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Prosecutor says man didn't claim to be Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:49
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor trying a suspect for murder in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz says she misspoke when she told a judge police interviewed a man who called claiming to be the boy.

Dad accused of punching 3-month-old; son had 17 broken bones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:48
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged with punching his 3-month-old son, and doctors say the baby had 17 broken bones and skull fractures.

Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:46

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, participants inch to the starting line in the big wheel race during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa is one of several states where business owners have expressed growing concern over early school start dates and their effect on lost revenue during critical summer months. Proposed legislation in at least six states show it’s still being debated in 2015. (AP Photo/The Register, Bryon Houlgrave)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Summer foot traffic is what keeps Iowa's Adventureland, with its famed wooden roller coaster and sprawling water park, in business. That is, until mid-August.


Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.


Ten sheriffs challenge Colorado marijuana laws in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:43
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Six Colorado sheriffs and four from neighboring states challenged Colorado's marijuana legalization in federal court on Thursday, saying the voter-approved measure violates the U.S. Constitution and their oath of office. Pot is illegal under federal law, but Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational use by adults in landmark ballots in 2012. The sheriffs filed their civil action in U.S. District Court in Denver, naming Governor John Hickenlooper as defendant. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed-distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws," it said.

States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:39

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.


Washington state school bus crash injures at least 43 children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:38

Handout photo of bus crash near Orondo, WashingtonBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A truck driver who may have been fatigued veered into oncoming traffic on a rural Washington state highway on Thursday, killing a woman driving a car and crashing into a school bus loaded with children, a state trooper said. A woman driving a car was pronounced dead at the scene, state troopers said. Trooper Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol said it appeared that the box truck driver, who was traveling south, was falling asleep before his truck crossed into oncoming traffic, striking the car and bus, both traveling north.


AccuWeather: Winter Storm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:38

 Winter Storm WarningWINTER STORM WARNINGS are in effect for all areas except for the Lehigh Valley.


New Jersey announces $225M Exxon settlement; had sought $9B

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:37
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey announced a $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil on Thursday that state officials said is the largest environmental settlement against a corporate defendant in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

Maine fishermen set record $585M haul in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:35
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's fishermen hauled in a huge catch worth a state record $585 million last year, buoyed by an unprecedented surge in the value of the state's beloved lobsters.

Man freed after 20 years sues Ohio for wrongful imprisonment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:35
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man who spent almost 20 years behind bars for murder before being freed has sued the state for wrongful imprisonment, hoping it will allow him to collect compensation for the time he was incarcerated.

Woman charged after decomposed body of 93-year-old mom found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:34
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman who lived above the apartment where the decomposing body of her 93-year-old mother remained for over a year is facing charges.

1 person escapes uninjured after Kensington roof collapse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:19

1 person escapes uninjured after Kensington roof collapseThe roof of a building collapsed in Philadelphia's Kensington section Thursday afternoon.


Apartment building roof collapses in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:17

1 person escapes uninjured after Kensington roof collapseThe roof of an apartment building collapsed in Philadelphia's Kensington section Thursday afternoon.


Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence by bay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:03

Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence by bayA Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close to the icy waters of a bay.


'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:02

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. Windslowe, an aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting," has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death. Windslowe has been testifying since Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and faces more cross-examination this week. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A transgender "body sculptor" is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony.


Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:00

FILE - In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Sepulveda Basin Dog Park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.


SEPTA updates alerts due to snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:00

SEPTA updates alerts due to snowstormSEPTA has updated its alerts concerning Thursday's snowstorm.


'Hang On Sloopy,' you're almost legal: Ohio lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:58
(Reuters) - The 1960s hit "Hang On Sloopy" is a step closer to becoming Ohio's official state rock song. A bill granting the song legal status passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday and will be assigned to a Senate committee this week or next, a spokesman for co-sponsor state Representative Michael Stinziano said on Thursday. Why pick "Hang On Sloopy," which doesn't even mention the Buckeye State in its tale of a girl who lives in a "very bad side of town?" The song was a major hit in 1965 for The McCoys, of Dayton, Ohio. It was written about Steubenville, Ohio, singer Dorothy Sloop, who sometimes used the stage name "Sloopy," according to Stinziano's office.

Wisconsin Assembly debate begins on right-to-work bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:50

A crowd of about 200 people and union members gather in frigid temperatures in downtown MilwaukeeBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Protesters shouting "right-to-work is wrong for Wisconsin" from the Assembly gallery brought a temporary halt to the session on Thursday afternoon, drawing an order for security to clear the viewing area. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. Thousands of workers demonstrated last week when senators debated the bill, but capitol crowds have been far thinner than four years ago, when tens of thousands of people protested a push for a law limiting the powers of public sector unions.