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Funeral held for teen sisters shot by retired officer dad

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:15

A police car is stationed in front the home of retired White Plains Officer Glen Hochman, the site of an apparent murder-suicide, in Harrison, N.Y on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Harrison police Chief Anthony Marraccini says the retired officer's suicide note indicates that the killing of his teenage daughters in their beds was a premeditated act. Marraccini said 17-year-old Alissa and 13-year-old Deanna apparently were asleep when they were shot sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral has been held for teen sisters who were shot by their retired police officer father last weekend before he turned the gun on himself.


Weissert named head of AP's Austin bureau

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 02:02
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Will Weissert, an Associated Press political reporter and former longtime Latin America correspondent, has been named administrative correspondent in Austin.

Jewelry store smash-and-grab robbers charged in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:57
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal authorities have broken up a Detroit-based gang that used sledge hammers to smash display cases and rob Rolex watches from jewelry stores around the country, and 17 members face charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Michigan said on Friday. Crews from the Detroit area traveled across the country to steal Rolexes valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors said in a statement on the indictments. They staged smash-and-grab robberies at stores in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Mississippi, Nebraska and Connecticut, as well as Michigan, prosecutors said. After each robbery, the gangs returned to Michigan, authorities said.

Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:48

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011, file photo, a poker dealer is works a game at the Magic City Casino in Miami. As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state’s high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can’t negotiate something new. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MIAMI (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can't negotiate something new.


NASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:42

FILE - In this file image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, during an inspection for water in his suit. Virts reported the water while he waited in the air lock for Wednesday's spacewalk to formally conclude. On Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, NASA cleared Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks, set for Sunday. Mission managers believe they understand the quirks with this suit, and insist it is safe to use. (AP Photo/NASA, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — American astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak on their previous trip outside the International Space Station.


Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:31
(Reuters) - An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer's return.

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:30

Workers make preparations for the Philadelphia Flower Show, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The horticultural extravaganza is scheduled to run from Feb. 28 to March 8. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lights, camera ... blossom!


Biden, fighting 'tough cold,' shortens trip

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:29

United States Vice President Joe Biden answers a question from the audience at the Warren B. Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire in ConcordU.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take a pass on a planned visit to Montevideo for the inauguration of Uruguay's president on Sunday due to illness, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. "So we've decided to take down the first leg of this trip, to Uruguay," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $1 billion in aid for Central America to help address crime, corruption and a lack of education.


Fire crews battle apartment blaze in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:11

Fire crews battle apartment blaze in South JerseyFire crews battled an apartment blaze where two people were injured in Somers Point, New Jersey Friday morning.


OSCE officials say Ukraine is at crossroads of war and peace

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:10
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Top officials of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Ukraine said Friday the country is at a crossroads between war and peace.

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:46

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Nathan Seymour, top left, with a surfboard, chats with his friends at U.S. Taco Co., which is owned by Taco Bell, in Huntington Beach, Calif. As people increasingly reach for foods that stray from the norm and seem less processed, some companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their famous logos in favor of more hipster guises. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat.


Mother accused in brutal stabbing of 4-year-old son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:39

Mother accused in brutal stabbing of 4-year-old sonAccording to witnesses, paramedics who responded to the scene were in tears because of the condition in which the young boy was found.


Exploding iPhone burned my leg, Long Island man says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:26

Exploding iPhone burned my leg, Long Island man saysIt happened on Valentine's Day. The burns were so severe that he was hospitalized in a burn unit for more than a week.


House Republicans advance plan for security funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:24

A Federal Protective Service officer, which is a branch of Homeland Security, works outside the U.S. District Courthouse in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkA Republican bill to provide a three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, indicating support for final passage in the chamber. The House voted 240-183 along strict party lines to approve a procedural rule that allows a vote on the funding extension later in the day, ahead of a midnight deadline that would trigger a partial shutdown of the domestic security agency. The House temporary funding extension is aimed at allowing Republicans to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders that lift the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants. The Senate on Friday passed a full-year $39.7 billion funding measure for Homeland Security that does not include any immigration restrictions.


Woman caught on camera slapping son's alleged bully

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:18

Woman caught on camera slapping son's alleged bullyA 30-year-old woman faces criminal charges after a video surfaced that appears to show her storming onto a school bus and slapping a 5-year-old she believed was bullying her child.


'Just So Tragic': Mom of Slain Hostage Pities 'Jihad John'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:16
Parents of James Foley say terror group must be stopped.

Credit card thief swallows diamond ring, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:15
VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York man suspected of using stolen credit cards to buy expensive jewelry tried to hide some of the evidence by swallowing a diamond ring.

911 caller: Girlfriend confessed to killing chief's brother

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:12
CLEVELAND (AP) — A 911 caller reporting the fatal shooting of the brother of Cleveland's police chief said the man's girlfriend confessed to killing him, according to a recording of the call released by the city.

Soldier surprises young daughters at birthday party in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 00:12

Soldier surprises young daughters at birthday party in Cherry HillIt was a surprise like no other for two sisters today in Cherry Hill.


Police: Mom let tot sip margarita, poured some in sippy cup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 23:32
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup.