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4 bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:04
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

Judge: Public can see questioning of teacher slaying suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:02
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the public is entitled to see and hear the recorded police interrogation of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his math teacher.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:55

AP10ThingsToSee - A horse rider drinks wine next to a bonfire during a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of domestic animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Madrid, Spain on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Former McDonald's workers in Virginia file civil rights lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:54

A man visits a McDonald's restaurant in Arlington,VirginiaFormer McDonald's Corp workers in Virginia filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday against the world's largest fast-food chain and owner of restaurants where they worked in the latest bid to hold it legally responsible for the actions of its franchisees. Nine African-American and one Hispanic worker claimed they were subjected to "rampant racial and sexual harassment" by supervisors at three restaurants run by McDonald's franchisee Michael Simon, who operates as Soweva Co. The workers also alleged wrongful termination in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia. When she complained about the discrimination and dismissals to McDonald's corporate office, Stanfield said she received no response. "I still don't understand why McDonald's did nothing," Stanfield said.


Flames damage printing business in Darby Boro

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:54

Flames damage printing business in Darby BoroFirefighters battled flames inside a printing business in Darby Boro, Pennsylvania Thursday morning.


Security guard found dead in apparent suicide in NYC courthouse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:35
A security officer was found dead early on Thursday after apparently shooting himself in a federal courthouse in New York City, police said. The man, who worked for a security company used by the U.S. Marshals Service, was found shortly before dawn in a basement locker room of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, a U.S. Marshals spokesman said. The man, whose name has not been released, retired from the New York Police Department in 2000, the police department said. The courthouse was open as usual on Thursday, and no further details were immediately available, the U.S. Marshals spokesman said.

Billy Joel returns to Citizens Bank Park in August

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:31

Billy Joel returns to Citizens Bank Park in AugustThe 'Piano Man' himself is returning to Philadelphia this summer for a concert at Citizens Bank Park.


Hundreds of strangers mourn death of newborn set on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:28
PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of strangers have gathered in New Jersey to say goodbye to a newborn girl who was set on fire and left in a road to die.

Ex-Freedom Industries president faces new fraud charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:18
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company's bankruptcy.

Lew says Congress should turn efforts toward business taxes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

Mother dies after California fire that killed 3-year-old son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:03

Firefighters fight a blaze at an condominium complex in the 26000 block of La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Southern California authorities say eight people were rushed to local hospitals with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries after the apartment fire. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Fred Swegles) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a young mother has died a day after her son succumbed to injuries from a fire that tore through a condominium without working smoke alarms.


Deputies: Florida toddler fatally shoots self with dad's gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:03
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car and shooting himself.

Hard-hit worker wonders where the economic resurgence is

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:59

In this Jan. 2, 2015 photo, Joshua Thevenin, 29, packs boxes of unsold fireworks from inside a roadside tent Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thevenin has worked as a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer. He lost his truck, missed his rent payment and had to go on food stamps. Like many workers barely holding on, he can't relate to President Obama's talk of an ''American resurgence.'' The fireworks were being sent back to the supplier. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last month has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer — what he thinks about assertions the economy is roaring toward recovery and you'll get a sigh and a shake of his head.


Jailed Va. lawmaker still has backers despite new charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:57

Del. Joe Morrissey, I-Henrico, looks over the calendar during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Morrissey resigned his House of Delegates seat after prosecutors accused him of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. While serving a six-month jail term for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, he ran as an independent in a special election Tuesday and reclaimed his seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New felony charges against a Virginia lawmaker who is spending nights in jail after a sex scandal involving a teenager may give disdainful colleagues fresh ammunition to censure or expel him. But the lawyer-politician still has friends in his corner and vows he'll prove his innocence.


PHOTOS: Massive fire tears through apartment building in Edgewater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:57

 Massive fire tears through apartment building in EdgewaterA huge fire destroyed several apartments in a complex in Edgewater, New Jersey on Wednesday evening.


Gun maker gets Newtown lawsuit moved to federal court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:53
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school massacre from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding.

Opening statements in Boston bombing trial delayed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:50

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonOpening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been postponed as jury selection has taken longer than expected, meaning lawyers will not begin presenting cases Monday as planned, the court said on Thursday. The delay comes as Tsarnaev's attorneys launched a fresh effort to move the trial outside of Boston, arguing that it will be impossible to find an unbiased panel of jurors in the city where the attack took place. "It is not possible yet to specifically target a new start date," a spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement. Tsarnaev is accused of setting off twin pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the worst such incident on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


New York Assembly speaker charged with five criminal counts in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was charged on Thursday with five criminal counts stemming from a lengthy corruption investigation, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. The political powerbroker, in the Assembly since 1977 and its most influential Democrat as speaker since 1994, was accused of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and other charges in using his "power and influence" to obtain "millions" in bribes and kickbacks, the criminal complaint said. (Reporting by Jon Stempel; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Chizu Nomiyama)

Family displaced in house blaze in Atco, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:33

Family displaced in house blaze in Atco, N.J.A family was displaced after a house blaze in Atco, New Jersey late Wednesday night.


Police investigate double shooting in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:32

Police investigate double shooting in Tioga-NicetownPolice are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section late Wednesday night.