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Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:50

Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect deadA Philadelphia police officer has been released from the hospital after a shootout in Tacony that left a suspect dead.

Islanders announce sale of minority stake of club

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:48

FILE - This is an Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, showing New York Islanders owner Charles Wang addressing the media during a press conference at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. In a statement Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a "substantial" minority interest in the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

$1 million Powerball ticket goes unclaimed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in West Virginia that was worth $1 million from the Feb. 11 drawing has gone unclaimed.

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:44

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg homeAuthorities have shut down a street in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia after firefighters found potentially explosive material inside a home.

Beloved New York bar wins reprieve from wrecking ball

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:38
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Owners of the 77-year-old Subway Inn, a New York bar where celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio once mingled, won a court order on Tuesday temporarily blocking their imminent eviction from the site, the business said. The reprieve for the family-owned bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a day before it was set to be closed, comes as a rising number of long-established New York businesses have been forced to make way for high-end residences or chain stores able to afford the city's soaring property costs. "We know that this is just the first step in a very long and hard David vs Goliath Fight," Subway Inn co-owner Steven Salinas said in a statement. "However, we are confident that in the end justice prevails and the Subway Inn will be spared from the wrecking ball." Subway Inn had been slated to close by Wednesday.

Calpers set to allow 100 extra pay types count toward pensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:34
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), America's largest public pension fund, is expected to approve nearly 100 types of extra pay on Wednesday that will count toward how pensions are calculated for newly hired workers. Critics say the move will increase pension costs at a time when cash-strapped California cities are already straining to pay rising retirement costs. The fund said it had not analyzed the impact of the additional pay on pension costs. California Governor Jerry Brown passed a reform law in 2012 that was aimed at reducing pension costs for newly hired workers.

Water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:32

Water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaThe fire department has been called to water main break in Northeast Philadelphia.

Times Square characters upset at 'hostile' police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:27

Lucia Gomez, center, executive director of La Fuente, speaks during a press conference, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Times Square in New York. Gomez lead the gathering that called for the fair treatment and the right for performers to work as costumed characters. Gomez said, "These are individuals who bring smiles to the world." (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)NEW YORK (AP) — Some costumed characters in Times Square ripped off their mammoth heads on Tuesday, showing their real faces to protest what they call a "hostile move" by police telling tourists they don't have to tip for photos.

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:24
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:22
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. The crowd shrunk as many of the older people slipped away. Protest hymns were replaced by the shouts of angry teens who marched against a cordon of heavily armed police blocking the street. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. ...

Defense: School may have withheld Holmes records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:08
DENVER (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case say the University of Colorado might have withheld records that show the school failed to act on information it had about defendant James Holmes when he was a student there.

NY police chokehold death to go to grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Saying "no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection," a New York prosecutor announced Tuesday that he would ask a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a black man placed in an apparent chokehold by a white police officer.

WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:03
BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations.

Family of Rutgers student receives gay pride award

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:00
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mother and brother of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide days after his roommate publicized details of his relationship with another man have received a gay pride award.

Wrongfully convicted NYC man settles suit for $10M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:58
NEW YORK (AP) — The city will pay a $10 million settlement to a Brooklyn man who spent 15 years in prison for killing a rabbi, a wrongful murder conviction built on fabricated testimony and hidden evidence that possibly could have cleared him, the man's lawyer said Tuesday.

Funeral planned for Missouri teen shot by police as clashes persist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:51

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriBy Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Funeral services are planned on Monday for an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a white policeman in Missouri has ignited more than a week of racially charged clashes in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. As lawyers for the family of Michael Brown, 18, announced plans on Tuesday for his funeral, U.S. Police said they came under gunfire again overnight and made dozens of arrests despite the deployment of Missouri National Guard troops and the lifting of a curfew to allow protesters more freedom to demonstrate. There were at least 57 arrests on Monday night and into Tuesday, most on a charge of failure to disperse, according to the St. Louis County Justice Services Center.

19-year-old in leaf-pile deaths avoids deportation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:50

In this March 21, 2014 photo, Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, speaks in a room at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. An immigration judge has dismissed the case against Garcia-Cisneros, who faced possible deportation to Mexico after she drove an SUV into a leaf pile, accidentally killing two young girls playing in it. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 said that Garcia-Cisneros was released on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUTPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An immigration judge has dismissed the case against a 19-year-old Oregon woman who faced possible deportation to Mexico after she drove an SUV into a leaf pile, accidentally killing two young girls playing in it.

Fork lift load falls on man, fatally injuring him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:48
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A forklift driver hit the brakes and sent the vehicle's load falling onto a customer outside a Lynnwood, Washington, business, causing fatal injuries.

Virginia woman pleads guilty of trying to cut off children's tattoos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:46
(Reuters) - A Virginia woman who tried to remove tattoos on her two young daughters with a heated razor blade has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse, according to court records. Melissa Delp, 35, was sentenced to eight years with six and a half of those years suspended by a judge in the Campbell County Circuit Court on Monday, court documents showed. The charges stem from the December 2013 incident when the girls' babysitter, Alexander Edwards, forcibly tattooed the 12- and 13-year-old girls. When Delp and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Daniel Janney, returned home and discovered the tattoos, they used a heated razor blade to try to remove the ink.