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Gunman robs store owner in Northampton Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:57

Gunman robs store owner in Northampton Co.Police say a small business owner was robbed at gunpoint in Lower Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania.


Ferguson protesters lawyer up after scores of arrests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:49
By Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - The young man and woman waiting in the dark outside the St. Louis county jail were bundled up in scarves and hats to ward off a light freezing rain, but still they were shivering. Every time someone emerged from the jail they would scurry with the person to a nearby car, which had the engine running and the heat blasting. The pair were one of several teams working in shifts to help some of the more than 100 people who were arrested during last week's sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. ...

Ohio bus driver hit with brick or rock in sock

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:47
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's public transit agency says a bus driver was attacked by a man who stepped onboard and began swinging a sock that was stuffed with a brick or a rock.

Ohio bus driver hit with brick or rock in sock

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:47
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's public transit agency says a bus driver was attacked by a man who stepped onboard and began swinging a sock that was stuffed with a brick or a rock.

Men accused of stealing rare books in Berks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:42

Men accused of stealing rare books in Berks Co.Surveillance pictures shown of two men accused of stealing 11 books from a rare and valuable collection in the Berks County library system.


Men accused of stealing rare books in Berks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:42

Men accused of stealing rare books in Berks Co.Surveillance pictures shown of two men accused of stealing 11 books from a rare and valuable collection in the Berks County library system.


Jury selection to begin in Montana killing of German teen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:05

Markus Kaarma, Janelle Pflager and their infant son enter Missoula County District Court in Missoula, Montana(Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the trial of a Montana man who shot and killed a 17-year-old German exchange student in an incident that has ignited international debate about U.S. gun laws. Markus Kaarma of Missoula is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of Diren Dede of Hamburg, who police said was killed by shotgun blasts after entering Kaarma’s garage in what appeared to be a search for alcohol. German officials have expressed outrage at the killing and the teen’s father suggested to a German news agency that U.S. ...


Tenement Museum uses novel way to teach English

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:01

Kathleen Fletcher, portraying 14-year-old tenement resident Victoria Confino, talks with immigrants during Shared Journeys, a workshop in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, run by the Tenement Museum, on New York's Lower East Side, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Held in a restored 4-story tenement building that housed 7,000 working class immigrants between 1863 and 1935, the program invites them to learn about immigrants of the past by visiting the restored tenement apartments and then sharing and talking about their own experiences. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The actress playing a teenage Jewish immigrant in 1916 never stepped out of character as she talked about the hardships of living in three small rooms with nine family members. Her captive audience of 11 — squeezed into her tiny apartment at the historic Tenement Museum in lower Manhattan — were immigrants themselves; some recently arrived in New York City from Venezuela, Mali and other far-flung nations.


1 dead in train accident in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:55

1 dead in train accident in FrankfordPolice say one person is dead after being struck by a train in the Frankford section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


'12 Days of Christmas' items cost more than $116K

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:02

File-This Jan. 6, 2013, file photo shows geese flying over Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach in Chicago. The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index. Six geese-a-laying now costs $360 versus $210 last year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.


Officials: Family escapes fire bombing of home in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:26

 Family escapes fire bombing in Germantown homePolice are investigating a fire bombing inside a house in the Germantown section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Ex-UPS driver's pregnancy bias claim at high court

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:20

This Nov. 14, 2014, photo, shows Peggy Young, of Lorton, Va., with her daughter Triniti, 7, in Washington. Peggy Young has only to look at her 7-year-old younger daughter to be reminded how long she has been fighting with United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why. Young was pregnant when the company told her she could not have a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages, as her doctor ordered. She sued UPS for discriminating against pregnant women and, after losing two rounds in lower courts, the Supreme Court will hear her case Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Peggy Young only has to look at her younger daughter to be reminded how long she has fought United Parcel Service over its treatment of pregnant employees, and why.


Suspicious fire under investigation in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:18

 Family escapes fire bombing in Germantown homePolice are investigating a suspicious house fire in the Germantown section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Snow-day alternative creates new challenges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:44
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public school students in 13 districts across Kentucky will be home schooled — mainly via the Internet — during some snow days this year as part of an experiment aimed at keeping students learning amid the growing number of weather-related closings.

Case highlighted in podcast moves through appeal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:26

An undated photo provided by Yusuf Syed shows his brother, Adnan Syed. Adnan Syed, now 34, was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in 2000 of killing his Woodlawn High School classmate and former girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Serial, a popular podcast, is re-investigating the 15-year-old case in one-hour segments told in almost real-time and raising questions about whether or not Syed committed the crime. Meanwhile, Syed’s post-conviction appeal is now with Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Yusuf Syed)BALTIMORE (AP) — A 15-year-old murder case that landed a popular teenager from Baltimore County behind bars for life is being revived in a podcast that offers more questions than answers about the crime and its fallout.


Study: Too many infants still sleep with blankets

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 15:10

FILE- In this March 22, 2012 file photo, Dr. Wendy Gunther demonstrates how an infant can die due to unsafe sleeping practices using a scene re-enactment doll in Norfolk, Va. Too many U.S. infants still sleep with blankets or other unsafe bedding, according to a study that was published Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Pediatrics. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, despite guidelines recommending against the practice. That's according to researchers who say 17 years of national data show parents need to be better informed.


Missouri officer in fatal shooting resigned without severance: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:12

A protestor wearing a gas mask confronts police during an anarchist demonstration related to the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown in Seattle, WashingtonBy Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August got no severance deal when he resigned from the force, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday. The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...


U.S. Justice Department names new counterespionage chief

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:05
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has named an experienced former federal prosecutor to oversee its counterespionage efforts, part of a broad restructuring of the national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands. David Laufman will become chief of the counterespionage section of the Justice Department's national security division, according to an internal announcement viewed by Reuters. He starts his new job on Monday. ...

Stars of Broadway's 'Doctor Zhivago' revealed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 13:13

FILE - In this undated image released by MGM, actor Omar Sharif appears in a scene from the film,"Doctor Zhivago". The tale of five intertwined lovers during final days of Czarist Russia will come to the Broadway stage. Previews will March 27 with an opening on April 21. (AP Photo/MGM, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway musical "Doctor Zhivago" will star a Broadway newbie, two Broadway veterans who were in "Jesus Christ Superstar" together and an actress from "Wicked" who just got married.


Body found near OSU campus is that of missing football player

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:41

Body found near OSU campus is that of missing football playerPolice say a missing Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster.