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Spacewalking astronauts turn cable guys in 1st of 3 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:27

In this image from television astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore begins the spacewalk Saturday morning Feb. 21, 2015 to wire the International Space Station in preparation for the arrival in July of the international docking port for the Boeing and Space-X commercial crew vehicles. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts routed more than 300 feet of cable outside the International Space Station on Saturday, tricky and tiring advance work for the arrival of new American-made crew capsules.


Spacewalking astronauts rig station for new U.S. space taxis

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:20
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A pair of U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Saturday to begin rigging parking spots for two commercial space taxis. Station commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore, 52, and flight engineer Terry Virts, 47, left the station’s Quest airlock shortly before 8 a.m. EST/1300 GMT to begin a planned 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three outings over the next eight days. The work will prepare docking ports for upcoming flights by Boeing Co and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which are developing capsules to ferry crew to and from the station, which flies about 260 miles (418 km) above the Earth. The United States has been dependent on Russia for station crew transportation since the space shuttle were retired in 2011.

Smoke forces evacuation of Washington subway train

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:58
Riders on a Washington subway train were forced to evacuate after faulty brakes caused smoke to fill a station stop in the nation's capital on Saturday, officials said. Faulty train brakes caused the smoke to fill Woodley Park Metro station around noon, according to Washington, D.C. fire department spokesman Tim Wilson. The system, which operates in Washington, D.C. as well as the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, is the second busiest in the country in terms of passengers carried after New York's subway network.

Superfish points fingers over ad software security flaws

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:44

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, people walk past a Lenovo flagship experience store in Beijing, China. Security researchers revealed Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, that some computers sold by China’s Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC maker, had a major security hole that would let any garden-variety hacker impersonate shopping, banking and other websites and steal users' credit card numbers and other personal data. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for producing visual search technology that many see as the next big thing in online shopping.


Woman hurt after stairs collapse in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:31

Woman hurt after stairs collapse in Hunting ParkA woman is recovering after being rescued when a stairway collapsed around her in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section Friday night.


House under renovation goes up in flames in Elsmere, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:19

House under renovation goes up in flames in Elsmere, Del.Firefighters battled flames inside a house under renovation in Elsmere, Delaware early Saturday morning.


Residents homeless after blaze in Audobon Park, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:17

Residents homeless after blaze in Audubon Park, N.J.Several residents lost their home after a blaze in Audobon Park, New Jersey Saturday morning.


1 dead in crash in Cinnaminson

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:04

1 dead in crash in CinnaminsonA man has died after a crash on Route 130 in Cinnaminson, New Jersey late Friday night.


Panda cub Bao Bao approaches milestone of living separately

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 02:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant panda cub Bao Bao (bow-bow) is nearing a major milestone at the National Zoo and will soon begin living separately from her mother.

NYC, Orthodox Jews in talks over ritual after herpes cases

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 02:36

In this Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Abraham Romi Cohn is handed a scalpel during the bris, or ritual circumcision, of Yosef Sananas in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is negotiating a medical protocol that would allow for religious freedom as it navigates health officials' concern over the practice of oral suction during ultra-Orthodox circumcision ceremonies, in which a rabbi sucks blood from a wound on the penis. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — With a swift swipe of his scalpel, Rabbi A. Romi Cohn circumcises the baby boy, then leans down and sucks the blood from the wound as prayers in Hebrew fill the Brooklyn synagogue.


Gov: Ex-Mexican Mafia chief lacks insight about role

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 02:15

This image provided by the California Department of Corrections shows a photo of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday Feb. 20, 2015 he has blocked parole for the former leader of the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang who has turned on his former comrades and now aids law enforcement. Enriquez has been in prison since 1993 serving a sentence of 20 years-to life in prison for two murders, multiple assaults and conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances. (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Mexican Mafia leader Rene "Boxer" Enriquez has helped law enforcement for years, hasn't been disciplined in a decade and had support for his parole request from federal and state agencies and the corrections system itself.


Seeing red: Traffic cameras hot topic in Chicago mayoral race

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:53

Cars approach an intersection where a red light camera is placed in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - It is one of the most dreaded pieces of mail in Chicago - the $100 ticket that comes after being caught by one of the city's red light or speed cameras. Chicago is hardly the only U.S. city to install such cameras. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who supports the nation's largest automated camera system, is polling slightly under the 50 percent plus one vote he needs to avoid a run-off against the second-highest vote-getter. Chicago has red-light cameras at 174 intersections and 144 speed cameras near schools and parks around the city.


2 kids, ages 1 and 6, dead in New Jersey house fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:40
ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Two young siblings ages 1 and 6 were killed in an overnight house fire in New Jersey, officials said Saturday.

AccuWeather: Snow Developing

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:40

 Snow DevelopingMeteorologist Chris Sowers says a winter storm will bring snow, ice and rain to the area.


Dozens affected by water main break in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:20

Main break in Port Richmond leaves 100 homes without waterOfficials say twenty-seven people have been affected by an 8-inch water main break in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section Saturday morning.


Affidavit: Man admits leaving mall with missing Md. sisters

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:17

This handout image provided by the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department shows the original missing person/suspicious circumstances bulletin for the 1975 disappearance of two young sisters in Maryland, Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon, who never returned home from a shopping mall. Police affidavits say a sex offender told investigators he left a Maryland shopping mall with two young sisters who disappeared in 1975, and that he later saw his uncle sexually assaulting one of the girls. Authorities have been searching for the remains of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katharine Lyon on a remote mountain in Bedford County, Virginia, some 200 miles from their Montgomery County, Maryland, home, since September. A Bedford grand jury also is investigating. The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County police declined to say how credible they find 58-year-old Lloyd Welch's recent statements. Police have named Welch and his uncle, 69-year-old Richard Welch, "persons of interest" in the case, but neither has been charged. (AP Photo/Montgomery County, Md., Police Department)BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — A sex offender told investigators he left a Maryland shopping mall with two young sisters who disappeared in 1975 and later saw his uncle sexually assaulting one of the girls, according to newly unsealed police affidavits.


VIDEO: Alicia Vitarelli sits down with Jimmy Kimmel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:56

 Alicia Vitarelli sits down with Jimmy KimmelAlicia Vitarelli is spending Oscar weekend in Hollywood and she talked to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel about his after the Oscars special.


Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:34

Paula Olson prepares a goat for milking, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, on her farm near Madrid, Iowa. Demand for goat milk, cheese and other products has steadily increased in recent years, and goat farmers and dairy producers across the country are grappling with meeting this demand while continuing to develop their products. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters.


Flames rip through apartment roof in Lindenwold, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:27

Flames rip through apartment roof in Lindenwold, N.J.Flames damaged several apartments at a complex in Lindenwold, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Two children dead in New Jersey house fire: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:10
(Reuters) - A house fire in New Jersey left two children aged one and six dead, local media reported, citing authorities. The blaze broke out on Friday evening at a residence in Orange, outside of Newark, NJ Advance Media reported, citing the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The children's mother escaped the fire and was "distraught," NJ Advance Media quoted the prosecutor's office as saying in a statement. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff's Office, along with the Orange Fire Department, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.