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Philadelphia Catholic monsignor ordered back to prison in child sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:42
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A high-ranking Catholic church official in Philadelphia was ordered back to prison on Thursday following the reinstatement of his conviction for turning a blind eye to child sex abuse by pedophile priests. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina revoked bail for Monsignor William Lynn, 64, and ordered him back behind bars. Sarmina, who presided over his criminal trial, had sentenced Lynn in 2012 to three to six years in prison for endangering the welfare of children. One of the highest-ranking clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal, Lynn is the first church official sent to prison for mishandling sexual misconduct complaints against priests.

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:39

8 hospitalized in Hammonton hazmat situationA hazmat situation at a South Jersey business left a number of people feeling sick.


New York nurse charged in scalding death of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York nurse has been charged in the killing of a developmentally disabled toddler who was submerged in scalding bath water.

Man, 18, admits hitting Temple Univ. student, fleeing scene, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:37

Man, 18, admits hitting Temple Univ. student, fleeing scene, police sayPhiladelphia police say an 18-year-old man has come forward and admitted striking a Temple University student, then leaving the scene Wednesday night.


Video reveals 2 bra bandits in latest mall lingerie heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:36
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Newly released surveillance video shows two women were behind the latest bra heist at a northeast Pennsylvania mall.

FCC seeks to consolidate net neutrality cases in Washington court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:33

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel talk at the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants a federal appeals court in Washington to hear the cases against its new internet regulations, according to court documents filed on Thursday. The FCC asked other courts where such lawsuits have been filed to transfer their cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had weighed the agency's previous iterations of "net neutrality" rules in the past.


Years-old pork served for lunch at schools in East Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:31
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures.

U.S. bird flu in poultry not materially hurting soymeal demand: Bunge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:30
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry is not having a material impact on demand for soybean meal, which can be fed to chickens and turkeys, the chief executive of oilseed processor Bunge Ltd said on Thursday. More than 15 million commercial birds nationwide have died or are expected to be killed in the current outbreak of the virus. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

Baltimore police hand report on Gray death to prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:29

Baltimore police hand report on Gray death to prosecutorBaltimore police have completed their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and turned over their findings to prosecutors - one day earlier than the department's self-imposed deadline, the commissioner said Thursday morning.


Obama pushes reading through e-book, library initiatives

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:18

President Barack Obama, sitting next to 6th-grader Osman Yaya, a student at Wicomico County Public Schools’ Bennett Middle School in Salisbury, Md., speaks at Anacostia Library in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015, as he participates in a live "virtual field trip" with middle school students to announce two initiatives to improve education through digital connectivity. The president announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students.


Large sinkhole opens up on Wissinoming street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:17

Large sinkhole opens up on Wissinoming streetA large sinkhole opened up on a street, causing detours in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Former SEC football player charged in death of Georgia boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:09
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police have charged a former Southeastern Conference football player with killing a 4-year-old boy.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:07

AP10ThingsToSee - Partizan soccer fans light torches during a Serbian National soccer league derby match between Red Star and Partizan, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Obama's BRAIN Initiative yields first study results

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:05

Obama walks off stage after announcing his administration's BRAIN initiative at the White House in WashingtonThe study, describing a way to manipulate a lab animal's brain circuitry accurately enough to turn behaviors both on and off, is the first to be published under President Barack Obama's 2013 BRAIN Initiative, which aims to advance neuroscience and develop therapies for brain disorders. If scientists are able do that for the circuitry involved in psychiatric or neurological disorders, it may lead to therapies. "This tool sharpens the cutting edge of research aimed at improving our understanding of brain circuit disorders, such as schizophrenia and addictive behaviors," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the $1 million study. Brain neurons are genetically engineered to produce a custom-made - "designer" - receptor.


Oklahoma House passes 72-hour abortion wait time legislation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:58
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that would make Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at least 72 hours before receiving an abortion.

Marine charged in military court in Va. with hazing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:55
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A decorated Marine accused of humiliating and physically abusing those under his command — ordering one to punch another hard enough to make him urinate blood — is facing a court-martial in Virginia.

U.S. lawmaker optimistic on fast track trade bill vote

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:45

Ryan arrives to hold a committee hearing on the topic of U.S. economic growth at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonA key U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday he is optimistic Congress will pass legislation key to a Pacific trade pact and said he is open to considering stronger rules against currency manipulation in a separate bill. The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Paul Ryan, said he thought Republicans were in a "very good place" on a bill granting the White House authority to seal trade deals and submit them to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments. Support from Democrats would be needed to pass the bill, but he did not think lawmakers would allow a proposal put forward by a Democratic president to fail. "I believe we will get there, but trade is always difficult." The bill is seen as key to encouraging trading partners negotiating the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership to make final offers, with certainty that the deal will not be picked apart in Congress later.


Starbucks opens first express store in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:40

A Starbucks cafe is seen in Los AngelesStarbucks Corp on Thursday opened the first of five express stores planned for 2015 in New York City as it and other restaurant chains work to give service times a double shot of speed. The 538-square-foot (50-square-meter) shop, located across from the New York Stock Exchange, is roughly a quarter of the size of a typical Starbucks store and offers a limited food and beverage menu. The opening comes as companies like Starbucks, McDonald's Corp, Panera Bread Co and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc experiment with ways to boost sales, speed up service and connect with younger, tech-savvy consumers. Seattle-based Starbucks is expanding its U.S. mobile order and pay service after a successful test launch.


Fire damages auto body shop in East Coventry Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:38

Fire damages auto body shop in East Coventry Twp.A fire gutted an auto body shop that housed several classic cars in East Coventry Twp., Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 23:29

This Feb. 12, 2015 photo made available by the Broward Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows confiscated vials of flakka. This emerging drug can alter brain chemistry in such a way that users can't control their thoughts and it can increase adrenalin. (AP Photo/Broward Sheriff's Office via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.