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NY woman celebrates 100th birthday with sky dive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:08

Centenarian SkydiverGANSEVOORT, N.Y. (AP) — Eleanor Cunningham of Howes Cave, New York, has bested former President George H.W. Bush.


Special Report: For these oil and gas bets, the odds favor the house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:18

Retired engineer Bill Jenkins and his wife Carol look over documents concerning their investment in Reef's Income & Development Fund II at their home in OrlandoAtlas Resources LLC, a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based energy group, aims to raise as much as $300 million before the offer closes Dec. 31.


Five people killed in New Orleans house fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:01
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Five people, including three children, died in a fire early on Tuesday in a New Orleans home with no working smoke detectors, fire officials said. A man was able to escape the blaze that killed his mother, girlfriend and three children, ages 7, 11 and 12, the New Orleans Fire Department said in a statement. Firefighters found an elderly woman in a downstairs bedroom and another woman with the three children in a second-floor bedroom, according to the statement. ...

4 stabbed in prison fight in Holmesburg

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:58

4 stabbed in prison fight in HolmesburgFour men were injured during a fight inside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center.


World Series of Poker's final 3 to vie for $10M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:39

From left, Felix Stephensen, Jorryt van Hoof and Martin Jacobson smile as they pose for photographers at the World Series of Poker Final Table Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. The three finalists made it through the first night and will compete Tuesday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — There will be no chants of "USA" when the final three players vying for the World Series of Poker's $10 million top prize return to a Las Vegas stage Tuesday night.


Holiday cards: to share or not to share

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:30

This undated photo provided by Margaret Page shows etiquette coach, Margaret Page, in Vancouver, B.C. For those who want to do a little bit more than an e-card, the paper card or newsletter represents an opportunity to connect on a more personal level, said Page. She theorized that people might say too much in their holiday cards because they’re not connecting closely enough to friends and relatives the rest of the time. (AP Photo/Margaret Page)For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.


NY soldier missing since Korean War identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:30
ITHACA, N.Y (AP) — U.S. military officials say the remains of a central New York soldier have been identified more than 60 years after he died during the Korean War.

From vintage to city chic: holiday decor trends

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:27

In this photo provided by Pier 1 Imports, Jazz Age-style motifs are a strong trend this holiday, and this beaded tree swag ornament hits the trend head on. For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding some fun, festive touches to our living spaces. (AP Photo/Pier 1 Imports)For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles.


Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:12

In this photo provided by Milktape Mixtape Co., music aficionados can personalize their holiday playlists by loading the songs onto fun USB drives like this one that resembles a cassette tape. The device, created by Milktape Mixtape Co., retails for $15 at milktape.com. (AP Photo courtesy of Milktape Mixtape Co.)Luke Maguire Armstrong doesn't pen a holiday letter to friends. The guitar player and songwriter prefers to communicate musically.


Attorney: Eric Frein denied access to lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:09

 Eric Frein denied access to lawyerPolice refused to tell the ambush suspect who eluded capture in the Pennsylvania woods for 48 days that his family hired an attorney for him the night he was captured, the lawyer said Monday.


Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:05

This undated image provided by Neal Hoffman shows a Hanukkah toy called The Mensch on a Bench. Hoffman is Jewish, his wife is Catholic and he came up with the idea for the toy when his son asked for an Elf on the Shelf toy. Hoffman made a prototype of Mensch on a Bench in 2013 and sold out in 10 days; this year he’s producing 50,000 to be sold through major toy retailers. It’s one of a number of Hanukkah toys and products inspired by Christmas. (AP Photo/Neal Hoffman, Sharon Elaine Photography)NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.


Officer in burning cruiser: Teen rescuer is hero

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer says a teenager who helped pull him from a burning squad car is his hero.

Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:55

This photo provided by Nordstrom shows Friends with Benefits Stingray Headphone Cap Set for Taylor. A good gift for teenagers is one that is new and different that allows them to show who they are, says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom’s fashion creative director. “They want things that are unique that expresses their individuality, and that they’re the first to have,” he said. (AP Photo/Nordstrom)They are finicky and fickle, and might be updating their wish lists as often as their Instagram accounts. Do you have any idea what to buy the teenagers on your holiday shopping list this year?


Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in Hawaii town

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:48

Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in Hawaii townAfter months of slowly making its way toward communities on Hawaii's Big Island, it took a stream of lava just 45 minutes to burn down an empty house.


South Korean ferry captain gets 36 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:45

South Korean ferry captain gets 36 years in prisonA South Korean ferry captain was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank earlier this year.


US fights cybercrime from suburban office parks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:32

A specialist works at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Ground zero in the nation’s fight against cybercrime hides in plain sight, in a nondescript suburban office building with no government seals or signs. Only after passing a low-key receptionist stationed on the seventh floor does one see the metal detectors, personal cellphone lockers and a series of heavy doors marked “classified” _ all leading to the auditorium-sized National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — Ground zero in the nation's fight against cybercrime hides in plain sight, in a nondescript suburban office building with no government seals or signs.


The sweet side of growing beets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:14

This photo shows beets growing in a garden in New Paltz, New York. No need to rush beet harvest, especially this time of year; just pull, as needed, from the ground. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)Red orbs are rising out of the soil in my garden, demanding to be pulled. I will pull them, but not all at once.


Hole swallows car outside Tampa Bay-area home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:07
HOLIDAY, Fla. (AP) — Six Tampa Bay-area families were evacuated after a car fell into a hole that developed in a driveway.

Civil rights protesters could get records cleared

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:01
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor in South Carolina plans a hearing early next year to clear the trespassing convictions of 10 people who tried to desegregate a lunch counter in 1961.

Lehigh Valley communities get ready for Winter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 20:39

Lehigh Valley communities get ready for WinterLehigh Valley communities are making preparations for the upcoming winter months.