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Delays continue following fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey Turnpike; 1 dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:54

All northbound lanes of New Jersey Turnpike reopen after fatal truck crashMotorists are still facing detours hours after a fiery tractor-trailer crash killed one person on the New Jersey Turnpike.


Blaze damages house in Cape May County, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:52

Blaze damages house in Cape May County, N.J.Officials say a fast-moving fire damaged a house in Middle Township, New Jersey Tuesday night.


Katherine Scott reports on near-record lows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:52

Katherine Scott reports on near-record lowsEarly morning commuters face near-record lows.


New York health officials test person's remains for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:45

A transmission electron micrograph shows Ebola virus particles in this undated handout image released by the USAMRIID in Fredrick, Maryland(Reuters) - New York City health officials said they will test the remains of a person who died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday for Ebola as the person had recently come to the United States from West Africa. The person, who was not identified, had been in one of the countries hardest hit by the outbreak just 18 days earlier, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. "Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. ...


Stranded on a snowy highway? Here's what to do

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:29

A man waits in the wind and the snow for the bus along Michigan Street, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Emily Rose Bennett) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTHeavy snow has stranded many motorists on a western New York highway. Some tips on what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow:


Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:24

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions. After years of fighting over TransCanada's crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday. ...


All 50 U.S. states feel freezing temperatures, four dead in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:58

Woman scrapes ice from windshield in MInneapolisBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York and contributed to the deaths of four people. Every U.S. state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 32 degrees F (0 C) or below, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. It was the coldest November morning across the country since 1976, according to Weather Bell Analytics, a meteorologist consulting firm. ...


Suspect charged with murder for pushing man in front of New York subway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:29
(Reuters) - A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder for allegedly pushing a man to his death in front of a New York City subway train, police said, adding that the same man was wanted for an earlier pushing incident. Kevin Darden, 34, was arrested on Tuesday evening local time near his mother's home in the Bronx and charged with second-degree murder over the death of 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok, the New York Police Department said. ...

Missouri executes man who killed gas station attendant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 17:28
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the attendant's stepdaughter during a robbery 20 years ago. Leon Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. at a Missouri state prison after a lethal injection, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said in a statement. Taylor shot Robert Newton, 53, in the head as Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter watched at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed. ...

Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:22

In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is convicted killer Leon Taylor who was sentenced to death for killing gas station attendant Robert Newton in Independence, Mo., in 1994. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday — the ninth execution in Missouri this year.


Report on tribal youth and violence urges action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:03
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to violence at rates higher than any other social group in the nation, according to a new report that urges creation of a new Native American affairs office, additional federal funding and other measures to combat the problem.

Dry San Diego to look to sewers as water source

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:52
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.

Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:03

In this Feb. 12, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is convicted killer Leon Taylor who was sentenced to death for killing gas station attendant Robert Newton in Independence, Mo., in 1994. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday — the ninth execution in Missouri this year.


Other times snow has stranded motorists en masse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:03
The storm that has stranded motorists on a western New York highway is far from the first to do so. Some other examples in recent years of many motorists being stranded on the same highway during a snowstorm:

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Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:31
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executes Leon Taylor for killing a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in 1994.

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. ...