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Preschools latest to take on green movement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:09

In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 photo, Three-year old Dash B. plays with wooden blocks at The Green House, an eco-friendly pre-school in Oklahoma City. There are currently about 80 nature-based preschools nationwide, up from 19 in 2009, said Christy Merrick, director of the Natural Start Alliance, which is part of the North American Association for Environmental Education. But she noted that numerous other preschools employ some sort of eco-friendly approach. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free.

Princeton worker put on leave over medical pot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:08
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A Princeton University employee and marijuana legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is on paid leave as the university works to figure out accommodations for his disability.

Dye pack explodes on bank robber caught in door

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:03

Dye pack explodes on bank robber caught in doorA suspected bank robber didn't get too far with the loot Tuesday in Philadelphia's Tacony section.

Mom of autistic girl pleads guilty to child abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:55

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. The northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic daughter has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse. Benzie County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Tang-Anderson says Kelli Stapleton entered the plea Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Stapleton had been scheduled to go on trial Wednesday on a charge of attempted murder. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman accused of trying to kill her autistic 14-year-old daughter after describing in an online blog the family's struggles to raise her pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree child abuse.

$140,000 of gold stolen from car in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:43

$140,000 of gold stolen from SUV in West PhiladelphiaInvestigators say someone stole more than $100,000 of gold in West Philadelphia.

Recorded arrest of St. Paul man is under review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:35
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cellphone video of a black Minnesota man's arrest is attracting attention eight months after it was recorded, and now a civilian police review board is looking into the incident.

Girl who fatally shot Arizona gun instructor said weapon was too powerful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:24

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, said a sheriff's report released on Tuesday. The girl's family also did not realize right away that the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, had been struck by a round from the gun, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office report said. Vacca had been showing the girl how to fire an Uzi at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in remote White Hills last week when the recoil caused her to lose control of the high-powered weapon, the sheriff's office has said. Vacca was struck by at least one bullet and later died, in an accident that touched off debate over the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms, even in a controlled setting such as a gun range.

Apple: Celebrity accounts hacked, led to nude photo leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:20

 Celebrity accounts hacked, led to nude photo leakApple says that some celebrity accounts were deliberately targeted and hacked, leading to the posting of nude photos online

Students gather after crash leaves NJ teen on life support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:18

Students gather after crash leaves NJ teen on life supportStudents were getting support from their school after a teenage soccer was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County.

California boy, 7, hurt at firing range owned by his family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:16
A 7-year-old boy was wounded at a private firing range at his family's property in Northern California while shooting targets with his father and had to be airlifted to a hospital, police said on Tuesday. In the Northern California incident, the boy had been shooting targets with a .22 caliber youth rifle at a property the boy's family owns in the rural community of Georgetown, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Suddenly, the boy grabbed his chest and his father saw the child had a small hole in his T-shirt and was bleeding from the chest, police said. The boy and the man had both been shooting downrange and none of the family members watching the boy and the man shooting at targets noticed any ricochets, police said.

Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its international advisory board.

In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:06
NEW YORK (AP) — The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities' online accounts has raised questions about the security of storing information over the Internet.

Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:02
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m. They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Missouri, police department.

Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:58

In this July 16, 2013 aerial file photo, the downtown of the city of Detroit is shown. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr raised more than a few eyebrows a year ago when he took the city into bankruptcy and predicted it would be out by the time his term expired in fall 2014. Because it is by far the largest city to file for municipal bankruptcy and the issues were so complex many experts predicted it would take years to resolve. But the city will take a major step toward that goal with a trial in federal bankruptcy court that starts Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's bankruptcy trial has adjourned for the day and will resume in the morning.

911 calls show efforts to save firearms instructor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:54

FILE - This Aug. 27, 2014 file photo shows people seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. The girl who accidentally killed the shooting range instructor, Charles Vacca, in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)PHOENIX (AP) — People at a northern Arizona gun range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor with an Uzi desperately tried to keep him alive as they urged 911 dispatchers to send a medical helicopter.

Suspect in Massachusetts child-porn bust had arsenal, 'murder book': FBI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:54
A Massachusetts man arrested on Tuesday and charged with trafficking in child pornography also had a small arsenal of guns, explosives and a hand-written "Mass Murder Book," according to federal prosecutors. FBI agents who searched the Plymouth, Massachusetts, home of Brendan Kessler found the weapons in addition to thumb drives containing explicit images of children, officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts said in an affidavit filed on Tuesday. Kessler, who was in federal custody, surrendered quietly despite having stocked his home with three handguns, three shotguns, eight rifles, boxes of ammunition and fireworks, as well as remote detonators, according to federal prosecutors.

Ex-owner of Poconos resort ordered to pay back former employee pensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:53
By Joe McDonald SCRANTON Pa. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former honeymoon resort owner in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains to pay more than $2 million for illegally dipping into his employees' pensions. Charles Poalillo Jr. was also given three years' probation but avoided prison time under the sentence handed down by U.S. Poalillo, 80, the former owner of Penn Hills Lodge in Analomink, in northeastern Pennsylvania, had faced the possibility of up to five years in prison. Poalillo pleaded guilty in September 2013 to charges of filing false statements and concealing facts in documents involving the resort's profit-sharing and pension plans.

DA investigates sex abuse claims at Solebury School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:48

DA investigates sex abuse claims at Solebury SchoolThe Bucks County District Attorney's office is looking into sexual abuse claims at a New Hope boarding school.

Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:47

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityCircuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch, one of three judges who heard the arguments, said it was "hard for me to imagine" Congress had envisioned such a sweeping effort when it passed an expansion of anti-terrorism powers known as the Patriot Act after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Stuart Delery, a lawyer for the Justice Department, told Lynch in response that Congress was fully informed when it voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act twice.

New Hampshire school mourns alumnus likely slain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:46

FILE - This image made from video released by Islamic State militants on Aug. 19, 2014 purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, an Internet video purports to show the beheading of Sotloff by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/File)MERIDEN, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school is mourning the apparent videotaped slaying of a former student who vanished in Syria last year.