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Massive flames engulf apartment complex in Norristown, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:07

1 dead, firefighter and 2 others hurt in massive Norristown apartment fireMassive flames inside an apartment complex have left 23 people displaced in Norristown, Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning.


Florida court asked to decide if gay sex constitutes 'intercourse'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:07
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday on the definition of sexual intercourse in a test of a law requiring HIV-positive people to tell partners of their status. The case arose in Key West where Gary Debaun was charged in 2011 with falsely telling a man he did not have the virus before they engaged in sex acts. Monroe County Circuit Judge Wayne Miller dismissed the case, saying state law defined "sexual intercourse" as between men and women. The state appealed, arguing that the 1986 law Debaun violated, which requires HIV-infected people to inform their partners, was intended to cover all sex acts, both homosexual and heterosexual, even if it did not precisely define the nature of sexual intercourse.

Author's hometown excited, perplexed by 'Mockingbird' sequel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:36

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To kill a Mockingbird," smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Publisher Harper announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel Lee completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. It will be her second published book. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — In the small Alabama town author Harper Lee made famous with "To Kill a Mockingbird," the Southern classic novel can be seen and felt everywhere.


US to destroy its largest remaining chemical weapons cache

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:06

In this Jan. 29, 2015 photo, protective suits for workers used in chemical munitions destruction hang inside the Pueblo Chemical Depot, east of Pueblo, in southern Colorado. The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.


What to do? Some questions and answers about measles at work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:23
NEW YORK (AP) — A boss who's worried about an outbreak of measles in the workplace needs to tread lightly.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:22
"You know there's a lot of controversy about whether Harper Lee actually wrote the (first) book. There's been so many years in between, and you have to wonder, 'How did somebody forget about a book'" — Jillian Schultz, a shop owner in Monroeville, Alabama, on author Harper Lee's sequel to her beloved first published novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," which won a Pulitzer prize.

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:30

FILe - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, one of the signs that will be used in the rollout of the $5.7-million, state-sponsored advertising campaign to promote knowledge of laws regarding marijuana usage stands in the foreground as Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, talks during a news conference at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment in Denver. The "Good to Know" advertisements will focus on marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI laws, the dangers of overuse and other concerns related to the use of the products. Colorado lawmakers are debating a bill on Tuesday, Feb. 3, to extend the warning signs to pot shops to advise pregnant women of the dangers that marijuana use pose to babies. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers struggling to make sense of incomplete scientific evidence about marijuana use by pregnant and nursing women have scrapped a bill to add warnings in pot shops about maternal marijuana use.


Whitney Houston's daughter in medically induced coma: friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:26

 On Our Own" in New YorkBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The daughter of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown was placed in a coma to stop brain swelling after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home on the weekend, family friend Kim Burrell told "Access Hollywood". Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Tuesday after three days at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources close to the family. Brown was discovered in the bathtub on Saturday by her partner, Nick Gordon, and a friend. "To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon," a statement issued by Bobby Brown's attorney, Christopher Brown, said.


Commuter train smashes into SUV on tracks, killing 7 people

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:50

Train crashVALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks at a crossing on Tuesday night, killing seven people, injuring several others and sending hundreds of passengers scrambling to get to safety as the front of the train and the SUV burst into flames. The impact was so forceful the electrified third rail buckled and pierced the train, authorities said.


Fans struggle with Seahawks' Super Bowl loss

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:18

In this image taken from video provided by Norb Caoili, Seattle Seahawks' fan Norb Caoili grabs his head in the final moments of the Super Bowl as the Seahawks lose to the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Caoili, 45, of Renton, Wash., is the force behind Norb-Cam, a Youtube channel that features self-filmed videos of himself reacting to the action during Seahawks games. The grief, anger and bewilderment felt by many Seahawks fans shows little sign of abating, even days later, and many say they’re certain that the decision to pass from the 1-yard line, resulting in a game-winning interception by the Patriots, will forever haunt the Northwest the way previous sporting gaffes defined other cities. (AP Photo/Norb Caoili)As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports history.


At least 7 dead in Metro-North commuter train-car collision in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:44

At least 7 dead in Metro-North commuter train-car collision in New YorkAt least seven people were killed when a crowded Metro-North commuter train hit a vehicle on the tracks north of White Plains, New York, Tuesday night, sparking a fire that gutted the lead car of the train, officials said.


NY governor says seven people killed in commuter train crash with car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:41
NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed when a Metro-North commuter train crashed with a car north of New York City on Tuesday evening, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The driver of the car and six train passengers were killed, Cuomo said. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Robert Birsel)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says SUV driver, 6 people on train killed in rail crossing crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:35
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says SUV driver, 6 people on train killed in rail crossing crash.

Stray bullet hits bedroom of 12-year-old Radnor Township boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:28

Stray bullet hits bedroom of 12-year-old Radnor Township boyInvestigators with Radnor Township Police and the county have been trying to find the person who fired a stray bullet into the bedroom of a 12-year-old boy.


Director of troubled Denver VA hospital to retire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:26
DENVER (AP) — The director of the veterans health care system for Denver and eastern Colorado is retiring, days after a report that a Veterans Affairs sleep clinic in Denver had a secret waiting list.

'Numerous fatalities' after Metro-North commuter train hits vehicle on tracks in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:24

At least 7 dead in Metro-North commuter train-car collision in New York"Numerous" fatalities were reported after a crowded Metro-North commuter train hit a vehicle on the tracks north of White Plains, New York, Tuesday night, sparking a fire that gutted the lead car of the train, according to the MTA.


Former contracting official charged in U.S. Navy corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:15
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. Navy contracting official on Tuesday became the ninth person charged in a wide-ranging corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor, officials said. Paul Simpkins, 60, was arraigned in a federal court in Virginia on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery following his arrest earlier in the day in Haymarket, Virginia, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego said in a statement. The arrest is the latest in the widening contracting scandal surrounding Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), the company at the center of the scandal. "The GDMA investigation is far from over," Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) Director Andrew Traver said in a statement.

Jordan Executes Al Qaeda Prisoner After ISIS Murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:10
Middle Eastern nation had vowed 'revenge' after ISIS video showed Jordan pilot.

'Numerous fatalitiies' after Metro-North commuter train hits vehicle on tracks in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:04

At least 7 dead in Metro-North commuter train-car collision in New York"Numerous" fatalities were reported after a crowded Metro-North commuter train hit a vehicle on the tracks north of White Plains, New York, Tuesday night, sparking a fire that gutted the lead car of the train, according to the MTA.


3 more men enter plea deals in death of Omaha 5-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:00
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three more men have entered plea deals in connection to the death of a 5-year-old girl struck by a bullet in her Omaha home last year.