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AAA predicts strong start to U.S. summer driving season

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 01:04
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - More U.S. drivers will hit the roads this Memorial Day holiday than in the past decade, fueled by a growing economy and low gasoline prices, the nation's largest motorists' advocacy group said in a forecast released on Friday. AAA projected 37.2 million people would journey 50 miles (80 km) or more from home during the May 21-25 period, a 4.7 percent jump from the 35.5 million who traveled for the holiday weekend last year and the most Memorial Day-related traffic since 2005. The projected growth rate is the highest for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since the July 4 holiday in 2012. "A strong employment market and low gas prices have driven consumer optimism to new highs and boosted Americans' disposable income.

Police search for armed suspect after fatal shooting in Darby Borough

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 01:03

Police search for armed suspect after fatal shooting in Darby BoroughWitnesses say an armed suspect was seen fleeing the murder scene, an apartment building in Darby Borough. He may have been carrying a long gun.


Burlington County wildfire nearly 100% contained

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:57

Burlington County wildfire nearly 100% containedOfficials say a wildfire that has burned hundreds of acres in Wharton State Forest in Shamong Township is now nearly 100 percent contained.


Principal arrested partially unclothed with student in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:55

This April 2015 booking photo released by the Palm Beach (Fla.) Sheriff's Department shows Krista Eve Morton. Morton, a married Palm Beach County principal has been arrested after she was caught partially clothed in a marijuana-filled car with a student. Morton, of Wellington, was arrested Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Palm Springs. She is the principal at Mavericks High of Palm Springs, a charter school. (Palm Beach (Fla.) Sheriff's Department via AP)PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida principal has been arrested after she was caught partially unclothed in a marijuana-smoke-filled car with a student.


Motorist struck, killed after SUV breaks down in Upper Southampton, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:20

Motorist struck, killed after SUV breaks down in Upper Southampton, Pa.Police say a motorist whose SUV broke down on a busy Bucks County highway was killed Friday morning after he stepped out into traffic and was struck by a passing dump truck.


ACT to expand testing by computer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:14

A computer-based practice ACT English test is displayed on a computer monitor Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Washington. The ACT is announcing May 8, 2015, that computer-based testing of the ACT would be available next year in the states and districts that require students to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — ACT test takers take note: The No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of high school students will be able to take the college entrance exam on a computer next year.


What's next in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:09

This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomberTsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life. Five family members are expected to take the witness stand Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — The trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is winding down after months of testimony about the deadly 2013 attack. Jurors have seen gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the bombings and heard tearful stories from survivors. They've also listened to teachers and family members describe Tsarnaev as a kind, caring child who grew up in a dysfunctional family. Soon, the jury will begin deliberating his punishment: life in prison or the death penalty. Here's what's next in the trial:


US military bumps up threat level at bases in North America

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has increased the threat level at bases across North America. Officials say the incremental boost will likely mean heightened vigilance and more random bag or vehicle checks.

Folk singer behind popularity of 'We Shall Overcome' dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:54
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guy Carawan, a folk singer and social-justice advocate credited with turning the African-American spiritual "We Shall Overcome" into a unifying anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died at 87.

Sub-tropical storm Ana forms off southeast US coast: NHC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:52

Subtropical Storm Ana is seen in a view from the NOAA Suomi National Polar-obiting Partnership day/night band satelliteSub-tropical storm Ana formed off the southeast coast of the United States with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km/h), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late Thursday. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was located about 170 miles (275 km) south-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Miami-based federal weather forecaster said. Ana, which began drenching the South Carolina coast with heavy rain on Thursday, is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm in the next day or so with winds of 50 miles per hour (81 km/h). A tropical storm warning was in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.


Pedestrian struck, killed by dump truck in Upper Southampton, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:49

Pedestrian struck, killed by dump truck in Upper Southampton, Pa.A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a dump truck in Upper Southampton, Bucks County.


Cops: Man burglarized home after seeing occupant dead inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:36
ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man broke into a house and stole $200 worth of valuables after he peeked inside the residence and noticed that the occupant was dead.

Illinois justices: Pension overhaul lowering retirement benefits violates state constitution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:34
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois justices: Pension overhaul lowering retirement benefits violates state constitution.

Emma, Noah top list of most popular baby names in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:22

HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 9 AM EDT FRIDAY, MAY 9 Chart lists top baby names in 2014 and their ranks the previous year; 2c x 6 inches; 96.3 mm x 152 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma is back.


Philadelphia wants Airbnb rentals taxed like hotel rooms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:53

Philadelphia wants Airbnb rentals taxed like hotel roomsPhiladelphia wants to cash in on Airbnb.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:53
ATLANTA (AP) — Fire official: All 4 people onboard small plane that crashed on busy Atlanta interstate killed.

Some Native Hawaiians see telescope as science learning boon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:40

FILE - This undated file artist rendering made available by the TMT Observatory Corporation shows the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, planned to be built atop Mauna Kea, a large dormant volcano in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Some opponents of the construction of one of the world's largest telescopes describe fighting the telescope as an “awakening,” an issue Native Hawaiians can band together against. But their reasons vary, from preventing Mauna Kea’s desecration to preserving culture to curbing development. (TMT Observatory Corporation via AP, File) NO SALESHONOLULU (AP) — Before going up to Mauna Kea's summit on Hawaii's Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the mountain. She holds it sacred, as do other Native Hawaiians.


Justice Dept. launches investigation of Baltimore police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:32

Justice Dept. launches investigation of Baltimore policeThe Justice Department will conduct a broad investigation into the Baltimore police force in search of law enforcement practices that are unconstitutional and violate civil rights, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:14

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street in London Friday May 8 2015, as he begins his second term as Prime Minister following the Conservative Party's win in Thursday's General Election . (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Day 18 of marathon deliberations in New York missing boy murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:12

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz resumed on Friday with the 18th day of jury deliberations. The panel at state Supreme Court in Manhattan has been struggling to reach consensus on the kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez. Since deliberations began on April 15, the panel has deadlocked twice but was directed by Judge Maxwell Wiley to keep trying. Patz's disappearance more than three decades ago brought national attention to the issue of abducted children and changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing kids.