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Rhode Island child with Enterovirus dies after infection: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:46
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...

Kidnapped Texas girl found in Mexico after 12-year search: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:44

Sabrina Allen foundBy Tony C. Dreibus AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at the age of four and taken to Mexico by her mother has been found there, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Sabrina Allen was taken from Austin, Texas, in April 2002 by Dara Llorens, who was estranged from Allen's father, according to the Austin Police Department. Llorens and the child assumed new identities and moved frequently to evade capture, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which assisted in the hunt for the girl. ...

Fire at NJ home where hospital CEO, wife were found dead was arson: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:42
(Reuters) - New Jersey investigators have determined that a weekend fire in the home where a New Jersey hospital chief executive and his wife were found dead was arson, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said on Wednesday. The blaze was started in the second-floor bedroom of the Montgomery Township home of John Sheridan Jr., 72, the CEO and president of Cooper University Health System, and his wife Joyce, 69, said prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The couple were found unresponsive in the bedroom early Sunday. ...

GM looks to new vehicles, China to boost profit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:41

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the Global Business Conference for investors in Milford, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Barra says the company has enough parts available to fix all the faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

New Mexico women say motel owner assaulted them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:41
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women have sued a New Mexico motel owner and the director of the halfway house where they lived, saying they were repeatedly sexually assaulted at work and threated with being sent back to prison when they complained.

Mom accused of helping son in drive-by shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:38

This photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Lisa Egersdorf, accused of driving her teenage son by a gas station to shoot at rival gang members after picking him up from school. Prosecutors say Egersdorf was behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla when her 17-year-old son fired several shots at people he’d been fighting with at his Salt Lake City school. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff Office)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman is accused of driving her teenage son by a convenience store to shoot at rival gang members he had been fighting with at school.

Pennsylvania judge says Scranton can't tax commuters to fix pensions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:36
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday rejected the cash-strapped city of Scranton's bid to solve its municipal pension woes with a new commuter tax. The 0.75 percent tax on commuters' earned income was supposed to have gone into effect on Wednesday. It would have affected about 23,000 people and raised about $5 million annually, according to city officials. Senior Judge John Braxton of Philadelphia, who heard the case in Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, said the city could not impose a commuter tax unless it levied the same tax on residents. ...

San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:36
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google.

Child trapped under car in Tioga Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:28

Boy dies after being struck by car in Tioga-NicetownEmergency crews are on the scene of where a child got trapped underneath a vehicle in Philadelphia's Tioga Nicetown section.

AP-GfK Poll: Voters' pre-election focus on economy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:21

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo, people signing up for unemployment fill a room at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday, 9 in 10 of those most likely to go to the polls or mail in a ballot in this year’s midterm elections call the economy an extremely or very important issue. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Philly officially relaxes penalties for marijuana possession

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:52

Philly officially relaxes penalties for marijuana possessionPhiladelphia has enacted legislation that allows police to ticket people for possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them.

Hunting banned, tourism down in manhunt zone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:46

Hunting banned, tourism down in manhunt zoneHunting and trapping is prohibited until further notice on all public and private lands in the search area for trooper killing suspect Eric Frein.

In Scott Walker race, he's the main issue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:46

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker campaigns for re-election at a manufacturing company in Racine, Wis. The airwaves and campaign appearances in the closely contested governor's race here are bristling with arguments designed to sway opinions before Election Day. But for nearly everyone in Wisconsin, the only issue is Scott Walker. And almost every voter already knows whether they love him or hate him. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The airwaves and campaign appearances in the closely contested governor's race here are bristling with charges over whether the incumbent did enough to create jobs in the state and whether the challenger is an out-of-touch liberal, and other arguments designed to sway opinions before Election Day.

Ohio city defaults on traffic camera bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:41
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio's poorest cities was dealt another financial blow Wednesday when a federal judge stuck it with a $638,000 judgment in favor of a Rhode Island company that supplied the traffic cameras it hoped would provide a revenue boost.

Pennsylvania investigates death of trooper shot during training

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:36
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An investigation is underway into the death of a 26-year-old Pennsylvania trooper who was shot and killed at a training facility in suburban Philadelphia, the state police commissioner said on Wednesday. Trooper David Kedra, a two-year veteran for the force, died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Tuesday afternoon. Police have not disclosed who was holding the gun when the shooting occurred, and they have released no further information about the incident. ...

Greece's govt to call confidence vote

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:33

European Commission official Declan Costello arrives at the Finance Ministry in Athens for talks with the Greek government on Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Debt inspectors from the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund, which are closely monitoring Greece's harsh austerity program, launched a new round of meetings with Greek officials Tuesday. Talks will focus on Greece's 2015 state budget and implementation of agreed reforms. Greece has depended on bailouts from its European partners and the IMF since it nearly went bankrupt in mid-2010. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures.

White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:31

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court. The court ordered a mental competency review for Omar Gonzalez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but defense lawyers opposed the evaluation. Gonzalez's lawyer, David Bos, said his client was mentally competent and did not need an evaluation. He said he has become increasingly confident in his client's competency. Gonzalez was captured inside the White House on Sept. ...

Texas court upholds dismissal of ex-House leader DeLay's convictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:30
By Amanda Orr (Reuters) - A Texas court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of money-laundering and conspiracy convictions against former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that another state appeals court had correctly overturned DeLay's 2010 convictions, finding insufficient evidence against him in September 2013. ...

Burger King, ex-soldier at odds over needle claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:23
HONOLULU (AP) — The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.

U.S. parents who ferried children to Cuba agree to jail time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:19

Joshua Hakken and his wife Sharyn stand inside a building at the Marina Hemingway complex in HavanaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. couple face a decade or longer in jail after pleading guilty this week to kidnapping their two young sons in Florida last year, then fleeing by sailboat to Cuba with the family dog. In a deal that spared them additional federal or state charges, Sharyn and Joshua Hakken, who had lost custody of their sons after a drug arrest in Louisiana, admitted on Tuesday to kidnapping the boys, then ages 4 and 2, their attorneys said. The couple, both engineers, believed they had uncovered a government conspiracy, attorneys said. ...