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Philadelphia loses first female firefighter to blaze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:34
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia firefighter was killed battling an early morning blaze on Tuesday, becoming the city's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty, officials said. Joyce Craig-Lewis, 36 and a decorated 11-year veteran, died battling a basement blaze, they said. Her role fighting the blaze gave other firefighters time to rescue an elderly, frail woman located in another part of the home, the officials said. Basement fires are particularly dangerous because the main entrance, via stairs, acts as a chimney, making entering and exiting extremely ...

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:32

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. ...


Group gets $1 million to restore oldest structure on Washington's Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group planning to restore and preserve the oldest existing structure on the National Mall in Washington will receive a $1 million grant to do the work, the group said on Tuesday. The non-profit Trust for the National Mall said American Express Co would provide $1 million to help rehabilitate the 178-year-old Lockkeeper's House and use it as an education space for visitors. The structure was built when the District of Columbia used canals and barges to transport goods in and out of the city. ...

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:25
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

FBI: Not clear yet where Sony attack came from

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says investigators haven't yet determined who was responsible for a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Four Pennsylvania teens charged with negligence in death of friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:14
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Four western Pennsylvania teenagers face criminal prosecution for failing to help an ill friend who died, but they could have been protected by law if they had sought help, a prosecutor told local media on Tuesday. The four teens placed an unconscious Dominick "Andy" Treemarchi, 17, in a parked car early on Sunday morning in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and tried to flee the scene, officials said. They were arrested after a neighbor spotted them and called police. Treemarchi, who was not breathing, was taken to a hospital but died, they said. ...

Few campus sex assaults reported to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:13

 the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement." Cornell University (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don't report it at all.


Police: Who left ATM in Pennsylvania woods?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:10

 Who left ATM in Pennsylvania woods?They were looking for deer. They found a cash machine inside.


Ex-British Guantanamo inmate says CIA 'torture' report won't help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:01

The interior of an unoccupied communal cellblock is seen at Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo BayBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A former British inmate of Guantanamo Bay said CIA "torture" of terrorism suspects, detailed in a U.S. Senate report on Tuesday, had fueled violence and the rise of Islamic State and that cataloguing it wouldn't help. Moazzam Begg also said the release of the report, which included graphic details of "enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, would do nothing to assuage anger about such actions across the Muslim world. "I don't think it will be teaching us anything we didn't already know," Begg told Reuters. ...


Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, report says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:57

Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, report saysSenate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogations Tuesday.


Panthers' Cam Newton in hospital after car crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:53

Panthers' Cam Newton in hospital after car crashPanthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte.


Greek group says U.Va.'s suspension isn't answer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:45
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A national sorority advocacy group says the University of Virginia's suspension of Greek activities isn't the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues.

Lawsuit over $60M gift to Catholic order in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:43

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010, after a Vatican investigation determined that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women. Following a decision Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, documents have been unsealed related to a lawsuit contesting the will of Gabrielle Mee, who left $60 million to the Legion. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Supreme Court justices on Tuesday raised questions about the conduct of a disgraced Roman Catholic order, but they also expressed doubts about whether lawsuits can move forward over $60 million a widow gave to the group.


NASA: Recently spotted asteroid no risk for Earth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA says a newly spotted 1,300-foot wide asteroid is not a threat to hit Earth, despite recent media reports.

Former Uber driver charged in death of girl, six, in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:27
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A former driver with the online car service Uber has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was struck in a San Francisco crosswalk on New Year's Eve, law enforcement said on Tuesday. Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City, a suburb of San Francisco, surrendered to authorities last week and was free on $50,000 bail, said a spokesman for the district attorney's office in San Francisco. He was set to be arraigned on Wednesday, the spokesman said. ...

UN: Tight timeframe to restore stability in CAR

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping chief says the time frame to restore stability and hold elections in Central Africa Republic is extremely tight and challenging because the security situation remains highly volatile and government presence is weak, if not completely absent.

Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:16

In this photo provided by Hallmark Cards Inc. is an example of the pattern used on gift wrap the Kansas City, Missouri-based company removed from circulation. Hallmark alerted retailers Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 after receiving a complaint from a Walgreen's customer in Northridge, Calif., who said she saw a swastika embedded in the design of the wrap that was featured in a Hanukkah display. A Hallmark spokesperson said the design was based on an old Chinese vase. (AP Photo/Hallmark Cards Inc.)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.


Oklahoma City high school drops the name 'Redskins' for its team

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:12
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board has voted unanimously to remove "Redskins" as the nickname for a high school after hearing pleas from students and teachers who found the term offensive, school officials said on Tuesday. After 88 years, Capitol Hill High School will begin implementing its ban on the use of "Redskins" effective immediately. ...

3rd man exonerated in 1975 Cleveland slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:11

Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, gets a hug from Judge Pamela A. Barker after charges were dismissed against Ajamu Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. He was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — Having just exonerated Kwame Ajamu, Judge Pamela Barker stepped down from the bench on Tuesday, leaned across the defense table and gave him a hug.


Patient hurts 2 nurses, guard in Oklahoma hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:09

This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma County Detention Center shows Keith Bain. Oklahoma City police said Bain attacked two nurses and a security guard at Deaconess Hospital on Oklahoma City's northwest side, shortly before midnight, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Detention Center)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A knife-wielding patient attacked emergency room staff at a hospital in northwest Oklahoma City, severely injuring a security guard, biting one nurse and slicing another, police said Tuesday.