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Experienced skydiver from Boston dies during jump

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:22
PEPPERELL, Mass. (AP) — Police say an experienced Boston skydiver has died during a jump, and it's unclear whether his equipment malfunctioned.

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:01

A pair of investigators walk on the property of Stephen Howells II and Nicole F. Vaisey, in Hermon, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Vaisey and Howells were arrested Friday on charges of first-degree kidnapping with the intent to physically harm or sexually abuse the victims. (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Melanie Kimber Lago) MANDATORY CREDIT, SYRACUSE OUTCANTON, N.Y. (AP) — More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.


Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:33

 Ebola fears rise as clinic is lootedLiberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.


Haves, have-nots divided by apartment poor doors

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:11

In this Aug. 5, 2014 photo, Jean Green Dorsey walks outside the building on New York City’s Upper West Side where she has lived since 1972. Dorsey has a rent stabilized unit in a building that also houses market rate residents. As a rent stabilized tenant, Dorsey is not allowed to use the new gym that market rate residents use for free, even if she paid for the privilege. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — One new Manhattan skyscraper will greet residents of pricey condos with a lobby in front, while renters of affordable apartments that got the developer government incentives must use a separate side entrance — a so-called poor door.


Maryland casino hosting Atlantic City job fair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:09

Maryland casino hosting Atlantic City job fairA Maryland casino is returning to Atlantic City to host a two-day job fair this week as thousands of workers in the city prepare to be laid off.


California vintage car auctions: It's not all million-dollar autos

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:57

Jay Leno rides a 1930 Bohmerland motorcycle around the grounds during the Concours d'Elegance at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble BeachBy Paul Ingrassia MONTEREY Calif. (Reuters) - The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38.1 million last Thursday got the headlines. Or the classic 1951 "bullet-nose" Studebaker that went for even less - just $4,000. By comparison, the 1962 Chrysler Imperial equipped with "triple cigarette lighters" cost a fortune: all of $9,500. At the high end are the Bonhams auction at the posh Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley (aka "the Quail") and the Gooding auction at Pebble Beach, where the suggested bidding range for a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 (a "poor" cousin of the $38 million prize) was $4.5 million to $6 million.


Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:54

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, third grade teacher Melissa Grieshober teaches a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.


Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:30

This undated photo provide by the Barajas family shows from left, Cindy Barajas, Jenessah Barajas, Caleb Barajas, David Barajas and David Barajas Jr. Caleb and David Jr. were killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near their home in Alvin, Texas, as the boys and their father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing the brothers. The boys’ father was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18. (AP Photo/Courtesy Barajas Family)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas.


Abducted Amish girls were sexually abused by captors: New York Times

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:23

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office photo of Stephen Howells(Reuters) - Two young Amish sisters whose abduction touched off a frantic search in northern New York were sexually abused by their captors, the New York Times reported. The girls, aged 12 and 7, were kidnapped on Wednesday from a family farm stand some 10 miles (16 km) from New York's border with Canada and released Thursday. Police have charged two suspects, Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping. In remarks to the New York Times late on Saturday, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls had suffered sexual abuse during their captivity at Howells' home in Hermon, New York.


AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:21

In this photo provided by the L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho Jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's April ferry disaster, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/L' Osservatore Romano)Pope Francis outlined his priorities for the Catholic Church in Asia during a meeting of about 80 of the region's bishops on Sunday, urging them to engage with people of different cultures empathetically. "In this spirit of openness to others, I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," he said.


Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:02

Federal autopsy ordered in Ferguson teen's deathThe first night of a state-imposed curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, ended with tear gas and arrests of some protesters, but it wasn't the curfew violation that precipitated the confrontation.


PNB letters being removed from Philadelphia skyline

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:57

PNB letter removal hits snag in Center CityA fixture in Philadelphia's skyline is in the process of coming down.


Marlton wins Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:53

Marlton wins Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World SeriesMembers of a local youth baseball team can call themselves champions.


PHOTOS: Helicopter removes 'PNB' letters from Philly skyline

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:15

 Helicopter removes 'PNB' letters from Philly skylineA helicopter removed the 'PNB' letters, a fixture in Philadelphia since the 1950s, from the city's skyline.


Holder asks for federal autopsy on Missouri teen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has asked for the Justice Department to arrange an autopsy on the body of Michael Brown by a federal medical examiner.

Holder orders federal autopsy in Missouri shooting case, citing 'extraordinary circumstances'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Holder orders federal autopsy in Missouri shooting case, citing 'extraordinary circumstances'

Couple covers classic car with 38,000 pennies

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:47

Couple covers classic car with 38,000 penniesFamily in Indiana is flashing some serious cash with their car's paint job


Justice Department to conduct independent autopsy of Missouri shooting victim

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:32
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered the Justice Department to conduct an autopsy of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a spokesman said. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder ordered the federal autopsy "due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family." The autopsy, to be performed by a federal medical examiner, would be in addition to an autopsy by Missouri state medical examiners.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:23

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman, of Berkeley, Mo., on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The Missouri Highway Patrol took control of the St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis erupted into violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Driver killed in Wall Speedway crash identified

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:11

Driver killed in Wall Speedway crash identifiedThe driver killed in a crash at Wall Stadium Speedway has been identified as a 21-year-old Belford woman.