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Welcome to New Year's resolution month: Tips to save on gyms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:08

FILE - In this April 13, 2010 file photo, women exercise on machines in a gym in central London. January, the start of New Year's resolution month, sees a healthy uptick in sign-ups at gyms and specialized studios offering such things as Pilates, kickboxing and yoga. But money-saving expert Andrea Woroch in Bakersfield, California, said recent statistics show 67 percent of people who join don't use their memberships at all. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — How's that new year, new you fitness pledge going?


Colorado theater shooting suspect has neat-trimmed hair, sits quietly as jury selection nears

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:07
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect has neat-trimmed hair, sits quietly as jury selection nears.

Supreme Court gives Missouri death row inmate another chance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:32

Mark Christeson is pictured in this handout photoBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that went against a Missouri death row inmate who claims his lawyers abandoned him, putting off the imminent threat of execution. The Supreme Court had earlier showed interest in Mark Christeson's case by blocking his execution on Oct. 28 so he would have time to file new court papers. Christeson was convicted of killing Susan Brouk, her 9-year-old son and her 12-year-old daughter in 1998 near her home in southern Missouri. Christeson's attorneys argued in an appeal to the Supreme Court that his court-appointed attorneys had failed to meet a key deadline for filing court papers in 2005 and then refused to cooperate when the mistake came to light.


Campuses arming officers as parents, others seek assurances

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:21
Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police.

Yahoo CEO poised to make fateful decision on Alibaba stake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:04

 how to manage Yahoo’s most valuable asset, a 15 percent stake in Chinese Internet star Alibaba Group worth nearly $37 billion. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is facing her biggest business decision since she left Google two-and-a-half years ago to lead its struggling rival: how to manage Yahoo's most valuable asset, a 15 percent stake in Chinese Internet star Alibaba Group worth nearly $37 billion.


Central Pa. family charged in $100,000 theft, burglary ring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 23:02
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police say members of a central Pennsylvania family stole $100,000 worth of guns, TVs, dirt bikes and other items in a burglary and theft ring whose targets included homes, barns and sheds.

Hundreds on dirt bikes, ATVs disrupt South Florida traffic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 22:20
MIAMI (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol officials are reporting three arrests and one minor crash after hundreds of people riding dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles disrupted rush-hour traffic across South Florida.

For Etan Patz's parents, man's murder trial a complex case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 22:10

In this combination of two file photos, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, who is accused of abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 are shown. For years, Julie and Stan Patz were sure that it was Ramos who abducted and killed their son as he walked to school in 1979, but it’s Hernandez who will be tried for the crime once the jury is selected. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Etan Patz' parents were sure they knew who had kidnapped the first-grader on his way to school in 1979, and they devoted themselves to trying to hold him accountable.


Tom Wolf to take inaugural oath as 47th Pennsylvania governor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 21:09

Tom Wolf to take inaugural oath as 47th Pennsylvania governorTom Wolf, the only Democrat nationally to unseat a sitting Republican governor in the Nov. 4 election, was poised to be sworn in Tuesday as Pennsylvania's 47th governor at an outdoor ceremony at the state Capitol.


5-year-old Missouri boy fatally shoots 9-month-old brother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:58
ELMO, Mo. (AP) — A 9-month-old northwestern Missouri boy is dead after his 5-year-old brother playing with a handgun accidentally shot him in the head.

'Imitation Game' site Bletchley Park recreates WWII Britain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:54

FILE - This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, clockwise from left, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the film, "The Imitation Game." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Cumberbatch was also nominated for best actor and Knightley for best supporting actress for their roles in the film. The once-classified home of Britain’s World War II codebreakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions like the British Museum and Stonehenge, the museum at Bletchley Park expects a surge in visitors as a result of “The Imitation Game,” a movie about Alan Turing, a computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Jack English)BLETCHLEY PARK, England (AP) — As a tourist site, Bletchley Park has been something of a well-kept secret. That's because it was a government secret as well.


Smash-and-grab jewelry store heist caught on camera at Willow Grove Park Mall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:52

Smash-and-grab jewelry store heist caught on camera at Willow Grove Park MallPolice have released new surveillance pictures of three smash-and-grab robbers who staged a brazen robbery last night at a jewelry store at the Willow Grove Park Mall.


Police: Brothers stole $500K in sewer grates in Philly area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:46
UPPER MERION, Pa. (AP) — Police say two brothers stole nearly $500,000 worth of sewer grates from the Philadelphia suburbs and sold them for scrap at pennies on the dollar.

Texas police pull over woman so fellow officer can propose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:32
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas police officer arranged for other officers to pull over his girlfriend so he could propose in an elaborate ruse caught on dashboard camera.

Smash-and-grab jewel heist caught on camera at Willow Grove Park Mall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:27

Smash-and-grab jewelry store heist caught on camera at Willow Grove Park MallPolice have released new surveillance pictures of three smash-and-grab robbers who struck a jewelry store at the Willow Grove Park Mall.


Police investigate smash and grab robbery at Willow Grove Park Mall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:25

Smash-and-grab jewelry store heist caught on camera at Willow Grove Park MallPolice in Montgomery County are investigating a smash and grab robbery at the Willow Grove Park Mall.


Unique hurdles facing legal pot in live-and-let-live Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:07
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Presiding over busy waterways and airspace that serve as unofficial highways of an inhospitable state twice the size of Texas, the federal government has a looming presence over Alaska and its famously live-and-let-live residents. This poses unique hurdles for entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on an Alaska move to legalize recreational marijuana, and who seek to grow and process products to be marketed across the state, much of which is accessible only via transport links policed by U.S. agencies and governed by federal law. "With the risks along the way as far as law enforcement and the elements, most people believe it's the smartest thing to do," said Charlo Greene, a prominent pro-cannabis activist who plans an Anchorage seed-to-sale business. Reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for marijuana, voters in four U.S. states have opted to legalize recreational pot since 2012, most recently in Oregon and Alaska, even as it remains illegal under federal law.

Nintendo to discontinue Club Nintendo rewards program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:45
NEW YORK (AP) — Nintendo is discontinuing its Club Nintendo rewards program and will replace it in the U.S. with a new customer loyalty program at a later date.

U-Haul van smashes into San Francisco store in burglary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say two men rammed a U-Haul rental van through a storefront near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and drove away after grabbing armfuls of high-end outdoor clothing and gear.

Pedestrian struck on Blue Route in Conshohocken

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:23

Pedestrian struck on Blue Route in ConshohockenA crash involving a pedestrian slowed traffic on the Blue Route (I-476) near the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76).