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Ruptured gas line forces evacuations in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:15

Ruptured gas line forces evacuations in South PhiladelphiaSeventeen residents were being allowed back in their homes early Tuesday after a natural gas leak forced evacuations in a South Philadelphia neighborhood.


Japan to sell talking robots that won't try to make sense

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:05

Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, left, talks with new talking robot Sota, right, Android robot Otonaroid, second left, and another talking robots CommU, center and second right, during a press event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Ishiguro, the scientist behind the new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. Ishiguro's 28-centimer (11-inch) tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for "social talker," is programmed to mainly talk with a fellow robot, and won't be trying too hard to understand human speech — the major, and often frustrating, drawback of companion robots. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.


Officials: 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:02

 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in OhioA construction worker was killed and a tractor-trailer driver injured when an interstate overpass collapsed in Cincinnati.


MLK honored; scattered protests over black deaths by police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 17:50

Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — The daughter of the slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. exhorted the nation on King's federal holiday to act out against injustice but to heed her father's message of nonviolence.


Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:11

Shubham Banerjee, right, world on his Lego robotics braille printer as his dad Neil watches at home Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. Banerjee launched a company to develop a low-cost machine to print Braille materials for the blind. It's based on a prototype he built with his Lego robotics kit for a school science fair project. Last month, tech giant Intel Corp. invested in his startup, Braigo Labs, making the 8th grader the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:04
"I don't really care who he is. It doesn't make him any exception. If you're a racist, you're always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it — I just think it's wrong." — Kristyn Atwood, who was among a group of mostly black elementary school students at whom Mark Wahlberg threw rocks and shouted racial epithets in 1986. Wahlberg is now seeking a pardon for his crimes.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:04
"I don't really care who he is. It doesn't make him any exception. If you're a racist, you're always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it — I just think it's wrong." — Kristyn Atwood, who was among a group of mostly black elementary school students at whom Mark Wahlberg threw rocks and shouted racial epithets in 1986. Wahlberg is now seeking a pardon for his crimes.

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:55

Shubham Banerjee, right, world on his Lego robotics braille printer as his dad Neil watches at home Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif. Banerjee launched a company to develop a low-cost machine to print Braille materials for the blind. It's based on a prototype he built with his Lego robotics kit for a school science fair project. Last month, tech giant Intel Corp. invested in his startup, Braigo Labs, making the 8th grader the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.


Key issues as Colorado theater shooting trial begins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:52

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, crosses, flowers and other mementos of the victims of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting are shown at sunrise with the movie theater in the background. Jury selection begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the trial of accused gunman James Holmes in the shootings at the Denver-area movie theater showing "The Dark Knight Rises" that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys have acknowledged he was the gunman but say he is mentally ill and was gripped by a psychotic episode when he opened fire in the theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in an attack on a Colorado movie theater is set to begin, with the first of 9,000 prospective jurors reporting to court on Tuesday.


Key issues as Colorado theater shooting trial begins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:52

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, crosses, flowers and other mementos of the victims of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting are shown at sunrise with the movie theater in the background. Jury selection begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the trial of accused gunman James Holmes in the shootings at the Denver-area movie theater showing "The Dark Knight Rises" that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys have acknowledged he was the gunman but say he is mentally ill and was gripped by a psychotic episode when he opened fire in the theater. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in an attack on a Colorado movie theater is set to begin, with the first of 9,000 prospective jurors reporting to court on Tuesday.


Theater shooting case draws huge pool of prospective jurors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:50

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes' trial is set to start on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — At first glance, the Colorado movie theater shooting case seems simple. James Holmes admitted to the attack that left 12 dead and 70 injured.


Jury selection starts for defendant in '98 embassy bombings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection starts Tuesday for a defendant in a trial stemming from the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child campaign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:39
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's campaign:

For Etan Patz's parents, man's murder trial a complex case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:35

In this combination of two file photos, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, who is accused of abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 are shown. For years, Julie and Stan Patz were sure that it was Ramos who abducted and killed their son as he walked to school in 1979, but it’s Hernandez who will be tried for the crime once the jury is selected. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Etan Patz' parents were sure they knew who had kidnapped the first-grader on his way to school in 1979, and they devoted themselves to trying to hold him accountable.


Officials: 1 dead, 1 injured in overpass collapse in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:14

This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS, shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse in Cincinnati, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that according to a police dispatch the southbound Interstate 75 was closed indefinitely after the collapse of an overpass. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Fire and EMS)CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials say one person died and another person was injured when a highway overpass collapsed in Cincinnati.


Mark Wahlberg's victims divided over his pardon request

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:06

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest - "The Gambler," in Los Angeles. Wahlberg asked Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a teenager in Boston. Wahlberg’s application with the Massachusetts Parole Board said he isn’t the same person he was 26 years ago and his past convictions are still affecting his life. Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated 1980s Boston are divided over whether the actor should get the pardon he’s seeking. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)BOSTON (AP) — Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s are divided over whether he should be granted a pardon for his crimes.


U-Haul van smashes into San Francisco store in burglary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:31
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say two men rammed a U-Haul rental van through a storefront near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and drove away after grabbing armfuls of high-end outdoor clothing and gear.

U.S. tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:18

T-shirts with the image of Martin Luther King and with the words "I can't breathe" are pictured for sale during a Martin Luther King day rally in the Harlem section of New YorkBy Laila Kearney and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held across the United States on Monday, with observers linking the federal holiday to a rallying cry in recent protests over police brutality: "Black lives matter." King's 1960s dream of racial equality was being viewed through a lens focused on the deaths of unarmed black men after confrontations with police, including Eric Garner, who died in July after being put in a chokehold in New York City, and Michael Brown, shot in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. More than 60 people demonstrating against police brutality were arrested after blocking traffic on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, a major thoroughfare in the San Francisco Bay Area, said California Highway Patrol Officer Damian Cistaro. Another 19 people were arrested by Seattle police after protesters blocked a major artery, causing traffic delays.


Pipeline expected to remain closed after oil spill in Montana

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:29
(Reuters) - A small but heavily subscribed pipeline that transports 42,000 barrels a day of crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region is expected to remain closed on Tuesday after a weekend breach that spilled 1,200 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. Bridger Pipeline LLC could not say how much of the light crude flowed into the river or when the pipeline will reopen. The Environmental Protection Agency said it would be coordinating a response to the spill over the next several days. The leak in the line serving producers helped narrow Bakken crude's differential to the West Texas Intermediate benchmark price on Monday, which shrunk to $5.40 per barrel from Friday's settlement price of $5.80 under WTI, according to Shorcan Energy Brokers.

Chicano movement leader Reies Lopez Tijerina dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:51

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo Chicano Movement leader Reies Lopez Tijerina, 85, speaks at an event at the New Mexico Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. Reies Lopez Tijerina, a champion of Chicanos' land-rights claims and the leader of a group that raided a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago, has died at age 88. Family representative Estela Reyes-Lopez said the prominent activist died, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at an El Paso, Texas, hospital, of natural cases. Nephew Luis Tijerina also confirmed the death. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Pentecostal preacher turned activist who led a violent raid of a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years ago, died Monday. He was 88.