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Driver sought in Kensington hit-and-run, victim left in coma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:06

Driver sought in Kensington hit-and-run, victim left in comaPolice are looking for the hit-and-run driver who they say struck a woman right outside of her home in Kensington.


Driver sought in Kensington hit-and-run, victim left in coma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:06

Driver sought in Kensington hit-and-run, victim left in comaPolice are looking for the hit-and-run driver who they say struck a woman right outside of her home in Kensington.


State, contractor still battling over viaduct project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:48
SEATTLE (AP) — The manager for the troubled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project told lawmakers Thursday that the state and the contractor are still battling over tens of millions of dollars in repairs dating back to 2012, but even if the contractor declares bankruptcy tomorrow, the project could still be completed.

Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:20

FILE - In this June 21, 2005, file photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Inspector Maria Arreola checks an electronic ID card at one of two new Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. The two new lanes allow pre-screened participants to use an automated identification system to cross into the U.S. from Mexico more rapidly. SENTRI users are being targeted by drug smugglers who place magnetized boxes under the cars of unsuspecting drivers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States.


Apartment complex fire accidentally caused by workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:14

Part of the New York City skyline peers through smoke rising at an apartment complex the morning after flames engulfed the building, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Edgewater, N.J. Authorities had not determined the cause of the fire. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Workers doing maintenance at an apartment complex across the Hudson River from New York City accidentally started a fire that caused massive damage and displaced more than 1,000 people, officials said Thursday.


MAPS: Tracking Saturday's Nor'easter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:55

 Tracking Saturday's Nor'easterAccuWeather is tracking a Nor'easter expected to bring a mix of snow and rain to the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys.


Officers shoot and wound armed man at California community college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:48
Two campus police officers responding to a report of a hostage situation shot and wounded an 18-year-old man on Thursday in a parking lot at a Southern California community college after he pointed a gun at them, police said. The shooting at El Camino College in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance shook up people at the school, which according to a state website has about 27,000 students. After the officers arrived at the scene, they found the man next to the stairwell of a parking structure, El Camino College Police Chief Michael Trevis told a news conference. The suspect, a former student at the school, was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was listed in critical condition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:34

This Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo made with a long exposure shows the glow from a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Los Angeles should fix firefighter recruitment: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:29
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Fire Department should overhaul its hiring and recruitment to bring in more women and minorities, according to a report commissioned after the city's mayor found flaws in recruitment last year and for a time put hiring on hold. The RAND Corporation report, released on Thursday, highlights the challenges facing the department in winnowing down a huge pool of applicants in ways that are fair and cost-effective, a problem other urban U.S. fire departments also encounter. The Los Angeles Fire Department has for years been accused of racial and sexual discrimination within its ranks, resulting in millions of dollars in payments to settle legal claims, according to local media. Mayor Eric Garcetti instituted a firefighter hiring freeze for a time last year and commissioned RAND to conduct a three-month study after the Los Angeles Times raised questions of nepotism in hiring.

Oregon convict charged in unsolved 'Gypsy Hill' killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:28
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Nearly four decades after a handful of young women were brutally raped and killed in the San Francisco Bay Area in crimes dubbed the "Gypsy Hill Murders," police have charged an Oregon prison inmate with two of the deaths, authorities said on Thursday.  The inmate, 66-year-old Rodney Halbower, was extradited to California where he made an initial court appearance on Thursday and was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.  California authorities said an examination of cold case DNA profiles linked Halbower to two of the so-called "Gypsy Hill" murder victims, 17-year-old Paula Baxter and 18-year-old Veronica Cascio. "I think it's significant for a couple of reasons, one certainly for the families of these two young women who were killed so early in their young lives," San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Northeast's first significant winter storm expected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:24

45 p.m. EST, shows a storm system over the Atlantic Ocean with a back-end surface trough that is causing some snow to develop across parts of southern New England. A larger developing storm system is located just due northwest of the Gulf of Mexico with a large precipitation shield over most of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. This system is expected to impact New England later this week. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first significant winter storm of the season is expected for the Northeast's major cities this weekend in the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet along Interstate 95, according to the National Weather Service.


Disneyland seeks to reassure public amid measles outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:17

File photo of Disney characters the "Seven Dwarfs" walking along Main Street during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim.By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disneyland sought on Thursday to reassure visitors that the theme park was safe amid a measles outbreak that began there in December and prompted state health officials to urge parents not to bring their unvaccinated children. The California Department of Public Health reported 59 confirmed measles cases among state residents since the end of December, most linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland or the adjacent Disney California Adventure Park. Nine more cases linked to the two Disney parks were reported out of state - one in Mexico, three in Utah, two in Washington state and one each in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. Among those infected are at least five Walt Disney Co employees and a student at Huntington Beach High School, some 15 miles (24 km) from the park, which earlier this week ordered its unvaccinated students to stay home until Jan. 29.On Wednesday Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the state health department, told reporters that anyone immunized for measles should have no concern about visiting the theme parks.


Texas Panhandle gets foot of snow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:47

Five-year-old Gabriel Whomble sleds during a snow day at Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A winter storm has swept through parts of Texas, dropping up to a foot of snow in the Panhandle and prompting El Paso to close government offices early.


Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:30
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A gas drilling watchdog group that was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state, the group's lawyer said Thursday.

Jury quits for night Vermont man's Bosnian war crimes case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:20
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bosnian native immigrated to Vermont after committing war crimes during his home country's civil war and then lied to authorities when he applied for U.S. citizenship years later, according to federal prosecutors.

Washington state lawmaker seeks to toughen drunken driving laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:19
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state lawmaker is seeking to strengthen drunken driving laws that are among the nation's most lenient with a proposal to deem as a felony a fourth conviction within a decade for driving under the influence of alcohol. State Senator Mike Padden, a Republican, on Thursday held a hearing with an upper chamber committee in Olympia in which victims of impaired drivers and law-enforcement officials testified that stronger laws were needed to curb fatal car wrecks. Under current law, a conviction for driving under the influence becomes a felony on the fifth offense. Among the 45 U.S. states that have laws that make felons of repeated drunken driving offenders, most make a fourth conviction a felony.

Box wraps up IPO at $14 per share to raise $175 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:12
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online storage provider Box has wrapped up its long-delayed IPO at $14 per share, setting up a test of investors' appetite for a rapidly growing technology company that hasn't proven it can make money.

Montana city gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:12

Cleanup workers cut holes into the ice on the Yellowstone River near Crane, Mont. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 as part of efforts to recover oil from an upstream pipeline spill that released up to 50,000 gallons of crude. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of people in an eastern Montana city were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river.


No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:11

 Customers are told they don’t have to tip. That’s because servers at Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie earn about $13 an hour. They also get sick time, vacation days and health insurance. The restaurant has reignited debate over working conditions in the food service industry, where high wages and benefits are almost unheard of. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."


New Jersey police release video of cop shooting man with hands up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:11
A New Jersey police department released a video this week of a man being fatally shot by police as he got out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, heightening calls for an independent investigation into the death. The footage, recorded on a police dashboard camera, showed a traffic stop escalating into the deadly confrontation in less than two minutes after one of the police officers said he saw a gun in the car's glove compartment. The death of Jerame Reid on Dec. 30 in Bridgeton has prompted protests in the city, local media has reported. Some protests have been similar to those over cases last year in Missouri and New York City in which white police officers killed unarmed black men.