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Woman, 98, wants spying case crime record cleared

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A 98-year-old New Jersey woman convicted of conspiracy in the run-up to the atomic spy trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg wants a court to clear her name.

Officials kill otter after rare attack on humans in river near Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:34
The river otter believed to be responsible for a rare attack on humans that left a Washington state boy and his grandmother badly hurt has been killed, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The large male otter was trapped, captured and euthanized just yards from where the late July attack occurred in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles northeast of Seattle, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said. The attack appeared unprovoked, according to Captain Alan Myers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The large male otter found Sunday acted aggressively and did not appear scared of dogs or humans, Myers said.

UN chief urges world to help in Ebola outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is pressing the international community to urgently respond to a shortage of doctors, nurses and equipment to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Robin Williams' daughter tweets touching tribute to her dad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:22

Robin Williams' daughter tweets touching tribute to her dad"I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up."


Pentagon may send more advisers to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. defense official says the Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq.

New York real-estate broker pleads guilty to shoplifting at Saks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:19
A real-estate broker who helps sell multimillion-dollar luxury homes in New York City has pleaded guilty to stealing clothes worth more than $1,000 from the department store Saks Fifth Avenue, the district attorney's office said. Police arrested Kate Meckler, an agent for the New York-based firm Warburg Realty, in April after security staff saw her take a top, a pair of jeans and a jacket from the Manhattan store without paying, according to the prosecutors' criminal complaint. Meckler, 39, was originally charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to the complaint, but pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct in the criminal court in Manhattan on Monday, the district attorney's office said. She is expected to be sentenced to five days of community service, the New York Post reported.

Park: 3 bodies spotted on Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:16
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — National Park officials say what appears to be three bodies have been spotted on Mount Rainier in the spot where six climbers went missing earlier this summer.

AccuWeather: Rain today, heavy at times

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:09

 Rain today, heavy at timesAccuWeather says there's a threat of severe weather in parts of our region.


3 jump to escape burning home in Norristown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:07

3 jump to escape burning home in NorristownFire officials say three people jumped from the second floor of a burning home early Tuesday in Norristown.


2 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:06

2 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.Police say two people were injured when two-vehicles collided in Bala Cywynd, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning.


Scientists remove encrustation on Confederate sub

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:05

Conservator Liisa Nasanen uses tools to remove encrustation from the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. After the submarine sat in a chemical bath for more than three months to help loosen the encrustation, scientists on Tuesday began the laborious job of removing the built-up sediment by hand. The work is expected to take between eight months and a year and scientists hope that when the hull is revealed, it will provide the final clues as to why the hand-cranked sub, the first in history to sink an enemy warship, sank off South Carolina in 1864. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Scientists have started the long job of removing the encrustation from the hull of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.


Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:04

Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.


Wal-Mart: Try, try again

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:01

 It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a program that enables shoppers to see their buying habits by storing electronic receipts. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK — Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout.


DC gun ruling is on hold, but having an effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors in the District of Columbia have for now stopped charging people with carrying a handgun outside their home or business after a judge ruled a city law banning carrying a handgun unconstitutional.

Shots fired at police station in West Deptford, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:40

Shots fired at police station in West Deptford, N.J.Authorities are searching for the person who opened fire on the West Deptford Township police headquarters early Tuesday.


Georgia trial on salmonella outbreak continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:06
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella says the Georgia firm cheated on safety testing.

Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:05
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose despite calls from his family for collective calm.

Georgia couple accused of starving 15-year-old girl kept in closet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:01
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Authorities are looking for the stepfather of a 15-year-old girl who was found earlier this month bruised and malnourished after allegedly being forced to live in a small closet, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. The man, William Brown, 40, faces charges of child cruelty and false imprisonment along with the girl's mother, according to a police report made public late Monday. The teen-ager weighed only 60 pounds when her mother, Jade Jacobs brought her to a local hospital on Aug. 1 and told medical staff that "she could not do it anymore," the police report said. The girl was "malnourished and has bruising on her," police wrote in their account that day, noting that she also suffered from pressure sores "from being confined in a small space or held down for an extended period of time." When police went to the suburban Atlanta home they learned that the teen was kept in a small, urine-stained closet that was held shut with a 50-pound weight outside the door, Gwinnett County police spokesman Ed Ritter said on Tuesday.

2 Florida butterflies listed as endangered species

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:01
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two butterflies found only in South Florida have been added to the endangered species list.

Like stocks, junk bonds show investor jitters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:55

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, a television monitor at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve. Like with other higher-risk investments, investors have pulled back from junk, or high yield, bonds because they worry about the end of the Federal Reserve’s policy near-zero interest rates. Investors expect the central bank to raise rates sometime next year, and that means the value of bonds currently held in portfolios will fall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market isn't the only place that's been signaling jitters among investors. The $2.3 trillion market for risky U.S. corporate debt has also been under pressure.