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Jenner speculation comes at key time for transgender rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:46

In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, with stitches and a scar on his face, attends an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Whether or not Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)NEW YORK (AP) — Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.


Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:46

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014 file photo, robots install rivets on a 2015 Ford F-150 truck at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report from the Boston Consulting Group said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.


Court: Rehire teacher who put 'I abuse animals' sign on boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:44
WIND GAP, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says a special education teacher shouldn't have been fired for hanging an "I abuse animals" sign around the neck of an autistic, mentally challenged 14-year-old who hit a goat during a petting zoo field trip.

Roof at music store with Liberace piano collapses under snow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:38

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo, Tim Howard, of Boston, plays a piano once owned by Liberace at the Piano Mill in Rockland, Mass. A section of roof collapsed into the music store's showroom under the weight of snow Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, after Rockland received 29 inches of new snow the previous day. Store owner Rob Norris said it is unclear if the Liberace piano was damaged. No one was in the building at the time of the collapse, nor is anyone being allowed inside until a structural engineer assesses damage. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ROCKLAND, Mass. (AP) — A section of roof at a Massachusetts music store that's home to a rhinestone-covered grand piano once owned by Liberace has collapsed under the weight of snow.


Suspect charged in death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:07

Suspect charged in death of University of Virginia student Hannah GrahamNew information is coming in the case of the man linked to two Virginia college students who disappeared and were later found dead.


Girl, 11, charged with murder in 2-month-old's death in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:40

Girl, 11, charged with murder in 2-month-old's death in OhioAn 11-year-old suburban Cleveland girl charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother expressed no remorse over the infant's death, police said.


New York conducts annual homeless count, critics say it's flawed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:33
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of volunteers fanned out across New York before dawn on Tuesday to conduct the city's yearly homeless survey, trying to count the people who wander the sidewalks all night, sleep in subways for warmth or slip into the shadows to avoid being seen. New York City, like other major U.S. cities, uses a count of people living on its streets and alleys, parks and subways to estimate program needs, allocate resources and educate the public on issues facing the poorest residents. Critics say it grossly undercounts the homeless population, while others say a flawed count is better than none. Last year's count by the Department of Homeless Services found 3,357 street homeless people in New York City, most of them in the subways.

Man charged in 4 shooting deaths at Missouri motel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:02
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of four people at a motel in southwestern Missouri.

Fatal multi-vehicle accident on New Jersey Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:59

Fatal multi-vehicle accident on New Jersey Turnpike, victim ID'dSouthbound truck lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike have reopened nearly 12 hours after a pileup involving 15 or more vehicles including tractor-trailers and a bus left at least one person dead and several others injured.


Softbank to add learning technology to empathetic robot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:52

FILE - In this June 6, 2014 file photo, humanoid robot Pepper is on display at SoftBank mobile shop in Tokyo. Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that goes on sale in Japan this month. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear.


NC woman accused of smuggling marijuana in son's pants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:36
BRUNSWICK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is accused of smuggling marijuana into a county jail in her 4-year-old son's pants.

U.S. to establish new cybersecurity agency: official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:25

U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees work inside the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in ArlingtonBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be an "intelligence center that will 'connect the dots' between various cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible," the official said on condition of anonymity. Obama has moved cybersecurity to the top of his 2015 agenda after recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures , Home Depot Inc , Anthem Inc and Target Corp and the federal government itself. Various federal agencies have cybersecurity components, including the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the CIA.


PHOTOS: Plane from PHL in dramatic emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:17

 Plane from PHL in dramatic emergency landingA U.S. Airways plane from Philadelphia was forced to make an emergency landing in Houston without its nose gear


Massive water main break shuts down Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 21:13

Outer SB lanes reopen after massive water main break floods Roosevelt BoulevardA massive water main break has shut down all lanes of the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.


Large water main break shuts down Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 20:45

Outer SB lanes reopen after massive water main break floods Roosevelt BoulevardA large water main break has shut down a section of the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.


US judge to rule on release of woman linked to militants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 20:19

In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 courtroom sketch, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, center, appears in federal court in Chicago. Salkiceveic is accused with five other Bosnian immigrants of sending money and equipment to extremist groups in Syria. Salkiceveic appeared before Judge Jeffrey Cole who put off a decision until Tuesday about whether to allow Salkicevic out of jail to travel to St. Louis, where the case originated, rather than remain in custody and be transported by U.S. Marshals. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago is expected to announce a ruling on whether to release a 34-year-old Illinois woman charged with aiding militant groups in Syria and Iraq.


Sony and Marvel team up for the future of Spider-Man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:41

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2004, file photo, a man looks at an advertisement for the "Spider-Man" movie in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sony and Marvel/Disney announced a deal late Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in which the next installment of Sony's $4 billion Spider-Man franchise will be co-produced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige along with Sony's Amy Pascal for a July 28, 2017, release. But first, Spidey will appear in an unspecified Marvel film. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony and Marvel/Disney are finally bringing Spider-Man and the Avengers back together.


1 dead in fire that damaged 3 homes in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:31

1 dead in fire that damaged 3 homes in WilmingtonOfficials say one person has died in a fire that damaged three homes in Wilmington Monday night.


US Airways flight makes emergency landing at Houston airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:10
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say a U.S. Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at a Houston airport after a problem with its nose gear.

2 men critical after shooting in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:10

2 men critical after shooting in Port RichmondPolice say two men were left in critical condition after a shooting in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section early Tuesday morning.