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Apple updates MacBook Pro, cuts price on high-end iMac

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 22:24

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks into an Apple store in Beijing. Apple on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 introduced an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop has a new style of trackpad, faster flash storage and a longer battery life and starts at $1,999. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is introducing an updated MacBook Pro and iMac and lowering the price for its top-end iMac.


Police: 1 teen killed, 4 adults wounded in Florida shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:52
MIAMI (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire on a group of young people sitting in an open area of an apartment complex in Miami-Dade County, killing a 13-year-old and wounding four others, police said.

Mother of U.S. reporter missing three years in Syria urges U.S. help

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:51

Debra, mother of American reporter Austin Tice who has been missing in Syria for more than three years, speaks during a news conference at the Press Club in BeirutThe mother of American reporter Austin Tice, who has been missing in Syria for more than three years, believes her son is alive and well and urged Washington and Damascus to work together to free him. Tice went missing in Damascus in 2012 and the U.S. State Department said in March Washington had been in periodic, direct contact with the Syrian government regarding his case, a statement his mother said provided a glimmer of hope. "We ask both governments to work together and to work effectively to locate Austin and to secure his safe release," Debra Tice told Reuters in Beirut on Tuesday during a trip to mark more than 1,000 days since he disappeared.


USS Constitution warship moves to dry dock for restoration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:32

Workers steady lines as the USS Constitution is guided into a dry dock in Boston, Monday, May 18, 2015. The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, which was launched in 1797, will under go a major restoration project, which is expected to take years and as much as $15 million to complete. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — The USS Constitution has been moved to dry dock for a major restoration project expected to take three years.


Woman who took child to Australia free from S. Carolina jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:32
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman has been freed from a South Carolina jail after completing her sentence for kidnapping her infant daughter and going to Australia 20 years ago.

U.S. regulators to make 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) announcement on Takata recall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:25

A logo of Takata Corp is seen with its display at a showroom for vehicles in TokyoTop officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will make a "major" announcement on Tuesday related to Takata Corp's air bag recalls, the department said. The announcement, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, will take place at 2 p.m. (1800 GMT), the department said in a statement.


Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:21

Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake himA Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.


House tours let communities strut, bond, fundraise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 21:10

This April 26, 2015 photo provided by courtesy of the Larchmont Historical Society shows, visitors on the Seabreeze House tour sponsored by the Larchmont Historical Society in Larchmont, N.Y. “Our annual spring house tour is our main fundraiser of the year,” said Nancy White, president of the Larchmont Historical Society in New York. “And it’s a really wonderful way of bringing the community together.” (Rosemary Mancino/Larchmont Historical Society via AP)Across the country, spring is the season for house tours, a chance for the house-proud to strut their stuff, and for communities to bond, celebrate and fundraise.


Video shows substitute teacher using belt on students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:46
BRANDYWINE, Md. (AP) — A substitute teacher in Maryland has been removed from the classroom after a video surfaced showing him using a belt on students.

Suspect in custody after woman found murdered at Bensalem motel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:39

Suspect in custody after woman found murdered at Bensalem motelA Bucks County man is behind bars, accused of killing a woman whose body was found in Bensalem motel earlier this month.


Polls open for primary election in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:02

Polls open for primary election in PennsylvaniaIt's primary election day in Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, all eyes are on the race for mayor.


Man shot at point-blank range in Parkside

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:55

Man shot at point-blank range in ParksideA gunman is on the run after police say he executed a man in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.


Father charged after autopsy finds alcohol in baby's body

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:55
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 22-year-old father has been charged with manslaughter in Connecticut after an autopsy showed there was a high level of alcohol in the system of his 5-month-old son.

GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:27

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, then-fomer U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., right, greets supporters at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H., before a live televised debate with his Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter. Guinta says he will continue to serve his New Hampshire constituents amid a suggestion by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that he consider resigning after the Federal Election Commission concluded he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Republican Party's Executive Committee has declined to ask U.S. Rep Frank Guinta to resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans that he step down after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.


Psychologist to head Chicago jail, nation's second largest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:06

Inmates are processed at the Cook County Jail in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A clinical psychologist will be appointed head of Chicago's Cook County Jail, the nation's second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill, officials announced on Tuesday. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail on May 26, county officials said. Tapia, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2013 and oversees mental health strategy, replaces Cara Smith, who will become chief strategy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.


Judge to consider delaying lawsuit against cops who shot boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:43
CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge will hold a hearing next month to determine whether to delay the lawsuit filed by relatives of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police while the criminal investigation is pending.

Parents of BU fraternity pledge files wrongful death suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:35
BOSTON (AP) — The parents of a Boston University freshman who died after becoming intoxicated at a 2013 pledge party are suing the fraternity and three members of the organization in federal court for wrongful death.

Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:09

Tractor trailers, tour bus in fiery crash on NJ Turnpike in Woolwich Twp., N.J.A fiery crash involving 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and a passenger vehicle has shut down traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deaths of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and its more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying.

Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:03

In this Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 photo provided by Tomas Ovalle, extreme athlete Dean Potter stands in front of El Capitan after a speed climbing attempt up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Potter, renowned for his daring and sometimes rogue climbs and BASE jumps, and his climbing partner Graham Hunt were killed Saturday, May 16, 2015 after jumping from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. (AP Photo/Tomas Ovalle)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings.