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New blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:36

Patient Carole Linderman speaks to Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli before her blood is drawn for a liquid biopsy at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. A new type of blood test, the liquid biopsy, is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing many patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. The tests capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of analyzing tissue from the tumor itself. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.

Tornadoes kill at least 5 in Texas and Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:33

Tornadoes kill at least 5 in Texas and ArkansasEmergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people.

Reactor at NY nuclear plant could be offline for weeks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:31

New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A reactor at a nuclear power plant in the New York City suburbs may be offline for weeks because a transformer that failed over the weekend, sparking a fire and oil leak, must be replaced, officials said Monday.

Alabama woman sentenced to life without possibility of parole in granddaughter's running death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:21
GADSdEN, Ala. (AP) — Alabama woman sentenced to life without possibility of parole in granddaughter's running death.

Things to know about police shooting in Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:19

This combination made with file photos provided by the Madison, Wis. police department and Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows Officer Matt Kenny, left, and shooting victim Tony Robinson. A Wisconsin prosecutor said he will announce on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 whether charges will be filed against Kenny, who fatally shot the unarmed Robinson, 19, in an apartment house on March 6 in Madison. (Madison Police Department/Wisconsin Department of Corrections via AP)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor is set to announce Tuesday whether a white police officer will face charges for killing a young unarmed biracial man in Madison. A few things to know about the case ahead of Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's decision:

Traffic stop leads to arrests in suspected rape, kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:12
POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say officers pulled over a car and ended up freeing a suspected rape and kidnapping victim and arresting three men in the abduction.

Ex-Atlanta TSA agent pleads guilty to stealing paid time off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:10
ATLANTA (AP) — A former TSA officer has pleaded guilty to faking cancer to get paid time off.

U.S. regulator sues biweekly mortgage firm that touted savings on TV

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:10
A U.S. regulator on Monday sued a company that has claimed to help hundreds of thousands of American homeowners lower their monthly mortgage payments, but charged millions of dollars in setup fees it knew would more than offset the savings. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc and its president, Daniel Lipsky, of falsely promising savings from their "Interest Minimizer" program. According to a complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, the defendants from August 2011 to September 2014 collected $49 million in setup fees, some as high as $995, from more than 100,000 consumers who enrolled and charged $84 to $101 in annual processing fees. The CFPB said most enrollees divided their monthly mortgage payments in half and remitted them every two weeks to Nationwide, which paid their lenders or servicers.

Another Southeast auto plant: Volvo comes to South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 03:01

South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt, at podium, talks about Volvo Car Corp.'s announcement it will build its first plant in North America in Berkeley County as Gov. Nikki Haley, second right, listens on Monday, May 11 2015, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina beat out four other states for the $500 million plant that will employ 4,500 workers. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another automotive manufacturer is coming to the Southeast, and this time South Carolina won the prize.

Prison for heroin addict who killed man he met on Craigslist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:57
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A heroin addict charged with robbing and killing a man he met through a Craigslist ad seeking sex was sentenced Monday to 40 to 80 years in prison.

California lawmakers denounce proposed anti-gay ballot initiative

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:54
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Eight California lawmakers on Monday denounced a proposed ballot initiative that advocates the murder of gays and lesbians and has stirred outrage in the state. "I had to take a stand on this issue," said Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullen, a Democrat from San Mateo.

Jury: Starbucks not liable in officer's spilled-coffee suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:53
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A jury in North Carolina ruled Monday that Starbucks is not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago.

Boston bomber told nun 'no one' should suffer as his victims did

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:52

73687671PR019_Dead_Man_WalkBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomber on Monday wrapped up the case to spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life with testimony from a Roman Catholic nun and death-penalty opponent who said Tsarnaev told her "no one deserves to suffer" as his victims had. Since testimony began in Boston federal court in early March, the jury has heard from about 150 witness, including parents who lost children in the attack, first responders who attended to victims who had lost limbs, and Tsarnaev's Russian relatives who remembered him as a loving young boy.

California transportation department sees $5.7 billion yearly funding gap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:48

A vintage street car moves along Market Street in downtown San FranciscoCalifornia needs an additional $5.7 billion per year to maintain its roads, according to a 10-year planning report by the state's Department of Transportation. Caltrans said in the report, released last week, that it would need about $8 billion annually for the next 10 years to reach management and improvement goals for its highway system, but only $2.3 billion annually has been budgeted. The report's release came as lawmakers and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown are jockeying over funding issues in the state budget. Caltrans said it needed the funding for critical infrastructure projects to roadways and bridges planned over the next decade.

Police: George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:47

 George Zimmerman involved in shooting in FloridaA lawyer for George Zimmerman says his client wasn't seriously injured after being involved in a shooting in Florida.

US settles with New York coke plant for $12M over pollution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:43
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday.

Body found on cargo ship from Africa docked in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say workers unloading a cargo ship from West Africa that was docked in Philadelphia have found a body aboard.

Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Fox announced announced Monday, May 11, 2015 that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-K

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:29

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 photo, Pre-K students educational toys at the South Education Center, in San Antonio. Enrollment in state pre-K programs inched up slightly last year but the overall percent of children participating has remained flat for the last five years and wide disparities remain between states, according to a national study on early education released Monday, May 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disparities in access to early learning opportunities have increased, with some states enrolling nearly all children in their pre-kindergarten programs and others not offering any services, according to a national study on early education released Monday.

Jet with landing gear problem touches down at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:28
A United SkyWest Airlines regional jet that was unable to extend part of its landing gear safely touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday with 43 people on board, officials said. The plane, which the airline identified as SkyWest Flight 5316 operating as United Express, came to a rest tilting to one side with its left wing pressed against the tarmac. The pilot of the plane, which was traveling from Monterey, California, to Los Angeles, did not report any injuries among the people on board, who all deplaned onto the runway after the emergency landing, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email. The jet was unable to extend its left main landing gear anthe pilot reported the mechanical problem on approach, officials said.