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Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh Valley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:56

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh ValleyThe concern has moved from the record amount of snow from the blizzard to flooding in Palmer Township, Northampton County.


U.S. lawmakers chastise officials at all levels over Flint crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:55

The front of the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint,U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead. "I never thought this could happen in America," and in a state, "surrounded by fresh water of the Great Lakes," Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat of Michigan, said at a House Oversight panel examining the water crisis in Flint, a city of 100,000. Thousands of children are believed to have ingested the polluted water in Flint, a mostly African American and Latino suburb near Detroit.


Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:54

Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays FerryPhiladelphia police officers taking shooting victims to the hospital were involved in a crash in Grays Ferry.


Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy.

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on holdRepublican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign schedule is on hold, according to the director of his South Carolina campaign.


Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:50

Flint, Mich. resident Glaydes Williamson holds up water from Flint and hair pulled from her drain, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city's water a year ago, the state's top environmental regulator says in testimony prepared for congressional hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading to close solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar.

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:46

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalidThe prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges.


AccuWeather: Rain tapers to showers; snow possible Fri. AM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:42

 Rain tapers tonight; Fri. morning snow for someMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says there is also a little bit of snow in the forecast for some on Friday morning.


Kansas man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Army post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:34

This photo shows a letter The Topeka Capital-Journal received on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Topeka, Kan., from John Booker Jr., saying he wants a new attorney to represent him. Booker pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to two counts in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post in northeast Kansas. A hearing on Wednesday was delayed by several hours after Judge Carlos Murguia announced he'd also received a letter from Booker, although neither Murguia nor Booker's attorney gave details on the contents of that letter. (Thad Allton /The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man whose lawyer says he is mentally ill pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post, acknowledging that he wanted to aid the Islamic State group.


Landlord admits killing 2 tenants over fight after snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:32
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A landlord pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing two tenants after fighting with them over snow shoveling, parking and late rent.

Police: 5 Mexicans who died in house fire in US illegally

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:32

Police and fire officials investigate a house fire that killed five people at a home in Novi, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Authorities say five restaurant workers were killed in the house fire near Detroit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Brandy Baker/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNOVI, Mich. (AP) — The five Mexican nationals who died in a weekend house fire in suburban Detroit were neither U.S. citizens nor in the country legally, authorities said Wednesday.


Kansas man pleads guilty to plotting suicide car bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:31
A 21-year-old Kansas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to plotting a suicide car bombing at a U.S. Army base in support of Islamic State. John T. Booker, Jr. of Topeka pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, prosecutors said. “If this defendant had succeeded, American soldiers would have died,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas said in a statement.

Manhunt continues for Los Angeles inmate mistakenly freed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:27

In this undated photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Steven Lawrence Wright. Los Angeles County authorities say they've accidentally released Wright who was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that Wright was mistakenly released from Inmate Reception Center (IRC) custody on Saturday, Jan. 30. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom, interviewing those who know him best and chasing down tips from the public.


Texas wildfire in Big Bend National Park blamed on downed power line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:23
A fire that has consumed nearly 2,000 acres in the sprawling Big Bend National Park in west Texas was sparked by a downed electrical line that started the blaze that was spread by strong winds, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. Dozens of firefighters, including a squad from northern Mexico dubbed "Los Diablos," are battling what has been called the "Powerline Fire," in the park that covers about 800,000 acres.

Suspect arrested in 1996 slaying, will be tried in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:59

In this photo provided by Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office, Lloyd Harris is shown in a police booking photo Jan. 29, 2016, in Liberty, Mo. Harris is charged in the 1996 slaying of Stacy Lynn Hoffmaster, 15, of Frederick, Md. (Clay County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office via AP).FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say a Missouri man has been charged in the 1996 slaying of a 15-year-old Maryland girl, and he has waived extradition and will return to face trial in Frederick.


Stocks stage a late-day turnaround, helped by weaker dollar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:46

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were having another lackluster day Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, amid ongoing worries over the state of the world economy, which has piled the pressure on oil prices in particular. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are staging a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell sharply as the company disclosed a federal investigation into its E. coli outbreak, and Yahoo sank as the troubled Internet company announced layoffs and plans to sell businesses.


Cumberland County teacher charged with possession of child pornography

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:45

Cumberland County teacher charged with possession of child pornographyA Cumberland County high school teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography.


Mobster Bulger's girlfriend could face life in prison: judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:38

Booking mug handout of Catherine Greig, long time girlfriend of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" BulgerFormer Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend could spend the rest of her life in prison for refusing to say whether anyone helped the couple during their 16 years on the run, a judge warned on Wednesday. Catherine Greig, 64, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to contempt of court charges for refusing to cooperate with investigators pursuing anyone who may have aided the pair. U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor told Greig that federal law placed no limits on a sentence for contempt of court.


Suspect arrested in Georgia basketball player's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:24
Police arrested one man and searched for a second suspect on Wednesday in the killing of a Mercer University basketball player who was gunned down in a convenience store parking lot in Macon, Georgia. Jibri Bryan, 23, was shot in the head about 4 p.m. on Tuesday near a busy intersection, said Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Police said Jarvis Clinton Miller, 24, the wounded suspect, ran from the scene but was found nearby.