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Gas prices in New Jersey keep plunging, expected to go even lower

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:41

Gas prices in New Jersey keep plunging, expected to go even lowerThis week marks the 9th straight week that prices dropped, and they're only expected to go lower.

2 dead in fire in Far Rockaway, Queens

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:38

2 dead in fire in Far Rockaway, QueensTwo people were found dead Sunday afternoon after a fire at a two-story house on Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. Officials say the cluttered conditions inside the home complicated the operation.

Guardian Angels walk streets of Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:32

Anti-crime group Guardian Angels launching chapter in WilmingtonThe Guardian Angels walked the streets of Wilmington Sunday meeting police and the public.

Driver crashes into house in Wilmington, flees

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:24

Driver crashes into house in Wilmington, fleesThe search is underway for the driver who left a hole in the side of a house in Wilmington.

Zookeepers optimistic about survival chances for twin pandas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:18

Smithsonian's National Zoo image of one of the giant panda cubs born on SaturdayWASHINGTON (AP) — In more than three decades of trying to breed pandas at the National Zoo, there's been plenty of heartbreak. More cubs born in Washington have died than survived, and news of a birth has often been greeted warily.

Local officials blame feds for delay in nuke dump reopening

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:16
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Making claims that have been drawing sharp criticism, the federal government said this week that an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico can't reopen because of safety concerns and equipment setbacks.

Casey Anthony prosecutor: No crime committed on website

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:16

Jeff Ashton, State Attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in central Florida, appears at a news conference, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., after reports claimed he was a paid member of the Ashley Madison cheating website. Ashton, who unsuccessfully prosecuted the case against Casey Anthony, says he committed no crime on the cheating website and will not resign his post. He said Sunday that he signed up for the site because he was curious but he did not have an affair. He asked for forgiveness for his bad judgment. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the cheating website, Ashley Madison.

Crowd packs former President Carter's Sunday school after his cancer spreads

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:10

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in AtlantaLarger-than-usual crowds of well-wishers meant former President Jimmy Carter had to teach an extra Bible class at his rural Georgia church and a local schoolhouse on Sunday, after he announced on Thursday cancer had spread to his brain. Carter, 90, a lifelong Baptist and church deacon, has taught Sunday school for decades, and the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, is used to a throng. The theme of the lesson was love, Carter told the 300 people who filled the church's sanctuary, after briefly alluding to his health.

Man charged in Texas after firing shots on school roof

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:04
The suspect, Christian Pieper, 20, of Richmond, was arrested after police responded to calls at about 8 a.m. that shots were heard coming from the roof of the Velasquez Elementary School, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Richmond is on the outskirts of Houston to the southwest. Charges against Pieper include possession of a stolen firearm and trespassing, said a spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Pokemon Championships threatened; 2 held on gun charges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:01
BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men suspected of making violent social media threats to people attending the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been arrested on gun charges.

Two Arrested in Alleged Pokemon Championship Threat

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:00
The men had rifles, ammunition, police say.

Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, closed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:59
SUMMERLAND, Calif. (AP) — Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach remains closed as officials try to determine the source of smelly oil and tar balls that have washed ashore.

Rain puts damper on New Hampshire topless beach protest

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:47

Topless activists pose for photographs for onlookers during a "Free the Nipple" demonstration in Hampton BeachRainy weather put a damper on a plan for hundreds of women to shed their tops at a popular New Hampshire beach on Sunday in a statement for gender equality, with only two or three dozen showing up. More than 1,300 people had indicated they would attend the event at Hampton Beach. The Hampton Beach gathering coincided with "Go Topless Day," which is loosely observed in the United States and other countries.

San Francisco airport terminal cleared over suspicious item

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:35
(Reuters) - Travelers were cleared from a terminal at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday after a "suspicious item" was found at a security checkpoint area, airport officials said on Twitter.

2 climbers die in fall in Grand Teton National Park

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:31
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Two women died when they fell about 200 feet while trying to climb a mountain Grand Teton National Park.

Biden, Elizabeth Warren hold private meeting, sources say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:24

Biden, Elizabeth Warren hold private meeting, sources sayJoe Biden met privately with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C., today, in what appears to be a strong indication of how seriously the vice president is mulling a 2016 bid, two sources familiar with the meeting told ABC News.

Prosecutor, witness in social worker death, copes with guilt

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:20

Washington County State's Attorney Scott Williams stands near where Vermont social worker Lara Sobel was shot and killed outside a state office building in Barre on Friday Aug. 21, 2015. Williams, who took the rifle away from the alleged shooter and tended to Sobel, revisits the parking lot to grieve. Williams turned the prosecution of the case over to the office of the Vermont Attorney General. Suspect Jody Herring has pleaded not guilty in the killing of Sobel. She's due in court Aug. 25 to answer charges she also killed three relatives. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The prosecutor is drawn time and again to the parking lot where flowers and candles now mark where he tried to save a social worker's life. Going back, he says, helps him cope with the guilt he feels because he lived and she didn't.

Plane crashes on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing 2 men

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:16
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two men died Saturday night when a small plane crashed on the Kenai Peninsula, said Alaska State Troopers.

Eisenhower Foundation raises money for updates

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:13
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — To mark the 125th year since Dwight D. Eisenhower's birth, a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign has begun to do a better job of telling the story of the nation's 34th president.

Jimmy Carter's cancer fight puts new meaning in old message

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 03:26

Brian Webber, of Birmingham, Ala., listens to instructions given out to the crowd waiting to enter Maranatha Baptist Church for Sunday School class Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Plains, Ga. On Sunday morning, former President Jimmy Carter will teach his first lesson since detailing the intravenous drug doses and radiation treatment planned to treat melanoma found in his brain after surgery to remove a tumor from his liver. (AP Photo/David Goldman)PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — The Sunday school lesson was familiar: When your burden grows heavy, ask God for strength. But the message carried a more powerful and personal meaning than usual because of who delivered it: Jimmy Carter.