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U.S. judicial agency to vote on releasing federal prisoners early

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:05
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 50,000 drug offenders may be released early from federal prison if a U.S. judiciary agency votes on Friday to change the nation's sentencing guidelines. A proposal before the U.S. Sentencing Commission would take an average of 23 months off prison terms being served by drug offenders, making retroactive an amendment to sentencing guidelines passed earlier this year. The Justice Department, however, urged the commission at a public hearing last month to approve an amendment that would narrow eligibility to about 20,000 inmates. The department proposed the lower number to win the support of federal prosecutors, the majority of whom do not want a shortening of drug sentences they previously obtained, a source familiar with the process said.

2 NJ officers' deaths reflect job's inherent peril

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:46

Mourners react after exiting McLaughlin Funeral Home during visitation hours for Jersey City Police Department officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed Sunday, July 13 while on duty, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The officer was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at a pharmacy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Christopher Goodell served in the kind of community where violent crime is something seen on the evening news. Melvin Santiago volunteered to be assigned to the toughest neighborhood in New Jersey's second-largest city.


Driver trapped after vehicle crashes in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:42

Driver trapped after vehicle crashes in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say a driver became trapped after their mini-van crashed and flipped over in Southwest Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Violence of chase led cops to fire despite hostage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:41

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Misty Holt-Singh planned to be gone for just a few minutes when she stepped into her local bank. Instead, she became the victim of three robbers who had gone there, too, planning to take both money and hostages.


Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:33

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNSHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hearing the first victim to take the witness stand against Jerry Sandusky helped push the former Penn State coach's adopted son Matthew to come forward with his own allegations of abuse, he said in a television interview.


Human remains mistakenly brought to Fla. landfill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:10
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Two men hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay area house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage. They cut it down and hauled it to the local dump, where landfill workers realized it was actually a human body.

Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:36

This undated handout image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows an updated federal earthquake risk map. A new map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the US and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation. The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. (AP Photo/USGS)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.


U.S. hearing aid sales gain 6 percent in June, led by veterans: data

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:25
The U.S. hearing aid market grew 6 percent year-on-year in June, driven by an increase in sales to Veterans Affairs (VA), a government program for military veterans, data from Bernstein Research showed on Friday. Military veterans account for about 20 percent of all hearing aid units dispensed in the United States. Switzerland's Sonova and Danish companies William Demant and GN Resound, a unit of GN Store Nord, each generate about 35 to 45 percent of their revenues from North America, with most of that coming from the United States.

2 injured after 2 vehicles collide in Bridesburg

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:24

2 injured after 2 vehicles collide in BridesburgPolice say two people were injured after two vehicles collided in the Philadelphia's Bridesburg section late Thursday night.


Discoveries convince family pregnant woman is dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:23

Kimberlyn Scott poses for a portrait in Makawao, Hawaii, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Scott's daughter, Carly "Charli" Scott, went missing in February and has not been seen since. Her former boyfriend has been charged with murdering her and burning her vehicle. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)MAKAWAO, Hawaii (AP) — Four days into searching for her pregnant half-sister, Phaedra Wais trudged through a rugged, wet jungle on Maui to chase a new lead in the disappearance.


Sheriff's office: Oklahoma infant safe in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 16:34
CASHION, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an infant has been found unharmed in West Texas after she was abducted in Oklahoma.

Sheriff's office: Oklahoma infant found safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:15
CASHION, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an infant has been found unharmed after she was abducted in Oklahoma.

Growing wildfire empties small Wash. town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:10
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in Okanogan County, the sheriff said.

Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:47

CORRECTS BYLINE TO JOSHUA BESSEX - A large cloud rises over wildfires in Eastern Washington as seen from University District at sunset on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Seattle, Wash. Worsening wildfire activity has prompted the governor's offices in both Washington and Oregon to declare a state of emergency, a move that enables state officials to call up the National Guard. In Washington, that declaration covers 30 eastern Washington counties. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Bessex)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A north-central Washington sheriff issued an urgent evacuation notice late Thursday for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials were also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town, authorities said.


Amber Alert for Oklahoma 5-month-old, 2 women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:28
CASHION, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a woman who police say abducted a 5-month-old in Oklahoma and made comments about the child dying.

Colorado issues kidnap alert for woman who claimed dying baby vision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:15
Officials in Colorado issued a child-abduction alert late on Thursday for a 5-month-old girl they said was kidnapped in Oklahoma by a woman described as claiming to have had a vision of the infant dying within two days. The so-called amber alert said Olivia Smith was abducted at about midday in Kingfisher County near the central Oklahoma town of Cashion, and that the 48-year-old suspect, Cindy Findley, was possibly headed for Salt Lake City, Utah, by way of Colorado.

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:44

 Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian planeUkraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. ...


Alert issued after police say baby abducted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:21
CASHION, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a woman who police say abducted a 5-month-old baby in central Oklahoma and made comments about the child dying.

Jerry Sandusky's son recounts sexual abuse by his father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:10

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in Bellefonte in this file photoBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An adopted son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky recounted to Oprah Winfrey in often graphic detail how the former Penn State University assistant football coach had molested him as a teenager in what became a "bedtime ritual." In an interview broadcast on Thursday in a segment of Winfrey's "Oprah Prime" program, Matthew Sandusky, the youngest of the family's six adopted children, also said he found it hard to believe that his adoptive mother, Jerry Sandusky's wife Dottie, had been unaware of the abuse. "She has walked into the bedroom when I was laying on top of Jerry Sandusky in my underwear," recalled Matthew Sandusky, now aged 33. Dottie Sandusky was shown in a separate video clip asserting that her husband was innocent and had not molested anyone. She has accused Matthew Sandusky of stealing her husband's football championship rings, a claim he denied in Thursday's interview.


Consumer Reports tests top Greek yogurts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:41

Consumer Reports tests top Greek yogurtsConsumer Reports tested more than two dozen Greek yogurts to find out which one is the best.