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Victim dies after West Philadelphia hit-and-run seen on video; no arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:16

Victim dies after West Philadelphia hit-and-run seen on video; no arrestsThe victim of a hit-and-run in West Philadelphia earlier this month, that was caught on video, has died.


Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:16

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 per cent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 per cent in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.


8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:11

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in AustraliaThe bodies of eight children - aged 18 months to 15 years - and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.


Gold tooth lands in Missouri Salvation Army kettle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:10
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said on Friday. "It's the whole tooth, with the root and everything,” said Rick Carroll, who is in charge of the Salvation Army in the northern portion of Kansas City. “It really looks strange.” Carroll said he has never heard of a gold tooth being donated in Kansas City during his 26 years with the charitable organization. ...

Woman who foiled abduction was ready for a fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:03

This undated booking photo released by the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine, shows James Cavallaro of Bath, arrested after he attempted to grab a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Two Bridges Regional Jail)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.


Washington state middle school closed for third day over threats

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:52
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state middle school remained closed for a third day on Friday due to threats contained in an anonymous letter targeting four staff members and referencing violence during lunch and at an assembly, officials said. The typewritten letter was found on Wednesday outside a teacher's classroom and prompted officials at Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah, a suburb of Seattle, to cancel classes and call in law enforcement. ...

Gang accused of robbing New Jersey freight trains

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:52
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

Convicted leader of New Jersey's Conrail Boyz faces new rail theft charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:51
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man convicted of leading a gang of modern-day train robbers that preyed on New Jersey rail lines for more than 10 years was arrested again this week on charges that mirror those that landed him in prison a decade ago, prosecutors said on Friday. Edward Mongon, who was sentenced to 13 years for racketeering in 2004 but released on parole in 2008, has been indicted along with nine alleged accomplices on fresh charges of looting freight trains, using the techniques the group known as the Conrail Boyz employed during the 1990's and early 2000's. ...

Grocery store bandits caught on camera in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:51

Grocery store bandits caught on camera in CamdenAction News has obtained images of two armed men who held up a Camden grocery store in Camden.


Correction: Custody-Surrender story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:46

Former family practice doctor, Genevieve Kelley arrives for a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Thursday Dec. 18, 2014. Kelley is charged with fleeing the country with her young daughter, now 18, during a custody dispute 10 years ago. Kelley, turned herself in to face a custodial interference charge. Authorities still don’t know where her daughter is. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.


Police: Woman used bomb threat in Hatfield robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:44

 Woman used bomb threat in Hatfield robberyPolice say a woman robbed a Montgomery County pharmacy by telling workers she had a bomb.


Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:34

FILE - I this March 12, 2014 file photo, a drone flown by Brian Wilson, prepares to land after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Americans are deeply skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft in dangerous jobs or remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK opinion poll. By a 2-to-1 margin, those polled said they oppose allowing use drones for commercial purposes. Only 21 percent favor commercial use of drones, while 43 percent oppose it. Another 35 percent were in the middle. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.


Cuban cigar boom? A look at what new rules mean

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:33

In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 photo, Roberto Ramos, president of the Cubaocho Art and Research Center in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, smokes a cigar in the court yard of the center. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about business. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba's most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here's a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars:


3.2 quake recorded in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:21
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon.

New Jersey beach owner sues over dune project

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:19

FILE - In this July 22, 2005, file photo, Jenkinson's Pavilion and the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, N.J., seen in this photo taken while parasailing. The owners of Jenkinson's Pavilion filed a lawsuit on Dec. 16., 2014, against New Jersey, Point Pleasant Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming that easements required for a protective dune project being carried out by the Army Corps would effectively make the privately owned beach publicly owned. The lawsuit seeks a court ruling on exactly what government can do to private property as part of the beach project. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline.


Five dead, dozens ill from bacteria linked to caramel apples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:18
By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) - Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, federal health officials said on Friday. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC warned consumers not to eat any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including those with other toppings such as nuts, chocolate or sprinkles, until more information is available. ...

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:14

FILE - In this Aug. 2014 file photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell, File) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and plans to brief Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday.


Black market kidney broker is released from prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:33

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012, file photo, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, of Brooklyn, N.Y., arrives for his sentencing in Trenton, N.J., for what prosecutors say is the first ever federal conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit. Rosenbaum has been released from a federal correctional facility after federal immigration officials decided the 63-year-old’s crimes were not deportable offenses. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who prosecutors said styled himself as 'the Robin Hood of kidneys" is out of prison after being the first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs.


Dog missing in North Carolina found in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:22

Dog missing in North Carolina found in ChesterA month to the day a dog went missing in North Carolina, the pup will return home after he mysteriously appeared in Pennsylvania.


5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:12

People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.