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Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:17

Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion houseResidents escaped a fire inside a house in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Tuesday morning.


Man accused of eating woman's organs charged with rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:27
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs is facing a rape charge in the attack.

High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:20

In this March 17, 2015 photo, Phil Dworsky shows off an app on his phone that displays the movements of his parents, Dorothy, 80, left, and Bill Dworsky, 81, rear, at their home in San Francisco. Each time an elder Dworksy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their home make notes on a digital logbook, which the younger Dworsky monitors daily on his smartphone. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.


Obama says inequality facing minority men behind unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:14

Obama delivers remarks at Lehman College in New YorkFollowing a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore, U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said that the residual effects of racism have built up over time and created inequality. Speaking on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman, Obama said the effects of slavery, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in American history have left minority communities at a disadvantage. Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at Lehman College in the Bronx where he announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is a spinoff of a White House initiative to increase opportunities for young minority men. Obama said black and Latino men feel disadvantaged, and he credited their sense of frustration about their lives and opportunities for the intensity of recent protests around the country.


Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:08

Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.


Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleges unlawful conduct: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:44

Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois(Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Wells Fargo & Co, accusing the bank of driving its employees to open unauthorized customer accounts, charging them "bogus" fees and damaging their credit, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lawsuit alleges that employees misused customers' confidential information and often failed to close unauthorized accounts even when customers complained, according to the paper. "The result is that Wells Fargo has generated a virtual fee-generating machine, through which its customers are harmed, its employees take the blame, and Wells Fargo reaps the profit," the report quoted the lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court by City Attorney Mike Feuer. Wells Fargo has blamed the problems on a few "rogue" employees, who the bank says it has "appropriately disciplined" or fired.


Close call caught on camera as soda truck spills its load

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:14

Close call caught on camera as soda truck spills its loadIt was a close call, caught on camera, for a pedestrian in Brazil as a truck spilled its load of soda bottles.


Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:11

Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunmanAn argument with his ex-fiancee likely motivated a university student to randomly shoot four people, three fatally, on a bridge along a busy hiking and biking trail in a small eastern Wisconsin city, police said Monday. The gunman also shot and killed himself.


Remote home of leprosy patients could open door wider

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:58

FILE -This Aug. 12, 2008, file photo, shows an aerial view of Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai, Hawaii. A handful of people with leprosy are still living full time on the isolated peninsula, but the National Park Service is already making plans to overhaul buildings and allow more visitors to the area when the last of the patients dies. (AP Photo/Hugh E. Gentry, File)HONOLULU (AP) — A remote peninsula that has been the home of leprosy patients since the 19th century could be opened more fully to the public as the last remaining residents near the end of their lives.


Ohio woman gets 18 months in 100-year-old mother's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:58
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A 77-year-old Ohio woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother's death by severe neglect.

Cops: Student spit and put window cleaner in roommates' food

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:45
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police say a University of South Carolina student has been arrested after her roommates set up a camera and caught her spitting and putting window cleaner in their food.

Environmentalists sue over theme park's solar farm plans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:42
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed suit over a New Jersey theme park's plans to cut nearly 19,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm.

Cleveland police officer's trial on fatal shootings nears end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:38

Cleveland police officer Brelo sits during his manslaughter trial in ClevelandBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cuyahoga County judge will soon decide whether a Cleveland police officer is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects after a long, high-speed chase in November 2012. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo, 31, before Judge John O'Donnell in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Williams and Russell were black and Brelo, a Marine who served in Iraq, is white. The chase, which started in downtown Cleveland after reports that there was gunfire coming from Russell's car, went through multiple cities at speeds topping 90 mph and ended with 13 Cleveland police officers firing 137 rounds.


Basement fire damages home in Towamencin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:55

Basement fire damages home in TowamencinFirefighters battled a basement fire inside a home in Towamencin, Montgomery County.


Family of driver killed in train-car collision plans to sue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:41
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — The family of the SUV driver involved in a deadly collision with a Metro-North commuter train plans to sue the railroad.

Police officer sues Starbucks over spilled coffee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:37

Police officer sues Starbucks over spilled coffeeA police officer in North Carolina is crying foul over a spilled Starbucks coffee.


Grand jury: Dover police officer assaulted suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:26

 Dover police officer assaulted suspectCpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.


Shell's Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:24

Shell's company logo is pictured at a gas station in ZurichRoyal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded the requirement by the city's planning department. "This is an opportunity for the port and all of us to make a bold statement about how oil companies contribute to climate change, oil spills and other environmental disasters – and reject this short-term lease," Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray said on his website.


3 women dead in Chester Co. fire; kids rescued

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:08

3 women dead in Chester Co. fire; kids rescuedState police stay three women were killed and several children were rescued after a fire on Monday afternoon in West Caln Twp., Chester County.


ISIS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:57

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attackISIS is claiming responsibility for an attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.