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2 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:06

2 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.Police say two people were injured when two-vehicles collided in Bala Cywynd, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning.

Scientists remove encrustation on Confederate sub

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:05

Conservator Liisa Nasanen uses tools to remove encrustation from the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. After the submarine sat in a chemical bath for more than three months to help loosen the encrustation, scientists on Tuesday began the laborious job of removing the built-up sediment by hand. The work is expected to take between eight months and a year and scientists hope that when the hull is revealed, it will provide the final clues as to why the hand-cranked sub, the first in history to sink an enemy warship, sank off South Carolina in 1864. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Scientists have started the long job of removing the encrustation from the hull of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:04

Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Wal-Mart: Try, try again

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:01

 It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a program that enables shoppers to see their buying habits by storing electronic receipts. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK — Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.

DC gun ruling is on hold, but having an effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in the District of Columbia have for now stopped charging people with carrying a handgun outside their home or business after a judge ruled a city law banning carrying a handgun unconstitutional.

Shots fired at police station in West Deptford, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:40

Shots fired at police station in West Deptford, N.J.Authorities are searching for the person who opened fire on the West Deptford Township police headquarters early Tuesday.

Georgia trial on salmonella outbreak continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:06
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella says the Georgia firm cheated on safety testing.

Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:05
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose despite calls from his family for collective calm.

Georgia couple accused of starving 15-year-old girl kept in closet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:01
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Authorities are looking for the stepfather of a 15-year-old girl who was found earlier this month bruised and malnourished after allegedly being forced to live in a small closet, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. The man, William Brown, 40, faces charges of child cruelty and false imprisonment along with the girl's mother, according to a police report made public late Monday. The teen-ager weighed only 60 pounds when her mother, Jade Jacobs brought her to a local hospital on Aug. 1 and told medical staff that "she could not do it anymore," the police report said. The girl was "malnourished and has bruising on her," police wrote in their account that day, noting that she also suffered from pressure sores "from being confined in a small space or held down for an extended period of time." When police went to the suburban Atlanta home they learned that the teen was kept in a small, urine-stained closet that was held shut with a 50-pound weight outside the door, Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter said on Tuesday.

2 Florida butterflies listed as endangered species

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:01
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two butterflies found only in South Florida have been added to the endangered species list.

Like stocks, junk bonds show investor jitters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:55

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, a television monitor at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve. Like with other higher-risk investments, investors have pulled back from junk, or high yield, bonds because they worry about the end of the Federal Reserve’s policy near-zero interest rates. Investors expect the central bank to raise rates sometime next year, and that means the value of bonds currently held in portfolios will fall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market isn't the only place that's been signaling jitters among investors. The $2.3 trillion market for risky U.S. corporate debt has also been under pressure.

Court upholds former congressional staffer's conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:46
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a former House of Representatives staff member for receiving gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm including baseball World Series tickets and a visit to a strip club. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the claims raised on appeal by Fraser Verrusio, who was convicted in 2011 of conspiring and accepting an illegal gratuity and making false statements. The case focused on a trip to the first game of the 2003 World Series in New York, including a post-game stop at a strip club called Privilege, which Abramoff's firm, Greenberg Traurig, and a client paid for. Verrusio was policy director on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under then-chairman Don Young of Alaska, a Republican.

Juror replaced in former Virginia governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:46
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of the jurors in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been replaced.

Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:44

Tanya Singleton sits on the witness stand as her lawyer E. Peter Parker speaks during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, pled guilty to criminal contempt in connection with the investigation of murder charges against Hernandez. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was spared jail time only because of her advanced cancer, a judge said Tuesday in sentencing her to two years of probation.

#Barmageddon: Law students sue when software fails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:41

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) — Law students taking the bar exam have it tough: Three years hitting the books. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. And all of it, potentially wasted with a few failed attempts at the dreaded state-administered test.

Man gets life in prison in post office killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:26
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A former corrections officer has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shootings of two rural Tennessee postal workers.

NYC official calls for police body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:19

A NYPD officer stands guard while Palestinians take part in a protest in New YorkA New York City official is calling for body cameras on police officers as a check on misconduct, citing last month's death of a man who was put in a police chokehold. Public Advocate Letitia James on ...

U.S. missionaries may still return to Liberia, son says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:19

An ambulance carrying American missionary Writebol, who is infected with Ebola in West Africa, arrives at Emory University Hospital in AtlantaA U.S. missionary being treated for Ebola and her quarantined husband could still return to Liberia after her recovery and his temporary isolation, their son said. In an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Jeremy Writebol said his parents, David and Nancy, still feel called to serve and could return to their Christian mission work in West Africa. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based couple were in Liberia along with other Christian missionaries helping to care for patients at a SIM USA hospital on Monrovia amid the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus on record. Nancy Writebol returned last week and is being treated for Ebola in isolation at Emory University's hospital in Atlanta.

Texas energy company says worker slaying isolated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:14
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. says it believes the carjack-slaying of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert was an isolated incident.

Deaths of 3 in Md. car ruled accidental heatstroke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:04
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A woman and her two young daughters found dead in her stifling car in a middle school parking lot died from accidental heatstroke, the Maryland medical examiner's office said Tuesday.