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Thousands of dog photos posted on Facebook for Arizona teen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 02:12
PHOENIX (AP) — What started out as a simple Facebook request for photos of dogs for a 16-year-old cancer patient has since turned the pet-loving boy into an Internet celebrity.

2-state Gulf Coast manatee sighting network expanding west

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:48

In this May 15, 2014 photo. a manatee sticks its head out of the water at Miami Seaquarium in Miami. As manatees recover in Florida, their U.S. home base, more and more seem to be showing up farther west along the Gulf of Mexico. A total of seven stranded manatees had been reported along the Alabama coast before 2007, when a network to report strandings and sightings was created. Since then, "we've responded to dozens" of strandings, said Ruth Carmichael, head of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network for Alabama and Mississippi. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As manatees recover in Florida, their U.S. home base, more and more seem to be showing up farther west along the Gulf of Mexico.


Flames erupt in row-home in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:48

Flames erupt in row-home in North PhiladelphiaFire crews battled flames inside a row-home in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:03

Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault chargeFlorida authorities say George Zimmerman has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.


In LA, policy shift yields decline in school suspensions

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:00

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, high school student Myriah Brisco, 14, left, and her mother, Ramona Roberson, comment on their restorative justice class at the Augustus F. Hawkins High School in Los Angeles. At Los Angeles Unified School District, the suspension rate has dropped from 8 percent in 2008 to 1.5 percent last school year. The decline came amid a district and nationwide push to stop punishing children by removing them from class for minor disruptions, costing them important time in the classroom and potentially affecting lifelong academic achievement. In Los Angeles, one of the biggest alternatives to suspension in schools now is restorative justice. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the last three years, Marcquees Banks has been taken out of class twice and sent to another school for getting into fights.


Gunman makes off with TV from South Philadelphia Walmart

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:49

Gunman makes off with TV from South Philadelphia WalmartPolice are looking for the armed robber who made off with a TV from a Walmart Super Store in South Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


For poor in wealthy mountain areas, new taxes a likely hit

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:46

In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 photo, Bessie Zachary sits in the living room of the home she shares with her daughter Loretta Zachary, in Macon County, N.C. Macon County, home to the well-known resort town of Highlands, is currently in the process of assigning new tax values to homes and could raise the tax rate to offset declines in the value of vacation homes since the recession. The Zacharys share a home built by Habitat for Humanity and live on a fixed income. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)LITTLE CANADA, N.C. (AP) — The chill made it harder for William Broom to get around his yard, but he stood outside anyway, hoping a Christmas tree buyer might drive up.


Output cuts expected at Husky Energy's Lima, Ohio, refinery after explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:41
(Reuters) - A loud explosion rocked Husky Energy's 155,000 barrel per day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Lima, Ohio, on Saturday and a source familiar with the facility's operations expected production slowdowns but not a complete shutdown. No injuries were reported in the blast, which occurred at about 6 a.m. local time. The explosion was heard across the city of Lima, according to local media reports. The blast involved the 26,000-barrel-per-day isocracker unit, according to the source familiar with the facility's operations. It was not yet known what caused the blast. ...

Man shot dead after leaving Kingsessing take-out restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:33

Man shot dead after leaving Kingsessing take-out restaurantPolice say a man was shot and killed after leaving a take-out restaurant in Philadelphia's Kingsessing section early Saturday morning.


NYPD Slow: Times Square had 1 million revelers, zero tickets

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:23

FILE. In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, a policeman looks out the window of his patrol car in Times Square in New York. In bustling Times Square, where scores of tourists wander through streets clogged with traffic and hawkers selling trinkets, low-level enforcement activity has all but grinded to a halt. The slowdown is happening city wide, but it’s unclear whether it’s a blip or the new status quo and what it means for the broken windows style of policing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — There were an estimated 1 million revelers and thousands of police officers in Times Square on New Year's Eve. But another number stands out: zero tickets for low-level crimes.


AccuWeather: Bitter Cold!

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:23

 Bitter Cold!AccuWeather says the frigid weather eases a bit by Sunday.


College athletes ran tax-refund fraud scheme, netted $400K

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 00:14

 Marquis Butler; Dametrius Turner and Alphonso Valdez. The three, along with 8 others who have pleaded guilty to a tax-refund fraud scheme. Valdez will be sentenced on federal fraud charges Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Courtesy University of South Dakota)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — He wore a hoodie and a stocking cap as he made multiple trips to an ATM on a warm day in April 2012, cutting a suspicious enough figure that a concerned citizen tipped off police in the college town. Using surveillance video, they discovered a cornerback for the University of South Dakota's football team was using a preloaded debit card that had been issued for a tax refund.


Ex-teacher facing sentencing for sex with student rearrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 23:31
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut high school teacher awaiting sentencing over a sexual relationship with a student has been arrested again after allegedly threatening a student connected with her case.

Oil could drive down ethanol profits, but industry shielded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 23:29

In this image from Jan. 6, 2015, corn is delivered to the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. Roughly 100 trucks a day filled with corn flow into the ethanol plant in southwest Iowa even as crude oil prices continue to collapse. Oil prices may have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009, but ethanol plants across the nation continue to operate at a brisk pace in order to satisfy a domestic and export demand that hasn’t weakened. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — Roughly 100 grain trucks a day filled with corn continued to flow into the Green Plains ethanol plant in southwest Iowa this week — even as crude oil prices continued to collapse.


AP sources: Romney considering 3rd run for White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 23:21

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H. Romney told a small group of Republican donors that he's eying a third run at the White House. The GOP's last presidential nominee held a private meeting with prominent donors in New York on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. He told the group he's seriously considering launching another presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he is seriously considering a third run for the White House.


AP source: US weighs criminal charges for Petraeus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 20:30

File-This April 9, 2008, file photo shows Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A U.S. official says the Justice Department is weighing bringing criminal charges against the former CIA Director over the handling of classified information. The official says investigators have presented senior-level Justice Department officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder with information on the case to make a decision. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is weighing bringing criminal charges against former CIA Director David Petraeus over the handling of classified information, a U.S. official said Friday night. Investigators have presented senior-level Justice Department officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder with information on the case to help inform a decision on charging the former four-star general, the official said.


Blaze forces residents from apartments in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 20:29

Blaze forces residents from apartments in FrankfordA blaze sent residents into the cold temperatures after they were forced to leave their apartments in the Frankford section of Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Four men shot dead in San Francisco: California newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 18:57
(Reuters) - Four men were shot dead in a car in a trendy neighborhood in San Francisco, California late on Friday evening, local media reported. Gunfire erupted at about 10 p.m. local time in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, said the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, citing police. It said no arrests had been made so far. "We've got four victims in a car here," the newspaper quoted a police officer at the scene as saying over police radio. "We've got multiple gunshot wounds here," another said. Residents reported hearing more than a dozen gunshots. ...

Judge allows newer 'perversion' files in Boy Scout sex case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 17:09

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. The California judge ruled Friday Jan. 9, 2015 that more than three decades of Boy Scout "perversion" files containing allegations of sex abuse within the organization can be used as evidence in the molestation case brought by a 20-year-old man this month, including 16 years' worth of documents that have never been publicly revealed. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has ruled that more than three decades of Boy Scout "perversion" files containing allegations of sex abuse within the organization can be used as evidence in a molestation case brought by a 20-year-old man that goes to trial month, including 16 years' worth of documents that have never been publicly revealed.


Q&A: Obama's free tuition plan for community college

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 16:29

President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., about new initiatives to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Did somebody say "free tuition"?