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Suspect identified in deadly Schuylkill River stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:13

Suspect identified in deadly Schuylkill River stabbingsPhiladelphia Police have identified the man who they say stabbed three men and dumped their bodies in the Schuylkill River last month.

Arab Bank found liable over Hamas attacks: U.S. jury

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:11

Stephens, a lawyer for Arab Bank Plc, exits the Brooklyn Federal Court in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury said on Monday Arab Bank Plc provided material support to Hamas, and must therefore compensate the victims of two dozen attacks the Islamic militant group allegedly carried out in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Jurors needed less than two days to deliberate, following a six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court that lawyers described as the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States. ...

Closing statements made in Texas voter ID case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:09
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge heard closing arguments on Monday in a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring Texas voters to show identification at the polls, which plaintiffs argue is an attempt to suppress minority turnout. The case is part of a strategy by the Obama administration to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race in order to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states from strict federal oversight. After a trial in Corpus Christi that lasted about two weeks, U.S. ...

New Jersey hiker killed by black bear : police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:05
By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - A man hiking in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey was killed by a black bear during the weekend, police said on Monday, in what experts called an extremely rare attack. Darsh Patel, 22, of Edison, New Jersey, and four friends encountered the bear on Sunday afternoon in the Apshawa Preserve, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of New York City, according to the West Milford Township, New Jersey, police department. The bear began to follow the hikers and they scattered, police said in a statement. ...

Prestigious education award shared by schools in Florida, Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:02
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - School districts in Florida and Georgia were named co-winners on Monday of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, recognizing top-performing urban schools that are closing the achievement gap among low-income and minority students. Orange County Public Schools, which includes Orlando, and Gwinnett County Public Schools, west of Atlanta, will split $1 million in college scholarships for their graduating seniors. ...

Governor confident ambush suspect will be caught

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:00
In the thick of a difficult re-election campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett could have been tempted to place himself front and center of the effort to capture the gunman who ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing a trooper and injuring another.

Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:00

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, file photo, a flock of geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan. Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses to pollute. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

St. Louis County cops apologize for flier wording

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:57
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police apologized Monday for the wording of a flier announcing a seminar to help officers interact with the media.

Maryland diamond store hold-up man pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:47
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to holding up a Maryland diamond store while wearing a ball cap, wig, fake beard and sunglasses and making off with about 60 engagement rings worth $362,000.

Double shooting on Old York Road in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:42

1 dead, 1 injured in Olney shooting on Old York RoadAt least two people have been shot in Philadelphia's Olney section.

Pennsylvania police ambush suspect believed hiding in remote woods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:41

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said on Monday that police believed the survivalist suspected of killing a state trooper and wounding another was still hiding in a remote part of the Pocono Mountains, as an intensive manhunt entered its 11th day. Hundreds of heavily armed troopers were combing the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania for Eric Matthew Frein, 31, who police say ambushed the officers in the parking lot of a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. ...

After scandal, congressman's TV ad features wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:41
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana congressman whose re-election is threatened by a cheating scandal is putting his marriage front and center in the campaign.

Sheriff: Iowa man locked 5 kids in bedroom all day

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:34

This undated photo released by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department in West Union, Iowa, shows 28-year-old Joshua Steinbronn of Westgate, Iowa. Steinbronn was arrested Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, and charged with false imprisonment and child endangerment after the sheriff's department said he locked his girlfriend's five children, all under the age of 9, inside a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time on several occasions. (AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or a bathroom, authorities said Monday.

Florida investigated man who killed 6 grandkids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:33
MIAMI (AP) — State child welfare officials say they had been investigating a Florida man for two weeks before he fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren.

Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Syria's Western-backed opposition group is calling for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case mulls letting cameras in trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:32

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL Colo. (Reuters) - A judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre criminal case heard arguments on Monday about whether to allow cameras at the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes, something both prosecutors and defense lawyers oppose. Attorneys for broadcast and print news outlets have asked Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to allow expanded media coverage of the proceedings, which are set to begin in December. ...

Texas captures convicted killer hours after prison break

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:28
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas captured a convicted killer on Monday eight hours after he broke out of prison in Amarillo by scaling a fence and dodging gunfire. Marvin Garcia, 34, was spotted by a search plane as he jumped from a northbound train 30 to 40 miles (50 to 65 kms) from the Neal Unit penitentiary. Garcia was serving a 25-year sentence for a 2008 homicide committed in the Houston area. He worked as a prison cafeteria worker and escaped in the predawn hours. A corrections officer fired six rounds at him as he scaled the fence. ...

Police: Texas soldier beat daughter to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:22
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with capital murder after he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter with a belt because she soiled her diaper, according to West Texas police.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit, India probe next

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:20

In this artist concept provided by NASA, the MAVEN spacecraft approaches Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. Late Sunday night, Sept. 21, 2014,NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Next up, India. With NASA's Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India's first mission to the red planet.

Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:17

A downed power line burned by the King Fire is seen in White Meadows, northeast of Sacramento, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up. The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento. No residents have been hurt, said fire service spokesman Tom Piranio, but 2,800 people had been evacuated. ...