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Exploding air bag lawsuits headed to federal court in Miami

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:59
MIAMI (AP) — Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge.

Deputy chief rescues 1 of his uncles from fire; other dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:58
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A firefighter says he rescued one of his uncles from a house blaze in suburban Boston but his other uncle was found dead inside. The firefighting effort was difficult because temperatures were well below freezing and fire hydrants were still buried under snow.

Demolition plan changed prior to deadly overpass collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:56

FILE-This Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo shows work continues in the aftermath of the bridge collapse on Interstate 75, in Cincinnati. A demolition plan for a Cincinnati overpass was changed hours before the structure collapsed, killing a worker, the contractor for the highway construction project says. The plan for demolishing the overpass above Interstate 75 in Cincinnati changed after steel beams supporting the structure’s concrete deck began lifting at an abutment during demolition the night of Jan. 18, according to Kokosing Construction Company Inc., of Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/The The Cincinnati Enquirer, Liz Dufour, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A demolition plan for a Cincinnati highway overpass was changed hours before the structure collapsed last month, killing a worker, according to the contractor for the highway construction project.


Judge ponders next steps in case against NCAA, Penn State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:47
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge heard arguments Friday on whether the death of famed football coach Joe Paterno in early 2012 should affect his estate's ability to sue the NCAA and Penn State over how they handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

War memorial separates dead by race, divides Southern city

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:47

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams stands beside the Greenwood County memorial in Greenwood, S.C., that honors its citizens who died in recent wars. The World War I and World War II soldiers are separated into colored and white. Adams raised $15,000 to put new plaques on the statue, but a state law won't allow him to put them up. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is a war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."


Atlanta police respond to fight between singer Bobby Brown's relatives

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:40
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two relatives of singer Bobby Brown, whose daughter with Whitney Houston is said to be fighting for her life in Atlanta after being found unresponsive in a bathtub, got into a fight early Friday at a downtown hotel in the city, police said. Officers were called to the W Hotel just before 1 a.m. after Shayne Brown said his mother, Tina Brown, spit on him and struck his head with a glass bottle during an argument about a valet parking ticket, a police report said. Shayne Brown told police he was attending a party to celebrate Bobby Brown's birthday. Brown suffered cuts and drove himself to the hospital, while Tina Brown left the scene before police arrived.

A look at some vaccine-related legislation in several states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:32

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo shows a syringe on a printed chart with the recommended immunization schedule in the United States for people up to 18 years of age, at a pediatrician's office in Northridge, Calif. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous than the diseases that vaccines prevent. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park. Here is a look at some of the legislation around the country:


Obama: US must resist urge to 'overreach" abroad

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:30

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The president condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring Thursday that "no god condones terror." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, outlining a new national security blueprint for his last two years in office, warned against American "overreach" abroad Friday, even as he cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.


Defendant with 5 bodies in yard: 'I'm always confident'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:23
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a man charged with strangling a Pennsylvania pharmacist and his girlfriend sought Friday to undermine the credibility of the prosecution's key witness, a man who testified he helped the defendant kill the victims and bury their bodies.

Union: Firefighters face discipline in sex misconduct probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:05
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seven Philadelphia Fire Department employees face discipline after an investigation into sex between firefighters and a female paramedic, the firefighters union announced Friday.

Professor among two dead in University of South Carolina shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:53
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A University of South Carolina professor died of multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body after being shot in an apparent murder-suicide in a campus building in downtown Columbia, a coroner said on Friday. Dr. Raja Fayad, 45, appeared to be the victim in Thursday's incident, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. He was shot with a semi-automatic handgun, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told Reuters. Fayad was an associate professor of applied physiology who served as graduate director at the university's Arnold School of Public Health.

Among GOP's 2016 field, chase is on for former Romney aides

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:51

In this photo taken June 25, 2012, Spencer Zwick, then the national finance chair for then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, waits before boarding the campaign charter plane in Salt Lake City, Utah. Zwick may be the most sought after man in Republican politics. A Boston-based venture capitalist who led the operation that raised almost half a billion dollars for Mitt Romney’s last presidential campaign, Zwick has spoken with five Republican presidential prospects _ in person or by phone _ in the week since Romney announced he would not make a third run for the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spencer Zwick may be the most sought after man in Republican politics.


Officers, civilian, injured in Northeast Philadelphia crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:51

Officers, civilian, injured in Northeast Philadelphia crashTwo police officers and a civilian were taken to area hospitals after a crash on Friday in Northeast Philadelphia.


Benghazi panel to query top officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:45

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. A special U.S. House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation. The panel's Republican chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy has previously said he will ask Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the attacks, to testify at a public hearing before the 12-member committee. He said Friday that appearance should occur "as soon as possible." Clinton is widely expected to run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation.


Dump truck, car involved in fatal Smyrna crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:37

Dump truck, car involved in fatal Smyrna crashA dump truck and a car were involved in a fatal crash on Friday morning in Smyrna, Delaware.


Oregon judge: Upskirt photos of teen at store not illegal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:35
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ruled that a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he crouched in the aisle of a Target store and snapped photos up a 13-year-old's skirt.

Former Venezuelan judge faces sentencing in Miami in drug money case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:34
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge faces sentencing in Miami federal court next week for money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice after U.S. prosecutors accused him of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss, according to court records. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, but the hearing was delayed until Monday to allow more time for a hearing, a courtroom deputy said. The former judge pleaded guilty in November to the three charges, each carrying a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, as part of a deal with prosecutors. Palmeri-Bacchi was arrested last summer after flying into Miami for a family vacation at Disney World.

AP Exclusive: Facebook, LinkedIn join to help women in tech

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:21

In this photo taken Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg answers questions in an interview at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. A new Facebook and LinkedIn collaboration announced Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, seeks to boost the dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science today, a field booming with lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.


Oklahoma teen has charges changed in killing of Australian

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:18
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Oklahoma man originally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian athlete has been charged as an accessory to first-degree murder, court records released on Friday said. James Edwards Jr. had his first-degree murder charge dismissed in exchange for his cooperation with the prosecution of two teenagers charged with fatally shooting Melbourne resident Christopher Lane as he was jogging in south Oklahoma, court records showed. He was attending East Central University in Ada on a baseball scholarship. In a preliminary hearing, Edwards implicated Michael Jones, 19 and Chancey Luna, 17, for the killing.

Army clears way for Purple Hearts for Fort Hood shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 03:17
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The U.S. Army will make military personnel injured in the 2009 shooting attack at the Fort Hood base in central Texas eligible for the Purple Heart and civilians injured eligible for the Medal for Defense of Freedom, military officials said on Friday. Lawyers for 40 military personnel and civilians killed or wounded in the attack have petitioned to have the incident be declared an act of terrorism, which would open the door for the medals and allow them to receive certain benefits. "The Purple Heart's strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood," Secretary of the Army John McHugh said.  "Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom medal." Then Army Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, opened fire on unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment on Nov. 5, 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in the Muslim world.