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Chicago College Student Survives 2 Days Lost in the Swiss Alps

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:43
The 19-year-old from Chicago lost his way in a snowstorm.

John Whitehead, former leader of Goldman Sachs, dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:36

John Whitehead, chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, speaks at the Reuters Finance Summit in New YorkBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Whitehead, a former senior partner and co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who helped make it a top-tier Wall Street firm and led its international expansion, has died, the investment bank said on Saturday. Whitehead joined Goldman Sachs in 1947 and worked his way to the highest rung of its corporate ladder before leaving after 38 years to become a deputy secretary of state under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He was a chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a member of the board of the New York Stock Exchange. "We grieve the loss of John Whitehead and honor his achievements and contributions in service to his country and Goldman Sachs," Goldman chief executive Lloyd Blankfein said in a statement.

2 men hurt in 2-vehicle crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:12

2 men hurt in 2-vehicle crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Hunting ParkTwo men in their 20's were hurt in a two vehicle crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.

Feds: State wrongly took mom's child 2 days after birth

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:59
BOSTON (AP) — She was 19, a brand-new mother with a developmental disability. Two days after giving birth to her daughter, the state took the infant away and placed her in foster care.

Northern California gets break before next storm system

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:46

In this photo provided by the Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management, floodwaters are shown around homes in Brinnon, Wash., Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. As much as 7 inches of rain have fallen over 24 hours on the east side of the Olympics where the Duckabush River is flooding the town of Brinnon, the National Weather Service said Friday. (AP Photo/Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California got a break Saturday from a wet and windy storm that downed trees and power lines, ripped through freeway and street signs and led to dozens of flight cancellations at San Francisco's airport.

'Slow Flowers' movement pushes local, US-grown cut flowers

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:37

Megan Hird, owner of Farmstead Flowers, poses for a photo in the greenhouse on her property in Bruning, Neb., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. As Americans look for ways to show they care this Valentine's Day, flower industry experts anticipate more of them will eschew bouquets of imported flowers for those grown right here in the U.S. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)BRUNING, Neb. (AP) — Come February, the owners of Farmstead Flowers begin nurturing seedlings and preparing three acres for their cash crop reaped from April through October — cut flowers.

Virginia latest state to consider taking more DNA samples

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:34

Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding, left, speaks as Gil Harrington, right, mother of slain VA Tech student Morgan Harrington, wait in a hallway before speaking to the Senate Courts of Justice committee at the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The House and Senate Courts committees were considering several bills relating to reporting of missing persons and DNA databank expansion. Virginia is considering expanding the number of misdemeanor convictions that would require the offender to submit a DNA sample to a state databank. Supporters of the legislation say that had it been enacted a few years ago, it might have saved the life of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After Morgan Harrington's body turned up in an Albemarle County hayfield in 2009, authorities were able to obtain crime-scene DNA evidence. What they didn't have yet was a forensic match to a suspect in Virginia's groundbreaking databank of felons' DNA.

New York man sentenced to 30 years in Home Depot bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:22
A former Home Depot employee was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for threatening to set off pipe bombs in some of the chain's suburban New York stores in an attempt to extort money from the retailer, his trial attorney said on Saturday. Daniel Sheehan, 52, of Deer Park, New York was convicted in 2013 of threatening to explode the bombs on the day after Thanksgiving Day the previous year, according to his trial attorney Leonard Lato. Prosecutors said Sheehan tried to extort $2 million from The Home Depot by planting a pipe bomb in its Huntington, New York store and threatening to plant three more in other stores, forcing them to close, if the money was not paid. U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip, New York sentenced Sheehan to 30 years and one month in prison on Friday, Lato said.

Ex-worker convicted in Home Depot bomb plot gets 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 01:02
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former employee convicted of planting a pipe bomb at a Home Depot store to try to extort $2 million from the company was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Trooper who forced motorists into sex acts to be sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 00:35
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former state trooper who admitted forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

Train Engineer Helped Up to 7 Passengers Out of Fatal Crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 00:26
Steven Smalls told investigators of the train's harrowing final moments.

Parents of US Hostage Plead for Response from ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 00:21
ISIS claims she was killed in a recent Jordanian airstrike.

Case dismissed against 'Spider-Man' in Times Square scuffle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 00:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Charges against a costumed Spider-Man accused of slugging a police officer in Times Square have been dismissed after prosecutors decided not to pursue them.

Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:57

In this Jan. 27, 2015 image, a portrait of Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra can be seen in the gift shop of the Mission San Diego de Acala in San Diego. Pope Francis' announcement that he will canonize Serra is meeting resistance by some in California and beyond, as critics say he wiped out native populations, enslaved converts and spread disease. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot statue of the priest looms over Interstate 280 in San Francisco.

Virginia would expand this list of offenses requiring DNA

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:45
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia already requires offenders to provide a DNA sample in these cases:

AccuWeather: Weekend Warm Up

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:33

 Weekend Warm UpMeteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a mild weekend followed by a wet Monday.

1 dead, 6 soldiers hurt in rollover accident at Fort Carson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:28
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — One Fort Carson soldier has been killed and six others injured in a rollover accident at a Fort Carson training area.

Illinois city mocked by Letterman in '99 plots cold revenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 23:16

In this Feb. 3, 2015 photo, from left, Beth Peeler, 16, teacher Bill Curtin and Magdalena Garcia, 17, from Kankakee High School pose at a gazebo in Kankakee, Ill., before its planned demolition. In 1999, after Places Rated Almanac called Kankakee the worst metropolitan area to live in the U.S. and Canada, talk-show host David Letterman poked fun with a Top 10 list and sent the town two gazebos to spruce things up. Now students are dismantling the gazebos and making a commemorative rocking chair out of the wood for Letterman’s retirement. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Zbigniew Bzdak) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESKANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — High school students in a city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live are plotting some tongue-in-cheek revenge, more than 15 years later.

Man critical after stabbing in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 22:52

Man critical after stabbing in KensingtonPolice are searching for the person responsible for stabbing a man in Philadelphia's Kensington section late Friday night.

2-alarm fire at auto garage in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 22:50

2-alarm fire at auto garage in FrankfordFire crews were called to battle a two alarm fire at an auto garage in Frankford.