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After years of crumbling, West Mt. Airy home to be torn down

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:26

After years of crumbling, West Mt. Airy home to be torn downNeighbors have been complaining about a partially collapsed house in West Mt. Airy for years. Action News stepped in and now L&I officials say the crumbling home will be demolished.


Family dog's good intentions injure infant in Ocean County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:14

Family dog's good intentions injure infant in Ocean CountyAuthorities say good intentions ended with an infant suffering serious injuries after being bitten by her family dog in Ocean County, New Jersey.


Bid to reunite Bin Laden and son before deadly raid: documents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:10
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just one month before Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in 2011, his aides tried to reunite him with a beloved son, Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran, documents released on Wednesday show. In a message dated April 2011 an al Qaeda operative named "Mahmud" wrote to bin Laden describing efforts he was making to smuggle his son, one of many children of the al Qaeda leader, to meet with him. The letter was one of hundreds of documents seized by the commandos when they staged a daring raid on bin Laden's secret home in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May, 2011.

Police identify suspect in slaying of wealthy DC family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:49

Washington police secure the vicinity around the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home.


Truck fire on Route 295 in West Deptford

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:48

Truck fire on Route 295 in West DeptfordInvestigators are trying to figure out what sparked a truck fire on Route 295 in West Deptford Township, New Jersey.


California governor declares state of emergency after oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:51

A sign warns of petroleum pipelines next to an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday for Santa Barbara County where crews are working to clean up the largest oil spill to hit the local coastline in nearly two decades. "This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources," Brown said in a statement. "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline." (Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Eric Beech)


Infant bitten by dog in Ocean County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:43

Family dog's good intentions injure infant in Ocean CountyAn infant has been seriously injured after being bitten by a dog in Ocean County, New Jersey.


Woman gets 24 years in jail for fatal push in NY subway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:41
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who admitted to shoving a Hindu man off a New York City subway platform to his death in an attack motivated by religious animus has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Man accused of killing California family hires attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:33

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, residents of Victorville, Calif., and surrounding communities place crosses near the graves where the McStay family was found in Victorville, Calif. Prosecutors are expected to reveal Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the evidence that led them to Charles "Chase" Merritt, the sole suspect in the case, at a preliminary hearing. A judge previously denied a media request to unseal investigative filings and authorities have said little about the murders of Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43, and their sons, 4-year-old Gianni and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP, File)SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with killing a California family of four who mysteriously disappeared from their home will no longer represent himself in court.


About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:28

A motorcycle is seen on a wrecker before it is removed from the Twin Peaks restaurant, where nine members of a motorcycle gang were shot and killed, in WacoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.


3rd man charged with murder in nursing student's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:23
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a third man has been charged with murder in the death of a Tennessee nursing student reported missing in 2011.

Bay Bridge to 'function as designed' despite broken rod -officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:21
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - One of the several hundred high-strength steel rods anchoring the tower of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span has broken, state officials said on Wednesday. "More than 99 percent of the bolts we have already tested in the Bay Bridge tower foundation are not broken," said Dr. Brian Maroney, Caltrans' chief engineer overseeing construction of the bridge. "This is really good news and there are only a few more left to test." The eastern span of the bridge, which opened in 2013, is considered a self-anchoring bridge notable for its single white tower, which the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors has adopted for their logo.  After more than 10 years of construction costing $6.4 billion, the new span replaced its predecessor, a multi-tower cantilever bridge built in 1936 that partly collapsed during the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

DA: Both gunmen fired potentially lethal shots at officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:13

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Carlton Hipps. Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday, May 20, 2015, as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing. Hipps, 29, and half brother Ramone Williams, 25, together fired six bullets that struck Officer Robert Wilson. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing.


Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:12
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:02

A translated copy of an application to join Osama bin Laden's terrorist network is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The document is among 100 realized by U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. intelligence officials have released more than 100 documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, including a loving letter to his wife and a job application for his terrorist network. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says the papers were taken in the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.(AP Photo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Justice Department declines charges in Idaho prison scandal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:02

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, center, speaks to reporters on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. Olson announced the U.S. Justice Department would not press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private prison in Idaho.


Police use stun gun on man at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:56

Police officers restrain a man they used a stun gun on at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Airport police Sgt. Belinda Joseph said the man who was stunned had refused to cooperate with Transportation Security Administration officers at Terminal 6. (Alex Espinoza via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police at Los Angeles International Airport used a stun gun on an unarmed man who they say refused to cooperate at security.


Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:14

Waco police officers walk along the perimeter of Twin Peaks restaurant during an investigation Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Waco, Texas. A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday.