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Charges expected in Philly duffel bag body case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:39
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police said Wednesday they expect to file charges against a man being questioned in the murder of a city art school graduate whose body was discovered in a duffel bag.

Defense: Bombing suspect's friend did not help him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:34
BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has told a jury that the man never tried to protect Tsarnaev and was prosecuted simply because he was "a friend of the bomber."

Bomb scare shuts down Louisiana university campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:20

University of Louisiana at LafayetteNEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of Louisiana's largest universities told students to stay in on-campus apartments or go home after police found a suspicious device in a nearby park and were checking on another item found in a campus parking garage.

Talks to resume ahead of NY rail strike deadline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:20

01 a.m. next Sunday, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Both parties embroiled in a bitter labor dispute at the nation's largest commuter railroad agreed to resume negotiations aimed at averting a strike this weekend.

North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:19

Council member George Campbell, left rear, talks with Mayor Chris Watts as council persons Anita Burgess and Dalton Gregory right, listen to Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara, at podium, speak at a public hearing at City Hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. Current and former Texas officials have warned a North Texas city that it lacks the authority to enact a ban it's considering on hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:17

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at his mother's home in Beaverton, Ore. A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to that pesky question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die. The Uniform Law Commission was expected on Wednesday to endorse a plan that would automatically give loved ones access to all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified in a will. The legislation would have to be adopted by individual state legislatures to become law. But if it does, the bill would make “death switches” popular tools in estate planning, allowing people to decide which accounts should die when they do. “This is something most people don’t think of until they are faced with it. They have no idea what is about to be lost,” said Karen Williams of Beaverton, Oregon, who sued Facebook for access to her 22-year-old son Loren’s account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. (AP Photo/Lauren Gambino, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?

Contraception ruling serves as political pitch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:05

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator _ Washington state’s Patty Murray _ and a vulnerable freshman, Udall, have pushed legislation that would counter last month’s court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.

Man arrested inside Kennedy compound home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:02
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — A man arrested at the Kennedy compound who told authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry was due in court Wednesday, accused of breaking into a home once owned by John F. Kennedy.

Reputed Detroit mob boss Jack W. Tocco dies at 87

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:49

FILE - In this April 29, 1998 file photo reputed mob boss Jack Tocco leaves federal court in Detroit after being convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion. Tocco, who had said he fought his entire adult life to clear his name, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at home in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park, according to Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home. He was 87. (AP Photo/Richard Sheinwald, File)GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) — Reputed Detroit mob boss Jack W. Tocco, who was convicted of racketeering in 1998 in a federal crackdown on organized crime, has died. He was 87.

Mom defends Massachusetts Taco Bell worker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:45
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a Massachusetts Taco Bell employee charged with using a BB gun to shoot a belligerent customer upset at poor service is a "good man and hard worker" who was defending himself.

@HiddenCash to pay for park trampled by money hunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:36
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — When the man with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash moved his scavenger hunt to Whittier, California, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park seeking free money.

New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:30

FILE - Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jacqueline Berrien speaks at a Middle Class Task Force event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House in Washington, in this Tuesday, July 20, 2010 file photo. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated 30-year-old guidelines to make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination and illegal. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.

Feds: Bombing suspect's friend tried to help him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:28
BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was trying to protect Tsarnaev when he agreed with another friend to take altered fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Girl, 12, is swept through flooded drainpipe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:24
FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 12-year-old eastern Pennsylvania girl is home from the hospital with bumps and bruises after being swept several hundred yards through a flooded drainpipe.

Md. woman charged with leaving kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:18
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick woman has been charged with leaving her children in a car in a supermarket parking lot on a day when temperatures exceeded 90 degrees.

Attorney says former U.S. POW Bergdahl grateful to Obama for freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:10

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army(Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is grateful to President Barack Obama for the prisoner exchange that freed him from five years as a captive of the Taliban, his attorney said on Wednesday. Bergdahl, who was cleared to return to a desk job this week after the Army said he had completed counseling and a reintegration process, has retained Eugene Fidell, a specialist in military law, to represent him. In an interview with CNN, Fidell declined to discuss Bergdahl's state of mind because his disappearance and capture in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, is being investigated by the Army. "In due course, the country is going to have more facts in front of it as the pending investigation unfolds, but for the moment I would ask that everybody sort of hold the phone," Fidell said, speaking from San Antonio, Texas, where Bergdahl is now based.

Arizona protesters rally in immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:09

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau speaks to the media as protesters gather near the entrance to juvenile facility in an effort to stop a bus load of Central American immigrant children from being delivered to the facility, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Oracle, Ariz. Federal officials delayed the bus with no details on whether the children will arrive or not. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters waved "Return to Sender" signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA.

Another delay in Justin Bieber's Fla. DUI case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:08

Judge William Altfield, far left, presides in court as assistant state attorney David Gilbert, left, and defense attorney Mark Shapiro, right, present their case during a hearing to determine whether pop star Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Miami. Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber and a friend. Bieber did not attend the hearing. Another hearing was set for August 5. (AP Photo/Fernando Castells, Pool)MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber's lawyers and Florida prosecutors said Wednesday they need more time to work out a possible plea deal on charges that the pop star drove under the influence and resisted arrest.

Autopsies inconclusive in Oklahoma family's deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:03
KINTA, Okla. (AP) — Autopsy results were inconclusive for a family whose remains were found by hunters in a wooded area four years after they disappeared in rural Oklahoma, the state Medical Examiner's Office said.

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:58

This undated image provided by the Mayo Clinic shows an abnormal TDP-43, the two circular brown blobs, in the brain of a patient with tau neurofibrillary tangle, blue flame shape blob in the middle, and Alzheimer’s disease during the pathological analyses in Rochester, Minn. Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks and was discussed Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/Mayo Clinic)Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.