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Illustrators win gold medals for book, editorial art

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 00:05

An undated image provided by Alenka Sottler shows her illustration of the Greek mythological figure Eurydice that earned Sottler, of Slovenia, a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. Annual prizes that are considered the Oscars in the illustration field were also awarded to editorial images in newspapers, magazines and online sites.On Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, three internationally recognized artists are getting the top honor for images they created for books; Allen Crawford, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, Sottler, of Slovenia and Francesca Sanna, an Italian-born resident of Switzerland. (Alenka Sottler via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession.


Gay groups seek to buy NYC church known for hateful messages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:42

The outside of the Atlah Church is seen in the Harlem section of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get the last word on the Atlah World Missionary Church. They want to buy its headquarters at a foreclosure auction. One wants to turn it into housing for gay homeless youth. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.


Crane collapses in New York City; 1 dead, 2 seriously injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:37

 1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in Manhattan crane collapseA crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, crushing a row of parked cars and leaving at least one person dead and two others seriously injured.


PHOTOS: Deadly crane collapse in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:35

 Deadly crane collapse in New YorkPhotos from the scene of a deadly crane collapse in New York on Friday, February 5, 2016.


Man suspected in Florida toddler's death pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:33
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man suspected of being involved in the death of a Florida toddler has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and other charges weeks after leading authorities to the child's remains.

Man wanted in 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree killed in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:07
Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, were wanted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and theft for crimes committed over the past week in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Fitzgerald died and Harper was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital after a shooting overnight in Milton, Florida, according to the sheriff's offices in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. The marshals service said the couple's crime spree that spanned three states began Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where they were accused of kidnapping a hotel clerk and stealing his car.

School district blames social media for spread of #AbingtonFightWeek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:05

School district blames social media for spread of #AbingtonFightWeekThe Abington School District is blaming social media for the spread of altercations in connection with the hashtag #AbingtonFightWeek.


Rescue underway after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:01

Woman killed, man rescued after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware CountyRescue crews have removed a woman believed to have been trapped after a tree fell on a home in Broomall, Delaware County.


Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:51
Scientists who want to get a handle on the growth of New England's gray seal population are using drones as part of an effort to photograph the animals.

Ukrainian minister hopes resignation will speed up reforms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:48

Ukraine's Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius, a Lithuanian national, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Abromavicius says routine efforts from government leadership to shoot down reforms— further damaging the country's already crippled economy— prompted him to resign from his post. Aivaras Abromavicius wrote in his resignation letter published on Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016 that Ukraine's leadership lacks the political will to enact much-needed changes and has routinely obstructed reforms. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian economy minister whose resignation plunged the country into yet another political crisis said on Friday he hopes it will help create momentum for economic reforms.


Crane collapses, crushes cars in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:17

Crane collapses in New York City; 1 dead, 2 seriously injuredA crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, crushing a row of parked cars and injuring at least two people.


Tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware County; 2 people reported trapped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:14

Rescue underway after tree falls on home in Broomall, Delaware CountyPolice and firefighters are on the scene, after a tree fell on home in Broomall, Delaware County.


Crane collapses in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:09

Crane collapses in New York City; 1 dead, 2 seriously injuredA crane has collapsed at Worth and Church Streets in TriBeCa in Lower Manhattan.


Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:57

In a Jan. 15, 2016 photo provided by Kimberly Miccio, Betty Morrell, left, and her birthmother, Lena Pierce, 96, are reunited at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Morrell’s granddaughter, Kimberly Miccio, holding her own daughter, accompanied Morrell to Binghamton from Spring Hill, Fla., where they both live. Morrell had searched for 50 years for Pierce, who at age 13 was forced to give up the baby she had named Eva May. (Kimberly Miccio via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.


World stocks turn lower after mixed US job report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:52

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Asian stock markets were uneven on Friday as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how far the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — World stock markets turned lower on Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report showed a slowdown in the pace of hiring in the world's largest economy but a decrease in the overall rate of unemployment.


Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:36
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.

Mass. woman pleads guilty to slamming kids' heads on floor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:23
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for slamming her four young children's heads into the floor of a Springfield grocery store while high on drugs.

Burberry to allow online buying of clothes right off runway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:00
LONDON (AP) — Luxury retailer Burberry says it will combine its menswear and womenswear catwalk shows into a single presentation twice a year and allow buyers to purchase items right off the runway.

Protesting chauffeurs disrupt access to Paris airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:56

Chauffeurs, one holding the French flag, drive their vehicles during a demonstration in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Hundreds of French chauffeurs are staging a counter-protest after repeated demonstrations by taxi drivers against looser industry regulations. Tensions have mounted between taxis and chauffeured car services like Uber throughout Europe, with taxis claiming the smartphone-based services are operating outside of the law. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Protesting chauffeurs have moved to Paris' city center after having disrupted access to the Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.


NYC police say drone hits Empire State Building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:44
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man was arrested after he apparently lost control of a small drone that crashed into the Empire State Building.