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School District of Philadelphia may privatize nurses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:57

School District of Philadelphia may privatize nursesThe School District of Philadelphia is considering replacing 183 unionized school nurses with those from a private firm.


Family says love one still missing in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:56

Family says loved one still missing in Amtrak crashThere are still a number of people unaccounted for after Tuesday night's Amtrak crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia - including Maryland husband and father, Bob Gildersleeve.


Stepdad posts bail in international custody flight case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:54
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — The stepfather of a girl who was taken out of the United States a decade ago amid a custody dispute has posted $250,000 cash bail less than week after his arraignment in New Hampshire.

Panama City Beach bans beach drinking during spring break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:33
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Panama City Beach leaders have voted to ban beach drinking during the month of March as part of larger crackdown on spring break partying.

Indiana woman admits leaving baby to die on cruise ship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:12
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to giving birth on a Caribbean cruise ship and leaving the baby girl to die under a bed.

Drunk father let daughter, 15, drive home, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:10
MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after letting his 15-year-old daughter drive her family home from a concert because he was drunk.

Judge: 13-year-old boy competent for trial in fatal stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:06
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy is competent for trial in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground and can learn details of the legal process like any other defendant, a judge has ruled.

A star-studded tribute to blacks on TV, yesterday and today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:22

Cicely Tyson attends the The Paley Center Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — When Oprah Winfrey was a youngster, the mere sighting of an African-American on television was occasion to alert all the neighbors, she recalled.


Missing CEO, college dean among the dead in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 18:53

CEO, college dean among dead in Amtrak crashThe missing CEO of a Philadelphia based company and New York college dean have been confirmed among the dead in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.


Bill Cosby to advocate for education in rural Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 18:51

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Cosby will visit Alabama for a two-day event aimed at highlighting schools in one of the poorest areas of the state. The comedian will speak in several cities across Alabama’s rural Black Belt region on May 14-15, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Embattled actor and comedian Bill Cosby will visit Alabama on Thursday and Friday for events aimed at highlighting schools in one of the poorest areas of the state.


4 injured in head-on crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:48

4 injured in head-on crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaFour people were injured in a head-on crash in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Pa. Turnpike reopens after overturned tractor-trailer crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 17:28

Pa. Turnpike reopens after overturned tractor-trailer crashThe Pennsylvania Turnpike in both directions between Fort Washington and Willow Grove has reopened after a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer.


Protests in Wisconsin after prosecutor ruling on teen shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:59

Craig Spaulding speaks to the crowd before marching after a prosecutor said that a police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man, in MadisonBy Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested Wednesday in Wisconsin's capital, blocking a road a day after a prosecutor ruled that a Madison police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager was justified. Relatives of Tony Robinson, 19, had expressed disappointment at Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's decision on Tuesday that Madison officer Matt Kenny, who is white, used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting. More than two dozen people were arrested, mostly on suspicion of obstructing the road, and then released, Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said, describing their acts as peaceful civil disobedience. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau in a statement late on Wednesday night promised a "thorough investigation" of the allegations.


Duke Energy will be in federal court for coal ash crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:35

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As the nation's largest electricity company prepares to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, Duke Energy has started delivering bottled water to people with tainted wells close to its North Carolina coal ash pits.


Navajo president takes firm stance against Grand Canyon tram

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:35

This undated image provided by Confluence Partners LLC., shows a proposed aerial tram and boardwalk at the east rim of the Grand Canyon on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation's newly inaugurated president surprised many when he signed an agreement that included plans to build a tram that takes visitors to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (Confluence Partners LLC. via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Newly inaugurated Navajo President Russell Begaye stood before hundreds of people at his inauguration ceremony and signed a document stating he would pursue development of an aerial tram at the Grand Canyon.


Now seeking White House, Fiorina's CEO tenure was stormy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:31

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In her quest for the Republican presidential nomination, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina boasts about her experience running Silicon Valley computer-maker Hewlett-Packard as evidence that she's "a problem solver, with a track record to prove it."


Oregon firefighters rescue horse from creek bed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:12

In this photo released by the Lake Oswego (Ore.) Fire Department, an owner of a horse stands with the animal after it was rescued following an accident, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego said their successful rescue of the horse that fell and got trapped in a creek bed was aided by the 10-year-old animal's calm demeanor. (Gert Zoutendijk/Lake Oswego Fire Department via AP)LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego say their successful rescue of a horse that fell and got trapped in a creek bed was aided by the 10-year-old animal's calm demeanor.


Town where Shepard killed passes measure to protect gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:08

This undated photo provided by the Matthew Shepard Foundation shows Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was murdered to death in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. His death became a rallying point in the gay rights movement. The Laramie City Council is scheduled to hold its final vote Wednesday, May 13, 2015, on a measure that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants. (Matthew Shepard Foundation via AP)LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:02
"Clearly he was reckless and irresponsible in his actions. I don't know what was going on with him, I don't know what was going on in the cab, but there's really no excuse that could be offered." — Mayor Michael Nutter to CNN on the engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people.

Patient in Connecticut tests negative for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 14:57
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A patient being monitored at a Connecticut hospital for possible Ebola after traveling in Liberia has tested negative for the deadly virus but positive for malaria, hospital officials said on Wednesday. He had been working at Ebola treatment centers as an administrator, said Paul Skolnik, chief of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center's Ebola Task Force. Hospital officials said his symptoms were consistent with many other diseases prevalent in Africa, including malaria, for which the man will continue to receive treatment.