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Generator found in Maryland home where eight died: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:39
The Maryland home in which eight family members were found dead this week had a power generator in it, police said on Tuesday, in an incident that local media have blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning. The family members, comprising Rodney Eric Todd and his seven children aged 6 to 16, were found dead on Monday in their home in Princess Anne, local police said in a statement. Princess Anne is a town of some 3,300 about 130 miles southeast of Baltimore. "The Princess Anne Police Department has confirmed that there was a generator located in the home, and there was no gas in the tank," the statement said.

US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:06

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2015 file photo shows a crew member walking near the scene of a train derailment near Mount Carbon, W.Va. Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of industry-backed safety standards, U.S. officials said Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fuel-hauling tank cars need safety upgrades to keep fires from spreading after train derailments, and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as the industry suggests, U.S. safety officials said.

Larry Flynt wins right to pursue Missouri execution records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:04
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, had a right to weigh in on two lawsuits challenging how Missouri conducts executions. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said a lower court judge applied the wrong legal standard in finding that Flynt's "generalized interest" in the litigation did not justify his being allowed to pursue sealed court records. Eric Slusher, a spokesman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said that office was reviewing the decision. Flynt was seeking to intervene in two cases in which death row inmates are challenging the constitutionality of Missouri executions, including the protocol for administering drugs.

Arraignment delayed for ex-NFL star Darren Sharper in New Orleans rape case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:02

Former NFL star Darren Sharper appears at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape charges in three states, appeared on Tuesday in a New Orleans courtroom, where his arraignment on additional rape charges was delayed until June. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. Local prosecutors in New Orleans have said Sharper has reached a plea deal to settle the Louisiana case which, like the others, stems from allegations that he drugged women and then raped them. When the former football player appeared on Monday in federal court in New Orleans he entered a plea of not guilty to related charges of drugging women with intent to rape them, but that plea was a formality and could later be reversed, prosecutors said.

Man steals laptops, tablets from South Street business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:55

Man steals laptops, tablets from South Street businessPolice in Center City are trying to track down the man who stole from a business on South Street.

Don McLean's 'American Pie' brings $1.2M at auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:44

FILE - In this July 3, 2012 file photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Don McLean performs at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. McLean’s original manuscript and notes to “American Pie” sold at auction Tuesday, April 7, 2015, for $1.2 million at Christie’s. (Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" sold at auction Tuesday for $1.2 million.

Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:31

Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties for nowRutgers University has banned house parties at fraternities and sororities for the rest of the spring semester after several alcohol-related problems this school year, including the death of one student.

700 Wisconsin employees to lose jobs when GeminiCares closes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:29
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — A company that provides home and respite care to elderly and disabled people around Wisconsin plans to end operations next month and lay off its 700 employees.

Comeback! Duke dispatches Wisconsin to capture national title No. 5

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:24
Jahlil Okafor scored two big buckets late and his freshman buddy Tyus Jones hit a key 3-pointer to lift Duke to its fifth national title Monday night in a 68-63 comeback win over Wisconsin.

A look at the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:19

A Boston police officer patrols with his dog outside federal court in Boston as closing arguments are underway in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Monday, April 6, 2015. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Here's a look at the 12 jurors deliberating in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

Burger King to pay for the wedding of Mr. Burger, Ms. King

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:17
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal Monday.

100-year-old New Jersey man apparently killed his wife with an ax, then killed self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:14

100-year-old New Jersey man apparently killed his wife with an ax, then killed selfBergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says there was a "history of domestic issues" between Michael Juskin and his 88-year-old wife, Rosalia. But he said a motive for the attack remains under investigation.

Informatica going private in $5.3 billion sale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Informatica Corp. is being acquired by private equity firms Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $5.3 billion.

Police hunt for intruder who shot sleeping California boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are looking for an intruder who opened fire in the home of an 8-year-old boy, leaving the sleeping child with a gunshot wound to the head as his father tried to shield him.

1 shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:30

Shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station diesPolice in Montgomery County have a mystery on their hands after two shooting victims drove to a Plymouth Township gas station.

Mississippi River traffic limited after ship hits 2 vessels

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:29
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is limited to one-way traffic upriver, a day after a ship broke free of its mooring and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

U.S. Ebola patient's condition improves to good: NIH

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:20

Patients entrance of National Institutes of Health is shown in BethesdaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. patient in treatment for the Ebola virus at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland has improved to good condition from fair, the NIH said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

Retracted Rolling Stone story is rare demerit for its writer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:13

FILE - Students participating in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo. Now the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is about to explain how it all went so wrong. The school's analysis of the editorial process that led to the November 2014 publication of "A Rape on Campus" will be released online at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)The retracted Rolling Stone article about an apparently fictional gang rape at the University of Virginia is a blemish on an otherwise illustrious career for the journalist who wrote it.

Correction: Killings by Police-Zion story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:09

Investigators look over the scene following a police involved shooting in Zion, Ill., on Saturday, April 4, 2015, after a Zion Police officer was involved in a fatal shooting. An autopsy has revealed that a teenager who was killed by police in Illinois over the weekend was shot twice in the back. (AP Photo/The Chicago Tribune, Joe Shuman)ZION, Ill. (AP) — In a story April 6 about a teenager killed by a police officer in Illinois, The Associated Press misspelled the Zion police chief's last name twice. His name is Steve Dumyahn, not Dumhayn.

Republican Rand Paul announces 2016 presidential run on website

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:08

In this Feb. 27, 2015, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Paul takes the first step on Saturday, March 7 toward running for president when he asks state party leaders in Kentucky to endorse his idea to create a 2016 presidential caucus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul on Tuesday officially announced on his website that he will run for U.S. president in 2016, hours before an event in his home state of Kentucky where he is expected to formally launch the campaign. "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," he said in a posting at (Reporting By Lisa Lambert; Editing by Emily Stephenson)