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Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:08

Rescue personnel grab the the hand of a man stranded in rushing water at the northwest corner of Lamar Blvd. and 15th St. in Austin, Texas. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and inundated the major traffic artery with rushing water. Several cars were stalled under and near the 15th St. bridge Monday, May 25, 2015. (Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation's fourth-largest city.


Man sentenced in death of woman who called 911 during attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:00
DALLAS (AP) — Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened.

The list of 20 US jail systems receiving MacArthur grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:10
NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

MacArthur grants aimed at reducing numbers in US jails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:02
(Reuters) - Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages. "The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. Sims said instances of physical and emotionally abusive hazing were uncovered during the investigation, including boxing matches set up between pledges, in addition to drug use and sales within the fraternity.

California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:00
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening diseases like cancer, and who are expected to live at least 9 months, will participate in the double-blind trial over the next year in Santa Cruz, said Brad Burge, spokesman for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in Santa Cruz. Each subject will be randomly given either a full dose - 125 milligrams of MDMA, or an "active placebo" dose of 30 milligrams, Burge said.

Seattle to close medical marijuana dispensaries operating without permits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:46
Seattle will close dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without a license, the city's mayor said on Tuesday, part of a statewide effort to reconcile the unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a series of regulatory changes in how cannabis operations will do business in the city, saying the rules will improve the marketplace for patients who depend on medical marijuana. "We’re strengthening the recreational marijuana market and creating safer, more consistent access for those who rely on medicinal products,” Murray said at a news conference.

Penn State frat linked to nude photos sidelined for 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:39

Penn State frat linked to nude photos sidelined for 3 yearsA Pennsylvania State University fraternity linked to a secret Facebook page where photos of nude and semi-nude women were posted is getting a three-year suspension after the school's Interfraternity Council recommended a milder punishment.


AccuWeather: More Warmth and Storms On the Way

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:36

 Tracking Scattered StormsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking some drenching thunderstorms late Wednesday.


Probation for teen after crash kills 3 Council Rock students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:30

Probation for teen after crash kills 3 Council Rock studentsThe underage and unlicensed driver behind the wheel of her father's SUV when it crashed last summer in the Poconos, killing three teenagers from Bucks County, has been sentenced to probation and community service.


Search continues for sexual predator in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:28

Search continues for sexual predator in South PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are searching for a sexual predator they believe is responsible for two attacks on women including one where he waited for the victim inside her own home.


2 dead, several hurt in shooting at Grand Forks Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:43

2 dead, several hurt in shooting at Grand Forks Wal-MartGRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two people died and several more were injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, police said.


Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:29

Rescue personnel from the Austin Fire Dept. bring a man to safety after he became trapped by rushing water at House Park. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and transformed Lamar Blvd into a rushing torrent of muddy water. Several cars were stranded along the normally busy street Monday, May 25, 2015. (Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived.


APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:28

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.


FBI, police find no threat on EVA Air plane at LA airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Someone called in a threat to a flight from Taiwan that landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but nothing dangerous was found on board, authorities said.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:24

In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers. The move follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions just before the crash. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies in NY at 75

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:13

FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo provided by Leica, photographer Mary Ellen Mark attends the Leica Los Angeles Grand Opening in Los Angeles. Mark, a renowned documentary photographer whose subjects ranged from runaway children to world leaders died Monday, May 25, 2015, in New York. She was 75 years old. (Todd Williamson/Leica via AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, called "a snake charmer of the soul" for her gift of capturing searing images of human vulnerability, has died at age 75.


Murder arrest after woman's burned, cut body found in bath

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:00
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say they have arrested a Las Vegas man for murder after finding the partially burned and dismembered body of a woman in his apartment's bathtub.

Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:56
Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian Basin of west Texas and swollen creeks in the Eagle Ford shale area of south Texas, the two largest onshore oil producing regions in the United States. The rest of Texas, including areas around Austin, Dallas, and Houston, saw significant damage and some deaths.