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Gas explosion forces residents out of apartment in Chestnut Hill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:40

Gas explosion forces residents out of apartment in Chestnut HillResidents were forced out of their apartments and into the bitter cold after a natural gas explosion in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill section early Monday morning.


50 shades of green: How studio roped men into seeing 'Grey'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:30

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from the film, "Fifty Shades of Grey." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Universal bumped "Fifty Shades of Grey" from August 2014 to Valentine's Day, 2015, it seemed like a cheesy gimmick. Now that box office results are in, it's clear that was the most brilliant stroke of all.


Icy storm paralyzes central U.S., pummels nation's capital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:15

Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Record-breaking cold gripped the eastern United States on Monday while an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states and then plowed into the mid-Atlantic, dumping snow ahead of Tuesday's morning commute. Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, the National Weather Service said. With the storm headed east and sleet and freezing rain expected to also take a swipe at the South, states of emergency were declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, as well as in Washington, D.C. Airlines canceled more than 1,800 U.S. flights, with the hardest hit airports in North Carolina and Tennessee.


Shooting inside New Castle community center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:07

1 dead in New Castle community center shootingPolice are investigating a shooting inside the Rose Hill Community Center in New Castle, Delaware.


Testing based on Common Core standards starts this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 06:02

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, sixth grade teacher Carrie Young, back center, answers questions from her students about an exercise on their laptops as they practice for the the Common Core State Standards Test in her classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)STOCKPORT, Ohio (AP) — Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech savvy. She has a computer at home unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she'll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards.


Police: California teen shoots self in head while playing Russian roulette

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:54

 California teen shoots self in head while playing Russian rouletteSheriff's officials say a California teenager has died after shooting himself in the head playing Russian roulette.


Judge issues no-contact order against NASCAR's Kurt Busch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:44

Judge issues no-contact order against NASCAR's Kurt BuschNASCAR driver Kurt Busch was ordered by a judge to stay away from his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll and not communicate with her.


Police: Teen shoots self in head while playing Russian roulette

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:41

 California teen shoots self in head while playing Russian rouletteSheriff's officials say a California teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head playing Russian roulette.


Ice forms as crews battle flames in 3-story building in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:37

Ice forms as crews battle flames in 3-story building in West PhillyFirefighters battled flames and ice in a two alarm building blaze in West Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Triptychs: Fashion off the runway is a personal journey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 05:13

In this combination of three images from Feb. 12, 2015, Morgan Martin poses for photographs at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week in New York. "I created this hat. So this was like my first thing, so I start from the hat on down," said Martin. "I saw this jacket, a military British colony style jacket and we thought it would go perfect with my outfit." When asked what the "K" stand for Martin said, "It’s my middle initial, Khadijah." (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Buttoned into a favorite coat against freezing cold or inspired by a fairytale, fans outside the tents of New York Fashion Week comprise an ongoing parade of fantasy, fun and personal expression.


Grand jury indicts North Carolina man in killings of Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:36

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill appears in a police booking photograph provided by the Durham County Sheriff(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a North Carolina man on Monday for the shooting deaths of a newlywed Muslim couple and the wife's sister last week, a court official said. Craig Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of first-degree murder and one of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, said Angela Kelly, an assistant clerk of the Durham County Superior Court.


Man indicted on 3 counts of murder in NC deaths of Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 04:06
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina indicted a man Monday on three counts of murder in the shootings of three young Muslims in what authorities have said was a dispute over parking spaces.

Rabbi accused of running divorce kidnap team heads to trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:59

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, FBI agents remove evidence from the Brooklyn residence of Rabbi Mendel Epstein during an investigation, in New York. Several defendants, including Epstein and another rabbi, are accused by the FBI of plotting to kidnap and beat a man to force him to grant a religious divorce. Epstein’s trial starts Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in federal court in New Jersey. Several co-defendants have pleaded guilty and others will join him in court this week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say that when a Jewish woman wanted to divorce an unwilling husband, Mendel Epstein was the rabbi who could gather a kidnap team to make it happen.


West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:56
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.

Kayla Mueller's boyfriend: 'I came back to save her'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:48

FILE -- In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. Omar Alkhani, boyfriend of Mueller, spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, via webcam from Turkey in one of his first interviews. Alkhani talked about how he met Mueller in 2010 and the last time he saw her in 2013 as a prisoner of the Islamic State group. The U.S. government and Mueller’s family confirmed her death last week. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw, File) MANDATORY CREDITFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Kayla Mueller stood before her boyfriend in a Syrian detention cell, faced with a question that could have secured her freedom from Islamic State militants.


Reputed al-Qaida operative to represent himself at US trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:33

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file image, Abid Naseer, second from left, is arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court where he pleaded not guilty through his attorney Steven Brounstein, center, to terrorism charges in an alleged al-Qaida plot against the New York City subways. Second from right is Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad. Naseer is expected to give an opening statement Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in federal court in New York City. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — When the trial of reputed al-Qaida operative Abid Naseer begins this week, jurors are expected to hear an opening statement from the defendant himself, the latest terrorism suspect prepared to act as his own attorney in an American courtroom.


Mother: Baby's ashes stolen during Phoenix burglary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:26
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona mother is asking thieves to return her baby's ashes stolen during a burglary.

UMass bans Iranians from some engineering, science programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:17
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials say aligns its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Gamblers' optimism? Casino money misses states' expectations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:08

 Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, shows that overall revenue is below baseline forecasts. Officials blame miscalculations of spending habits and new competition, but some also question how much the numbers reflected wishful thinking. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For anyone betting on the Northeast's casino bonanza, the odds are long on projects hitting financial expectations.


17-year-old boy shot, killed during Russian roulette game

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 02:27
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy shot and killed himself early Monday during what authorities are describing as a game of Russian roulette in his apartment with other teens.