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US bridge to get anti-suicide fence

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:53
A major span between New York City and New Jersey will be getting safety fence designed to prevent suicides, after an increase in deaths this year.
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1 killed in Deptford dump truck accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:52

1 killed in Deptford dump truck accidentOne person is dead after a crash in South Jersey that involved a Deptford Township vehicle.

UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:50

Palestinian displaced people play basketball in the courtyard of a U.N. school at Jebaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The school is one of dozens of emergency shelters for those who have fled the fighting. About 180,000 Palestinians_about 10 percent of the entire population of Gaza_are seeking shelter in over 80 UNRWA schools, according to United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' July 28 report. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Pennsylvania state police plan to fight U.S. discrimination suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:47
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police vowed on Wednesday to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice contending that the physical fitness tests required of prospective state troopers discriminate against women. The federal lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, took aim at the fact that just 72 percent of female applicants pass the physical test to enter the cadet training program, well below the 98 percent of men who pass the same test. "We should not be bullied into lowering our standards by the DOJ or anyone else," said Colonel Frank Noonan, who said lower standards could endanger the public. The Justice Department suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, seeks a court order to have the test stopped, and to provide back pay, hiring offers and retroactive seniority for women who were discriminated against.

Killer of actor Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:46
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man convicted of murdering the sister of actor Kelsey Grammer in Colorado 34 years ago was denied parole on Wednesday, a day after Grammer testified against his release, authorities said. Freddie Glenn, who was convicted with two accomplices in the murder of 18-year-old Karen Elisa Grammer, was turned down for release by the state parole board, said Adrienne Jacobson, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Grammer was abducted on July 1, 1975, from a Colorado Springs seafood restaurant where she worked. In an audio recording of his testimony played at Tuesday's hearing, the 59-year-old actor told Glenn he forgave him for the crime, but endorsing parole for the convicted killer "would be a betrayal of my sister's life." Grammer said his sister moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to her boyfriend, and was a bright woman with a promising future.

Crystal CEO contests subpoena in sweetener lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:41
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for the corn syrup industry said Wednesday that American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a federal lawsuit filed by refined sugar manufacturers because his company isn't directly involved in the case and he can be more forthcoming than other industry executives.

Legia Warsaw 4-1 Celtic

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:39
Ronny Deila suffers a nightmare first loss as Celtic boss with a heavy defeat by Legia Warsaw in the Champions League qualifiers.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes 'dusty foot' Cubans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:39
By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) - Yasel Lopez's journey to the United States was as harrowing as any endured by the thousands of people rounded up in recent months at the Mexican border - he survived days without food and water and the death of a companion on the three-week trip. He had earlier been caught twice by the U.S. Coast Guard in the waters south of Florida and was returned home.

Six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested for robbing dealers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:34
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. government agents arrested six Philadelphia narcotics officers on Wednesday on charges they robbed and in some cases kidnapped drug dealers, including dangling one over an 18th story balcony to force him to give up a computer password. “The conduct is really egregious,” said U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger.

2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:30

In this frame grab from surveillance video provided by the Indiana Rail Road via WRTV, two women run down a railroad track ahead of a freight train coming toward them, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Monroe County in Indiana. The women survived the incident, but authorities are reviewing the video for potential criminal charges. (AP Photo/Indiana Rail Road via WRTV)BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.

Rains, smugglers damage US-Mexico border fence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:29

A repair crew's ladder leans against a section of the border fence under repair near Nogales, Ariz., Sunday, July 27, 2014, after suspected smugglers made a garage-sized hole in the steel barrier that divides the U.S. and Mexico. It was one of two incidents this past weekend that left parts of the fence down after floods from rainstorms knocked down a 60-feet stretch of fence. (AP Photo/Nogales International, Curt Prendergast)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol officials said Wednesday that agents discovered a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico just east of Nogales, Arizona.

Everton complete Lukaku signing

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:28
Everton sign Belgian World Cup striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club record fee of £28m.
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'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:27

Tony Serra, center, and Curtis Briggs, left, attorneys for Raymond Chow, speak to the media outside of the San Francisco Federal courthouse after Chow entered a plea of not guilty to a newly filed indictment in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The indictment says he served as gang leader of a corrupt Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money, among other crimes. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man prosecutors accuse of heading a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new charge of racketeering.

Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:26

Law school graduates taking the bar exam gather outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a break in the second and final day of testing. Test takers in several states experienced stressful delays when trying to upload answers from their computers following Tuesday’s daylong session. Software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. blamed a “processing issue.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Law school graduates sweated their way through the second and final day of their bar exams Wednesday, some relieved to see paper and pencil after running into a technical glitch that kept test takers in several states from uploading the first day's answers from their computers.

Judge orders evidence preserved in Skakel case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:25
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge ordered prosecutors Wednesday to preserve all evidence as Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel awaits a new trial in his murder case.

Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:25

former Minnesota Gov. Jesse VenturaMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.

U.S. Peace Corps Withdrawing Volunteers Due to Ebola Virus

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:24
The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February.

Massachusetts governor signs abortion clinic bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:19
BOSTON (AP) — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday.