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AP staff win awards for tornado, shooting stories

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Coverage of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado won an award for deadline reporting and a story on the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings won one for feature writing from the Associated Press Media Editors for journalism excellence by AP staffers.

Ex-newspaper editor named Pulitzers administrator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:16

This undated photo provided by the Pulitzer Administration in New York shows Mike Pride. On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, the board and Columbia University in New York, which administers the prizes, announced that Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire who has served as co-chair of the Pulitzer board, has been named Pulitzer administrator. (AP Photo/Pulitzer Administration)NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prizes, among journalism's highest honors, have a new administrator.


Judge overturns conviction in NYC 'cannibal cop' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:08

Former New York City police officer Gilberto ValleNEW YORK (AP) — A former New York Police Department officer was set to leave jail on Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction in a bizarre case accusing him of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.


Minnesota hero uses bare hands to free driver of burning SUV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:05
A Minnesota man used his bare hands to pry open a passenger-side door of a burning sport utility vehicle and save a trapped motorist from near-certain death, police said Tuesday. The incident has left police marveling at the actions of Bob Renning, 52, who - apparently fueled by a burst of adrenaline - pried open the door of Minneapolis resident Michael Johannes's 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer on Sunday evening. "To say his actions were heroic would be putting it lightly," said Lieutenant Eric Roeske, spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol.

Spam maker Hormel buying Muscle Milk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:03
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Spam is bulking up on its protein with Muscle Milk.

3 men struck, killed trying to cross Ga. freeway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:55
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Police in Atlanta's northeast suburbs say three men were struck and killed by a pickup as they attempted to walk across a freeway near the start of the morning rush hour.

Police: Children left in car in Port Richmond had AC running

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:41

5 kids hospitalized after being found in SUV in Port RichmondPhiladelphia police and paramedics responded Tuesday morning to the report of children left inside a hot vehicle in the city's Port Richmond section.


Children left in hot car outside Port Richmond store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:29

5 kids hospitalized after being found in SUV in Port RichmondPhiladelphia police and paramedics responded Tuesday morning to the report of children left inside a hot vehicle in the city's Port Richmond section.


New York City police to subway acrobats: Sit down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:14
NEW YORK (AP) — The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience — police officers.

N.Y. top court says cyberbullying law violates free speech

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:14
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York's highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law. The 2011 Albany County law banned electronic communication intended to "harass, annoy, threaten...or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person." The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds by Marquan Mackey-Meggs, who at age 15 in 2011 pleaded guilty under the law to creating a Facebook page that included graphic sexual comments alongside photos of classmates at his Albany-area high school. The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision said it was possible to pass a law outlawing bullying via social media or text message that respected free speech rights, but the county's statute went too far. "It appears that the provision would criminalize a broad spectrum of speech outside the popular understanding of cyberbullying," Judge Victoria Graffeo wrote for the court, "including, for example, an email disclosing private information about a corporation or a telephone conversation meant to annoy an adult." The majority rejected a bid by the county to sever the provisions that violated free speech rights and leave the rest of the law intact.

Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 23:10
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Police: Albuquerque man left gun with daughter, 11

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 22:56
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque father is facing a child endangerment charge after police say he left a loaded .22 caliber gun with his 11-year-old daughter for her protection while he went to get a tattoo.

NASA scrubs launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 22:19
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A failure in ground equipment has postponed the launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change.

U.S. top court to hear pregnant worker's appeal against UPS

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 22:02

The sun rises over the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear a case that would determine whether UPS Inc treated a pregnant employee unfairly by denying her request for temporary restrictions on her work duties. Peggy Young, a part-time delivery truck driver, had acted on a midwife’s advice that she not be required to lift parcels weighing more than 20 pounds (9 kg) while she was pregnant. Both a federal district court judge and an appeals court ruled in favor of UPS.


Birth control ruling sparks political clash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:40

Michael Hichborn kneels and prays as he joins demonstrators while waiting for the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.


Israel Strikes 34 'Terror Targets' After Bodies of Teens Found

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:40
Following the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month, reporters said they could hear the sound of airstrikes tonight in Gaza.

VA offers appointment to man 2 years after he dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:07
ACTON, Mass. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to a Massachusetts woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died.

Pennsylvania governor won’t sign budget over lack of pension reform

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:45

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference in State CollegeBy By David DeKok HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said on Monday that he would not for the moment sign a $29.1 billion budget enacted by the legislature because lawmakers had failed to include pension reform. Corbett, a Republican with sagging poll ratings who is up for re-election this year, wants to push new state employees onto a so-called "hybrid" pension plan.


NJ raises fines for using phones while driving

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:42

NJ raises fines for using phones while drivingMotorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey.


STORY REMOVED: BC-US--Police Officer-Cannibalism

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:41
NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn an early version its story about the overturning of a conviction of ex-NYPD officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women. The APNewsNow version reported the officer was convicted of kidnapping, killing and eating young women. A replacement version will be filed shortly.