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Pilot errors, fatigue led to deadly Ga. jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:56
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a private jet failed to follow correct landing procedures and likely was fatigued from a lack of sleep when the plane went down in a fiery crash in eastern Georgia last year, killing a vascular surgeon and four co-workers on board, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday.

Crews tearing down home where babies' bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:54

A house where the skeletal remains of three children were found last month is torn down by order of the town's Board of Health Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Blackstone, Mass. Erika Murray, the woman who lived in the house with four children and her longterm boyfriend, is being held on $1 million bail on charges including fetal death concealment. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung, Pool)BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — Onlookers cheered Tuesday as a four-man demolition crew started tearing down what some had dubbed a "House of Horrors" — the squalid Massachusetts home where the skeletal remains of three infants were found.


Bullets fired into home in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:46

Bullets fired into home in Hunting ParkSomeone fired bullets into a Hunting Park home overnight while people were asleep inside.


14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:44

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High SchoolMore than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.


New Jersey charges 11 with mob loansharking scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:42

N.J. acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman points to photos of seven alleged members and associates of the New York based Genovese organized crime family who were arrested in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014. The attorney general's office alleges the suspects reaped millions of dollars through loansharking, sports gambling, unlicensed check-cashing and money laundering. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Members and associates of one of New York's legendary crime families used check cashing businesses and a Newark restaurant to run a racketeering enterprise that reaped millions of dollars through loansharking and money laundering, New Jersey officials said Tuesday as they announced charges against 11 people.


Winter is coming! AccuWeather's Winter forecast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:40

Winter is coming! AccuWeather's Winter forecastWinter forecast: Where to expect the most snow, sleet and rain.


US agency warns 4.7 million car owners to get air bags fixed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:40

US agency warns 4.7 million car owners to get air bags fixedThe U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.


Missouri governor forms commission to look at Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:36

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and curfew in response to looting the previous night in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed ongoing race-related protests following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis area has seen demonstrations almost daily since the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. ...


Pa. home inspector arrested for Craigslist scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:35

Pa. home inspector arrested for Craigslist scamA Pennsylvania property inspector is accused of trying to sell items that had been left behind in foreclosed homes.


Lawsuit: Detained transgender teen treated as boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:33
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 16-year-old transgender girl being held at a boys' detention center alleged that staff members are repeatedly referring to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, forcing her to wear boys' uniforms and banning her from wearing her wig and makeup.

Digging starts for stalled Seattle tunnel machine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:32
SEATTLE (AP) — Contractors building a new highway tunnel under downtown Seattle have started digging a 120-foot pit to rescue a stalled boring machine named Bertha.

Americans losing billions by taking less vacation time: survey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:08

Tourists take photographs during their visit on the Acropolis hill on the eve of the World Tourism Day in AthensWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans took the least amount of vacation time in almost four decades last year, forfeiting billions of dollars in compensation without scoring points with their bosses, according to an industry group analysis released on Tuesday. The report for the U.S. Travel Association said the average American with paid time off (PTO) used 16 of 20.9 vacation days in 2013, down from an average of 20.3 days off from 1976 to 2000. It added that 169 million days of permanently forfeited U.S. vacation time equated to $52.4 billion in lost benefits. ...


North Dakota reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:05

FILE - In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Amy Sakariassen uses a miniature jackhammer to chip away at Dakota, a 66-million-year-old dinosaur with fossilized skin at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota officials have reached a $3 million deal to keep Dakota on permanent display in Bismarck, where the fossil is planned as a cornerstone of a $51 million expansion at the center on the state Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur might have found permanent digs in Bismarck.


Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:01
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday. The mother of the baby orca was seen for three days in a row swimming in the waters off Washington state without her calf at her side, a sign it was dead, said Howard Garrett, co-director of the Washington-based Orca Network. "For the first two years, a calf is glued to its mother's side. ...

N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:55
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

Golden Gate Bridge officials float sidewalk toll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.

Snowden: Bombing shows limits of mass surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:45
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the Boston Marathon bombings are an example of how threats can be missed even under blanket surveillance.

Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein search

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:36

Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein searchPolice swarmed the area around a clothing bin late Tuesday morning after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.


Harley-Davidson tops 3Q net income expectations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:36

This Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo shows a Harley-Davidson leather jacket on display at the South East Harley-Davidson in Bedford, Ohio. Harley-Davidson stock jumped 8 percent Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, after its results beat analysts' forecasts. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson's third-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent on a planned reduction of motorcycle shipments for the quarter.


Mother of Utah baby found in trash leaves jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:36

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Alicia Marie Englert makes her initial appearance in court, in Salt Lake City. Prosecutors agreed to a significant bail reduction Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 for Englert, accused of leaving her newborn baby in a trash can to die. Bail for Englert was reduced to $25,000. Englert will also be evaluated to see if she's mentally competent to stand trial on an attempted murder charge. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a trash can was released from jail on Monday, and told reporters as she left that she hadn't known she was pregnant.