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US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:25
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

Winter storm could dump over a foot of snow on Cape Cod

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:23

A woman clears off her snow-covered car after work in Pittsfield, Mass, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast centered on New England on Monday, bringing howling winds and coastal flooding and threatening Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts with up to 18 inches of snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop more than a foot of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter bus heading to a casino skidded off a Connecticut highway, injuring at least 30 people.


Driver killed in utility truck rollover crash on I-95 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:12

Driver killed in utility truck rollover crash on I-95 in DelawareDelaware State Police say a man has died after the utility truck he was driving crashed and overturned on I-95 in Delaware.


FAA: More registered drone operators than registered planes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft.

Storm preps in NJ community include leaf bales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:06

Storm preps in NJ community include leaf balesSome unique berms are being tested as a way to hold back the tide and halt flooding in one Jersey shore community.


Two Sanders supporters back on Tinder after brief ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:05

RobynRobyn Gedrich, 23, from New Jersey, and Haley Lent, 22, from Iowa, were locked out of Tinder after others on the "hook-up" app accused them of spamming them with hundreds of pro-Sanders messages. "I definitely plan to continue meeting new people and promoting Bernie Sanders via Tinder," Lent said in a Twitter message to Reuters. A spokeswoman for Tinder, which is part of Match Group Inc, owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, said the company would have no further comment.


Prosecutor visits NY city he called 'cauldron of corruption'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:04

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks at the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal prosecutor behind the convictions of some of the state's most powerful lawmakers on Monday took his anti-corruption fight to the heart of a state government he again criticized for a "rancid culture" of cronyism, venality and insider politics.


Leaf bales used to hold back tide at Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:03

Storm preps in NJ community include leaf balesSome unique berms are being tested as a way to hold back the tide and halt flooding in one Jersey shore community.


Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home port

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:03

Cruise ship that sailed in storm headed back to home portA Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about and winds howled outside.


Delco D.A. investigating fatal police-involved shooting in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 07:02

Delco D.A. investigating fatal police-involved shooting in ChesterThe Delaware County District Attorney's Office is investigating a police-involved shooting in Chester that left one man dead and another wounded.


Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:50
(Reuters) - The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring four people. The cruise company said the storm on Sunday off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, was more severe than expected. Robert Huschka, executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, told USA Today that the experience was "truly terrifying." "The good news?" Huschka tweeted.

Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:50
A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant's alibi. The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state licensing board's decision to disbar Charles Sebesta for his conduct in convicting Anthony Graves, who spent 18 years in prison on charges of setting a fire that killed six people before being freed. Graves, who spent 12 of those years on death row, had sought to have Sebesta disbarred.

Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:41

Press briefing on the Zika virus at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.


Police investigate shooting in Chester, Pa.; 1 dead, 1 hurt, family says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:41

Delco D.A. investigating fatal police-involved shooting in ChesterPolice are on the scene of a shooting in Chester which family members say has left one man dead and another hospitalized.


Prosecutors to seek death in Memphis officer's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:37
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer last year.

More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:26

In this image from a Connecticut Department of Transportation traffic camera, a bus lies on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 95 Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Madison, Conn. The charter bus on its way from New York city to the Mohegan Sun casino crashed during a snowstorm, leaving at least 30 people injured, several critically, and closed the northbound side of the highway. (Connecticut Department of Transportation via AP)MADISON, Conn. (AP) — A charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut.


Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing.

The Latest: State, defense rest at hearing for 'Serial' case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:24
BALTIMORE (AP) — Here's the latest on the hearing for Adnan Syed, the convicted killer at the center of the "Serial" podcast who is asking a judge for a new trial. The hearing began last Wednesday and is now in its fourth day.

North Carolina seeks delay to fix 2 congressional districts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:21
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of North Carolina asked federal judges to delay an order requiring two congressional districts to be redrawn, saying absentee voting is already under way for the March 15 primary.

FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 06:21

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandBy Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An FBI agent on Monday accused lawyers for a convicted murderer of manipulating cell phone records in their bid to win a retrial for the Maryland slaying made famous by the podcast "Serial." Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.