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Fatal crash slows traffic on I-476 North in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:46

1 dead in crash on I-476 North in Delaware CountyOne person is dead following a crash that slowed traffic on the northbound Blue Route (I-476) in Delaware County.


Serious crash slows traffic on I-476 North in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:25

1 dead in crash on I-476 North in Delaware CountyA serious crash is slowing traffic on the northbound Blue Route (I-476) in Delaware County.


Doggie day care van with 6 dogs inside stolen at gunpoint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 21:21

Doggie day care van with 6 dogs inside stolen at gunpointTips have been flooding in as the search continues for a doggie day care van carrying six dogs that was stolen at gunpoint in Chicago's River West neighborhood.


Former Virginia 1st lady faces sentencing for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:59

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell arrives at federal court for the third day of jury deliberations in her corruption trial in Richmond, Va. For more than a month, McDonnell quietly listened as witnesses portrayed her as a hostile and rapacious governor’s wife whose greed led to her husband’s downfall as well as her own. Enduring such highly public humiliation is punishment enough without adding prison time, her lawyers have argued in court papers prior to a hearing Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in which McDonnell is to be sentenced. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For more than a month, Maureen McDonnell quietly listened as witnesses portrayed her as a hostile and rapacious governor's wife whose greed led to her husband's downfall as well as her own.


Doggie day care van stolen at gunpoint in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:38

Doggie day care van with 6 dogs inside stolen at gunpointTips have been flooding in as the search continues for a doggie day care van carrying six dogs that was stolen at gunpoint in Chicago's River West neighborhood.


Fire damages homes in Camden, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 20:13

Fire damages homes in Camden, New JerseyFire damaged two homes Thursday morning in Camden.


Britain to award U.S. firm Leidos military logistics contract

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 19:53
Britain said it would award a contract to run military logistics to Leidos Holdings Inc, a U.S. company specializing in defense and health services, as part of a plan to save 500 million pounds ($772 million) over 13 years. The country's Ministry of Defense (MOD) is outsourcing activities such as managing inventory and military equipment buying to save money and help reduce a record budget deficit. The MOD on Thursday named Leidos as preferred bidder for the Logistics Commodities and Services program and said the deal would improve efficiency in procurement and stock control of food, clothing and other supplies, adding that Leidos would build a new fulfillment center.

Nicki Minaj's tour manager killed in East Mt. Airy double stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 19:31

Nicki Minaj's tour manager killed in East Mt. Airy double stabbingPhiladelphia police say a member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring group was killed and another critically injured during Wednesday's early morning stabbing outside an East Mount Airy bar.


Doggie van stolen at gunpoint in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:39

Doggie day care van with 6 dogs inside stolen at gunpointChicago police are searching for two men who stole a doggy day care van at gunpoint and drove off with at least six dogs inside.


European shares lower; Japan shares at 14-year high

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:02

People look at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Japanese stocks climbed Thursday as strong trade data for January and a weaker yen boosted exporters' shares. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — European shares were mostly lower early Thursday as investors waited to see the outcome of negotiations between Greece and its eurozone creditors.


New Oregon governor takes office with ethics pledge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:52

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is sworn in as Oregon Governor by Oregon Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer in Salem, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. John Kitzhaber, elected to an unprecedented fourth term last year, announced last week that he would step down amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Kate Brown became Oregon's governor with a pledge not to accept money from outside sources and to ensure anyone who pays her family and staff does not have business before the state of Oregon.


Member of rapper Nicki Minaj's tour crew killed in Philadelphia stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:28
(Reuters) - A member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring crew was killed and another seriously injured in a stabbing outside a bar in Philadelphia on Wednesday, police and the musician said. The victims, 29-year-old Devon Pickett and an unidentified 27-year-old man, were stabbed numerous times outside the Che' Bar and Grill in the early hours of Wednesday after an argument, the Philadelphia Police Department said. Minaj's tour is due to launch in Europe in March, according to her website.

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:10

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo, supporters of legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois rally outside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Ill. Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Proposals to increase the federal minimum wage, as well as to require employers to give paid leave to their employees, find few objections among Americans as a whole. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.


Memorial in Kayla Mueller's hometown honors her life, work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:05

Carl, left, and Marsha Mueller, center, hold candles at the memorial in honor of their daughter Kayla Mueller on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Prescott, Ariz. Kayla Mueller's death earlier this month was confirmed by her family and U.S. officials. The 26-year-old international aid worker from Prescott had been captured in Syria in August 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Candles lit up the plaza of a central Arizona courthouse Wednesday as hundreds gathered to honor the American woman pictured before them who was taken hostage by Islamic State militants.


Dancer's death reveals world of 'pumping parties,' surgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exotic dancer's death at an airport hotel has led Philadelphia police to investigate the strange underworld of "pumping parties" and illegal cosmetic surgery.

Negligent homicide plea expected after fatal crash killed 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:02
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — The driver in a fatal crash is set to admit his botched suicide attempt ending up killing a pregnant woman and her fiance.

Washington state judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:46
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show. Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013. The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman's Richland business, Arlene's Flowers, and asked her to provide decorations for their wedding following the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. Stutzman maintained that her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling flowers for the same-sex wedding, "because of (her) relationship with Jesus Christ," according to court documents.

Washington state judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:46
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show. Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013. The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman's Richland business, Arlene's Flowers, and asked her to provide decorations for their wedding following the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. Stutzman maintained that her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling flowers for the same-sex wedding, "because of (her) relationship with Jesus Christ," according to court documents.

UCLA says more than 100 may have encountered 'superbug'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:29

This illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 100 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and nearly 200 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday.


Two smugglers who left pregnant woman to die in California sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:23
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two men who left a pregnant woman to die in an isolated mountain region of southern California after they smuggled her across the U.S.-Mexico border were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, officials said. Carlos Hernandez-Palma, 35, was sentenced to seven years and Fernando Armenta-Romero, 43, received a sentence of four years and nine months after pleading guilty to two smuggling counts each, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego said in a statement. The victim, Jaqueline Capistran-Ochoa, 32, and her husband, Baltazar Razo-Barreto, agreed on Dec. 26, 2013, to pay $6,000 each to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Capistran-Ochoa became increasingly weak and lost consciousness on the third night, according to court documents.