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Safety of some vans questioned in wake of Florida crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 22:26

FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, workers pull a van out of a canal at the intersection of US 27 and State Road 78 West, near Moore Haven, Fla. Federal transportation officials are investigating the crash that killed eight members of a Florida church who were riding in a type of van that has raised safety alarms for many years. It’s unknown what caused the overloaded 15-passenger van to plunge into the ravine, but the tragedy is giving fresh exposure to repeated warnings about the vehicles popular with budget-minded houses of worship, schools and other nonprofits. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Federal transportation officials are investigating a crash that killed eight members of a Florida church who were riding in a type of van that has raised safety alarms for many years.


Menendez is not 1st New Jersey senator to be indicted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 21:56

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez waits to speak outside federal court, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Newark, N.J. Menendez, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was indicted on corruption charges, accused of using his office to improperly benefit an eye doctor and political donor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who pleaded not guilty this week to bribery charges, occupies the same seat as the last senator to be convicted of such a charge: Harrison "Pete" Williams.


Philadelphia traffic stop caught on video sparks controversy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 21:47

Philadelphia traffic stop caught on video sparks controversyA video of a traffic stop by police in Philadelphia has gone viral with more than 1 million views. The man in the video says officers abused their power but police are painting a very different picture.


Man and woman escape flames in Kensington apartment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 21:06

Man and woman escape flames in Kensington apartmentA man and woman escaped a burning apartment in Philadelphia's Kensington section early Saturday morning.


Driver surrenders after deadly hit-and-run in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 21:02

Driver surrenders after deadly hit-and-run in Northern LibertiesPolice say a driver turned herself in to police after a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia late Friday night.


Illinois convicted killer who escaped jail captured in Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 20:54
(Reuters) - Chicago police have captured a convicted killer who overpowered a jail guard, taking his keys and uniform and fleeing in his SUV south of the city three days ago, authorities said. Kamron Taylor, 23, who escaped on Wednesday from the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago, was taken into custody by Chicago police at 9 p.m. Friday, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. Responding to a call about a suspicious person on the city's South Side, officers approached Taylor, who fled on foot. Police caught Taylor after a brief foot chase and found he had a handgun, the department said.  Taylor, who was awaiting sentencing, overpowered a jail guard early on Wednesday, taking his keys and uniform.

Philadelphia woman arrested for trying to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 18:51
U.S. authorities arrested a Philadelphia woman on Friday and charged her with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State militant group by planning to travel overseas to join the organization, the U.S. Justice Department said. Thirty-year-old Keonna Thomas, also known as Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, was charged with trying to provide material support and resources, including herself as a fighter, to a foreign terrorist organization, the department said. Prosecutors allege that Thomas communicated with an Islamic State fighter in Syria, who asked her whether she wanted to take part in what was termed a martyrdom operation, to which she responded: "that would be amazing... a girl can only wish." The criminal complaint also alleges that Thomas did online research on indirect travel routes to Turkey and bought an electronic visa to the country. Turkey is a common transit point for people traveling from Europe to enter Syria and join Islamic State.

Driver surrenders after deadly hit-and-run in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 18:51

Driver surrenders after deadly hit-and-run in Northern LibertiesPolice say a driver turned herself in to police after a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia late Friday night.


AP WAS THERE: 150 years ago, Lee surrenders to Grant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:45

CORRECTS RELEASE DAY TO SATURDAY, NOT SUNDAY - ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY APRIL 4 AND THEREAFTER -This April 1865 image provided by the Library of Congress shows Federal troops standing in front of the Appomattox Court House near the time of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, in Appomattox, Va. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)EDITOR'S NOTE: When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in a farmhouse parlor in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, standing with other war correspondents in the front yard was William Downs MacGregor of The Associated Press.


Ala. man after death row: Prosecutors will 'answer to God'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:20

Anthony Ray Hinton wipes away tears after greeting friends and relatives upon leaving the Jefferson County jail, Friday, April 3, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Hinton spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, and was set free Friday after prosecutors told a judge they won't re-try him for the 1985 slayings of two fast-food managers. (AP Photo/ Hal Yeager)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, spent half his life on Alabama's death row, sentenced to die for two 1985 murders that for decades he insisted he did not commit.


After 65 battlefields, buff's Civil War campaign nears end

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:02

00 A.M. EDT- Rob Orrison, center with cap, looks over the inscription on the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, during a tour of the Old House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, April 2, 2015. Orrison has been to 60-plus battlefields in four years during the Civil War's 150th anniversary which takes as much passion and commitment as getting married or having a child. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hitting 60-plus battlefields in four years during the Civil War's 150th anniversary takes as much passion and commitment as getting married or having a child.


Man reported missing at sea for 66 days found in good health

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 14:05

Louis Jordan, second from left, walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, Thursday, April 2, 2015. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Louis Jordan says he survived 66 days at sea by capturing rainwater in a bucket, snagging little fish to catch bigger fish, and praying to God.


Emails reveal big role for former Oregon governor's fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 13:09

FILE - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, middle, is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term by Senior Judge Paul J. De Muniz in Salem, Ore., in this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo. Standing next to Kitzhaber is his fiancé, Cylvia Hayes. The state of Oregon on Friday April 3, 2015 released 94,000 emails involving the fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned amid scandal earlier this year over allegations that the former first lady used her relationship with him to land contracts for her business. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon on Friday released 94,000 emails involving the fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned amid scandal earlier this year over allegations that the former first lady used her relationship with him to land contracts for her business.


Gun-control activist and widow of James Brady dies at 73

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:40

In this March 30, 2011 file photo, former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. Federal prosecutors say the man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three other people in 1981 won't face new charges in the death last summer of Reagan's former press secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)Sarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Friday.


Settlement reached in Northern California teen suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 12:08

File - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Larry Pott, left, and his wife Lisa pose for a portrait holding a picture of their daughter Audrie in Saratoga, Calif. Audrie Pott committed suicide in September 2012 after being sexually assaulted by three boys during a house party in Saratoga. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two teenagers who acknowledged they sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later committed suicide settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by her parents Friday, averting a trial that was set to start next week.


2 injured when vehicle crashes into building in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 11:52

2 injured when vehicle crashes into building in North PhiladelphiaTwo people were injured when a vehicle crashed into a building in North Philadelphia.


Fmr. Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer gets stuck on Disneyland ride

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 11:50

Fmr. Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer gets stuck on Disneyland rideFormer Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer got stuck on a ride at Disneyland and lived to tweet about it.


Human remains found ID'd as missing Pemberton Twp. woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 11:34

Human remains found ID'd as missing Pemberton Twp. womanNew Jersey State Police say human remains found earlier this week have been identified as a woman reported missing in 2006.


Philadelphia woman charged with planning to join ISIS

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

Philadelphia woman charged with planning to join ISISA Philadelphia woman has been arrested and charged with planning to join the terrorist organization ISIS.


Metal detectors debut at Citizens Bank Park

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

Metal detectors debut at Citizens Bank ParkPhillies fans saw something new and different at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night - for the first time fans will be screened with metal detectors.