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Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:11

David Rockefeller smiles as he greets family and friends at a ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Mount Desert, Maine, marking the gift of 1,000 acres of woodlands, streams, hiking trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve, describing it as a "gift to all the people of Maine." (AP Photo/Michael C. York)MOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine.


Fire breaks out at old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 06:09

Fire at old Sunoco refinery in South PhiladelphiaFire crews are on the scene of a fire at an old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia.


Mom accepts diploma in son's place after he dies in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:53

Mom accepts diploma in son's place after he dies in car crashAfter her son was tragically killed in a post-prom car accident, Kaye Jackson walked in her son's place at his high school graduation.


Ducklings rescued from storm drain at King of Prussia Mall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:51

Ducklings rescued from storm drain at King of Prussia MallNine ducklings are safe and sound after falling into a storm drain.


Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:44
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.

Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:36
By Sebastien Malo NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. The protests are an effort to wrest control of Newark's schools from Superintendent Cami Anderson, whose appointment has met with bitter opposition from students, parents and teachers unions in New Jersey's largest city. Anderson's "One Newark" plan calls for some schools to be consolidated or shut, charter schools expanded and some students shifted to schools far from home.

Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:04

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond.


Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:48
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the initial quake, which was very shallow at a depth of only 2.5 miles(4 km), was 24 miles (39 km)from Caliente, a town of just over 1,000 people, close to the border with Utah. A dispatcher with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, near the epicenter, said the earthquake had been felt widely across the county, but that there were no immediate reports of damage.

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:39

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting ParkAuthorities say eight people were injured in a crash involving a car and a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:39

 Ex-con had help in slaying of rich familyAuthorities said in court documents made public Friday that than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington family last week.


Gay couple has adoption vacated now that they can marry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:38

Bill Novak, left, and partner Norman MacArthur pose for a photograph near the couple's home, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Erwinna, Pa. The couple who were legally recognized as father and son has gotten a judge to vacate the adoption now that same-sex partners can get married in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York.


Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:30
A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013 in the desert near Victorville, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Los Angeles. Merritt appeared in court in San Bernardino, California, on Friday with his lawyers.

Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:30
A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013 in the desert near Victorville, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Los Angeles. Merritt appeared in court in San Bernardino, California, on Friday with his lawyers.

Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:27
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.

Bridge connecting shore towns still closed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:18

Bridge connecting shore towns still closedA bridge closure down at the shore could be a headache this Memorial Day weekend.


Bridge connecting shore towns still closed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:18

Bridge connecting shore towns still closedA bridge closure down at the shore could be a headache this Memorial Day weekend.


Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:16
A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.

Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 04:00

Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.A firefighter has been injured fighting a 2-alarm blaze in Camden.


VIDEO: Cow runs loose on I-295 off-ramp

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 03:32

 Cow runs loose on I-295 off-rampPolice and humane officers have surrounded a cow that was loose on an off-ramp from Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


University of North Carolina gets NCAA findings in academic fraud probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 03:25
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The University of North Carolina said on Friday it has received a notice from the NCAA indicating possible rules violations connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. The National Collegiate Athletic Association notice comes seven months after an independent investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein revealed that more than 3,000 students at the university in Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period. The NCAA issues a "notice of allegations" after an investigation if there appears to be sufficient evidence to prove a bylaws violation.