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Shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:43

Shooting victim who arrived at Plymouth Twp. gas station diesPolice in Montgomery County have a mystery on their hands after two shooting victims drove to a Plymouth Township gas station.


Ex-firefighter charged with holding 4 others hostage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:43
ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have filed charges against a just-terminated volunteer firefighter who they said held four firefighters hostage at gunpoint last week, firing one shot into a wall before surrendering an hour later.

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for motivated students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:35

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for motivated studentsThe Community College of Philadelphia is joining what's becoming a nationwide trend and making tuition free to motivated students.


Brown releases sexual assault task force's final report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:35
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has released the final report of the school's Sexual Assault Task Force with recommendations for handling sexual and gender-based harassment and violence.

US OKs Wisconsin Energy acquisition of Integrys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:28
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal regulators have approved Wisconsin Energy Corp.'s proposed $9.1 billion takeover of Chicago-based Integrys Energy Group Inc.

New image released of van in Center City jewelry store worker kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:17

New image released of van in Center City jewelry store worker kidnappingPhiladelphia police have released a new image of the van involved in the kidnapping, beating and robbery of a jewelry store worker in Center City.


5 years after BP spill, industry touts ability to respond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:14
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP's Macondo well blew out 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Native American tribe sues BNSF over Washington oil train traffic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:13
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Native American community in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] to prevent trains carrying crude oil from using tracks on reservation land, saying the transport violates a long-standing agreement. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community says BNSF has been using tracks that cross reservation land in Skagit County, near the Canadian border, to transport crude oil since at least 2012 without seeking approving of the shipments from tribe officials. The complaint also alleges that BNSF, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, has broken the terms of a 1991 easement agreement which limited the number of rail cars that can use the 130-year-old tracks each day. The lawsuit comes amid growing concern about the safety of moving crude oil by rail following a series of fiery derailments this year in West Virginia, Illinois and Canada.

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for certain students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:10

Community College of Philadelphia makes tuition free for motivated studentsThe Community College of Philadelphia is joining what's becoming a nationwide trend and making tuition free to motivated students.


Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal rally at DA's office

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:09

Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal rally at DA's officeSupporters of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal carried signs and a new demand on Tuesday.


Feds: Resort where Del. family sickened used pesticide before

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:08

 Resort where Del. family sickened used pesticide beforeFederal authorities now say the Virgin Islands resort accused of accidentally poisoning a Delaware family with a banned pesticide has used the highly toxic chemical before.


Authorities: Man stashed 2 pounds of heroin in underwear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:57

This April 1, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows cylinders of heroin weighing approximately two pounds in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. CPB agents say they intercepted the heroin as Colombian citizen, Ivan Vidal Forero, tried to smuggle it into the country hidden in his underwear. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at Kennedy International Airport say they discovered shrink-wrapped cylinders filled with two pounds of heroin in the underwear of a Colombian man arriving in the United States.


Power station problem in Maryland causes outages across DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:56

Power station problem in Maryland causes outages across DCProblems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation's capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites.


Russian hackers reached sensitive White House systems: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:52
Russian hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system after intruding at the U.S. State Department in recent months, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter. The White House said the report did not refer to a new incident but was "speculating" about the source of cyber activities that were disclosed last year. Spokesman Mark Stroh said in a statement that the White House would not comment on CNN's attribution of the cyber attack to Russian hackers. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said in an appearance on CNN on Tuesday that the White House in 2014 disclosed cyber intrusions that did not affect classified information.

Storms pummel St. Louis region; more severe weather expected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:43
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lightning-packing storms pummeled the St. Louis region Tuesday with inches of rainfall and two-inch hail, causing flash flooding that turned streets and yards into makeshift ponds of standing water as the nation's midsection girded for more potential severe weather.

White House: hacking event not new, no comment on who responsible

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:42
The White House said on Tuesday a CNN report that Russian hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system referred to an incident it disclosed last year, and it declined to comment on who was responsible for the breach. "This report is not referring to a new incident – it is speculating on the attribution of the activity of concern on the unclassified ... network that the White House disclosed last year," White House spokesman Mark Stroh said in a statement.

Determining New Jersey Exxon cleanup costs could take years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:39

New Jersey Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D- Elizabeth, N.J., holds up petitions with over 15,000 signatures against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announced settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Lesniak called the Christie administration's proposed $225 million settlement of New Jersey's $8.9 billion claim for restoration of damage and destruction in the areas of Exxon Mobil's refineries in Linden, Bayonne and other facilities, the biggest corporate giveaway in New Jersey history. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The price tag for cleaning up two petroleum refineries in northern New Jersey will likely cost Exxon Mobil much more than the $225 million settlement brokered by Gov. Chris Christie's administration, officials say. But it could be years until it's clear how much the company will pay.


Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties after student's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:37

Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties after student's deathRutgers University has banned house parties at fraternities and sororities for the rest of the spring semester after several alcohol-related problems this school year, including the death of one student.


SEC files fraud charges against ex-NFL player, partner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:35

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011 file photo, Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Federal regulators on Monday, April 6, 2015 announced they have filed civil fraud charges against Allen and his business partner, Susan Daub. They’re accused of reaping more than $31 million in a Ponzi scheme that promised high returns to investors from funding loans to cash-strapped pro athletes. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have filed civil fraud charges against former NFL cornerback Will Allen and his business partner. They're accused of reaping more than $31 million in a Ponzi scheme that promised high returns to investors from funding loans to cash-strapped pro athletes.


Man charged with making harassing calls to Newtown schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:31
MONROE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been arrested on harassment charges alleging that he placed calls to Newtown schools claiming that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was fabricated.