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New York teen gets five to 15 years in fatal drugged driving crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:05
A New York teenager was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison on Tuesday, a month after he admitted he had been high on marijuana when he smashed his car into a tree, killing four of his friends, said a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney. Joseph Beer of the New York City borough of Queens, who was 17 at the time of the October 2012 crash on Long Island, pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs. Prosecutors asked Nassau County Court Judge David Sullivan to sentence Beer to five to 15 years, reading aloud a letter written by the uncle of one of the victims, Peter Kanhai, 18.

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:01

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettesGENEVA (AP) — Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes — banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors — until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.


Police ID woman found murdered in NJ woods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:01

Police ID woman found murdered in NJ woodsState Police detectives are seeking help as they investigate the murder of a woman found beaten to death in Cumberland County, New Jersey.


Police ID woman found murdered in NJ woods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:01

Police ID woman found murdered in NJ woodsState Police detectives are seeking help as they investigate the murder of a woman found beaten to death in Cumberland County, New Jersey.


NY financier charged with insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:59
NEW YORK (AP) — The director of market intelligence at an investor relations firm has been arrested in New York on insider trading charges after authorities said he earned more than a half-million dollars trading illegally.

More testimony in Philly child rape case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:59

More testimony in Philly child rape casePhiladelphia prosecutors are calling more trial witnesses to describe the ordeal a 5-year-old suffered after she was abducted from school.


Colorado's anti-pot 'lab rat' campaign hits snag

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:43
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A provocative anti-marijuana campaign aimed at Colorado youths has angered marijuana activists for its tag line, "Don't Be a Lab Rat." Now a Colorado school system is declining to display a human-size cage used in the campaign.

Remember Netscape browser? Class of '18 doesn't

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:34
MILWAUKEE (AP) — If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan.

Jerusalem police search for missing US student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:29

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for the young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Sofer of Lakewood, New Jersey, has been missing since Friday when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld said that police have launched an extensive search for Sofer, who is an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva — a Jewish religious school. Sofer's parents have flown to Israel. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a U.S. religious student who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.


Florida police dog killed by lightning strike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:26

In a March 9, 2014 photo, Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service in Parker, Florida. Argo died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, after he was struck by lightning from a passing thunderstorm in Panama City Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/The News Herald, Heather Leiphart) MANDATORY CREDITPANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.


NJ student goes missing after hike in Jerusalem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:17

Plea for help after NJ student goes missing in IsraelIsraeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.


Man pinned by 6,000-pound boulder in yard, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:06
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a man who tried to dig around a 6,000-pound boulder in his yard became pinned under the rock and died.

Taney Dragons parade route released

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:05

Taney Dragons parade set for tomorrowAn afternoon parade has been scheduled for Wednesday in Philadelphia to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic Little League champions Taney Dragons.


Hewlett-Packard recalls 5 million AC power cords

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.

Dispute over gadget that blocks seat reclining diverts flight to Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
(Reuters) - A midair argument between two airline passengers over the use of a device that stops the seat in front from reclining caused a Newark-Denver flight to be diverted to Chicago over the weekend, airline and police officials said on Tuesday. One of the passengers on Sunday's United Airlines flight had used a Knee Defender, a small wedge-like gadget that clips to the passenger's tray table, to force the seat in front to remain upright, according to the airline. The passenger in front was unhappy to discover this and an argument broke out that could not be quelled by flight attendants, Chicago Police Department spokesman Ron Gaines said. The pilot diverted the flight to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, where Chicago police officers and Transportation Security Administration officials removed the man and woman, both of whom were described as being in their 40s, from the plane, Gaines said.

Four dead in apparent murder-suicide in Tulsa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:45
(Reuters) - Two adults and two children from Guatemala were shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, apartment, police said on Tuesday. "The investigation reveals that a 35-year-old male shot the three victims and then killed himself," Tulsa police said in a statement.

Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:28
PHOENIX (AP) — An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.

Police: Man who stole from family wedding attacks aunt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:22

 Man who stole from family wedding attacks auntA man who had been jailed for allegedly stealing from a family wedding - and had been released from custody due to overcrowding - is now accused of attacking his aunt with a hammer.


Water shutoffs to resume in Detroit for unpaid bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:15

Detroit water activists Petty, Dziubek and Novak stand outside City Hall to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills during a rally in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit will resume on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager. More than 25,000 customers are enrolled in at least one of the authority's payment plans, up from 17,000 when the moratorium began, the water department said in a statement. A city "water fair" on Saturday to help people avoid shutoffs by enrolling in a payment plan drew more than 1,300 people, according to the department.


Defense secretary OKs Medal of Honor for WWI hero

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:12

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, a statue of Henry Johnson is displayed in the Arbor Hill neighborhood in Albany, N.Y. The secretary of defense has recommended awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to the black soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France during World War I. Sen. Charles Schumer says Tuesday that Chuck Hagel has sent Congress a letter saying Sgt. Henry Johnson should receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.