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Albright College student killed in house fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 08:04

Albright College student killed in house fireAlbright College officials say a sophomore was killed and two other students injured in a house fire.


Man sues after losing 5 toes while in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 08:00

Man sues after losing 5 toes while in jailA man who lost five toes to diabetes while incarcerated at Arapahoe County jail has filed a lawsuit claiming the loss was due to lack of medical care.


Corporal punishment widespread, but declining

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 07:55
CHICAGO (AP) — Allegations that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson injured one of his sons by spanking him with a tree branch are reviving a debate about corporal punishment in a country where it is on the decline but still wildly practiced in homes and schools.

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 07:48

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambushPennsylvania State Police have identified the two troopers who were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.


U.S. Navy calls off search for pilot in Pacific Ocean crash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 07:35
A missing fighter jet pilot was presumed dead on Saturday by U.S. Navy officials, a day after the pilot was involved in a mid-air collision with another jet over the western Pacific Ocean. Several Navy helicopters and ships were involved in the effort to find the pilot. "This is an exceptionally difficult time for the friends and family of the missing pilot and the Navy community," said Rear Admiral Christopher Grady, commander of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, in a statement.

Police manhunt underway after trooper shot dead at Pennsylvania barracks

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:42
(Reuters) - Police in three states searched on Saturday for a gunman who ambushed two state troopers, killing one of them, in an attack at a law enforcement barracks in Pennsylvania, police said. Police said they were questioning a man about the shooting, which occurred about 100 miles (161 km) north of Philadelphia at the Blooming Grove barracks around 11 p.m. local time on Friday (0300 GMT Saturday), but they stressed that the search was still under way for anyone involved in the attack. "It seems to be an attack on law enforcement and our form of government," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said during a news conference. With the shooter still on the loose on Saturday, law enforcement officers fanned out across Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey in a manhunt, Noonan said.

Colorado candidate apologizes for Newtown remarks

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:12
DENVER (AP) — A Pueblo County commission candidate said an article posted on Facebook saying the Newtown shootings were a hoax said his remarks were misunderstood.

USS Saratoga arrives in South Texas to be scrapped

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:07
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas, where it will be scrapped.

Crews battle California wildfire amid heat wave

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:06

Firefighters work on a brush fire in Silverado Canyon in Orange County, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Sam Gangwer)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters battled both flames and triple-digit temperatures Saturday as they sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.


Court tosses Washington man's porn conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:55
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance.

VIDEO: Implosion of 16-story Philadelphia high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:54

End of an era with implosion of Germantown high-riseIt stood for nearly 60 years, but it was the end of an era for a 16-story high-rise in the Germantown section of Philadelphia after an implosion on Saturday morning.


Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters spent a second day on Saturday battling a wildfire burning out of control in a national forest southeast of Los Angeles, as the region baked under triple-digit temperatures that prompted authorities to issue a "heat alert." The so-called Silverado Fire, which broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning, had charred some 1,600 acres (647 hectares) by Saturday afternoon as it burned through brush and chaparral left bone dry by California's record drought. The heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring over 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in parts of Southern California on Saturday and was not expected to break until late Sunday. The sweltering heat prompted Los Angeles health officials to issue a "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert.

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:34
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

Woman in wheelchair struck and killed in Lawrence Township

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:23

Woman in wheelchair struck and killed in Lawrence TownshipPolice say a 57-year-old woman in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a vehicle in Lawrence Township., New Jersey.


Ex-PM Tony Blair says hopes Scotland will vote to stay in the UK

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:36

Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Blair looks on during a meeting with Egypt's Foreign Minister Shoukry, in CairoFormer Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Saturday that he hoped Scots would vote against independence, saying that breaking up the United Kingdom would not be a sensible step. The fate of the United Kingdom is hanging on a knife edge as polls show Scots are evenly divided between support for the union and support for separatists led by nationalist leader Alex Salmond. "I hope Scotland votes to stay part of the United Kingdom," Blair, who was born in Scotland, said at a security conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. "For all the reasons given by all the party leaders of the UK, in the 21st Century to rip up the alliance between our countries would not be sensible, politically, economically or even emotionally." Blair, who served as British prime minister from 1997 to 2007, has been largely absent from the debate over Scottish independence, though his successor, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has taken a leading role in the unionist campaign.


Oklahoma NAACP wants alleged assaults investigated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:31

File-This Sept. 3, 2014, file photo shows Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, being led into a courtroom for a hearing in Oklahoma City. The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by Holtzclaw. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by an Oklahoma City police officer.


Miss America to be crowned Sunday in stressed Atlantic City, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:24

Contestants sport swimsuits during the second preliminary night of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New JerseyBy Sean Landis Sept 13 (Reuters) - The winner of the 2015 Miss America Pageant will be crowned on Sunday night in Atlantic City, and the wearer's glittering tiara will stand in contrast to the tarnished fortunes of this New Jersey beach town where yet another casino is slated to close this week. The newest Miss America is choreographed to walk the 50-foot runway to the tune of "There She Is, Miss America," in a hall next door to Trump Plaza, whose slated shutdown on Tuesday means the gambling mecca will have lost a third of its casinos since the start of the year. Atlantic City officials hope the 94-year-old beauty pageant, which returned to the casino-dotted Jersey Shore town last year after eight years in Las Vegas, will help revive the city in the wake of recent financial turmoil. The owner of the aging Trump Plaza is also threatening to close the enormous Trump Taj Mahal in November.


Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:19
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.

Convicted killer on death row sues over non-Kosher diet

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:52

Convicted killer on death row sues over non-Kosher dietA death row inmate convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a mother and her two young daughters is suing the state, claiming that not providing him Kosher food is "cruel and unusual punishment."


Workers at Lear plant in Indiana go on strike, could affect Ford: Chicago Tribune

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:41
(Reuters) - Workers at a Lear Corp plant in Indiana that makes parts for Ford Motor Co went on strike Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The plant in Hammond, Indiana, employs 760 and supplies automotive seats for Ford's Explorer and Taurus cars, said the newspaper, citing a representative with the United Auto Workers. The strike may affect several thousand workers who depend on the Indiana factory, according to the Tribune. The Lear workers, who make $11 to $14 per hour, are demanding higher wages, said the report, citing the union. ...