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FDNY: Fire near Penn Station was accidental

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 04:10

A commuter steps over a fire hose in New York's Penn Station, early Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Commuters experienced some delays following an early morning fire in an underground construction site at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue that disrupted train service. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Fire marshals say an early-morning blaze near New York's Penn Station was accidental.

Christie to court nation in State of the State address

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:58

Christie to court nation in State of the State addressGov. Chris Christie will use his annual State of the State address to try to sell himself to a national audience as he prepares for a potential presidential run.

5 things: Many back labeling of genetically modified foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:55

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, a grocery store employee wipes down a soup bar with a display informing customers of organic, GMO-free oils, in Boulder, Colo. A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only seven percent are opposed to the idea, and 24 percent are neutral. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two thirds of Americans support labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages, even if they may not read them, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Yosemite climbers expect to reach top of El Capitan on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:55

Climber Jorgeson climbs Pitch 18 of the Dawn Wall as a cameraman records on the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National ParkBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 "pitches" of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said. ...

Facebook to issue missing children alerts in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:47

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Social networking website Facebook plans to use its estimated 140 million daily U.S. users to help track missing children through emergency alerts, the company said on Tuesday. Facebook partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to immediately begin sending AMBER Alerts, including photographs and other details, to the news feeds of users in targeted search areas. "The chances of finding a missing child increase when more people are on the lookout," Emily Vacher, trust and safety manager at Facebook, said in a statement. ...

2 Yosemite climbers closing in on historic feat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:40

 a free climb of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. The first climber reached its summit in 1958, and there are roughly 100 routes up to the top. (AP Photo/Tom Evans, elcapreport)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The two climbers vying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in California's Yosemite National Park are almost to the top.

Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:31

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., rushes to the Senate floor for a roll call vote as the Republican-controlled Senate moves ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Manchin is the Democratic co-sponsor of the bill. The measure has sparked intense debate over the Canada-to-Texas pipeline's potential impact on employment and the environment, yet there was little or no doubt that it would overcome the vote to proceed on the bill Monday night. Republicans said they hoped it could win final approval and be sent to the White House by the end of next week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hoped to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year.

2 dead in Newark apartment complex shooting ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:30

2 dead in Newark apartment complex shooting ID'dTwo people are dead after a shooting inside an apartment complex in Newark, Delaware.

DA: Teens charged in woman's death acted like 'gangstas'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:28
ROARING SPRING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says two boys charged in the killing of a 21-year-old woman boasted about wanting to kill someone and thought they were "some kind of gangstas."

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital shooting suspect says he wants to plead guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:22

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital shooting suspect says he wants to plead guiltyA man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex now says he wants to plead guilty.

Jacqueline Kennedy's notes to designers up for auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:18

In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 photo, Mumbi O'Brien, with Palm Beach Modern Auctions, lays out handwritten notes by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with drawings into lots for auction, in West Palm Beach, Fla. A few dozen pieces of personal correspondence from Kennedy Onassis, including handwritten notes that were sent throughout the 1980s and early 1990s to interior designer Richard Keith Langham and Hamilton, are expected to be auctioned off. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In private, even the stylish former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis admitted to tiring of the all-black attire long considered chic in New York City.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:08
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 11 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Alert newspaper carrier's tip leads to ailing woman's rescue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:00
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a newspaper carrier concerned about an elderly customer's well-being alerted police, who entered the woman's home and found she apparently had suffered a heart attack several days earlier.

Short courses offer hope to U.S. education companies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:54
By Abinaya Vijayaraghavan (Reuters) - Short-term courses could well be the way forward for traditional for-profit education providers in the United States as they struggle to arrest the slide in enrollments. Larger for-profit education companies, including Apollo Education Group Inc and ITT Educational Services Inc, have seen their enrollments dwindle in the face of increased regulatory scrutiny for issues including student loans, poor placements and low graduation rates. ...

Thick fog blamed for crash killing 5 in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:36
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five men died in a Northern California crash while driving through thick morning fog.

Liquefaction citied in study of deadly Oso mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:21
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A study of the Oso landslide in Washington state that killed 43 people in March says the amount of water that saturated a hillside made it especially destructive when it gave way.

Terminal cancer patient dies amid medical marijuana fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:18
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has died of cancer just months after he was convicted for growing medicinal marijuana for personal use.

U.S. man, 19, pleads not guilty to trying to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:17
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man from suburban Chicago pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State militants after he tried to travel with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Mohammed Hamzah Khan of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was arrested in October at O'Hare International Airport as he tried to board a plane to Vienna en route to Istanbul with his then 17-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother. ...

Witnesses voice support for Tollefson in fraud trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:04

Witnesses voice support for Tollefson in fraud trialTestimony continued Tuesday in the fraud trial of former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson.

Appeals court hears Arkansas, North Dakota abortion cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 01:56

In this Aug. 29, 2014 photo, Jerry Cox, right, president of Family Council, speaks at a anti-abortion news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from North Dakota and Arkansas which are asking a federal appeals court in St. Louis to reinstate abortion restrictions approved by lawmakers in 2013 but overturned by lower federal courts in separate decisions. The North Dakota law banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, and the Arkansas law banned abortions after 12 weeks. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A closely watched legal fight over two of the nation's most stringent abortion bans resumed Tuesday, with attorneys for North Dakota and Arkansas asking a federal appeals court to reinstate two laws overturned by two separate lower federal courts.