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New lawsuit filed over 2011 radiation accident in Idaho lab

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 03:13
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new federal lawsuit has been filed involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.

Vehicle crashes into high school in Lower Moreland

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 03:10

1 dead after vehicle crashes into Lower Moreland H.S.Police say someone drove their vehicle into the Lower Moreland High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon.


Class of 2015 at Virginia women's college hopes it won't be last

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:47
By Gary Robertson LYNCHBURG, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's Sweet Briar College held what could turn out to be its final commencement on Saturday, as supporters battle to keep the 114-year-old institution from joining the ranks of all-women's schools that have shut down in recent years. In a decision that caught many by surprise, its board of directors announced in March that Sweet Briar would shut its doors because of insurmountable financial woes. Bringing a ray of hope to Saturday's ceremony, the Virginia Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal of a circuit judge's rejection of an effort by alumnae and others to block the closing. Interim President James Jones Jr. decided to pull out of the graduation ceremony, saying that some faculty members and alumnae had threatened to disrupt the event if he attended.

Notre Dame student dies after falling off sports arena roof

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:45
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 21-year-old student from Colorado who was one day away from graduating from the University of Notre Dame died Saturday after falling from the roof of the school's sports arena, school officials said.

Toy retailer FAO Schwarz to close flagship New York City store

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:41

Shoppers crowd the FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue store in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States and a retailer once considered accessible only to the rich, is closing its much-loved Fifth Avenue flagship store in Manhattan, citing rising rent prices. The three-level, 45,000 square foot space is a popular tourist destination and has made cameos in multiple movies, including Woody Allen's 1995 film "Mighty Aphrodite" and the 1988 movie "Big" starring Tom Hanks. The store, positioned along a stretch of Fifth Avenue that is home to some of the world's most luxurious retailers, will shut its doors on July 15, taking an early exit from its lease. "The decision to vacate this space is due to the continuing rising costs of operating a retail location on Fifth Avenue in New York City," FAO Schwarz said in a statement released on Friday.


Capitol scandals raise tough questions for New York governor

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:14

 the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly speaker. Now two face federal corruption charges, and the third, Cuomo, appears eager to focus on other issues even as he faces questions about his ties to a major real estate firm at the center of the newest scandal to rock the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — They were Albany's most powerful men: the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly speaker. Together, they negotiated billion-dollar budgets and decided which bills passed and which ones didn't.


US House moves to delist lesser prairie chicken

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:06
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. House has taken steps to remove federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

All SB lanes reopen on Roosevelt Blvd. at Solly Avenue; pedestrian walkway problem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 01:38

All SB lanes reopen on Roosevelt Blvd. at Solly Avenue; pedestrian walkway problemPolice say all southbound lanes have reopened on Roosevelt Boulevard at Solly Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.


Notre Dame senior dies after falling from roof a day before graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:43
A 21-year-old graduating senior at the University of Notre Dame died early on Saturday after falling from the roof of the school's sports arena in South Bend, Indiana, the university said. The medical examiner will work to determine a cause of death.

Projectile hit SEPTA train window before Amtrak crash, NTSB to interview engineer

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:37

Projectile hit SEPTA train window before Amtrak crash, NTSB to interview engineerThe SEPTA engineer who had something strike his train just minutes before the Amtrak crash is expected to be interviewed by the NTSB this weekend.


Did something strike Amtrak train before crash?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:34

NTSB to interview SEPTA engineer in Amtrak investigationThe National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday that an interview with an assistant conductor indicated something may have hit Amtrak 188 before Tuesday night's wreck that left eight people dead.


After Death Sentence, What's Next for Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:31

 WBZ-TVBOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but he won't be executed for years — maybe decades — as the appeals process runs its course. The next step is a formal imposition of the sentence. Then, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons will decide where he'll be housed.


All SB lanes closed on Roosevelt Blvd. at Solly Avenue; pedestrian walkway problem

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:18

All SB lanes reopen on Roosevelt Blvd. at Solly Avenue; pedestrian walkway problemPolice have shut down all southbound lanes of the Roosevelt Boulevard at Solly Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia due to issues with the overhead pedestrian walkway.


Man who shot at George Zimmerman released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:11
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation along a busy central Florida road has been ordered by a judge to turn in his weapons and avoid contact with Zimmerman.

A look back 35 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:02
SEATTLE (AP) — Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around. Today, the volcano has become a world-class outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems and forestry, as well as a major recreational and tourist destination.

Nun who kissed Elvis helps answer abbey's prayers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:43

In this Friday, May 15, 2015 photo, Mother Dolores Hart holds a baby sheep at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Conn. Mother Dolores, a former actress who is best known for sharing the first on-screen kiss with Elvis Presley, has helped the Abbey which is in need of renovations gain exposure and aid from fans of Presley. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)BETHLEHEM, Conn. (AP) — Mother Dolores Hart finds it miraculous that she was able to turn one kiss with Elvis Presley into the spark that helped save an abbey.


Proposal seeks to dim NYC skyline at night to save energy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:34

The Manhattan skyline, photographed from Brooklyn Bridge Park, shines in the dusk sky, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in New York. The neon lights of Broadway might not all shine so bright if a push to cut energy usage in the city's buildings comes to pass. Proponents want to see commercial buildings turn off their lights after midnight if the buildings are empty. Critics say it would take away some of what makes New York City sparkle. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Bright lights, big city?


Ohio cases highlight challenges in domestic terror probes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:28
CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of one of the men described him as a stay-at-home "Mommy's boy," while the other young man's attorney said he was "a normal 23-year-old kid."

Man hospitalized after shooting in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:03

Man hospitalized after shooting in Spring GardenA man was hospitalized after a shooting in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 22:49

In this photo taken Jan. 4, 2011, U.S Army Capt. Mathew Golsteyn is congratulated by fellow soldiers following the Valor Awards ceremony for 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. Golsteyn, stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Though a criminal investigation failed to find remains of his alleged victim and didn’t result in charges against Golsteyn, he’s been targeted for possible dismissal from the Army and the consequent loss of veteran’s benefits with a less-than-honorable discharge. (James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT. NO SALES.RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan.