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Blast inside Maryland storage shed injures one, damages homes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:49
(Reuters) - An explosion inside a Maryland storage shed early Saturday left one person hospitalized and damaged nearly a dozen nearby homes, fire officials said. A 56-year-old man was entering the storage shed in the backyard of a home in Westminster, Maryland, about 40 miles north of Baltimore, when the explosion occurred, according to Maryland State Fire Marshall spokesman Bruce Bouch. The man, whose identity was not released, was hospitalized for his injuries, Bouch said. Eleven homes in the vicinity received various degrees of damage, including broken windows and ripped siding, he said. ...

$1 million in gold, jewels stolen in New Jersey jewelry heist

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:47

$1 million in gold, jewels stolen in New Jersey jewelry heistPolice say thieves cut a hole in a wall and made off with more than $1 million in gold and jewels from a New Jersey jewelry store.


Temple student shot at off campus party

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:37

Temple student shot in robbery attempt off campusPolice say a Temple University student was shot at an off campus party early Saturday morning.


For sale: 1 million photos of NYC's history

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:30

This photo provided by Brown Brothers shows Teddy Roosevelt at his Oyster Bay, N.Y., home in 1912. A Pennsylvania-based stock photography company founded in Manhattan 110 years ago is looking to sell its collection of more than 1 million photographs and negatives, including tens of thousands of black-and-white images of New York City before World War II. (AP Photo/Brown Brothers)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Photographers from Brown Brothers hauled their cameras from Ellis Island to Broadway to Yankee Stadium to snap pictures of street urchins and socialites, hardhats and mobsters, athletes and entertainers, capturing nearly every aspect of New York City life in the first six decades of the 20th century.


Philadelphia transit workers ratify new contract

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:01
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia transit workers have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new two-year contract, averting a potential strike that could have halted city subways, buses and trolleys.

Boston-area man steals phone of woman killed by train: police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 04:00
(Reuters) - A Boston-area man was arrested for stealing a woman's cell phone moments after witnessing a commuter train striking and killing her, authorities said on Saturday. The 26-year-old Brockton man turned himself in on Friday and is expected to be charged with larceny on Monday in Boston Municipal Court, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police said in a statement. The man was on a downtown Boston train platform at about 9:45 p.m. local time on Thursday when the woman was struck and killed by a commuter train, police said. ...

Firefighters battle flames inside Burlington Co. business

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 03:33

Firefighters battle flames inside Burlington Co. businessFirefighters are on the scene where flames erupted inside a Maple Shade, New Jersey business Saturday morning.


Things to know about new attorney general nominee

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 03:26
NEW YORK (AP) — Loretta Lynch is President Barack Obama's pick to be the next attorney general. If confirmed, she would be the first black woman to hold the post. Here's a look at Lynch's career, from Greensboro, North Carolina to "Goodfellas."

Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 03:21

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2005, file photo, workers tend an organic farm in Bolinas, Calif. With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state’s discretion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.


Obama's attorney general pick is change of style, not substance

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 03:05

United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch speaks during an announcement of the arrest of Abraxas J. ("A.J.") Discala, CEO of OmniView Capital, and six co-conspirators for fraudulent market manipulation at the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Aruna Viswanatha and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday picked Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general, signaling a change in style but a continuation of the law enforcement priorities the administration has pursued. If confirmed, Lynch, 55, would be the first black woman to serve in the post, bringing with her a family history that stretches back generations to great-great-grandparents who were slaves. ...


3 injured after vehicles collide in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 02:38

3 injured after vehicles collide in KensingtonPolice say three people were sent to the hospital after two-vehicles collided, causing one to slam into building in the Kensington section of Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 02:30

 Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.


Air Force IDs pilot in fighter jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 02:15
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (AP) — Air Force officials have identified the pilot who was killed in an F-16 fighter jet crash.

Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 01:58

This Aug. 22, 2014, photo shows the home of Ranetta Spino and her family at the river’s edge at Lone Pine, a Native American fishing site on the Columbia River near The Dalles, Ore. Lone Pine is one of 31 fishing sites developed as a replacement for tribal fishing grounds flooded or destroyed by hydroelectric dams. About 40 people, including children, permanently live at the fishing site in substandard conditions. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)LONE PINE, Ore. (AP) — Bernadette Grace's trailer is hidden behind a larger trailer charred and strewn with trash. It's far enough from the communal restroom and shower without doors, where drunks linger after dark. But close enough to the icy waters that sustain her.


US bishops struggling under Francis' pontificate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 01:51
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy — a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar.

Obama: 'Wonderful day' for 2 freed Americans

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 01:43

 'Wonderful day' for 2 freed AmericansThe U.S. on Saturday announced the release of the two Americans in North Korean custody after a secret trip to the reclusive communist country by President Barack Obama's national intelligence director.


Temple student shot at off campus party

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 01:27

Temple student shot at off campus partyPolice say a Temple University student was shot at an off campus party early Saturday morning.


TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 01:08

Mary Jane Kennedy, mother to two gay sons speaks about her faith, her belief that God loves them like everyone else and the need for people of faith especially in the Deep South, to envelop gays, lesbians, and transgender people, at her Brandon, Miss., home Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region’s longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations. Commercials will feature people like Kennedy, who’s led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.


Obama chooses NY prosecutor Loretta Lynch as attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 00:55

Obama chooses NY prosecutor Loretta Lynch as attorney generalPresident Barack Obama intends to nominate the federal prosecutor in Brooklyn to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.


Ebola nurse, boyfriend plan to leave Maine town

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 00:53
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who successfully fought an Ebola quarantine order is planning to leave a Maine town with her boyfriend and may move out of state.