplegic man escapes Chester fire through second story windowA paraplegic man was able to escape a house fire in Chester by pushing himself through a second story window, authorities say.


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:12

FILE - This March 7, 2010 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall backstage during the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.


Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89.


Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:26

Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 696 at the Warren, Mich., city limits Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014. Police divers are searching for anyone trapped in their vehicles. Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTWARREN, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways.


800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:25

800-pound leatherback turtle rescued in New JerseyA huge leatherback turtle got a second chance at life thanks to the Coast Guard and some animal experts in New Jersey.


Spielberg encounter described at ex-governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:11

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell lowers his umbrella as he prepares to enter the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where the third week of the federal corruption trial against himself and his wife Maureen continues. On the right is one of his attorneys, John L. Brownlee. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans tried to impress a cardiologist by having the then-first lady introduce him to movie director Steven Spielberg, the doctor testified Tuesday.


Authorities: California man admits killing family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:03

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.


Son of woman with Ebola says she is getting better

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49
The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is doing well as she's being treated for the Ebola virus in an Atlanta hospital.

Authorities say Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams' personal assistant found the actor who was struggling with depression dead in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.


Documents detail death of toddler at Oregon motel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:11
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her 2-year-old and cutting the throat of her teenage daughter recounted the attack and said the "baby didn't suffer as she fell asleep in the water," according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

At least one person dies in Detroit floods after record rainfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:10
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Near-record rainfall has caused massive flooding in the Detroit area that is blamed for at least one death and has made roads impassable, swamped vehicles and flooded basements, officials said. The heaviest rain since 1925 engulfed the area on Monday, the second-wettest day on record, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 6 inches of rain fell on Monday in a four-hour period and parts of five interstate highways that run through Detroit and many interior roads remained impassable on Tuesday, said Nicole Lisabeth, a Michigan State Police spokeswoman. A 30-year-old woman died Monday after sufferinug a seizure in her car on a flooded road in Warren, a suburb north of Detroit, Lisabeth said.

Estate: Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:03

Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89Actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89, according to the Humphrey Bogart estate.


Nixon: Missouri shooting 'old wound torn fresh'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:01
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a suburban St. Louis police officer feels "like an old wound torn fresh" in a nation still struggling with race relations.

Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:56

Protestors drop to their knees and put their arms in the air during a rally for Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last Saturday, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Racial tensions have run high for decades in this former railroad town that was once a mostly white St. Louis suburb until school busing and urban decay sent many families packing for more distant communities.


Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:54

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the yearsThe talented actress made her presence known through film, theatre and beyond.


Hunter pleads not guilty to starting massive California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:48

Smoke from the Rim Fire, viewed from the Pilot Peak Lookout, is shown in this undated United States Forest Service handout photo near Yosemite National ParkA California hunter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he started a massive wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park last summer after building an illegal campfire. Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Fresno almost exactly a year after prosecutors say he sparked the Rim Fire, which scorched 260,000 acres on public and private land in and near the park. Emerald, who lives near the area burned by the fire, is charged with setting timber afire, leaving a fire unattended, violating campfire restrictions and giving a false statement to a government agency. Federal prosecutors say Emerald built a fire in the remote dry brush of Stanislaus National Forest, where temporary campfire restrictions were in effect because of drought, while on a bow-and-arrow hunting trip last August.


Pipeline explodes in Texas, no fire: TV station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:45
(Reuters) - A 12-inch (30.5-cm) pipeline exploded in eastern Texas on Tuesday but there was no fire, according to a local television station. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the majority of the pipelines in the area carry natural gas, the report said.

Iraq is not Syria: US Congress on board this time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:37

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2013, file photo shows Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, as he talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.


NYC subway performers: We're being over-policed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, Dashawn Martin, center, a member with the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., which stands for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, performs on a subway, in New York. Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses. Transit rules generally allow performing for tips in parts of subway stations, but not in trains or with amplifiers, unless artists have permits. More than 240 subway performers have been arrested so far this year, about four times as many as during the same period last year, according to police statistics. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.


#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

This image provided by Mike Booher shows Catherine Booher, who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C., in May 2014, and began preparing for her bar exam, but was troubled to find she could not upload the answers in late July. Booher and several other students have sued in California, Washington state and Illinois, seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. Some students still do not know whether their answers on the July test were transmitted by the software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mike Booher)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July — showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.