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Environment official: Saltwater spill reached Missouri River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 04:25

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so diluted.

Man exonerated of 1976 double murder in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 04:23
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A man imprisoned for nearly four decades for the 1976 stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter in North Carolina was declared innocent on Friday by a three-judge panel, local media reported. Joseph Sledge, 70, is the eighth inmate exonerated of criminal charges following reviews by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. The state agency, the first of its kind in the United States, has investigated hundreds of innocence claims since it was created by North Carolina lawmakers in 2006. Sledge was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of killing Josephine Davis and her adult daughter, Aileen Davis, in their home in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, in September 1976.

In bike-loving Colorado city, ambulances get racks for rides

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 04:18

This photo made available on Jan. 23, 2015, by University of Colorado Health, shows a Poudre Valley Hospital ambulance fitted with a bike rack, in Fort Collins, Colo. In a testament to how much the city loves its bikes, the hospital has installed bike racks on its ambulances after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies. (AP Photo/University of Colorado Health, Kelly Tracer)FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind.

Jet skips Nome landing because of ash from Russian volcano

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:57
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Flights are operating as normal Friday in western Alaska after ash from a Russian volcano dissipated.

FBI seeks two men in Missouri kidnapping, vehicle theft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:51
Authorities are seeking two men who crashed a stolen van in Kentucky after kidnapping the owner outside his Kansas City, Missouri, home about 550 miles away, the FBI said on Friday. The 67-year-old man was abducted Thursday morning and escaped from his captors in St. Louis several hours later after a struggle, the FBI said in a news release. The man said he was forced by his abductors to make cash withdrawals at banks along the way in Missouri, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. He was back home in Kansas City on Friday unharmed, Kansas City police said.

Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:48
(Reuters) - A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. "I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to," Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The sign reads "I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here," Deery said.

ACLU says Missouri town to stop ticketing headlight flashers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:44
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kansas City suburb has agreed to stop ticketing drivers who flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn that a speed trap is ahead.

UN chief paints worsening picture of war in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon painted a worsening picture of the war in Syria, citing widespread conflict, indiscriminate government bombing, opposition shelling, high civilian casualties and deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

Effort to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:29

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Faced with an approaching deadline for the Obamas to make a decision on the site of a presidential library, Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, proposed an ordinance this week that would allow the library to be built on public parkland land if the Obama Foundation chooses the favored University of Chicago proposal over rival bids by the University of Illinois-Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama's presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president's hometown — loud, contentious and full of suspicions about backroom deals and personal politics as tangled as the ivy at Wrigley Field.

Honeymoon ends as Wolf, Senate GOP, spar over nominees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:17

Honeymoon ends as Wolf, Senate GOP, spar over nomineesTwo days after the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf, the pleasantries are over at the state Capitol.

AccuWeather MAPS: Saturday's Nor'easter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:15

 Saturday's Nor'easterAccuWeather has updated information on a Nor'easter expected to bring a mix of snow and rain to the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys.

Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:14
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut brewery will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive, a state lawmaker said Friday.

Car found in Florida canal tied to 1978 missing persons case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:06
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A badly decayed car found in a south Florida canal may be the key to unlocking the fate of two teenagers who mysteriously disappeared nearly four decades ago, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The car was discovered by a utility worker on Wednesday and hauled out of the water by the Sunrise Police Department. When they ran its identification number they found it was registered to Harry Wade Atchison III, a 19-year-old who vanished with his 15-year-old girlfriend, Dana Null, on Oct. 7, 1978. No bodies were found inside the car, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said on Friday.

Baby attacked by 3 ferrets in Darby home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:04

Baby attacked by 3 ferrets in Darby homeA one-month-old baby is hospitalized after losing up to 25 percent of her face after being attacked by three ferrets inside her home.

US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Father arrested in fatal stabbing of his baby, another man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:53
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A father fatally stabbed two people, including his 5-month-old daughter in her crib, and wounded two other people in an attack at a Milwaukee duplex Friday, the city's police chief said.

Colorado teen to be sentenced for conspiring to aid Islamist militants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:52
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Colorado woman and Islamic convert who admitted that she planned to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants was due to be sentenced by a federal judge on Friday. Shannon Maureen Conley has been held without bond since federal agents arrested her last April at Denver International Airport as she prepared to board a plane bound for Germany. In September, Conley pleaded guilty in Denver federal court to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State, designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization. Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is Sunni Muslim militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria and has beheaded several Western captives.

Police investigate 2 suspicious car fires in Tacony

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:52

Police investigate 2 suspicious car fires in TaconyPolice are investigating two suspicious car fires in the Tacony section of Philadelphia early Friday morning.

Judge bars media payments in running death of Alabama girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:46
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge took the unusual step of barring the media from paying for interviews about the upcoming trial of a woman charged with capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter.

North Carolina judges find 70-year-old man wrongly convicted 4 decades ago, order him freed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:43
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges find 70-year-old man wrongly convicted 4 decades ago, order him freed.