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Driver charged in Exton crash that killed 2 teens ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:46

Teens killed in Exton crash ID'd, driver chargedAuthorities have identified the driver arrested and charged in a crash that killed two teens in Exton, Chester County.


Freighter backlog worsens outside major West Coast ports

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:32

Cranes and containers are seen at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial imageBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Growing numbers of freighters were backed up around the two busiest U.S. cargo hubs on Sunday because of a dispute between shipping companies and dockworkers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast. With cargo delays rippling through the U.S. economy, Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co Ltd said it planned to slow production at some of its North American plants starting on Monday because of a lack of parts from Asia. Under pressure to address the months-long strife, President Barack Obama on Saturday dispatched U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to help broker an agreement. By Sunday morning, 34 container ships, tankers and other cargo vessels were waiting to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, up from 32 on Saturday, said Lee Peterson, a spokesman for the port of Long Beach.


Deadline for 2015 health insurance Sunday; website glitch fixed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:26

Deadline for 2015 health insurance Sunday; website glitch fixedAfter a computer glitch was patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage


Report: Nuke lab failed to keep some information classified

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:22
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lack of managerial oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to improper disclosures of sensitive information, according to a report the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General recently issued.

Teen dies after fall from moving car in Mayfair, driver located

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:09

Teen dies after fall from moving car in Mayfair, driver locatedA day after a teen boy died after falling from the top of a moving vehicle in Philadelphia's Mayfair section, police say they've located the vehicle's driver.


Hackers steal up to $1 billion from banks, security co. says

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:02
NEW YORK (AP) — A hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known, a cybersecurity firm says in a report scheduled to be delivered Monday.

Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:49

In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo, a laptop shows the HealthCare.com web site during an Affordable Care Act enrollment event at the Fort Worth Public Library in Fort Worth, Texas. For the second year in a row, millions of Americans have signed up for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. But as the 2015 sign-up season draws to a close Sunday, the future of the Affordable Care Act remains in doubt. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.


Powerful winds bring sub-zero wind chills, damage trees and power lines

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:47

Powerful winds bring sub-zero wind chills, damage trees and power linesPowerful winds brought down trees and power lines in several places around the Delaware Valley and affected travel on some area bridges and mass transit routes.


California carjacker thwarted by confusion over stick shift

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:38
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California say a man attempting an armed carjacking bailed when he couldn't drive a stick shift.

Arizona baby born premature gets heart transplant

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:21

Arizona baby born premature gets heart transplantCaylyn Otto said doctors noticed about 20 weeks into her pregnancy that her son's heart was significantly enlarged.


California man's murder case prompts new state law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:14

This April 9, 2013 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows William Richards. Richards was convicted for the 1993 murder of his wife Pamela following expert testimony that a bite mark on his wife’s hand matched his unusual tooth pattern. His attorneys are hopeful a new state law, which gives defendants a new trial if expert witnesses repudiate their testimony, will lead to his release from prison, after that expert later recanted, saying he was longer sure the bite mark was even human. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This much is not in dispute. William Richards' wife, Pamela, was strangled and her skull smashed in the summer of 1993. A California jury convicted Richards of the slaying after hearing now-recanted bite-mark testimony.


Scorpion stings Alaska Airlines passenger, delaying flight

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:05
A scorpion stung a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon, delaying a flight that originated in Mexico, the carrier said on Sunday. Flight 567, which originated in Los Cabos, Mexico, was taxiing for takeoff on Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport when the woman was stung, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. The plane returned to the gate, where medics treated the woman and offered additional medical treatment, which she declined, Cosgrove said. “We don’t know exactly how the scorpion made it on the plane, but the flight did originate in Los Cabos, Mexico, where scorpions are known to live,” Cosgrove said.

NJ man allegedly posed as fake twin to get out of tickets

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:02

NJ man allegedly posed as fake twin to get out of ticketsA New Jersey man posed as his fictitious, blind twin brother in an attempt to delay court hearings and get out of several tickets, according to authorities.


Preliminary hearing set for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:49

Preliminary hearing set for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbingA judge will soon consider whether two young Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man should stand trial for attempted homicide.


Northeast hit by blizzards, cold, after record snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:30
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Northeast struggled to dig out on Sunday from the latest in a series of winter storms that made February the snowiest month in Boston's history, but bitter cold and huge drifts hampered the effort. Blizzard conditions forced the cancellation of more than 1,800 U.S. airline flights, most of them into and out of airports in Boston and New York, where wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kph) were predicted. Temperatures are 25 to 30 degrees (14 to 17 degrees Celsius) below normal for the East Coast, exacerbated by strong winds, said meteorologist Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service, adding the region was in the grip of "a brutally cold air mass." The temperature at 1 p.m. in Boston was around 18 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 8 Celsius), but felt like zero (minus 18 Celsius) thanks to wind chill. By Monday morning, it was likely to feel like minus 20 (minus 29 Celsius), the NWS said.

Senators propose more funding for grade-crossing safety

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:23
NEW YORK (AP) — The government should spend more money safeguarding railroad crossings that are "accidents waiting to happen," two U.S. senators said Sunday.

Oregon's next governor celebrates state's 156th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:14

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks during a celebration at the Oregon Historical Society to mark the 156th anniversary of Oregon's admission to the union as the 33rd state in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Brown will become Oregon’s governor next week on the heels of the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Making her first official public appearance since Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation amid an ethics scandal, Oregon governor-to-be Kate Brown was swarmed by media and well-wishers as she entered the Oregon Historical Society at an event marking the state's 156th birthday.


A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child movement

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:12
The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first children whose disappearance was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His case also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. The suspect in Etan's disappearance, Pedro Hernandez, is now on trial charged with murder and kidnapping. He confessed in 2012 but says his admissions are false.

Suspected Gunman in Danish Shootings Had Criminal Past

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:09
The suspected gunman in two shootings in Copenhagen that left two dead and five cops wounded had a criminal past and was involved in gangs, Danish police said today.

Shooting suspect slams religion while defending liberty

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:40

FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, enters the courtroom for his first appearance at the Durham County Detention Center, in Durham, N.C. Days after the shooting deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, a nuanced and sometimes contradictory portrait is emerging of Hicks. Police in Chapel Hill said they have yet to uncover any evidence that Hicks, 46, allegedly acted out of religious animus, though they are investigating the possibility. As a potential motive, they cited a dispute over parking spaces at the condo community where Hicks and two of the victims lived. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy, File) MANDATORY CREDIT TV OUTCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — If his Facebook page is any indication, Craig Hicks doesn't hate Muslims. An avowed atheist, his online posts instead depict a man who despises religion itself, but nevertheless seems to support an individual's right to his own beliefs.