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Yosemite rock climb included coffee, chocolate and whiskey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:20

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 photo provided by Ted Distel, Kevin Jorgeson gets a hug from his girlfriend Jacqui Becker after reaching the top of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Rock climber Tommy Caldwell was first to pull himself atop the granite face followed minutes later by his longtime friend Jorgeson. After years of practice, failed attempts and 19 grueling days scaling the vertical wall on El Capitan by their bloodied fingertips, the friends completed the first free climb up the world's largest granite monolith. (AP Photo/Ted Distel)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.


1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:16

1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closedAuthorities say one person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on I-95, that has shut down a portion of the highway in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:15

This 2011 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an H3N2 influenza virus _ the same type of flu that’s responsible for most flu illnesses this winter. A new study shows that this year's flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective, mainly because it isn’t well matched to the H3N2 strain that’s spread across the country. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan)NEW YORK (AP) — This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.


6 years for multimillion-dollar fraud, involved Miami Heat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:11

FILE-This Wednesday, May, 28, 2014 file photo shows Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis slapping hands with Mario Chalmers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest $7.5 million in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say, Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge handed down a six-year prison sentence Thursday to a man who portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family while running a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.


Duke University reverses plan for bell tower Muslim call to prayer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:09
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Duke University scrapped plans on Thursday to allow the Muslim call to prayer to emanate from its chapel bell tower, university officials said, amid fierce criticism from conservative Christians and anger from alumni. Earlier in the week, university officials said the weekly chant by Muslim students, known as the adhan, would be amplified from Duke Chapel beginning on Friday. "However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect." The university, which has Methodist roots but is non-sectarian, reversed course after criticism from conservative Christians, most notably North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham, who urged donors and alumni to boycott the university in a Facebook post.

Parents file suit blaming classmates in son's gym mat death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:08
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat two years ago filed a lawsuit accusing classmates of killing him at school before criminal investigators and school officials covered up the deed.

Aaron Hernandez lawyers want to know of deals with fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:07
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday asked that prosecutors disclose any inducements offered to his fiancee to get her to testify in his murder trial, and they're also pushing the judge to allow them to call as a witness an expert on the drug PCP, saying Hernandez's co-defendants were smoking it two days before the killing.

F-35 jet is said to be on track to meet U.S. combat use targets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:59

U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus speaks at the second day of the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet is on track both to meet the Marine Corps's July target to declare the jet ready for combat use and to meet the Air Force's target date a year later, top U.S. military officials said Thursday. The F-35 B-model, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, was making good progress and should meet the Marine Corp's target for initial combat use, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters after a speech at the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016.


Troubled charter school in Wilmington to stay open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:57

Troubled charter school in Wilmington to stay openA charter school will stay open after going through a financial scandal involving two former leaders.


Man injured in Wilmington police-involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:35

 Suspect injured in traffic stop shootout with officerWilmington police are investigating what is reported to be an officer-involved shooting, leaving one man hospitalized.


Traumatized Washington state high school hit by more bomb threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:33
A Washington state high school that was the scene of a shooting rampage last October was hit with a second day of phoned-in threats of violence on Thursday though police said they believed the calls were hoaxes. Marysville-Pilchuck High School, located an hour north of Seattle, was evacuated on Wednesday and athletic events were canceled after a phone-call bomb threat was made to a school office on Wednesday, though police gave the all clear after a search with bomb-sniffing dogs. Police working with school district officials determined the calls were hoaxes, though an investigation into the threats was ongoing, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said in a statement. Students and staff were not ordered to flee and there was no school lockdown after Thursday's threats.

Man found shot in alleyway in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:26

Man found shot in alleyway in OlneyPolice say a man was found shot in a rear alleyway in Philadelphia's Olney section.


Mormon who runs website for faith questions faces discipline

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:20
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lifelong Mormon well-known for running a website that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith said Thursday he is set to be kicked out of the religion.

Police: Handcuffed woman stole cruiser near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:18
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Police near Pittsburgh say a handcuffed shoplifting suspect climbed into the front of a patrol car and raced off at speeds of up to 100 mph.

Watchdog says uncertainty surrounds recovery at nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:16
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and the contractor that runs the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository say it could be more than three years before all operations resume at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It's a breeze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:16

In this Sept. 17, 2014 photo, Lauren Wesolowski Toth demonstrates the InQuicker online service she used to schedule an emergency room appointment, in New York. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones, much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.


1 dead after tractor trailer, pickup collide in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:03

1 dead after tractor trailer, pickup collide in Hockessin, Del.A man was killed when a tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck in Hockessin, Delaware.


Juror answers show challenge in seating Boston bombing panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:03

 the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on Tsarnaev's guilt.


Pat Toomey named the Senate Candy Man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:01

Pat Toomey named the Senate Candy ManPennsylvania's junior senator has earned an important distinction in Congress and no it's not a new committee assignment.


Geyser finally shut off hours after huge water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:55

Geyser finally shut off hours after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaUtility crews have finally managed to shut off the water to a ruptured main that sent tens of thousands of gallons of water shooting more than 100 feet into the air for nearly 13 hours.