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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:41

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.


Securing release of three U.S. detainees in North Korea is a top priority: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:19
The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea, after they made a televised appeal for help from the U.S. The three spoke to the cable channel CNN on Monday, with one of the prisoners saying his health was failing and another describing his situation as “urgent.” “We have seen the reports of interviews with the three American citizens detained in North Korea,” Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.

U.S. asks North Korea to release U.S. citizens 'out of humanitarian concern'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained there "out of humanitarian concern" and grant one of them special amnesty to seek medical care. Three U.S. citizens - Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller - asked the American government for help returning home on Monday in rare interviews with CNN set up by the North Korean government. Bae is serving a 15-year sentence, others are awaiting trial. "There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad ... ...

Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East Falls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:34

Driver flips over on Lincoln Drive in East FallsPolice say a driver was injured when his car overturned on Lincoln Drive in the East Falls section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Woman shot and wounded in leg in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:31

Woman shot and wounded in leg in OlneyPolice say a woman was shot and wounded in the leg in the Olney section of Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:29

Atlantic City's Revel casino starts closing after 2 yearsThe most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.


Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 01:27
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:32

This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo shows Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., as she protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles. The election of 2014 is an election of contradictions. A surly electorate holds President Barack Obama in low regard and gives Congress even worse marks, yet for all their anger, a historic few are motivated enough to vote and those that do are poised to "keep the bums in." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.


Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:32

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drink a bowl of green tea during a tea ceremony at a tea hut of the Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Modi was on his official visit to Japan. (AP Photo/Yuya Shino, Pool)TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.


Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:28

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photoBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...


Police search for missing man in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:15

Police search for missing man in Strawberry MansionPolice are seeking the public's help in finding a missing man from Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section Sunday.


Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:51

Guests leave the lobby of Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City NJ on Monday, Sept 1, 2014, after it closed its hotel. Revel is one of three Atlantic City casinos that will have shut down in a two-week period ending Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel.


David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:38

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer, left, signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," with new anchor, David Muir, right, looking on in New York. Among the stories Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor in early September, is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.


Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:36
PEACH BOTTOM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.

Council Rock HS students ID'd as 3 killed in Poconos crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:55

Council Rock HS students ID'd as 3 killed in Poconos crashGrief counselors will be on hand from 1-4 p.m. at Bucks County high school today after three teens were killed over the weekend in a crash near the Poconos.


2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:10
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 21:20

This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo shows Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., as she protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles. The election of 2014 is an election of contradictions. A surly electorate holds President Barack Obama in low regard and gives Congress even worse marks, yet for all their anger, a historic few are motivated enough to vote and those that do are poised to "keep the bums in." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.


Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:24

The head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland , AfD, party, Bernd Lucke, celebrates after the first exit polls for the Saxony State election , in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Exit polls say the party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency will be elected to a state assembly for the first time. The polls indicate that the party, Alternative for Germany, won 10 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections for the Saxony state parliament. (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold)BERLIN (AP) — The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments around the country.


Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:16

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia (SCEJA) President Atsushi Morita reveals a “Light Pink/White” model of the PlayStation Vita during SCEJA press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.


US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:26

FILE - This March 26, 1947, file photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the communist party of the United States a "Fifth Column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub,” with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.