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2 suspects sought after woman struck by pole in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:15

2 suspects sought after woman struck by pole in CamdenThe Camden County Police Department is searching for two females wanted in an assault that was caught on surveillance video.

3 killed, 4 wounded in drive-by shooting in western New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:01

In this photo provided by WHEC-TV, police vehicles block off the street after official said a fatal shooting occurred in Rochester, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims or the conditions of the several injured. (Jennifer Mobilia/WHEC-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDITROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A gunman shot into a crowd that gathered outside the Rochester Boys and Girls Club after a basketball game, killing three people and wounding four others in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo called "a deplorable act of violence."

At busy crossing, pedestrians need passports to enter Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:59

In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, photo, a man headed into Mexico stops at a fountain as fellow travelers approach the entrance to the Mexico border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif. Starting late Wednesday, Aug. 19, pedestrians going to Tijuana from San Diego at the San Ysidro crossing must choose between a line for Mexicans who get waved through, and a line for foreigners. Foreigners must show a passport, fill out a form and - if staying more than a week - pay for a six-month permit. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Walking into Mexico at the nation's busiest border crossing with the United States is no longer an uninterrupted stroll for foreigners.

EPA downplays dangers of mine spill, but concerns linger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:55

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. State and tribal officials remain concerned over river bottoms contaminated by a toxic mine spill that fouled waterways in three Western states, even as the federal agency that triggered the accident has sought to downplay the danger. Federal contractors released more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water Aug. 5 while working at an inactive mine site near Silverton. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)More than two weeks after a mine spill fouled waterways in several Western states, officials expressed concern Thursday over the long-term effects of contaminated river bottoms as the federal agency that triggered the accident downplayed the dangers.

Speeding car slams into tollbooth, catches fire; driver dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:52

Authorities walk away from the scene of a fatal accident in Merrimack, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Authorities said a speeding car slammed into a tollbooth and burst into flames, killing the driver. (Jenna Abate/NH1 News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a speeding car has slammed into a tollbooth in New Hampshire and burst into flames, killing the driver.

Ex-bank president gets 2 years in prison in bailout fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A one-time small community bank president who became the first person convicted of trying to rip off the federal bailout program was sentenced on Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison by a judge who said time behind bars was necessary because his crimes were too serious for his cooperation with the government to win his freedom.

UN envoy urges leaders to ban sex attacks by security forces

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy trying to prevent sexual violence in conflicts urged government leaders Thursday to prohibit sexual attacks by security forces and reinforce justice systems to ensure punishment for perpetrators.

Countries delay UN plan to name those accused of sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is rejecting growing pressure to name countries whose peacekeepers face sexual abuse accusations in Central African Republic against children as young as 11, keeping silent because member states have delayed the U.N. chief's plan to identify alleged perpetrators.

With humor and honesty, Carter talks about his cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:16

FILE- In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace his brother Billy's widow Sybil while greeting family following service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter's nieces Mandy Flynn, left, and Jana Carter are also pictured. Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis Thursday, Aug. 20, for the first time since revealing last week that he was ill. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)ATLANTA (AP) — With a broad smile and an upbeat attitude, former President Jimmy Carter told the world Thursday that he has cancer in his brain, and feels "perfectly at ease with whatever comes."

Carter to get radiation, new immune therapy for skin cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:14

Former President Jimmy Carter talks about his cancer diagnosis during a news conference at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter announced that his cancer is on four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is "at ease with whatever comes." (AP Photo/Phil Skinner)It was found in his liver and then in his brain, but very well may have started in his skin. Former President Jimmy Carter revealed Thursday that he has melanoma, a serious form of cancer.

$1M bond for Ohio mother accused of killing 3 young sons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:57

Brittany Pilkington, right, listens as a judge sets a $1 million bond in the case in which Pilkington is accused of suffocating her three sons over 13 months, with her attorney, Marc Triplett, beside her, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Bellefontaine, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of killing her three young sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday as her family struggled to make sense of the arrest and her mother argued she's innocent.

Former President Carter gets powerful immune-system boosting drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:56
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - News that a patient's cancer has spread to the brain typically is a sign the end is near. In a news conference on Thursday, Carter said he was battling the deadly skin cancer melanoma, which has spread to his liver and brain. "Five years ago, we would have given him six months to live," said Dr. Anna Pavlick, co-director of the melanoma program at NYU Langone Medical Center's cancer center.

LA police may seek manslaughter charges against Jenner in crash: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:52

File photo of adamaged vehicle at the scene of a four-car crash involving Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner in Malibu, CaliforniaLos Angeles County Sheriff's investigators will present evidence pointing to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner in connection with a fatal Malibu car crash earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. The evidence will show that Jenner, 65, was driving at an unsafe speed on Feb. 7 before her Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, slammed into two other cars on Pacific Coast Highway, a sheriff's detective told the paper. A Sheriff's spokesman confirmed to Reuters that the department's investigators had concluded their investigation and would submit the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney next week, but declined to say if those detectives would recommend a manslaughter charge.

Ranger school success reflects U.S. military's opening to women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:48

U.S. Army convoys are given the thumbs up from a fellow soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of IraqTwo pioneering women who completed the daunting U.S. Army Ranger school this week said Thursday they hoped their historic achievement would open doors for other females as the Pentagon opens new roles, including elite Navy SEALs, to women. The feat by Army Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver followed a re-evaluation of the role of women after their frontline involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and the end of a rule barring them from combat roles in 2013. "I do hope that with our performance in Ranger School, we have been able to inform that decision as to what they can expect from women in the military - that we can handle things physically, mentally on the same level as men, and we can deal with the same stresses in training that the men can," said Griest.

Jim Gardner explores Pope Francis' Jesuit roots in Buenos Aires

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:46

Jim Gardner explores Pope Francis' Jesuit roots in Buenos AiresAction News is in Argentina all this week, learning about Pope Francis' hometown of Buenos Aires and what shaped his views and faith.

New York looks to curb topless women, Mickey and Thor in Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:46
New York City created a task force on Thursday to examine how it can rein in topless women and costumed cartoon and superhero characters who officials believe are aggressively soliciting tips after posing for tourists' pictures in Times Square. "Over the past several months, serious concerns have been raised about both the appropriateness of topless individuals in Times Square, as well as aggressive solicitation by topless individuals and costumed characters that often times becomes harassment of New Yorkers and visitors alike," Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said. Convened by the mayor and co-chaired by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod, the task force will report its findings by Oct. 1.

1st women to pass Ranger School are Army pilot, military cop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:43

U.S. Army Army 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, right, speaks with reporters, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga., where she was scheduled to graduate Friday from the Army’s elite Ranger School. Haver and Army Capt. Kristen Griest are the first two women to complete the notoriously grueling Ranger course, which the Army opened to women this spring as it studies whether to open more combat jobs to female soldiers. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — The first two women to pass the Army's notoriously difficult Ranger School impressed male classmates left in their dust during road marches and proved their mettle as teammates by helping carry heavy weapons when others were too fatigued to lift another ounce.

Crash shuts down Route 611 in Warrington Twp., Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:40

Crash shuts down Route 611 in Warrington Twp., Pa.A serious crash shut down Route 611 in Warrington Township, Pa

Carter 'at ease' and ready for radiation treatment on cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:32

Carter 'at ease' and ready for radiation treatment on cancerFormer President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer showed up in four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is "at ease with whatever comes."

NYC mayor: Regs for Times Square characters under study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:26
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched a multiagency task force to address what he calls the "growing problem" of panhandling topless women and costumed characters in Times Square and said that one option under consideration is removing the famed intersection's pedestrian plazas.