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Women pictured on Penn St. frat's Facebook page talk to cops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:18

Protestors stand in silence against the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, in front of Penn State University's Old Main building, in University Park, Pa., Monday, March 23, 2015. The fraternity is accused of posting photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook page. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Some women pictured nude or seminude in photos posted to a Penn State fraternity's secret Facebook page have come forward, and some frat members are now cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation, police said.

Police: Teen crashes stolen car into patrol cars, house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:17

 Teen crashes stolen car into patrol cars, houseA teenage male has been arrested after crashing into two police vehicles and a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Expert to jury: Marathon bombs 'not too difficult' to build

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:16

This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Boston, shows Massachusetts driver's licenses of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with Tamerlan Tsarnaev to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan died days after the bombing when he was wounded during a gun battle with police and run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — The pressure-cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack were "not too difficult" to build, using readily available parts and instructions easily found on the Internet, an FBI bomb expert testified Thursday.

Family of man killed by Georgia police want investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:16
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers in metro Atlanta before he was fatally shot is seeking an independent investigation.

U.S. public pension fund investments resume growth in fourth quarter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:11
(Reuters) - U.S. public pension funds investments saw their growth rekindle, rising to $3.34 trillion in the fourth quarter after suffering a slight setback in their rise the previous quarter, U.S. Census data showed on Thursday. The latest results, fueled by higher earnings, were just shy of the $3.37 trillion all-time high set in the second quarter of 2014.

Energy announces first loan in 4 years from vehicle program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Energy is reviving a vehicle loan program it pledged to retool after criticism that it funded flops and squandered taxpayer money.

200 hens poached from California farm weeks before Easter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:07
SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks before Easter, a Northern California farmer says someone stole more than 200 of his hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown.

Police: Levittown mom suspected of child abuse faked cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:05

 Levittown mom suspected of child abuse faked cancerPolice say a Bucks County woman repeatedly lied to investigators and even faked cancer amid an investigation into the abuse of her young daughter.

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:04

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.

Report: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:55

In this Aug. 17, 2011 photo provided by Elizabeth Farnsworth, rare clubmoss grows in the challenging Alpine environment on Mount Mansfield near Stowe, Vt. A comprehensive report being released Thursday, March 26, 2015, by the New England Wild Flower Society shows that much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds. Conservationists studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that about 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct. Many plants also range over a much smaller geographical area than they once did. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Farnsworth)BOSTON (AP) — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life.

Pentagon research arm says military must react faster to tech changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:54
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The famed Pentagon research arm that gave the world the Internet and the miniaturized GPS receivers used in consumer devices said on Thursday one of its key goals now is to ensure U.S. troops do not get left behind as technologies advance at a lightning pace. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said easy access to once-proprietary products and the fast pace of commercial technological development threaten the U.S. military's competitive edge, and underscore the need for change. "Pace today matters on every scale," Prabhakar told the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. She called for a shift away from complex military systems that take decades to produce and toward far more nimble and adaptive systems.

How the Germanwings Co-Pilot Kept the Captain Out of the Cockpit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:48
The protocols that were put in place to stop an attacker from taking control of a plane were used against a captain by his co-pilot, the airline's CEO said.

Arkel Garcia gets life in prison for fatal robbery over headphones in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:23

Arkel Garcia gets life in prison for fatal robbery over headphones in West PhiladelphiaA 21-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after prosecutors say he killed a young man over an expensive set of headphones.

AccuWeather: Warm, But Occasionally Wet Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:21

 Warm, But Occasionally Wet TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says cooler air returns on Friday. Saturday will feel like winter again.

Judge: Death shows need for training of Orleans jail guards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The apparent suicide of a New Orleans jail inmate this week demonstrates the need for more training of staff at the dangerous lockup where court-ordered reforms are progressing slowly, a federal judge said Thursday.

Firefighter dies in Cincinnati apartment building fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:12
(Reuters) - A firefighter with three decades of service with Cincinnati's fire department died on Thursday after falling five stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a multi-alarm apartment building blaze, officials said. Daryl Gordon, 54, was the first Cincinnati firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003. "It takes a special breed of person to rush into a fire when the natural instinct is to flee," Mayor John Cranley said in a statement. Gordon, a fire apparatus officer, would have marked his 30th anniversary with the department in June.

American who contracted Ebola improves, in serious condition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:07
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health.

Mental exam ordered for man accused in workplace beheading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:05
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:01

E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown Rome(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. Nationally, about three in four adult e-cigarette users also smoke cigarettes, the CDC said. "If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks," the CDC said in a statement. "Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health - even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous." The ads, which will begin running in print publications and radio on Monday, feature a 35-year-old named Kristy who tried using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, but wound up using both products.