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Red-light cams fade as speed cams get green light

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:46

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, traffic passes a red light photo enforcement sign below a red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road, in Lawrence Township, N.J. New Jersey legislators recently discontinued the state’s red light camera pilot program after five years. The number of red-light cameras nationwide is falling because of opposition from lawmakers and average Joes _ but the use of cameras to catch speeders is slowly rising, potentially signaling a new battleground. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Motorists rejoicing over decisions to discontinue unpopular red-light camera programs don't have to drive too far for a buzzkill.


AP PHOTOS: A look at $1 million homes in the US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:41

This photo provided by Gladys Manion, Inc. via Realtor.com shows the exterior a five-bedroom, five bath limestone mansion at 36 Portland Place in St. Louis, previously listed at $1.385 million. (AP Photo/Gladys Manion, Inc via Realtor.com, Steven B. Smith Photography)Sales of $1 million homes are booming, even as overall sales have sputtered this year.


Diocese: Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ native

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:24

 Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ nativeAn Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a South Jersey native was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession, documents show.


Temps plunge U.S. into deep freeze, with snow for Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:19
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - As colder-than-average temperatures locked large swaths of the United States into a deep freeze Tuesday, snow was likely in an unlikely place - Las Vegas. The National Weather Service (NWS) said cold air pressure from the northern High Plains would move south starting Tuesday, producing light snow and sleet over parts of western Texas that will expand into parts of the Southwest Tuesday night into Wednesday. Light rain is expected to develop over parts of Southern California and the desert Southwest on Wednesday. ...

New Castle K-9 recovering after attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:10

New Castle K-9 recovering after attackA New Castle Police dog is recovering at home after being attacked by another dog in Edgemoor, Delaware.


Idaho court tosses conviction due to 'Dixie' song

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:10
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has thrown out a black man's sex crime convictions, saying the prosecutor interjected race in closing arguments by quoting lyrics from the Confederate anthem "Dixie."

Woman accused of sex with teen waves preliminary hearing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:08

Woman accused of sex with teen waives preliminary hearingThe Montgomery County woman accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy, whom she met at a school function, was back in court Tuesday morning.


Police: Texas man killed girlfriend, her daughters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:07
CROWLEY, Texas (AP) — Police in North Texas say a man fatally shot his girlfriend and killed two of her teenage daughters before turning the gun on himself.

Mike Rowe's comments on Brown and Garner go viral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:02

Mike Rowe's comments on Brown and Garner go viralA Facebook post from former 'Dirty Jobs' host and tough love advocate Mike Rowe has since gone viral after making bold statements regarding the tensions felt nationwide following the cases around Michael Brown and Eric Garner, especially those tensions between police and protesters in NYC and Oakland.


Car slams into building in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:02

Car slams into building in Spring GardenFirst responders were on the scene of a single-vehicle crash in the Spring Garden of Philadelphia.


Spokesman: George H.W. Bush released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:01
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital Tuesday after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath.

Parents scramble in wake of Walter Palmer Charter School shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:01

Parents scramble in wake of Walter Palmer Charter School shutdownParents are scrambling to find classroom spots for their children this week after a charter school in North Philadelphia announced it is closing its doors for good.


Former U.S. President Bush, 90, released from Houston hospital: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:58

Former President George H. W. Bush applauds during an event to honor the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award at the White House in Washington in this file photoAUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was released from a Houston hospital on Tuesday after a weeklong stay brought on by breathing difficulties, his spokesman said. "President Bush was released from the Houston Methodist Hospital today," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. "He is now resting at home, grateful to the doctors and nurses for their superb care." Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital the night of Dec. 23 and admitted for observation after experiencing shortness of breath, McGrath said. ...


Italian prosecutors order ferry back to Italy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:57

Italian prosecutors order ferry back to ItalyMore than 400 people were rescued from the ferry, most in daring, nighttime helicopter sorties that persisted despite high winds and seas, after a fire broke out before dawn Sunday on a car deck.


Wreckage, bodies reveal AirAsia jet's fate days after it disappeared

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:55

Wreckage, bodies reveal AirAsia jet's fate days after it disappearedFamily members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.


Killer's wife pleads guilty in Texas DA murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:48

FILE - In a Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, testifies during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas. Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison after earlier testifying that she helped her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot. Williams appeared in court two weeks after her husband, Eric Williams, was sentenced to death for one of the three killings. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool, File)KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — A North Texas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison after earlier testifying that she helped her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot.


Suspect in Pennypack Park rapes extradited to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 01:27

Suspected Pennypack Park rapist charged, held on $10MThe man suspected in two attacks in Pennypack Park was extradited to Philadelphia to face charges over the weekend.


Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:57

FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, a rose is placed at the wall with the names of fallen police officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington during the National Police Week. The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual report by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in 2013.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday.


US Supreme Court takes case, but plaintiff missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:47

In this Dec. 29, 2014 photo, vacant land sits where a row house that belonged to homeowner Bobby Chen once stood in Baltimore. Chen wrote in court documents that he’d been renovating the building when the city demolished it in November 2008, claiming it was unsafe after a crew demolished an adjacent building. Chen sued as a result, and his case has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. But now it appears he’s missed a deadline the high court set for him and disappeared himself. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take Bobby Chen's case involving a run-down Baltimore row house razed by the city, it looked past the fact he was too poor to pay the court's filing fee and had no attorney. But now Chen can't be found, something unheard of at the nation's highest court.


AirAsia plane with 159 aboard overshoots Philippine runway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:33

AirAsia plane with 159 aboard overshoots Philippine runwayAn AirAsia Zest plane carrying 159 people overshot the runway and got stuck in a muddy field Tuesday at an international airport in the central Philippines after landing from Manila in windy weather, officials said. There were no reports of injuries.