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Police: Driver possibly had medical problem before bus hit Blue Bell home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:06

 Driver possibly had medical problem before bus hit Blue Bell homeThe driver of a school bus that slammed into a home in Blue Bell, Pa. may have suffered some kind of medical issue.


Illinois House passes bills to plug state budget gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:02
The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would plug a $1.6 billion hole in the state's budget by cutting spending on most programs by 2.25 percent and tapping money from other funds. The bills now move to the state Senate, where Senate President John Cullerton will meet with his Democratic caucus to gauge support, said Rikeesha Phelon, his spokeswoman. Cullerton said last month that the questionable $6.6 billion in spending cuts and savings that new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner put in his $32 billion fiscal 2016 budget proposal on Feb. 18 made reaching an agreement on the fiscal 2015 budget fix more difficult. Earlier on Tuesday, top aides to Rauner testified before the House Executive Committee in favor of the Democrat-sponsored legislation to fix the current budget.

Wife of man accused of faking death given public defender

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:00
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of a man who authorities say faked his own death to defraud insurance companies out of millions appeared briefly in court on counts of insurance fraud.

Amy's Kitchen recalls spinach products over listeria concerns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:50
Amy's Kitchen Inc is recalling about 74,000 cases of products that might contain organic spinach contaminated with listeria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. One of the Petaluma, California, company's suppliers may have provided organic spinach that might have listeria, the FDA said in a statement on its website. The recalled products were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and in Canada. Amy's Kitchen is not aware of any illness connected to the products, the Sunday statement said.

Police: Dangerous lizards, child found during drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:50

 Dangerous lizards, child found during drug bustPolice say they found dangerous lizards along with a small child during a drug bust in Wilmington, Delaware.


Dallas death points to dangers of black-market cosmetic work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:41

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2013, file photo, Elva Navarro faces a justice of the peace at the Hidalgo County Jail in Edinburg, Texas. The South Texas woman was sentenced in December 2014 to three years in prison for the death of a customer injected with liquid silicone at the woman’s spa. The recent death of a Dallas woman who received illegal buttocks injections follows other fatal black-market procedures that highlight the popularity of cosmetic surgery. (AP Photo/The McAllen Monitor, Ildefonso Ortiz, File)DALLAS (AP) — The recent death of a Dallas woman who had received injections at a salon to expand the size of her buttocks follows other cosmetic-related deaths in Texas and around the country that authorities say were caused by people who either weren't licensed or who injected substances not approved by federal regulators.


Family of alleged Facebook fraud fugitive to forfeit bail: U.S. judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:39

U.S. Marshals photo of fugitive Paul CegliaBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The family of a New York man who became a fugitive after being criminally charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social media company was ordered on Tuesday to forfeit his bail. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan entered a $250,000 judgment against Paul Ceglia's parents and brother after previously revoking his bail. Broderick said he might reduce the penalty if the family helps locate Ceglia, who disappeared more than two weeks ago. A prosecutor said Ceglia could face new fraud and bail jumping charges soon.


UN committee approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. will now give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally married after Russia and other opponents of same-sex marriage failed Tuesday in an attempt to scuttle the plan by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

First Image of Debris From Plane Crash in French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:18
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Ex-coal boss pleads not guilty again in mine safety case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:09
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday entered another plea of not guilty to federal charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

Figure in scandal has long ties to Washington state auditor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:02

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, State Rep. Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for state auditor at the time, takes questions at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Kelley, now Washington state auditor, says he has fully cooperated with federal officials on questions related to financial activities at a business he previously owned, but said all of his actions over the years have been "lawful and appropriate." Kelley returned to his Olympia office on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a week where his home was raided by federal agents and his office turned over records that were subpoenaed by the Justice Department relating to a current employee who was also a former business associate. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A part-time employee of the Washington state auditor's office is so little known to colleagues that some said they were hard-pressed to recall seeing him or even emailing with him. Nevertheless, he now finds himself a central figure in a scandal surrounding the agency.


Police ID woman struck and killed by 2 vehicles in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:57

Police ID woman struck and killed by 2 vehicles in BensalemOne woman is dead after she was hit twice while crossing the street Tuesday in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Women's media group honors photographer Heidi Levine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:45

This handout photo provided by the International Women's Media Foundation shows Heidi Levine in Jerusalem. A women's media group will honor freelance photographer Heidi Levine as the inaugural winner of an award for courage named for Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan. The International Women's Media Foundation in Washington announced Tuesday that Levine will be awarded the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. Levine is an American and is based in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Warrick Page, International Women's Media Foundation)WASHINGTON (AP) — Photographer Heidi Levine, who has spent 30 years covering war zones and revolutions in the Middle East, Libya and Syria, was named Tuesday as the inaugural winner of an award for courage named for Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus.


20-foot deep sinkhole in New Jersey forces home evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:43

Handout photo of a large sinkhole forced the evacuations of four New Jersey homes in South Amboy, 20 miles south of Newark(Reuters) - A 20-foot deep sinkhole forced the evacuation on Tuesday of four New Jersey homes after crumbling part of a roadway and swallowing up a car, police said. An underground water main break likely caused the hole to form suddenly in a residential area of South Amboy, New Jersey, a city about 20 miles south of Newark, the South Amboy Police Department said in a statement.


Police: 73-year-old counselor inappropriately touched teen client

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:29

 73-year-old counselor inappropriately touched teen clientA counselor from Upper Gwynedd Township is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old female client.


Lockups in 5 states to lessen use of solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York-based criminal justice nonprofit says it will work with jails and prisons in five states to reduce the use of solitary confinement.

$60,000 in gold stolen from car after precious-metals show

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:16
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A Montana man attending a precious-metals show in northern Idaho says someone broke into his vehicle and stole $60,000 worth of gold.

Feds under fire for mass killings of starlings in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:12

In this undated photo provided by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a flock of European starlings litter a feedlot in Fallon, Nev. Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada. An Agriculture Department spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows. Some area residents, however, say the government should have done more to alert the public and to dispose of the dead birds. (AP Photo/USDA APHIS, Jack Spencer)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada.


150 People, Including 2 Babies, Aboard Crashed Plane in France

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:01
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Blaze damages house in Montco

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 23:57

Blaze damages house in MontcoA fast-moving fire damaged a house in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning.