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2 injured in Southwest Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:46

2 injured in Southwest Philadelphia shootingTwo men were rushed to the hospital after a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia.


Man gunned down in Frankford apartment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:40

Man gunned down in Frankford apartmentPhiladelphia Police are searching for the gunman that shot and killed a man overnight.


Colleges getting out of health insurance business

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:58

In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, Stacy Crites, right, a nurse on campus at the University of Washington's Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, takes the temperature of Kandice Joyner, left, a junior studying archeology, during a routine check-up. An unintended side-effect of federal health care reform is leading colleges across the country to transition out of the health insurance business. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.


Newtown advocates kick off annual ride to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:56
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Advocates of tougher gun control measures are embarking on their third annual bike ride from Newtown to Washington.

AccuWeather: Wintry Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:53

 Wintry WeekendMeteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking relatively cold weather this weekend, with the chance of a few flurries.


For some, regret lingers years after girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:47

FILE - This photo providedby the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. shows Jessica Mae Hardin, stepmother to 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. A jury convicted grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday, March 20, 2015, in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. Jessica Hardin, is free on bond awaiting trial on a murder charge for allegedly failing to intervene as Garrard made Savannah run. No trial date is set for Hardin, who has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — For some, Savannah Hardin's final hours remain an open wound three years after she was run to death in the yard of her rural home as punishment for a lie.


Nation's biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:43

FILE - This March 16, 2011 photo shows steam rising from cooling towers at Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. Exelon Corp. says Illinois lawmakers must revamp the power market or potentially see three of that state’s nuclear plants close. The Chicago-based company operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the country. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity.


Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:27

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, a hornless cow stands in a dairy barn at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind. Fair Oaks, one of the nation’s largest dairy farms with 36,000 cows, is phasing out the use of milk cows with horns _ unruly cows can be hazardous because they can gore farm workers or other animals. About a quarter of its newborn calves are hornless due to selective use of bulls with the polled gene, a dominant no-horn genetic trait. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.


Pa. state trooper struck while helping disabled motorist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:05

Pa. state trooper struck while helping disabled motoristA Pennsylvania state trooper was critically injured when he was struck by a car while helping a disabled motorist.


Family keeps small-time sawmill buzzing in New Hampshire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 20:49

In this photo taken Monday, March 23, 2015, 22-year-old Carl Potter chips ice off poplar logs as his father, Bob Potter, background, cuts boards at the small family saw mill in Gilmanton, N.H. The mill built in the 1960s by Potter's father is used for repair and construction projects on the family farm. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)GILMANTON, N.H. (AP) — On Bob Potter's farm, the whine of a saw is heard over the grumbling of a diesel-powered engine as he and his boys carry on a family practice begun nearly half a century ago.


Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:04

A still image captured from surveillance video at the Boston Marathon shows the scene moments before a second bomb exploded near the finish line of the raceBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev's lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that "it was him" who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty.


Germanwings Co-Pilot Never Submitted Sick Note, Airline Says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:38
There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, prosecutors said.

Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:27

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for him to soak up campaign resources when he could be focusing on putting the Democrats back in power. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.


Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 16:24

Lynette Austin, known as "Captain Sam," poses with war victims, Shah Bibi Tarakhail, left, and Abdul Wahid, during a media event at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles, Friday, March 27, 2015. The nurse who helped bring two badly injured Afghan children to the United States for treatment has met them again for the first time in nearly 1 ½ years. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:02
"I'm so grateful to have my life back." — Amanda Knox after Italy's highest court overturned her 2009 murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 13:16

Amanda Knox, center, walks with her mother, Edda Mellas, lower right, and her fiance, Colin Sutherland, left, as she steps out to talk to the media outside Mellas' home, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.


Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:48

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Nov. 21, 2009, Amanda Knox reacts during a hearing at Perugia's court, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new appeals round, or even a ruling that amounts to an acquittal in the sensational case that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.


Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:06
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:54
BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in a motor vehicle stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded a decorated officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, authorities said. An apparent bystander also was shot.

Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken.