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Atomic Scientists: We're getting even closer to doomsday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:28

Climate scientist Richard Somerville, a member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, unveils the new Doomsday Clock in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The clock advanced two minutes, an indication of how near the Earth is to destruction (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's way too gloomy.


Two California firefighters dismissed, 13 punished in ethics probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:19
Two California firefighters were dismissed and 13 others punished, following an investigation into a former fire chief who was accused of stabbing his fiancée to death and then going on the run for two weeks, officials said on Thursday. Police say Orville "Moe" Fleming confessed to stabbing his live-in girlfriend Sarah Douglas at their Sacramento home. After Fleming's estranged wife alleged that firefighters were having sex with prostitutes at the state fire academy, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection asked the California Highway Patrol to launch an ethics investigation. The accusations about prostitutes were found to be baseless, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said on Thursday, but the probe uncovered unrelated cases of employees violating departmental policies, ranging from dishonesty to misuse of state equipment and misuse of state time.

Wisconsin governor touts drug testing for aid recipients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:13
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin would be required to undergo drug testing and could be limited in how long they can receive benefits under measures proposed Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker, who is positioning himself as a reformer as he eyes a 2016 presidential run.

New York City subway, bus fares to increase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:07

A couple embraces as a subway train arrives in the station in New YorkNew York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on Thursday to increase subway and bus fares on the nation's largest mass transit system in March. The cost of riding a subway or bus will increase to $2.75 from $2.50 and riders will get an 11 percent bonus by putting $5.50 or more on a Metrocard, which is used for access to the system, the MTA said. The increases will help maintain reliability and security for the transit system and its passengers, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said at a news conference. The Riders Alliance, an advocacy group, said Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature must find sources of revenue other than fare hikes to fund the MTA's capital needs.


DA: Ex-homicide detective hid girlfriend after slaying, lied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:05

In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department Detective Ronald Dove is show. Authorities say the veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband. Dove was indicted on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on charges that include obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state and hid her car while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband, an indictment charged Thursday.


In next 15 years, Gates Foundation sees big jump for poor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:04

Bill and Melinda Gates are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. As the world decides on the most crucial goals for the next 15 years in defeating poverty, disease and hunger, the $42 billion Gates Foundation announces its own ambitious agenda. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The lives of poor people around the world will improve more over the next 15 years "than at any time in history," predicts the Gates Foundation.


Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:03
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight carrying 160 passengers has returned safely to Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded on the plane soon after takeoff.

Delaware man gets 35 years in child pornography case

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

Delaware man gets 35 years in child pornography caseA Delaware man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after prosecutors say he collected and distributed hundreds of photos and videos depicting adult men violently raping prepubescent boys.W


Ohio wants inmates' lethal injection lawsuit thrown out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:55
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs is not a free speech violation, attorneys for the Ohio prisons agency argue as they ask a federal judge to dismiss a challenge of the law by four death row inmates.

Man shot multiple times inside Germantown corner store

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

Man shot multiple times inside Germantown corner storePolice say a 53-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times inside a Germantown corner store in Philadelphia.


Del. man, 'every parent's worst nightmare,' gets 35 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:52

Delaware man gets 35 years in child pornography caseA Delaware man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after prosecutors say he collected and distributed hundreds of photos and videos depicting adult men violently raping prepubescent boys.W


New York City renames streets after officers slain in ambush

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:50
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council is renaming a pair of Brooklyn streets for the two police officers killed in an ambush last month.

Police: Officers run down pit bulls following vicious attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:43

 Officers run down pit bulls following vicious attackSan Mateo, California police claim they had no choice but to use a patrol car to run down two vicious dogs that bit one woman, and charged at several other people.


What Pats Coach Had to Say About 'Deflate-gate'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:34
The New England Patriots' head coach speaks out about Deflate-gate.

3 dead in crash on New Jersey Turnpike in Cherry Hill

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

3 dead in crash on New Jersey Turnpike in Cherry HillThree people were killed in a crash on Thursday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cherry Hill.


Christie names emergency management team for Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:30

Christie names emergency management team for Atlantic CityNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appointed an emergency management team to oversee Atlantic City's operations.


Plane crashes into central Florida building; 2 believed dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:24
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A small plane from a flight training school in central Florida has crashed into a storage warehouse, and an official says two people aboard are believed dead.

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

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:19
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

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.