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Cornell professor unlocks mysteries of paintings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:30

A Rembrandt etching titled, Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, ca. 1639, etched by famed Dutch artist, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606–1669), at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, Thursday, October 2, 2014. Prof. Richard Johnson, a Cornell University computer engineering professor, has developed a way to date and authenticate the centuries-old works by analyzing X-ray images of the art. Top museums in New York City and Europe have relied on his algorithm, which analyzes thread densities and average thread counts in canvas and paper. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.


Gun sales surge ahead of jury's Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:23

In this Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo, Steven King works behind the counter at at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Mo. St. Louis County gun dealers like King are reporting a surge in sales and an increase in first-time buyers as fearful residents await a grand jury decision in Michael Brown’s police shooting death. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury's decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.


Netflix postpones launch of Cosby comedy special

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:11

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference. Cosby's attorney said Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 that Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, the first reaction from the comedian to an increasing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix said it is postponing Bill Cosby's upcoming standup comedy special, a decision that followed a growing number of allegations that the famed entertainer sexually assaulted women.


Police arrest man in fatal NYC subway shove

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:08

This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 shows Kevin Darden who police said was wanted for an assault on Nov. 6, 2014 at the West 4th Street subway station. Police said he was also a person of interest in regards to the death of a man who was shoved into the path of a train at the 167th Street and Grand Concourse subway station on Nov. 16. Police say Darden was picked up by detectives on Tuesday evening Nov. 18 and is now in custody. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested a man on a murder charge in the death of a stranger who was shoved into the path of a train at a subway station.


Milwaukee man accused of raping 101-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:03
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Milwaukee man broke into the home of a 101-year-old woman and raped her in her bed during an attempted burglary, according to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday. Antoine Devon Pettis, 20, was charged with burglary, aggravated battery and second-degree sexual assault in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, where a $100,000 bond was set for him on Tuesday, court records show. Pettis was identified as a possible suspect through a DNA sample that was obtained from the victim and a DNA sample that was gathered from a male relative in a separate case. ...

AccuWeather: Near Record Cold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:03

 30s Again Today, 40s TomorrowMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says lows tumble near record lows overnight.


In Alabama, traffic woes vs. Southern charm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:03

FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, cars and trucks drive through the tree-shaded historic district of Eufaula, Ala. The fight between Southern charm and traffic congestion has been going on since last spring, when transportation workers put out stakes to mark possible boundaries for a widened highway. The iconic two-lane drive of less than a mile through the heart of Eufaula’s historic district are the state’s busiest stretch of highway, and traffic backs up more than a mile on some weekends with trucks and tourists. (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Travelers heading through southeast Alabama to Florida Panhandle beaches could have a smoother route by the spring unless residents of the Southern mansions that line the last narrow stretch of highway can stop a widening project.


Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:55
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in South Florida, the top U.S. target for such criminals, used the students' financial accounts to receive the fraudulently obtained tax refunds, according to federal prosecutors. ...

"Knifeless necklift" available in our area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:52

"Knifeless necklift" available in our areaA new cosmetic procedure known as the "knifeless necklift" has come to our area.


Luxury shopping center plans nixed for historic black Florida town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:49
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A proposal to turn Eatonville, Florida, the oldest black town in America, into a luxury shopping destination for the ultra-rich was voted down 3-2 on Tuesday night by the town council, Mayor Bruce Mount told Reuters. The $200 million World Transportation Exchange was described as a one-stop shopping center for the wealthy where luxury cars, helicopters, yachts and corporate jets would be on display. The project would have included a pedestrian mall of high-end retail shops, a hotel, a conference center and apartments. ...

Jon Bon Jovi receives Marian Anderson Award

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:38

Jon Bon Jovi receives Marian Anderson AwardJon Bon Jovi brought the stars to this year's Marian Anderson Award Gala at the Kimmel Center.


VIDEO: Demolition of Wilmington building

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:33

 Demolition of Wilmington buildingDemolition took the main stage in Wilmington, Delaware.


ABC News: Cooper Health System CEO & wife could have been murdered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:29

 Cooper Health System CEO & wife could have been murderedABC News has confirmed that evidence suggests the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan and his wife could have come at the hands of an unknown third party.


1 dead in fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:27

1 dead in fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey TurnpikeNew Jersey State Police say one person is dead after a fiery crash involving three tractor-trailers on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County.


Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

Police investigating alleged rape by two Tennessee football players

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:25
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee police said they are investigating allegations that two University of Tennessee football players raped a 19-year-old woman at an off-campus apartment complex in Knoxville over the weekend. Alexander Johnson and Michael Williams were identified in a Knoxville police report on Tuesday as suspects in a "forcible rape" that the woman reported early on Sunday. Williams was accused of sexually assaulting another 19-year-old woman early on Sunday. ...

Montana Catholic diocese seeks to pay abuse victims $16.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:23
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana Roman Catholic diocese has asked a judge to approve a bankruptcy reorganization plan that includes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of adults claiming childhood sexual abuse by clergy and lay workers, attorneys said on Tuesday. The Helena diocese, serving some 44,500 Catholics in 57 parishes and 38 missions in western Montana, including the state capital, is the 11th U.S. diocese to file for Chapter 11 protection since 2004 due to liabilities stemming from abuse claims. Under the agreement, which must be approved by a U.S. ...

Pennsylvania attorney general: Porn email had kids

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:23
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some of the pornographic emails that were exchanged among state government officials in a scandal that has claimed some of their jobs involved children and violent sexual acts against women, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:15

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstormFour people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women's basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:12
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5 billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.