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AccuWeather: Sunshine Returns Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:39

 Sunshine Returns WednesdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says clouds and southern showers clear out tonight.


Philadelphia police search for suspected serial bank robber, $10K reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:33

Philadelphia police search for suspected serial bank robber, $10K reward offeredThe Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public's help to locate a suspected serial bank robber.


Couple killed by falling concrete slab were youth ministers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:32

In this undated photo provided by Pastor James Ludlow, Josh and Vanessa Ellis pose with their son Hudson at the Eastpointe Foursquare Church in Bonney Lake, Wash., where the couple served as youth pastors. All three were killed Monday, April 13, 2015, when a concrete slab fell from a highway overpass and crushed their vehicle as they drove below it. (Courtesy James Ludlow/EastPointe Foursquare Church via AP)BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state couple who died when a large concrete slab fell from a highway overpass onto their pickup truck were youth ministers in their 20s and parents to a 6-month-old baby also killed in the freak accident.


Fleeing driver arrested after Fairmount Park crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:30

Fleeing driver arrested after Fairmount Park crashA man has been arrested after a hit-and-run accident in Fairmount Park.


Surveillance shows suspect vehicle in West Kensington hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:22

Surveillance shows suspect vehicle in West Kensington hit-and-runSurveillance video shows the suspected vehicle involved a hit-and-run of a mother and her young child in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Dashcam video shows Arizona officer crash cruiser into suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:18
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Dramatic video released by Arizona authorities on Tuesday showed a police officer crash his cruiser into a felony suspect as the man walked down a street toting a loaded rifle this year. Dashboard camera footage from another officer's vehicle shows the man, identified by police as 36-year-old Mario Miranda Valencia, apparently firing the weapon into the air before a marked police vehicle speeds into him - launching him in the air - in the town of Marana. Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko then crashes the vehicle into a brick wall, shattering its windshield. Rapiejko was not injured, Marana police spokesman Sergeant Chris Warren said.

3 injured when small plane crashes at Hilo airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:59
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say three people were injured when their small plane crashed at Hilo's airport.

Congress OKs bipartisan bill changing doctors' Medicare fees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:46

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a Senate policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmakers banded together to erase an irritant that has dogged them for years.


3 injured in Miami police shootout, car chase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:40
MIAMI (AP) — A taxi driver armed with an assault rifle opened fire on an officer, then stole the officer's cruiser and led police on a chaotic car chase before he was shot and wounded Tuesday, authorities said. Two bystanders also were hurt.

Police: College shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:36

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III is seen in a booking photo provided by the The Volusia County, Fla., Department of Corrections. Stancil, 20, wanted in the shooting death of the print shop director at at Wayne County Community College in North Carolina on Monday morning, was arrested in Florida early Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Goldsboro police said. (Volusia County Department of Corrections via AP)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime.


SpaceX launches cargo capsule, fails to nail rocket landing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:34

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The rocket is transporting more than 4,300 pounds of food, science experiments and equipment for the six space station astronauts, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company's third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed.


Deputy accused of physically abusing handcuffed inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:22
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy accused of bashing a handcuffed inmate's head against a wall and kneeing him in the face has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

With legalization possible, pot growers become lobbyists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:01

Patrick Murphy, a marijuana grower from Willow Creek, and a member of the Emerald Growers Association, discusses the group's upcoming efforts to lobby lawmakers on proposed legislation affecting their industry, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Marijuana producers from Northern California's infamous Emerald Triangle are hiring veteran lobbyists, forming political action committees and taking elected officials on fact-finding tours — even though large-scale pot farms remain illegal under federal law and growers risk being raided and prosecuted. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.


Tennessee attorney general says Bible bill unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:53
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee's attorney general said on Tuesday a bill under consideration in the legislature to make the Bible the official state book would be an unconstitutional endorsement that the sacred text does not need. The bill would violate both the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee's state constitution, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III said. He said Tennessee's constitution states that "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship." Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican, also has opposed the measure, which was debated on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill has also drawn criticism from religious leaders and others who say it violates the separation of church and state under the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee's constitution.

State attorney general to investigate a top Hawaii official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:50
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii attorney general's office said Tuesday it will investigate Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's use of his county-issued credit card, after he acknowledged using it to cover personal expenses that included nearly $900 at a bar.

Jury seated in Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:49

In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes is seated in court in Centennial, Colo. Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case enters its final stage Monday, April 13, 2015 when attorneys begin questioning prospective jurors as a large group. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle 115 remaining candidates down to 12 jurors and 12 alternates serve in the months-long trial of Holmes. Opening statements are scheduled for April 27. (Andy Cross,/Pool Photo via AP, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A jury was seated Tuesday in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes after a selection process that experts say was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history.


Surveillance shows vehicle in West Kensington hit-and-run; $10k reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:33

Surveillance shows suspect vehicle in West Kensington hit-and-runA mother and her young child were seriously injured after a hit-and-run crash in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Lyondell Houston refinery workers reject offer: union official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:26
Striking Houston refinery workers on Tuesday rejected Lyondell Basell Industries' final contract offer to settle a two-and-a-half month work stoppage, said an official of the United Steelworkers union (USW), which represents the hourly employees. In response, company officials told the USW that Lyondell would declare an impasse in the negotiations and impose their last offer beginning on April 20, Jim Lefton, union international representative, said. More than 400 hourly workers have been on strike at the Lyondell refinery since Feb. 1. "We are ready to meet them any time and any place to continue negotiations." In a letter posted to the company's website, Lyondell Executive Vice President Kevin Brown encouraged striking workers to cross picket lines and come to work under the terms of the company's final offer.

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:25

Water valves are seen as construction continues on the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant in CarlsbadBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's 3-year-old drought has thrust seawater desalination into the spotlight as San Diego County, Santa Barbara and other cities push ahead with treatment plants that will soon turn the Pacific Ocean into a source of drinking water. Desalination has emerged as a newly promising technology in California in the face of a record dry spell that has forced tough new conservation measures, depleted reservoirs and raised the costs of importing fresh water from elsewhere.


After reporting to prison, Jodi Arias has new mugshot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:25

This undated booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodi Arias. A judge sentenced Arias, a convicted murderer, to life in prison without the possibility of release, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention with its salacious details. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias has reported to prison to begin serving her life sentence for murder, and she has a new mugshot.