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1 dead in Tacony crash, driver tested for DUI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:06

1 dead in Tacony crash, driver tested for DUIPolice say one passenger is dead and the driver is being tested for DUI after a crash in Philadelphia's Tacony section early Wednesday morning.


Dueling Atlantic City recovery plans as 3rd summit looms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:06

Dueling Atlantic City recovery plans as 3rd summit loomsDemocratic and Republican plans to help Atlantic City recover from its eight-year losing streak are clashing as Gov. Chris Christie will convene a third summit on the struggling resort's future.


Developer has plans to preserve Westinghouse atom smasher

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:58

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2004 file photo shows the 5-million volt van de Graff generator, the nation's first large-scale industrial atom smasher, at a Westinghouse research facility in Forest Hills, Pa. The property was sold to developer Gary Silversmith, of Washington, D.C. in 2013. During site preparation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2015, the 1937 iconic Westinghouse atom smasher was torn down. But Silversmith says he plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on. (AP Photo/John Heller, File)FOREST HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A developer has knocked over the Westinghouse atom smasher east of Pittsburgh but plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on.


Road crews get ready for rush hour snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:46

Road crews get ready for rush hour snowRoads could be slippery Wednesday afternoon and the visibility low in the Delaware Valley.


Fleeing suspect drives right into Ohio prison's parking lot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:39
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a Michigan man who drove away from a traffic stop smashed through a gate and landed right in a prison parking lot.

Obamacare enrollment hits 7.1 million so far for 2015 coverage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:30

A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Wednesday that more than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 healthcare coverage through the federal government's insurance marketplace as of last Friday. The figures, which show more than 400,000 new applicants for the week from Jan. 10 through Jan. 16 alone, do not include enrollees at 14 state-run marketplaces. The administration hopes to have 9.1 million people enrolled in 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act nationwide by the end of the year. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)


CBS zapped its rivals in viewership last week, Nielsen says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:26
NEW YORK (AP) — Except for CBS, the broadcast networks mostly closed up shop last week. At least, that's the suggestion from Nielsen, which says the average prime-time audience for CBS matched the total viewership for ABC, Fox and NBC.

Cincinnati-area man charged with allegedly planning to attack U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Cincinnati-area man was charged on Wednesday with planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to an indictment handed down on Wednesday. U.S. prosecutors accused Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of plotting between August 2014 and January an attack that would have killed U.S. officers and employees, and of owning two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition. (Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Bill Trott)

Perjury charge recommended for Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:15

Perjury charge recommended for Pa. Attorney General Kathleen KaneA grand jury says there are reasonable grounds to charge Pennsylvania's attorney general with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction after an investigation into leaks of secret grand jury material.


Family: Wrecked plane flown by New York couple recovered

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:05
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The wreckage of a plane that crashed in September off the coast of Jamaica and the remains of the couple aboard have been recovered from water almost two miles deep, the couple's family said Wednesday.

Jury finds Don Tollefson guilty of theft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:02

Jury finds Don Tollefson guilty in fraud trialAfter nearly twelve hours of deliberations, a Bucks County jury has reached a verdict in the fraud trial of former sportscaster Don Tollefson.


Senate panel OKs official chosen after Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:56
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee has voted to confirm the state's public safety director, despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit against him.

Washington state attorney general seeks to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:56

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaWashington state’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation on Wednesday seeking to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 in a move that could make the state the first in the nation with such a threshold, his office said. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will announce the bill later on Wednesday in Olympia, the state capital, his office said. “The drive behind this is the health and well-being of our youth in the state of Washington,” spokesman Peter Lavallee said. “Some other jurisdictions have raised the age and seen some real impact on youth smoking rates.” Consumers age 18 and up can buy cigarettes in many U.S. states, with four states – Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah – selling to those ages 19 and older, Lavallee said.


PHOTOS: Suspects in drug ring based in Philly area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:48

 Suspects in drug ring based in Philly areaA total of 22 people have been arrested in a statewide drug ring based out of the Philadelphia area, investigators say.


1st racial-impact law seen as having modest effect in Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:38

In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 photo, former state Rep. Wayne Ford stands in his Urban Dreams offices, in Des Moines, Iowa. A first-in-the-nation Iowa law requiring legislators to consider the racial impact of criminal justice bills appears to be having a modest effect six years after passing, according to a review by The Associated Press. Ford authored the law and is advising lawmakers across the country on similar legislation. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After a 2007 report showed that Iowa had the nation's highest disparity for sending blacks to prison, state lawmakers took a novel step: They passed a law requiring analysts to draft "racial-impact statements" on any proposals to create new crimes or tougher penalties.


Camping gear stolen from 2 Boy Scout troops in same city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:34
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thieves stole camping gear and a trailer worth more than $10,000 from two Boy Scout troops in the same Montana city over the past month.

Florida city bans use of mug shots in police target practice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:32
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A city council in Florida has banned its police force from using mug shots of black men for target practice after a National Guard member found a photo of her brother laced with bullets in a trash can last month..

Tootsie Roll Industries chief executive dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:19

In this April 8, 2013 photo, Melvin Gordon, the CEO of Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries, is seen attending an event with University of Chicago faculty leaders at a hotel in Chicago. A company spokesperson said Gordon died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston after a brief illness. He was 95. Gordon ran the company for 53 years. It makes 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day and other favorites including Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Tootsie Pops. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who led Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. for more than five decades, has died at age 95.


Missing 13-year-old girl found safe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:15

Missing 13-year-old girl found safePhiladelphia police say a 13 year-old girl who went missing last week has been found safe.


Supreme Court backs former air marshal in whistleblower case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:13

The Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama's administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean's disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act. MacLean told a reporter with the MSNBC cable TV network that the TSA had decided not to assign air marshals to certain long-distance flights, a decision he disagreed with.