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Ex-FDIC head Sheila Bair named president of Maryland college

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 01:16

Former FDIC director Sheila Bair testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington(Reuters) - Sheila Bair, an outspoken critic of Wall Street during her time as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, has been named president of a liberal arts college near Baltimore. Bair, 61, will become the first female president of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, when she takes up the position on Aug. 1. Appointed to lead the FDIC by President George W. Bush in 2006, Bair was one of the first officials to warn about a subprime mortgage crisis but clashed often with those who were more supportive of taxpayer bailouts of banks.


Jurors convict man of killing Chicago officer, ex-official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 01:08
CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors in Chicago have convicted a 24-year-old man in the shooting deaths of a Chicago police officer and a former Chicago Housing Authority official.

New standardized tests bring technical challenges, concern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, practice test books sit on a table in the sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania. For all the headlines of technical test problems in some states and parents opting their children out of test taking, testing proponents say the roll out in much of the country this spring of new standardized tests taken on a computer has had relatively few major hitches. (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania.


Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:39
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat known for hardball politics who quit amid accusations of financial impropriety, has died at the age of 92, the Texas Democratic Party said. Wright, who represented a district in Fort Worth in the U.S. Congress for more than 30 years, resigned from the House in 1989 in the midst of an ethics scandal. James Claude Wright Jr. was born in Fort Worth on Dec. 22, 1922.

Germanwings co-pilot tried slow descent hours before crash, investigators say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:29

Germanwings co-pilot tried slow descent hours before crash, investigators sayThe co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Duesseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday.


Initiative looks to demolish vacant Philadelphia warehouses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:26

Initiative looks to demolish vacant Philadelphia warehousesPhiladelphia is a historic city, but with that history also comes aging infrastructure.


4 arrested in Connecticut synthetic marijuana investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:26
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

Fact sheet: 2015 Lexus LS 460

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:14
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Lexus flagship: A car or a haven?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:13

This undated image made available by Toyota shows the 2015 Lexus LS 460. (David Dewhurst/Toyota via AP)It's misleading to call the 2015 Lexus LS 460 a car, or even a luxury sedan.


US leading effort to assign blame for Syria chlorine attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is leading an effort to create a way to attribute blame for chlorine attacks in Syria, diplomats say, opening a possible path for action on an issue that has sparked outrage as reports of chemical attacks continue.

Autopsies: 2 of 3 Muslim students shot with gun held to head

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:56
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man charged with killing three Muslim college students appears to have held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway, according to autopsies released Wednesday.

New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:52

New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. caseA prosecutor has obtained a capital murder indictment against the man accused of the abduction and killing a University of Virginia student, saying she plans to seek the death penalty.


Man wanted for attempted barber shop burglary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:46

Man wanted for attempted barber shop burglaryHe may have been dressed like Superman, but police say a man caught on camera in South Philadelphia was no hero.


National Endowment for the Arts awards $74M in grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding $74 million in grants to arts organizations in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.

Man threatens clerks during Family Dollar robbery in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:24

Man threatens clerks during Family Dollar robbery in Southwest PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia detectives are searching for a thief who threatened several clerks during a robbery in Southwest.


SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:16

SpaceX's Dragon capsule launches, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX fired the mock-up capsule to test the new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.


Autopsies: 2 of 3 Muslim students shot with gun held to head

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:14
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Autopsies indicate that a man charged with killing three Muslim college students held his gun to the heads of two victims when he pulled the trigger after shooting the first in the doorway.

BNSF says tank cars in ND oil train crash were unjacketed CPC-1232 model

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:09
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF said that the tank cars involved in a North Dakota oil train derailment Wednesday were unjacketed CPC-1232 models, the same model that has been targeted for phase-out within five years under federal safety rules announced last Friday. BNSF in a statement acknowledged that a fire had occurred at the scene of the crash and confirmed that there were no injuries. (Reporting By Edward McAllister and Jarret Renshaw; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Construction worker rescues Michigan boy during dog attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:39
SEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Four Rottweilers attacked an 8-year-old boy in central Michigan, and his mother said they would have killed her son if not for a construction worker who came to the rescue.

Florida woman's online order asks for pizza, police help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:36

Hostage orders plea for help with pizza to goBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Employees at a Pizza Hut in Florida were praised on Wednesday for helping rescue a customer who wrote a message in her online pizza order that she was being held hostage and needed someone to call 911, authorities said. The note led to the arrest of Ethan Nickerson, 26, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their three children hostage, said Highlands County sheriff's spokeswoman Nell Hays. The Pizza Hut employees "not only saw something but they acted on it," Hays said. Cheryl Treadway, 25, was a regular customer at a Pizza Hut in Avon Park in central Florida, which took seriously her plea in the comments section of an online order on Monday.