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3 injured in school bus crash in Greenville, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:36

3 injured in school bus crash in Greenville, DelawareAuthorities say three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus in Greenville, Delaware.


Safety advocates seek stronger warnings on Chantix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public safety advocates are asking the federal government to strengthen warnings on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix, even as the drugmaker prepares to argue that a bold-letter warning about psychiatric problems should be removed from the medicine's label.

Boston Council gives itself a 23 percent pay raise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:25
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council approved giving itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise on Wednesday, despite threats of a possible veto by Mayor Martin Walsh.

Marine sentenced in fatal shooting on NC base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:20
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Camp Lejeune Marine who pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a fellow Marine on base has been sentenced to two years in the brig.

Factbox: Money trail in U.S. plan to fight Ebola in West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:09
(Reuters) - The United States government has committed more than $350 million toward fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is ready to deploy up to 4,000 military personnel by late October. Most of a Defense Department request to shift $1 billion in war funds to the Ebola effort is locked up in Congress over lawmakers' demands for more information on the mission from the Obama administration. Here is a rundown of U.S. monetary commitments so far and the status of future funds: FUNDS COMMITTED: Various agencies, including the U.S. ...

Lawyer for accused Pennsylvania stabber decries lack of treatment options

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:05
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The lawyer for a teenager accused of stabbing 21 people at his Pennsylvania high school said it was "pathetic" that no mental health facilities in the state would admit him, forcing him to remain in juvenile detention despite court recommendations. Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani on Tuesday ordered the defendant, Alexander Hribal, now 17, to see a visiting psychiatrist and psychologist at the Westmoreland County Regional Youth Services Juvenile Detention Center, where he has been held since his arrest at the school on April 9. ...

Report on response to Colorado cinema massacre is broadly positive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:03

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A report on the emergency response to the 2012 Colorado cinema massacre that was released on Wednesday cited a need for better communication, but in general praised the actions taken during the chaotic scene. The city of Aurora paid nearly $250,000 to TriData Division, a Virginia-based public safety consulting firm, for an "after action" review of the mass shooting, in which 12 moviegoers were killed and dozens more wounded. ...


4 Northeast states stand together against heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:00

Pennsylvania state attorney general Kathleen Kane, right, speaks about a multi state task force formed to address the Northeast heroin crisis during a news conference accompanied by New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, left, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in New York. Authorities in four Northeast states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines. The coalition so far includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, with other states expected to join. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four Northeastern states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines, authorities said Wednesday.


California solar tower that can kill birds dropped

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:54
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story tower in California that uses a new kind of technology that can cause some birds to ignite in midair.

U.S. top court clarifies that gay marriage can proceed in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order on Wednesday clarifying that his action earlier in the day to temporarily block gay marriages in Idaho does not apply to Nevada. The new order means gay marriage can proceed in Nevada but will remain on hold in Idaho. Gay marriage bans in both states were struck down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

First lady: Fashion about more than pretty pumps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:45

American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour leaves the stage after introducing first lady Michelle Obama during the Fashion Education Workshop in East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pretty pumps and a perfect hemline are nice, Michelle Obama says, but young people interested in fashion careers should expect to work hard, take risks and even be rejected.


Geithner defends terms of AIG bailout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:42

FILE - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this July 25, 2012 file photo. Geithner, a key player in the U.S. government's 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., is due back in court Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014 in a trial of a lawsuit filed by the insurance giant's former CEO over the handling of the rescue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite. File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top regulator Timothy Geithner defended terms of the U.S. government's bailout of American International Group Inc., saying Wednesday that the insurance giant's exceptionally risky behavior had caused losses that called for strict treatment.


Police dog dies after left in cruiser for 4 hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:40

This undated photo provided by the Montville Police Department shows Beny. Authorities in northeast Ohio say Beny, a police dog, died from heatstroke after being left in a police cruiser for more than four hours last month. Police in Montville Township near Medina, Ohio say the police dog died on Sept. 28. A statement from the Montville Police Department says Sgt. Brett Harrison left the dog in a cruiser in the station parking lot from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cruiser was off and the windows were closed. (AP Photo/Montville Township Police Department)MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A police dog in northeast Ohio died from heatstroke after being left in a police cruiser for more than four hours last month, officials said.


Boy's decades-old coffin found empty in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:29

Boy's decades-old coffin found empty in PhiladelphiaAnthropologists investigating the deaths of dozens of boys at a closed Florida reform school dug up a decades-old grave in Philadelphia looking for the body of one of the boys only to find a casket filled with wood.


Biden, Law & Order star in ads against sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is teaming up with "Law & Order" star Mariska Hargitay to do television ads raising awareness about domestic violence.

Court mulls secrecy of national security letters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:11
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A government lawyer argued Wednesday that national security efforts would be "hamstrung" if the FBI was barred from sending secretive demands for customer data — national security letters — to telecommunication companies, banks and other businesses.

Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:10

FILE - In this March 5, 2014, file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In remarks prepared for a Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 Senate Finance Committee event in Palo Alto, Calif., Wyden, a leading Senate critic of online surveillance, wants the government to stop spying on phone calls, texts and emails, saying the “digital dragnet” doesn’t make the country safer, and only hurts the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A leading Senate critic of online surveillance wants the government to stop widespread spying on phone calls, texts and emails, saying the "digital dragnet" doesn't make the country safer, and only hurts the U.S. economy.


School bus crashes across from Northeast Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:05

School bus crashes across from Northeast Philadelphia schoolA school bus carrying 26 children was involved in an accident in Northeast Philadelphia, officials say.


EU seeks quick release of job boosting funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:05

France's President Francois Hollande, left, and Germany's Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for a press conference during the EU jobs summit in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. European leaders will debate ways to find work for the continent's 25 million unemployed at a summit Wednesday, as popular frustration grows at authorities' failure to return the continent's economy to health. Several thousand union activists protested outside the venue, demanding a stop to government spending austerity policies and calling for reforms to encourage investment. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN (AP) — The leaders of Germany, France and Italy put their differences over fiscal discipline and austerity politics aside at an EU jobs summit Wednesday, pledging instead to focus energies on quickly allocating 6.4 billion euros ($7.6 billion) already earmarked to Europe's 5 million unemployed youths.


Woman gets jail for taking toy from child's grave

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:05
ONTARIO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who was seen on surveillance video taking a stuffed animal from a child's grave has been ordered to spend a month in jail.