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2 Yosemite climbers closing in on historic feat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:51

 a free climb of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. The first climber reached its summit in 1958, and there are roughly 100 routes up to the top. (AP Photo/Tom Evans, elcapreport)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Man's death highlights lack of cages in Iowa patrol cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:49

In this 2014 photo provided by Gary Lentzkow is his son Matthew Lentzkow in La Porte City, Iowa. Lentzkow, 36, of Newton, died on Nov. 1 in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 after managing to escape from an Iowa State Patrol car while handcuffed. (AP Photo/Gary Lentzkow)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officers failed to guard an Iowa drunken driving suspect before he escaped from a State Patrol car while handcuffed and was struck by a van and killed, video and reports obtained by The Associated Press show.

Flu cases drop in Pennsylvania, but concern remains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:37

Flu cases drop in Pennsylvania, but concern remainsThe number of flu cases reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health dropped from the week before.

NY defense lawyer: Silk Road creator is not a drug dealer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:28

Supporters of Ross William Ulbricht hold signs during the jury selection for his trial outside of federal court in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Murder-for-hire allegations are central to Ulbrichtt's trial. He is charged with running an online black market where drugs were sold as easily as books and electronics. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A San Francisco man who launched an underground website as an economic experiment before abandoning it was fooled into taking the fall when investigators concluded it was used almost solely for drug dealing, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday after the government portrayed his client as the mastermind of a worldwide digital drug market.

Oklahoma plans for first execution since troubled lethal injection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:27
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma this week plans to conduct its first execution since a faulty lethal injection last April led to U.N. criticism and prompted President Barack Obama to seek a re-examination of how capital punishment is implemented in the United States. The state is set to execute child rapist and murderer Charles Warner on Thursday after spending months revising its protocol for the death chamber to prevent the shortcomings with its last execution. ...

AccuWeather: Light snow possible for coastal areas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:24

 A Brush with Snow ShowersSome light snow is possible for the coastal areas of our region on Wednesday morning.

AccuWeather: Brisk and Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:18

 A Brush with Snow ShowersMeteorologist David Murphy says left-over icy patches are possible on roads and sidewalks.

NYC to end solitary for Rikers inmates age 21 or younger

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:10

A New York City Correction vehicle leaves Riker's Island in New York CityBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Board of Correction on Tuesday voted to ban solitary confinement for inmates age 21 or younger at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex, city officials said. Rikers, one of the world's largest jails, holding about 14,000 inmates on an average day, has come under intense scrutiny in recent years over reports of abusive and neglectful treatment of its youngest prisoners. ...

Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:05

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z perform on stage for the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

University of California gets record number of applications

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:04
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The threat of higher tuition is not keeping prospective students from applying to the University of California in record numbers, UC officials said.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias struggled to admit murder, transcript says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:04

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias told a jury deciding whether she should be executed for killing her former lover that she struggled for two years to admit to herself that she did the crime, according to secret testimony released on Tuesday.     Arias, 34, wasted no time telling jurors last year in closed-door testimony during her ongoing sentencing retrial that she killed Travis Alexander at his Phoenix-area home in 2008, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. ...

Ohio State football revelers set fires, tear down goal post

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:00
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State football fans took to the streets after their team's championship victory early Tuesday, yelling and screaming in delight, setting nearly 90 fires and tearing down an Ohio Stadium goal post.

Family of man killed by police chief pledges to seek justice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:54
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Relatives of a black man shot and killed by a white, small-town South Carolina police chief said Tuesday they will continue seeking justice for their loved one after a judge declared a mistrial in the former officer's murder trial.

NYC jails add restrictive housing units, limit solitary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City jail oversight board voted unanimously Tuesday to create restrictive housing units at Rikers Island for violent inmates, to limit guards' longstanding practice of placing inmates in solitary confinement for breaking jailhouse rules and to ban 23-hour confinement altogether for inmates younger than 21 by next year.

Central Bucks School Board to vote on counselor's future after 'die-in' Facebook post

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:50

Central Bucks School Board to vote on counselor's future after 'die-in' Facebook postA decision made at a school board meeting Tuesday night could spell the end of a Bucks County guidance counselor's career.

Cancer battle continues for Bengal player's daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:50

Cancer battle continues for Bengal player's daughterCincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still says his daughter continues to battle cancer after a recent doctor's visit didn't result in the news the family was hoping for.

Officer stands trial in 95-year-old's beanbag shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:50
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Chicago police officer accused of acting recklessly by fatally shooting a 95-year-old World War II veteran with a beanbag gun at close range in an effort to subdue him.

Coming soon to a workplace near you: 'wellness or else'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:48

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join "wellness" programs, embracing an element of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace. Beginning in 2014, the law known as Obamacare raised the financial incentives that employers are allowed to offer workers for participating in workplace wellness programs and achieving results. The incentives, which big business lobbied for, can be either rewards or penalties - up to 30 percent of health insurance premiums, deductibles, and other costs, and even more if the programs target smoking. Among the two-thirds of large companies using such incentives to encourage participation, almost a quarter are imposing financial penalties on those who opt-out, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health and benefits consultant Towers Watson (For graphic see For some companies, however, just signing up for a wellness program isn't enough.

Pennsylvania lawsuit challenges capital city's gun rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:45
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Two Pennsylvania residents on Tuesday sued the state's capital city seeking to force it to repeal five gun-control ordinances, under a new state law intended to stop local governments from adopting tighter rules than are in place statewide. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city of Harrisburg said they believe their suit to be the first filed under a state law that took effect on Jan. 5 and gave state residents the standing to challenge local gun laws in any municipality in the state, even if they do not live there. ...

Judge weighs dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible, Nobel medal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 05:40

Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III attend a service on the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday in AtlantaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - An Atlanta judge on Tuesday began weighing a dispute among the children of the late Martin Luther King Jr. over ownership of his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and the Bible he carried during the civil rights movement. The feud pits King's sons, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, who wish to sell the items, against his surviving daughter, Bernice King, who is intent on keeping them in the family. ...