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Shippers: Last year's Great Lakes freeze cost $705 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:36
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An organization representing U.S. cargo shippers on the Great Lakes says last year's deep freeze cost the economy an estimated $705 million and shows the need for another heavy icebreaking vessel.

Suspects questioned in wounding of 2 NYC police officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:36

3 suspects questioned in wounding of 2 NYC police officersTwo suspects were being questioned Tuesday about the shootings of two plainclothes police officers responding to a grocery store robbery.


Rocket problem postpones SpaceX launch to space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:36

SPACE-STATION/SPACEXCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX called off a supply flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay in the delivery of groceries and overdue Christmas presents.


Trying for test-tube baby? Risks to mom are rare, study says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:28

FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2013, file photo, Embryologist Rick Slifkin demonstrates fertilization techniques on a nonviable embryo at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, in New York. A new 12-year U.S. study published Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows complications including deaths are uncommon from procedures that include IVF. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Complications are uncommon for women undergoing test-tube fertility procedures: A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely fatal.


US skiers join in mourning of teammates killed in avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:10

US skiers join in mourning of teammates killed in avalancheU.S. Ski Team athletes competing at a World Cup slalom race in Croatia have joined in the mourning of two junior members who were killed in an avalanche in Austria.


42-year-old New Jersey grandmother accused of kidnapping 2 grandchildren

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:09

42-year-old New Jersey grandmother accused of kidnapping 2 grandchildrenPolice say they found a southern New Jersey grandmother in Pennsylvania after they say she fled with her two grandchildren when a court denied her custody.


Blast at Washington natural gas plant costs $69M in repairs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:07
PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) — Williams Northwest Pipeline is spending $69 million to repair damage from an explosion that injured five people at a natural gas facility last March in eastern Washington.

Multi-vehicle crash on snowy road in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:01

Multi-vehicle crash on snowy road in Cherry HillAction News was on the scene of a crash involving several vehicles on a snow-covered road in Cherry Hill.


1 dead, several hurt after school buses collide in Rochester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:55
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The driver of a bus taking students to a Rochester elementary school Tuesday morning apparently suffered a heart attack before the vehicle collided with another school bus and a tree, sending eight students and another adult to the hospital, official said.

Ex-Denver sheriff's official gets jail in tax software theft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:54
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A former high-ranking Denver sheriff's official accused of stealing tax software by hiding it in dog food bags has been sentenced to two months in jail.

Outgoing U.S. postal chief hails grocery delivery, seeks innovation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:50

U.S. Postmaster General Donahoe speaks at a hearing on reforming the U.S. postal service, in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said on Tuesday the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service can be profitable if it can overcome healthcare burdens and pursue innovations such as grocery delivery. Donahoe, who is leaving the job on Feb. 1, said the service needs greater control of its workforce and more flexibility in pricing and developing new products. The Postal Service has been losing billions of dollars for years, including $5.5 billion in fiscal 2014, despite cutbacks in the workforce, consolidation of facilities and other cost-cutting moves. ...


Manhunt under way for suspects who wounded 2 NYPD officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:49

Suspects questioned in wounding of 2 NYC police officersA manhunt was under way Tuesday for at least two suspects who shot and wounded two New York City police officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx.


Maryland police warn civilians to return cash dropped by bank robber

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:48
(Reuters) - Police in Maryland on Tuesday warned that people who picked up money dropped on a city street during a New Year's Eve bank robbery must return what they found or face criminal charges. Montgomery County Police are seeking a man who they say entered a TD Bank branch in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring the morning of Dec. 31, approached the teller, presented a note implying he had a weapon, and requested money.A weapon was not seen, but the suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank, police said. ...

Vermont school district that barred parent to pay $147,500

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:42
BENSON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district that barred a parent from meetings because some staff members were afraid of him has agreed to pay $147,500.

Snow expected from Midwest to Northeast, then bitter cold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:42

Ice forms as waves crash along Lake Michigan in below-normal temperatures near Oak Street Beach, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Chicago. Forecasters expect significant snowfall and freezing temperatures this week in northern Illinois. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO (AP) — A winter weather system expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places has begun its trek east, with a separate blast of arctic air right on its heels.


Prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz denies underage sex claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:35
MIAMI (AP) — Prominent American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a detailed denial of a woman's claims he had sexual contact with her when she was underage in a case also involving Britain's Prince Andrew.

Katherine Scott reports on snow in King of Prussia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:33

Katherine Scott reports on snow in King of PrussiaAction News reporter Katherine Scott reports on snowy conditions in King of Prussia and beyond.


Sirhan Sirhan loses bid for freedom over RFK death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:29
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence in prison for the June 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, failed to persuade a federal judge to set him free because he was innocent of the crime. In a decision dated Monday, U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell in Los Angeles said Sirhan "failed to meet the showing required for actual innocence" that might excuse his having failed to seek his freedom sooner in federal court. Sirhan had filed his petition for habeas corpus, which could have resulted in his freedom, in May 2000. ...

Judge extends order limiting Missouri police use of tear gas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:27
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday extended for 45 days a temporary restraining order requiring Missouri law enforcement officers to give protesters a reasonable chance to disperse before using tear gas.

U.S. Steel to idle Ohio pipe plant as oil prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:23
By Abinaya Vijayaraghavan (Reuters) - United States Steel Corp said it would temporarily idle its pipe manufacturing plant in Lorain, Ohio and lay off 614 workers, largely due to weak demand from the oil industry. The company sent a layoff notice to workers on Monday, citing weak market conditions. (http://bit.ly/1BE4HAs) U.S. Steel's shares were down nearly 2 percent at $24.88 in early afternoon trading on Tuesday. A number of North American oil and gas companies have cut capital spending plans following a sharp fall in oil prices, which have more than halved since mid-2014. ...